The chronicle of popular science fiction/fact.
Mar 15, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 25 • By ELI LEHRER
Although most of today’s hot science fiction authors have written for Analog at one time or another, Schmidt still reads just about every manuscript he receives. For every story from a big name author, Analog prints something from an unknown. Moreover, since the science fiction imprint Dell owns Analog, it serves as a breeding ground, market, and source of validation for new authors interested in churning out creative stories with a scientific element.
“In fact,” Schmidt says, “I prefer to print novels that haven’t been sold. It’s something more for the readers.” So the type of material that Analog prints may never win the major literary prizes, or become mainstays of the canon, but it has served a valuable purpose in a world where science shapes public policy. After 80 years, small, slightly cranky Analog remains relevant, important—and deserving of a future. Eli Lehrer is a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.