I logged on this morning to the awesome news that Analog now accepts–even prefers–e-submissions! Needless to say, this is a great source of joy to me, not in the least because of all the money it will save me in stamps. I never said I was not selfish.
When talking about Analog, I often detect a hint of headshaking and a slight sad smile. I think it is the last of the big magazines people expected to fall to the evil e-submission curse.
I think we’re probably at a stage where the remaining magazines accepting only paper submissions are starting to miss out on too many great submissions by newer writers who have never submitted anything on paper. They risk losing their edge by relying too much on the same old, shrinking, bunch of regular submitters. Change is here!
I subscribed to Analog recently and I think is a great magazine. Analog specialises in ‘realistic’ SF. From what I’ve read so far, that doesn’t necessarily mean hard SF, it means that the stories take place in worlds that are described as if they could really exist, in a way that a reader can easily envisage them. Those of you who complain that they find a lot of published short stories ‘too weird’ will find some great fiction here.