Or So You Say…

Or So You Say is the letter column in Amazing Stories inaugurated by Howard Brown in the August 1956 issue of Amazing Stories and continued through the Ted White era.

It was the letter column that I first interacted with back in the 70s.

We’re resurrecting it here to serve the same purpose it served in the magazine – to let the readers and subscribers have their say.

The most recent missives will appear at the top.  Scrolling down through the contents will take you further back in time.


12/24/18 Via email from Laszlo Urbanszki: I received the Winter edition of Amazing ( damn hot outside for winter). Wishing you and all the good people at Amazing all the best for the season and the new year

Via email from Richard Kraus of Larque Press

You did an excellent job on the first Amazing, and I hope to see a strong year for it in 2019.

Via Twitter from Irene Bassett:

I’m really enjoying . I’ve read a little than half of their issue no. 1 and all of the stories have been both funny and exciting.

Via email:

“I am visually handicapped and the print in the first issue was great. Will you be changing that?”

No, and I’m quite glad to hear that we unintentionally addressed this issue.  Our designer (Kermit) and the rest of the team were determined to produce a layout that reflected our vision and that addressed some of the trends we’ve witnessed in magazines over the past several decades.  Above all, we wanted the presentation to be pleasing and to be a bit different from other, similar publications.  We think we’ve managed that.

“When will the next issue be published?
How are digital subscriptions being handled?
In which format are the eBooks being provided?
Are they DRM-free?
Can I put them on any eBook reader or just specific ones?”

Well.  To take them one at a time:

Amazing Stories is currently on a quarterly schedule, so a new issue is published every three months.  That schedule is –
Fall – August
Winter – November
Spring – February
Summer – May

(Our first letter comes to us via editor Ira Nayman.  His comments follow.)

“I was the girl saving quarters to buy science fiction magazines. I didn’t know anyone who liked to read speculative fiction (my father and other male relatives were not readers). I certainly didn’t know any females reading sf/f. I married between my junior and senior years at college, and gave birth to the first of three children less them a year after college. While the kids were growing up, I managed to do hundreds of illustrations (for The Vegetarian Journal and Prima Publications) of quite mundane subject matter, and write some poetry. Poetry became the key to employment by the Maryland State Arts Council in their Artist-in-Education Program. Finally, in my 50s, I earned a Masters in Professional Writing from Towson University and began writing speculative fiction. Time, responsibilities, and a stable money situation allowed me to pursue a life-long dream.

So, this 66 year-old wife, mom, and grandmother is finally making her debut in a magazine I read as a child – Amazing Stories. And I’m grateful to you for making my dream come true.”
Vonnie Winslow Crist

The second issue of Amazing Stories (which is at the printer and will be available soon) has a story by Vonnie Winslow Crist called “A Horse and Her Boy.” It is a sweet story about an artificial intelligence in the form of a horse who keeps a boy company on a distant space station for his entire life; I was immediately enchanted by it, as I believe our readers will be. Vonnie shared her personal story with us, and we would like to share it with you: Ira Nayman


Congratulations on the sale, Vonnie, and thanks so much for sharing a story that shows just how much impact this genre can have!  Steve Davidson