[Posted by Ashley Esposito, a graduate student in American Studies doing an internship in the Watkinson]
Leigh Couch Collection in progress…
As my time with this collection draws to a close, I was able to take a look at another interesting science fiction magazine. Issac Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine was first published in Spring 1977 and makes the short list of SciFi Magazines still published today. Although it has changed publishing schedules over the years, since 2004 IASF has settled on ten issues per year. In November of 1992 the magazine officially shortened its title to Asimov’s Science Fiction. It currently offers both digital and paper subscriptions.
The image (left) shows the evolution of the covers. You can see the changes in the font and name size. The Leigh Couch Collection includes copies of the magazine from 1979 to early 1992–or 185 of 444 originally issued. The picture of the bindings shows a clear progression of the front, style and colors used in the printing process.
Over the course of exploring this collection I have observed more things that I have time to write about. A few things that I found so interesting was overall trends thoughout the entire collection that helps fit into the greater narrative of science fiction and society. Including but not limted to shared authors, printing challenges, price changes and content struggles. This collection is a fantasic opportunity waiting for researchers to find their own path and discover the wonder.