Sheila Williams interview – life as a science fiction magazine editor


From her childhood memories of listening to her father tell the stories of Edgar Rice Burroughs, to her position as editor of Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine, Sheila Williams talks about a lifetime of reading and loving the genre. She talks about the evolution of Asimov’s magazine, and short genre fiction in general. She also describes her day-to-day life as a fiction magazine editor. The interview was originally included as part of episode #229 of Fast Forward: Contemporary Science Fiction. This interview was recorded at the Capclave Science Fiction convention in October, 2009.

Sheila grew up in a family of five in western Massachusetts. Her mother had a master’s degree in microbiology. Ms. Williams’ interest in science fiction came from her father who read Edgar Rice Burroughs books to her as a child. Later Ms. Williams received a bachelor’s degree from Elmira College in Elmira, New York, although she studied at the London School of Economics during her junior year. She received her Master’s from Washington University in St. Louis. She is married to David Bruce and has two daughters