Edward L. Ferman

Editor of science fiction's leading authors.

March 6, 1937

As the editor of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction (F&SF) for 25 years, Edward L. Ferman published consistently high-quality fiction and non-fiction and nurtured the early careers of leading science fiction, fantasy, and horror authors.

Ferman exhibited a steady hand running F&SF (1966–1991) and a keen eye for first-rate stories. He published the early work of many distinguished authors including Dean Koontz, James Tiptree Jr., John Varley, and Karen Fowler. Among many notable works, he published Kurt Vonnegut’s short story “Harrison Bergeron” (1961), and he serialized the first volume of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower (1978–1981). During Ferman’s tenure, F&SF carried science articles by Isaac Asimov, film columns by Harlan Ellison, and cartoons by Gahan Wilson. Some the best artists in the genre, such as Ed Emshwiller and Chesley Bonestell, painted covers for the magazine.

F&SF won four Best Magazine Hugo Awards, and Ferman himself won three Hugos for Best Editor and a World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement.

2009 Inductee