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What the people do with the science and technology, and what it does to them, and not just the science and technology itself. Not just self-driving cars, but what happens to manual driving?We have no hard-and-fast editorial guidelines, because science fiction is such a broad field that I don't want to inhibit a new writer's thinking by imposing Thou Shalt Nots. Besides, a great story can make an editor swallow his preconceived taboos.
We publish science fiction stories in which some aspect of future science or technology is so integral to the plot that, if that aspect were removed, the story would collapse. Try to picture Mary Shelley's Frankenstein without the science and you'll see what I mean. No story!
The science can be physical, sociological, psychological. The technology can be anything from electronic engineering to biogenetic engineering. But the stories must be strong and realistic, with believable people (who needn't be human) doing believable thingsno matter how fantastic the background might be.
But they also want good stories and good characters.
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Not as explicit about what is SF.In general, were looking for character oriented stories, those in which the characters, rather than the science, provide the main focus for the readers interest. Serious, thoughtful, yet accessible fiction will constitute the majority of our purchases, but theres always room for the humorous as well. SF dominates the fiction published in the magazine, but we also publish borderline fantasy, slipstream, and surreal fiction. No sword & Sorcery, please. Neither are we interested in explicit sex or violence. A good overview would be to consider that all fiction is written to examine or illuminate some aspect of human existence, but that in science fiction the backdrop you work against is the size of the Universe.
Fantasy and Science Fiction -- Fantasy and Science Fiction - Writers' Guidelines
Analog seems to prefer relatively hard science fiction, something with at least halfway plausible extrapolated science and technology. IASFM and F&SF seem to also accept stories that fade off into fantasy.We have no formula for fiction. We are looking for stories that will appeal to science fiction and fantasy readers. The SF element may be slight, but it should be present. We prefer character-oriented stories. We receive a lot of fantasy fiction, but never enough science fiction or humor.