Shawna McCarthy

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American magazine editor

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According to Wikipedia, Shawna Lee McCarthy is an American science fiction and fantasy editor and literary agent. McCarthy graduated from Wilkes University and studied at American University. Career McCarthy edited various magazines for several years, starting as editorial assistant and editor of Firehouse Magazine before working as the managing editor at Asimov's. In 1983, she took over from Kathleen Moloney as the editor-in-chief of Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, a change under which the magazine "acquired an edgier and more literary and experimental tone." During her time at Asimov's, McCarthy edited four anthologies of stories from the magazine , and received the 1984 Hugo Award for Best Professional Editor . She left the magazine in 1985 and was succeeded by Gardner Dozois.

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