History and profile
Paradox was initially published quarterly, from April 2003 through January 2004. It was then switched to a semiannual release schedule. Although Paradox is a print magazine, the editor experimented with publishing a bonus online issue in January 2004. On May 12, 2009, with the release of the thirteenth issue, the editor announced that Paradox would be ceasing publication as a print magazine; future book anthologies through Paradox Publications are planned, and the possibility exists that the magazine might return in an online format.
One distinctive aesthetic feature of the magazine is its use of historical artwork. In addition to using newly commissioned art for a story's accompanying illustration, stories are frequently illustrated by being matched with appropriate paintings or photographs by artists past. Vintage photographic portraits and U.S. Civil War and World War I photographs have been so employed in Paradox as have paintings by such artists as Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, George Bellows, William Bouguereau, Chǒng Sǒn, Gustave Doré, Rudolf Ernst, M. C. Escher, Jean-Léon Gérôme, John William Godward, Francisco Goya, David Roberts, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, J. M. W. Turner, Vincent van Gogh, George Frederick Watts, and
Wu Guxiang, among many others.
Two stories published in 2006 in Paradox were among the seven short-form finalists for the 2006 Sidewise Award for Alternate History—"O, Pioneer" by Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff and "The Meteor of the War" by Andrew Tisbert. One story published in 2008 was recommended for a Nebula Award: "Tucker Teaches the Clockies to Copulate" by
David Erik Nelson.
"The Wizard of Macatawa" by Tom Doyle, published in Paradox issue 11 (Autumn 2007), was the winner of the 2008 WSFA Small Press Award.