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James

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SF/Fantasy Magazines
« on: April 29, 2008, 07:58:04 PM »

Hmm, no doubt we all read novels (else why would you be here?), but I am sure there are some of us that read more than that. It is easy to forget that magazines devoted to the genres still exist and provide a source for short fiction, albeit perhaps no longer by those recognizable names they once published. Easy to forget because the likes of Howard,Leiber, and even Moorcock are rare these days. Everyone moves on to novels, forgetting the serial shorts.

However, those magazines still exist for the most part. I have been going through wikipedia to discover them and it hasn't exactly been the easiest thing to do. Most have gone away, others have moved over to the webzine format, and some are trash. Weird Tales, around for eight-five years, just went through a renovation of sorts and, after I looked over it a bit, I picked up a subscription. The current issue has a new Moorcock tale in it, one of the reasons why I decided to check it out. Realms of Fantasy is kicking about, though you wouldn't recognize it by its website, which hasn't been updated in over a year. They offer a free trial issue and I took them up on it, unfortunately while the magazine is full of glossy, full color pages, the content was, well... f**king trash. Weird Tales is greyscale pages, through and through, and it works, which goes to show you that just because it is pretty, doesn't mean it is worth a damn in the end.

There are others of course. Black Gate offers up a rather thick magazine dedicated to epic fantasy, but is expensive and has had issues in getting out the magazine on the quarterly schedule they have it set as. However, you can order their older magazines and these do include reprinted classic fiction. The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction still exists, but I confess to a lack of knowledge about anything from them, so there is little I can say. You can, of course, order a sample copy from them as well as back issues.

So, yeah, does anyone else here read these magazines or have suggestions as to which ones to check out?
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Re: SF/Fantasy Magazines
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2008, 03:32:09 PM »

I wish I could recommend a good one, the only one I have tried out recently was Realms of Fantasy, and frankly I agree it sucked. Poor stories, little decent artwork, and tons of ads for bad erotic vampire fiction (no slight intended if anyone out there likes that sort of thing, to each their own and all that).
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Re: SF/Fantasy Magazines
« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2008, 11:43:26 PM »

Ha, yeah, and I forgot to cancel my subscription that they automatically signed me up for, then I lost the slip that had the cancel option on it. Ended up writing "please cancel my subscription" on one of the other billing slips they sent me, just need to send it out. Hopefully that will get the message across.

I would suggest trying out Weird Tales. It isn't flashy, but at least it had a few names in it that I actually recognize. Of course, that is just based on one issue and I haven't properly read it yet. The only reason I went ahead and got a year's subscription is because it was on sale, $20 for a year because of the 85th anniversary of the mag.
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Re: SF/Fantasy Magazines
« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2009, 01:47:32 AM »

I wish I could recommend a good one

Likewise. Unfortunately, I can't help you out, James. I'm not a magazine peruser. They're expensive and have little enough content, to justify their prices.

Saying that, what is regarded as the best one out and available, in the market? I am interested enough to at least check out a couple.

If Scott Lynch had sense, he should have held off putting his latest online serial in one of the going magazines, rather than hosting it online. Even if he was receiving little money, it'd be a worthwhile endeavor. One I'd be very interested in contributing to, if I was a popular author, such as he is.
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Re: SF/Fantasy Magazines
« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2009, 02:09:29 AM »

Weird Tales is good, as is Electric Velocipede. I recommend checking them both out.
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Re: SF/Fantasy Magazines
« Reply #5 on: September 30, 2009, 10:27:26 PM »

If you are a fan of Poe, Lovecraft, or just the supernatural horror subgenre, then I suggest picking up the newest issue of Weird Tales. Some of the best Non-fiction articles I have seen from the mag, including an excellent interview with Thomas Ligotti--who I will be reading very soon as a result--and articles on J.G. Ballard, M.R. James, and the Antarctic obsession of H.P. Lovecraft. I haven't even read the fiction yet, but I noticed that Jeffrey Ford has a story in there and it, as well as the few other pieces in there, has been getting high regards.
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