David de Beer
|Posted on Monday, October 29, 2007 - 07:30 am: |
What it says - which zines do you read regularly (print&pay - subscription; online - every single issue the day it comes live), or semi-regularly (print&pay - the odd issue, whether boredom or depending on author line-up; online - now and then when you have time, or an author line-up that appeals to you).
Basically, a magazine that you do read and read on a sort-of consistent basis, not a magazine where you read one issue to gauge what type of stories they publish.
I'm less interested right now in the coming Armageddon/ current Armageddon of short fiction and the why thereof, nor yet another brouha about what who is doing wrong and "my well written quality is so totally better than your well written quality!" In short, I really, really don't care right now about which magazines are supposedly the best and why ABC mag is better than XYZ mag.
What I am curious about:
After reading this post (http://scalzi.com/whatever/?p=66) by John Scalzi, where he followed on from Warren Ellis who in turn followed on from Gardner Dozois' listing of circulation figures and whatnot, I'm interested in knowing how much overlap there is between zines; which zines have similar readers, how widely/ narrowly does everyone read and to what degree print and online readers differ or overlap.
If at all.
As well as science fiction and fantasy magazines, please also list any other genre mags you read - horror, literary, mainstream, poetry journals, etc. As long as they contain short fiction.
Anthologies - a bit of a difficult one, so I'd like to restrict this mostly to the Year's Best of's which come out on a regular basis, but feel free to include original anthos if you want, or even the name of specific editors whose anthos you'd buy/ have bought this year.
Feel free to include the reasons why you picked your chosen mags if you want. Magazines that you used to read but dropped, or magazines that you would like to read but cannot at present, for whatever reasons, can be mentioned as well.
I'm only going to list the ones I currently read, * ones are those mags I'll probably keep reading. Undecided yet on the others:
Print & Pay:
JBU*; F&SF; Apex Digest*; Shimmer; ROF (ok, well, I haven't received my copy yet, so this is jumping the gun a bit, but for now I'm a reader).
Clarkesworld*; Chizine*; Strange Horizons*; Abyss&Apex*; Lone Star; Ideomancer; Helix*; Trabuco Road; Shadowed Realms (they're closing, but anyways); Alienskin; Noctem Aeturnus (scheduled to open Jan. 2008, but am subscribed to receive the issue so am including them as well).
Fantasy - am going to list them for now, since they'll be moving online soon and I have enjoyed some of the authors they've published as well as the samples provided this far, so am reasonably certain this will become a regular read for me.
Dozois; Strahan's Fantasy and Science Fiction; Hartwell and Cramer's SF (still need to pick up their fantasy for this year, have enjoyed it in the past); Datlow and Link's Fantasy & Horror.
Budget holding as planned, I'll get Heroes in Training, ed. Jim Hines before month's end.
|Posted on Monday, October 29, 2007 - 01:50 pm: |
Too many to list. In general, I have access or can gain access to most anything. Far too much to read so I read by author. I would additionally mention the following print magazines:
Apex, Electric Velocipide, LCRW, and Senses Five.
I would give Postscripts and Subterranean special notes of praise.
I get two out of the ugly three (Asimovs, F&SF) and try to read the electronic versions whenever possible. I would commend them both for publishing Shepard.
I'll make a special mention of Weird Tales because no one wants JeffV as an enemy
Online, I check out Ideomancer and Strange Horizons. Clute is essential reading on SciFi Weekly though he appears monthly.
Locus keeps me informed. Interzone is great for the non-fiction.
Datlow anthologies are must buys. I generally like the Tachyon anthos. I support Strahan.
It would become tedious to continue listing everything I like.
So I'll end with the Bologna's short story collection Last Evenings on Earth.
|Posted on Monday, October 29, 2007 - 02:04 pm: |
Shame on me, I forgot Subterranean too.
PM, are you implying Intetzone is great for non-fiction but not fiction?
|Posted on Monday, October 29, 2007 - 02:25 pm: |
"PM, are you implying Intetzone is great for non-fiction but not fiction?"
Recently, yes. But that's just my opinion. But I could be right.
|Posted on Monday, October 29, 2007 - 02:35 pm: |
Now that I've come to my senses, I should have put Sybil's Garage earlier but said Senses Five instead.
And I should mention ElectricStory which also presents Shepard's movie reviews.
|Posted on Monday, October 29, 2007 - 02:43 pm: |
Okay, just checking. Consider me clarified.
|Posted on Monday, October 29, 2007 - 04:25 pm: |
I subscribe to Black Gate and F&SF. The former is a no-brainer for me. The latter is always on the verge of being dropped, but then an issue will wow me or one of my favorite authors will have some upcoming stories (the case now with Hughes) and I renew my subscription. I read just about everything in both magazines.
I subscribed to the first six issues of Jim Baen's Universe, but I read less than 20% of it. I don't enjoy reading stories on-line, and I didn't want to print it myself.
|Posted on Monday, October 29, 2007 - 08:58 pm: |
I subscribe to and read F&SF and Interzone.
I also purchase the Dozois year's best anthology every year from the Science Fiction Book Club. I can barely find time to read these three things, plus four or five novels, a year.
I won't be reading any online fiction until I get more time and figure out how to curl up in a comfy chair or in bed with it.
Gordon Van Gelder
|Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2007 - 05:59 am: |
Interesting thread. I hope we'll get more responses.
For my part, I keep up with a lot of magazines, but I don't want to get into specifics, for obvious reasons.
David de Beer
|Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2007 - 08:02 am: |
it is rather interesting, although I have not a clue as to the practical value. Perhaps in the long term, tracking changes and whatnot.
Mostly, it's interesting in a Trivial Pursuit kind of way.
Admittedly it's both disappointing as well as interesting how fast people will jump on a "state of current short fiction" type thread, and the thus-far lack of interest in "so what do you read?" I don't know if that's significant or not. Hope not, I'd like to cling to my naive dream that there are more short fiction readers than writers.
I've posted this on a few forums as well as the SFWA lj comm, probably be a good idea to post to Baen's Bar as well.
Am expecting F&SF to dominate here, and ROF on ROF, but it would be interesting to see if JBU dominates Baen.
So far, Dozois and Datlow are ruling the anthos.
Predictably, the online critique site where I posted this, had the most amount of people who felt obligated to inform me they don't read short fiction.
Not dissimilar from the customers who would always come into my bookstore with the express purpose of telling me they don't read.
|Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2007 - 09:57 am: |
I read, or at least skim, lots of magazines and anthologies but whether I would read as much short fiction if I wasn't a short story editor, I cannot say. I doubt it.
Ahmed A. Khan
|Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2007 - 12:19 pm: |
Okay, here is my list:
Print (none of them on a regular basis): F&SF, Asimovs, Analog, Interzone, On-Spec, Realms of Fantasy, Challenging Destiny (this one is now an online mag only).
Online: Once upon a time, when I was managing the website for Index of Online Fiction (http://www.angelfire.com/zine2/fictiononline), I used to read almost every online magazine on a religiously regular basis. Now, the situation is very different, as follows:
- on a regular basis: Anotherealm, Infinite Matrix, Sci-Fiction (while the later two magazines were still living and breathing);
- off and on: Strange Horizons, OG's Speculative Fiction, Vestal Review.
- Anthologies: Almost anything by Hartwell, Dozois' Year's Best.
|Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2007 - 04:49 pm: |
Print: I read Asimov's off and on and Electric Velocipede regularly. Lately I've only read F&SF by author, like the Ted Chiang piece a few months back.
Online: I tend to read these in batches. Lately I burned through the Clarkesworld back stories. I usually dig through the Strange Horizons archives if I find an author I've heard of who's been published there.
|Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2007 - 05:50 pm: |
I subcribe to and read Asimov's, F&SF and Analog.
I resubscribed this year to Interzone after a few years lapse, and I suscribed this year to JBU for the first time.
Honestly, so far I haven't been able to find time to read regularly Interzone or JBU. Probably 5 magazines are too much for me!
Online, I discovered Subterranean in 2007, and read regularly stories there (not all), I pick some stories from time to time on Strange Horizons, but not much.
I read Gardner Dozois Year's best.
And this year I read "The New Space Opera" original anthology by Gardner Dozois.
No other magazines SF or non-SF.
|Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2007 - 09:36 am: |
I subscribe to Interzone, F&SF, Asimov's and Electric Velocipede.
I also get the Dozois YB SF and Datlow/Link YB F&H, and sometimes the other years bests (e.g. this year I also bought the Strahan Best SF & Fantasy from Night Shade).
I also try to get original anthologies too e.g. in the past year there's been three excellent ones - New Space Opera, Eclipse 1 and Logorrhea.
|Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2007 - 09:42 am: |
I've been a long-time subscriber to F&SF and Asimovs, but in the past year I've allowed my subs to lapse, and have been buying them on the newstands.
This is a temporary situation, I'll renew just after the first of the year, or by spring time.
I've also been a past subscriber to Interzone, pre-TTA, and at some point hope to renew with the 'zine.
I grew up reading those, plus Galaxy, Analog, Amazing, Fantastic, Omni, and Twilight Zone.
|Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2007 - 07:13 am: |
I've been subscribing to the Big 3 (A,A&FSF) for a few years new. This year, in a fit of I don't know what, I added "Interzone" and "Andromeda Spaceways" to my subscriptions. So far, I've found "Interzone" a little easier to get into.
After a year of subscribing to "Islands", I've let it lapse since I can get it at work, plus there's nothing like looking at issue after issue of interesting places when you have to budget carefully just to fill up your gas tank. I've replaced "Islands" with "Hawaii Magazine", which is somewhere between a tourist bureau publication and a real travel magazine.
Sarah L. Edwards
|Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2007 - 07:27 am: |
I subscribe to Asimov's and Electric Velocipede. Of the online mags, the two I check in on the most are Strange Horizons and Lone Star Stories.
(Speaking of which, congrats on the sale to LSS, Marguerite!)
Jason K. Chapman
|Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2007 - 09:02 am: |
I subscribe to the Big 3 via Fictionwise. I buy Aeon there, as well.
Of the onlines, I read Strange Horizons, Clarkesworld, and Atomjack.
|Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2007 - 10:56 am: |
Someone has mentioned Strange Horizons. It's a matter of time before someone else asks about what's wrong with Strange Horizons. And, well, we know that leads to needing new forum software.
|Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2007 - 11:02 am: |
Shame on you, Jason. Next we will have a flamewar here!
Jason K. Chapman
|Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2007 - 12:19 pm: |
If it helps, I'll say I read it but I didn't inhale.
|Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2007 - 03:27 pm: |
As far as subscriptions go, I can only afford Asimov's at the moment, but I've been seriously contemplating trying to add Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine on the table as well; I guess I shall have to see how my money goes.
Online, I try to keep up with Ideomancer (Ted Kosmatka just had a really great story over there called "Deadnauts"), Abyss and Apex, and, yes, even Strange Horizons.
All of the above give me a good dose of SF to keep me sane.
|Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2007 - 04:07 pm: |
Read no online mags, but happily read stories reprinted from them on paper. My eyes.
Read every ish of F&SF and Asimov's, though Asimov's, with its dwarf-ant print, is a challenge.
Only read Analog when there's a story in there by a favorite author. Then I'll read every story in that issue, to keep abreast of what they're doing.
Only horror mag I read regularly is Cemetery Dance, as I have an open invitation from Rich Chizmar to "sell (him) some more stories," which I'll start submitting once I think of a good one for them.
Read every issue of Alfred Hitchcock's and Ellery Queen's. Hitchcock's has the most readable print of all mags I read.
Realms of Fantasy---print terrible. Purple letters on orange backdrops or something. I wait for reprints.
Best of the Year: Dozois; Strahan's Fantasy and Science Fiction; Hartwell and Cramer's SF; Datlow and Link's Fantasy & Horror, Rich Horton's picks, the annual Nebula showcase.
|Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2007 - 05:22 pm: |
I forgot Rich Horton's Best of the Year Anthologies. Good call, Sam Wilson. I like those, too
I also picked up the new Infinity Plus Anthology and like the Solaris Book of New Science Fiction Anthologies. I still have to pick up Lou Anders' Fast Forward Anthologies. Well, that is, when the second one comes out in Fall 2008, there will be more than one.
|Posted on Monday, November 19, 2007 - 11:23 am: |
Also Dozois Anthology's & YEARS BEST.
|Posted on Monday, November 19, 2007 - 09:57 pm: |
I've been subscribing to Analog since the mid 80's. In the mid 90's, Forum drift led me to subscribe to Asimov's. ( I don't see SF mags here in the boonies. Forum exposure educated me)
( Which is an answer to Jason's question from another thread: Yeah, I might crash on the couch, but only until I'm sober enough to drive home. You bet I'll help you drink all the beer; but when you phone for pizza, I'll donate a couple of bucks. I don't need your rent money, I probably have a bud on me somewhere; and if I hang around long enough, I might end up subscribing to F&SF.)
I'm not comfortable reading longer than 20 minutes, continuously, on a computer screen. (I'm still waiting for the ebook reader that is comfortable to eye, hand, couch and bed and isn't restricted to proprietary formats.)
I subscribe to National Geographic and Smithsonian for surprising general interest articles. (The kids like the photos and accidentally learn something once in a while, too)
I've been subscribing to Rolling Stone for years' but they're on probation lately: cluelessly strident politically and buck-ass lame musically.
I've subscribed to MacAddict for years. Not sure I like the transformation to Mac|Life. It's up for renewal..... Idunno.
I usually get Dozois' bests.
That's enough with the mags. Doesn't leave me enough time for books.
A final Night Shades note: I'm turning into a big Matt Hughes fan. Wish they weren't so hard to find.