Reader’s Guide

Online SciFi and Fantasy Magazines

Wondering where to get up to speed on modern SciFi? Wait no longer. Click on these links and you’ll drop right into the submatrix.

www.sfsignal.com – Keep your finger on the pulse at SFSignal. Author interviews, new releases, crosslinks to other (content) sites, the Signal covers SciFi, fantasy and horror (SF/F/H).

Subterranean – This links you to the excellent online magazine. I do believe they’ve stopped pubbing the mag, but all the issues are online for you to read free and they are excellent collections. A few stories I’ve found a bit old-fashioned in worldview, but I have also found some of the most innovative reading on the net. Check out their home page for news about their imprint, as they pub a lot of current Sci FI, fantasy & horror authors.

Lightspeed Magazine – You need this link, as searching for ‘lightspeed’ will get you in trouble with your SO. You can read some of the content free on the web. But the mag is a super value (I’m a subscriber) and brings new and reprinted stories and articles monthly — commentary as well as interview. I am always discovering a new author via Lightspeed. The magazine, you understand. SF/F.

Clarksworld – This is the most literary of the science fiction mags. I found in recent releases at least that they curate stories and articles for the more highbrow reader. Their covers are out of this world. You can read much of it for free on the web, but I’m a subscriber. Because, hey, I pay for cool. SF/F.

Andromeda Spaceways – Yes the title is the coolest in the universe, Andromeda Spaceways In-flight Magazine (ASIM) and they are the wacky, fun, looser kid on the block. Hell, they’re all Australian! I find ASIM refreshing. You never know what you’re going to get. But you have to pay for it. Do it.

www.apex-magazine.com – Apex mag positions itself as the place where SciFi, fantasy and horror intersect. I’ve been reading Apex lately, and can say yes, they’re right. So far most of the stories I’ve read have been quite literary–lots of metaphors and imagery, heavy on exposition. But they offer some nifty twists, strange situations and imagination. Apex features articles and interviews as well.

Overall, the majority of the short writing I’ve read recently tends to be heavily on exposition and imagery/metaphor rather than dialogue and straight up description. In the past a lot of writers made their way from the newspapers, where brevity and clarity were paramount. Today, I suspect MFA programs are the proving grounds for many writers and their stories show it. That does leave me wishing for more writers who get out of the way and write more dialogue-driven works. A good goal for self. My recent stories have been too heavy on exposition as well.

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