Top 10 Science Fiction Magazines
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In creating our Top 10 Science Fiction Magazine list, we used 3 main factors to decide what we feel are the best magazines out there. 1. We looked at the popularity of the magazine. 2. We looked at the awards the magazine has won. 3. We looked at how long the magazine has been publishing. If you check around the web and in your local library or a neighborhood used book store you might be lucky enough to run across an old pulp science fiction magazine from the "golden age." You'll also notice that there are many more defunct science fiction magazines out there than science fiction magazines that are currently in publication.
This list was very difficult to put together, and we do not think it is
perfect. We have tried to put high quality science fiction magazines on
this list. We've found that the amount of professionally published science
fiction magazines in publication are too few to make this list a
completely professional list, so we've picked what we felt were the best
professional and the best fanzines. We did not want them to be transient,
but the market for science fiction magazines is tough. Many people love
scifi, but too few support the publications. The following list is our Top
10 Science Fiction Magazines publishing today. You'll find that some of
these websites aren't the most aseptically pleasing, but the print
publications behind them are. We hope you find this list helpful. All of
these magazines have worked hard to keep science fiction writing alive. We
are sure this list will evolve over time. If you have a comment you can
on our boards.
1. The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction http://www.sfsite.com/fsf/
This is a professional magazine that began publishing in 1949 which makes it the second oldest continually publishing science fiction magazines in the country. They have one up on the oldest however, popularity. The publication is tremendously popular. It is the most widely read science fiction magazine in the country. It is consistently outstanding and publishing outstanding authors like (from their site) “Stephen King's Dark Tower, Daniel Keyes's Flowers for Algernon, and Walter M. Miller's A Canticle for Leibowitz.” This magazine is the cream of the alien crop.” Fantasy & Science Fiction magazines represents all of what's best in science fiction today. The publication has an Alexa rating of about 135,000.
2. Analog Science Fiction and Fact http://www.analogsf.co.m/0906/issue_06.shtml
This is a professional magazine that began publishing started publishing 1930 and is as they say “often considered the magazine where science fiction grew up.” They do it very well and have published many outstanding science fiction authors including “Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, Poul Anderson, Spider Robinson, Lois McMaster Bujold, and Michael F. Flynn.” The publication is the oldest science fiction magazine in the country, and they are consistently nominated for award after award. This publication has done an unequivocal job over the last 80 years of keeping great science fiction writing alive in print. They have an Alexa rating of about 691,000.
3. Asimov's Science Fiction http://www.asimovs.com/
This is a professional magazine that began publishing began publishing in 1977 and is simply a high quality science fiction magazine that showcases some of the best in science fiction today. They publish great authors and the publication is one of the best science fiction magazines ever published, hands down. They have an Alexa rating of about 304,000,
4. Strange Horizons http://www.strangehorizons.com
Began publishing in 2000. They are a very popular online science fiction magazine. In 2007 they were nominated for a Hugo award. Works from their issues are consistently chosen for inclusion in many national anthologies. They are a science fiction magazine of the best kind. Strange Horizons represents where science fiction magazines are going in the future. The publication has an Alexa rating of about 200,000.
5. Space and Time Magazine http://spaceandtimemagazine.com/wp/
Space and Time Magazine began publishing in 1966. They publish high quality speculative fiction, and they have been doing it for a long time. The magazine publishes 4 times a year.
6. Interzone http://ttapress.com/interzone/
Began publishing in 1982. They are the longest running science fiction magazine in the UK. They have published many greats including: “Brian Aldiss, Sarah Ash, Michael Moorcock, Bruce Sterling, William Gibson, M. John Harrison, Stephen Baxter, Iain M Banks, J.G. Ballard, Kim Newman, Alastair Reynolds, Harlan Ellison, Greg Egan,” and many more. They are an outstanding magazine that has fought the odds to keep science fiction alive. Has an Alexa rating of about 1.4 million.
7. Weird Tales http://weirdtalesmagazine.com/
Weird Tales began publishing in 1923. They stop publishing a couple of times and started again in in 1988 and was "revamped" in 2007. They are currently publishing speculative fiction.
8. Not one of us, http://not-one-of-us.com
Began publishing in 1986 and is a wonderful science fiction magazine that has been nominated for many awards and has published many award winning authors. They work hard to keep science fiction alive in the world. Not One of Us is one of those magazines you wish would publish more issues! Has an Alexa rating of about 15 million.
9. Challenger http://www.challzine.net/
Was established in 1993. They have been nominated for a Hugo award many times. They work hard to publish great science fiction. The publication has an Alexa rating of about 6.1 million.
Clarkesworld is the newest magazines on our list established in 2006, but the magazine came on in a blaze of glory. They have won many many awards in the science fiction world, and they publish a yearly chapbook of all the stories that have appeared in their magazine. Clarkesworld is where we hope science fiction magazines are going. It is professionally done, full of outstanding science fiction writing, and devoted to creating a presence on the web and in the real world. Everyone science fiction writer trying to publish their stories should give series consideration to this magazine. They have an Alexa rating of about 1.1 million.