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Top Science Fiction Short Story Magazines Reviewed
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Recent Posts. In this respect, and because they rarely publish anything genuinely experimental, they are what I would call Mainstream, and there always has to be a strong element of story. In analog, every story features, and usually focusses around, a strong scientific concept or piece of technology.
Both of these again have a readable style, often conversational in nature. There is unlikely to be any heavy subject matter, although the stories sometimes address serious themes below the surface.
We all love a bit of pulp, admit it. The style is very readable but more experimental styles of story are included. Clarkesworld and Interzone lie at the other end of the spectrum. These magazines publish hard science fiction, with Clarkesworld printing a lot of star-spanning fiction set on different planets, with a serious tone.
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Interzone again usually has a serious tone but publishes quite a bit of experimental fiction. In the past, although I admit not in the issue covered by this review, its stories have sometimes confused me because the style or the society depicted in it is so different. We are left with the magazines that walk the middle ground. I have to admit that before I read the fifty stories, I was less familiar with these magazines than I would have liked. It prints a range of stories, including humour.
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None of the magazines publish anything I consider truly strange or weird. What I have learnt from this review is just how diverse the SF literary genre is at the moment. The standards of all 9 publications are extremely high and they are publishing a range of material, some magazines playing safer than others. I recommend reading a few of them, perhaps using the discussion above as a guide. Short stories are a different form to novels. SFFdirect purchased every issue reviewed in this article. For short story writers, it is important to read as widely in the genre as possible in order to keep current.
Read as many stories in as many different magazines as you can. Notwithstanding the discussion above, there is no substitute for reading the publications yourself as quite often the defining characteristics of a magazine are hard to articulate. For information, the word counts each magazine will accept for submissions are stated below. Well that closes out my comprehensive review of the top 9 science fiction short story magazines.
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