The February Fantasy Magazine Rack

The February Fantasy Magazine Rack

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My favorite read so far this month has been the annual Year in Review issue of Locus, which contains detailed round-ups of the best fiction of 2017 from Gary K. Wolfe, Paul Kincaid, Geoff Ryman, Gardner Dozois, and many others. For those who (like me) didn’t get nearly as much read last year as you might’ve liked, it’s an irreplaceable guide to the novels, collections and stories worth your time last year. We also added SFX‘s March Books Issue to the mix, as it surveys 65 genre authors (including Michael Moorcock, Robin Hobb, Peter F Hamilton, Patrick Ness and Claire North) on what books they’d take to a desert island. And for short fiction fans, the February fiction mags contained brand new stories by Robert Reed, Carolyn Ives Gilman, Ashok K. Banker, Bogi Takács, Emily Cataneo, Alix Harrow, and lots more.

Here’s the complete list of magazines that won my attention in February (links will bring you to magazine websites).

Apex — Issue #105 has new stories by Alix Harrow, Walker McKnight, and P. Djeli Clark, and an excerpt from Return to the Lost Level by Brian Keene
Clarkesworld — Brand new fiction by Julie Novakova, Robert Reed, Carolyn Ives Gilman, and A Que, plus reprints by Joe R. Lansdale and Pat Cadigan
Lightspeed — new SF and fantasy from Ashok K. Banker, Bogi Takács, Cassandra Khaw & A. Maus and Rahul Kanakia, plus reprints by David Brin, Nalo Hopkinson writing with Nisi Shawl, Jeffrey Ford, and Malinda Lo
Locus — the annual Year in Review issue, with the Locus Recommended Reading List, the Locus Poll and Survey ballot, an interview with Carrie Vaughn, an obituary for Ursula K. Le Guin, and plenty of reviews

Back Issue — The April issue, #103, with 84-full color pages is an All-Star Editors issue, with retrospectives of Archie Goodwin and Mark Gruenwald, an interview with Diana Schultz, and a look at Marvel Assistant Editors’ Month from the mid-80s
The Dark — The February issue contains new stories by J.B. Park and Michael Harris Cohen, plus reprints by A.C. Wise and Kristi DeMeester
Nightmare — original fiction from Theodore McCombs and Emily Cataneo, plus reprints by Laura Anne Gilman and Joe McKinney, and Douglas Wynne column on horror, “The H Word”
SFX — Books take center stage in the March issue as SFX asks 65 top genre authors (including Michael Moorcock, Robin Hobb, Peter F Hamilton, Patrick Ness and Claire North) what books they’d take to keep them company on a desert island

Click any of the thumbnail images above for bigger images. Our Late January Fantasy Magazine Rack is here.

Earlier this month we also covered:

Heroic Fantasy Quarterly 35 — with stories by Raphael Ordonez, Mary-Jean Harris, and Norman Doege, plus poetry from James Matthew Byers, Mary Soon Lee, and Karen Bovenmyer.
Amazing Stories, December 1961, a Retro-Review by Rich Horton — with fiction by Jack Williamson, James H. Schmitz, Raymond F. Jones, and Sam McClatchie
Larque Press on Genre Magazine Sales in 2017 — a look at the sales figures for Asimov’s SF, Analog, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, and The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
The Return of OMNI Magazine
The February Short Story Roundup by Fletcher Vredenburgh — reviews of Swords and Sorcery Magazine and issue #14 of Grimdark
Steven Silver’s Birthday Reviews — covering F&SF, Analog, Asimov’s SF, Worlds of If, Interzone, Fantasy Book, Playboy, The New Yorker, Galaxy, Weird Tales, and more

Alter Ego 145-smallAs we’ve mentioned before, all of these magazines are completely dependent on fans and readers to keep them alive. Many are marginal operations for whom a handful of subscriptions may mean the difference between life and death. Why not check one or two out, and try a sample issue? There are magazines here for every budget, from completely free to $35/issue. If you find something intriguing, I hope you’ll consider taking a chance on a subscription. I think you’ll find it’s money very well spent.

Black Gate reports exclusively on fantasy magazines, although we also cover the occasional science fiction or mainstream magazine with some fantasy content. We currently cover 51 magazines (links will take you to our latest coverage):

Adventure Tales edited by John Betancourt
Albedo One edited by Robert (Bob) Neilson
Analog, edited by Trevor Quachri
Andromeda Spaceways Magazine, edited by a rotating staff
Apex, edited by Jason Sizemore
Ares Magazine, edited by Michael Anderson
Asimov’s Science Fiction, edited by Sheila Williams
The Audient Void, edited by Obadiah Baird
Back Issue, edited by Michael Eury
Beneath Ceaseless Skies, edited by Scott H. Andrews
Black Static, edited by Andy Cox
Bloke’s Terrible Tomb of Terror, edited by Jason Crawley
Broadswords and Blasters,
edited by Matthew X. Gomez and Cameron Mount
Cemetery Dance,
edited by Richard Chizmar
Cirsova, edited by P. Alexander
Clarkesworld, edited by Neil Clarke and Sean Wallace
The Dark, edited by Jack Fisher and Sean Wallace

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The Digest Enthusiast, edited by Arkay Olgar
Fantasy and Science Fiction, edited by C.C. Finlay
Galaxy’s Edge, edited by Mike Resnick
Gathering Storm Magazine, edited by Michael McHenry and Cinda McHenry
GigaNotoSaurus, edited by Rashida J. Smith
Grimdark Magazine, edited by Adrian Collins
Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, edited by Adrian Simmons, David Farney, William Ledbetter and James Frederick William Rowe
High Adventure, edited by John P. Gunnison
Holdfast, edited by Laurel Sills and Lucy Smee
Inhuman Magazine, edited by Allen Koszowski
Interzone, edited by Andy Cox
Knights of the Dinner Table, edited by Jolly Blackburn
Lackington’s, edited by Ranylt Richildis
Lightspeed, edited by John Joseph Adams
Locus, edited by Liza Groen Trombi
Luna Station Quarterly, edited by Jennifer Lyn Parsons
Meeple Monthly, edited by Jenna Piller and Amy Clarke
Mythic Delirium, edited by Mike Allen
Nightmare, edited by John Joseph Adams
Occult Detective Quarterly, edited by Sam Gafford and John Linwood Grant.
Outposts of Beyond, edited by Tyree Campbell
Postscripts, edited by Nick Gevers
Pulp Literature, edited by Mel Anastasiou, Jennifer Landels, and Susan Pieters
Red Sun, edited by Ben Richards

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Science Fiction Classics
Scrolls of Legendry, edited by D.M. Ritzlin
Shimmer, edited by E. Catherine Tobler
Shoreline of Infinity, edited by Noel Chidwick
Skelos, edited by Mark Finn, Chris Gruber, and Jeffrey Shanks
Space & Time, edited by Hildy Silverman
Swords and Sorcery Magazine, edited by Curtis Ellett, edited by a cast of thousands
Uncanny, edited by Lynne M. Thomas, Michael Damian Thomas, and Michi Trota
Weirdbook, edited by Douglas Draa‎
Weird Fiction Review, edited by S.T. Joshi
Weird Tales, edited by Marvin Kaye

We also cover many fine magazines that are now defunct:

All Hallows
The All-Story
Amazing Stories
Blood, Blade and Thruster
Bull Spec
Cosmic Crimes Stories
Crossed Genres
Dark Realms

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Darker Matter
Doc Savage
El Conquistador
Electric Velocipede
Fantastic Novels
Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, edited by Warren Lapine
Fantastic Stories
Fantastic Universe
Fantasy Magazine
Fantasy/Fantasy Newsletter
The Fantasy Fan
Fantasy Review
Fantasy Scroll, edited by Iulian Ionescu, Frederick Doot, and Alexandra Zamorski
Flashing Swords
Future Science Fiction
Galaxy Science Fiction
Gygax, edited by Jayson Elliot

H.P. Lovecraft’s Magazine of Horror
I Palantir
Innsmouth Magazine
Interfictions Online, edited by Delia Sherman

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Kobold Quarterly
The Last Province
Level UP
Other Worlds
Planet Stories
Port Iris
Reader’s Digest
Realms of Fantasy
Science Fiction Adventures
Shock Totem
Strange Tales
Strategy & Tactics

Super Science Stories
The Original Science Fiction Stories
Worlds of If

Spellbound magazine Summer 2014-smallAnd we’ve covered the following magazines intermittently:

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Adventure House Pulp Reprints
Alarums and Excursions
Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine
Against the Odds
Alter Ego
Blind Spot
Dark Worlds
Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
Entertainment Weekly
The Excellent Travelling Volume
Faerie Magazine
Game Informer
Goblin Fruit
Graphic Classics
The Lorelei Signal
Lovecraft eZine
New Realm

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The New Yorker
The New York Review of Science Fiction
On Spec
PC Gamer
Primeval: A Journal of the Uncanny
Rue Morgue
The SFWA Bulletin
The Best of Star Trek
Strange Aeons
Strange Horizons
Stupefying Stories
Tin House
Vanity Fair
Virginia Quarterly Review
Whistling Shade

Check out all of our recent magazine coverage here.

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Jeff Stehman

Loving that cover on The Dark.

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