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Maybe NOT!!!, but nevertheless it is pretty good, especially with the reviews, interveiws and development hell sections. I thank god for giving us genuises, who came up with the concept of SFX magazine. What i like especially is the front cover, and wondering which famous star is going to grace us with their looks. I've noticed personally that when ever Sarah Michelle Geller or any of her fellow cast members are on the front cover, i buy it. I remember specifcally last year in the summer time, when the X-men were coming out, there were so many magazines with them on the front cover. I was so confused over which one to buy, but when i saw the SFX front cover, i was in love. There are however downfalls, of which some being, there's sometimes not enough interviews, or really small writing, that strains your eyes. the good points being the spolier zone that tells you whats happening in our big cousins country (USA) ahead of our schedule. still confused? i say go buy it!!!
SFX magazine is a monthly periodical that covers all areas of the Sci-fi/fantasy genre. It has features and reports on new films and TV series (including in-depth special features and interviews) as well as reviews of the new video’s, DVD’s, books, computer games and comics that are available. It has a very good news section where all the latest snippets and rumours are reported, and an episode guide to some of the more popular shows yet to be aired in this country (in a sealed extra section in the middle called “The Spoiler Zone” - so you won’t read them by accident). This is a very good magazine with a lot of quality articles and is for anybody interested in the whole sci-fi/fantasy genre as it is easy to read and up-to-date, its just a shame it is only available monthly, the cover price is £3.25, but savings can be made by subscribing at £7.50 every three issues.
SFX is a magazine that covers all aspects of science fiction and fantasy including films, books, TV shows, videos, comics, software, etc. etc. Anyone who is the slightest bit interested in sci-fi or fantasy would probably appreciate this mag. I personally love all the Terry Pratchett fantasy books and there has been several articles featuring this wonderful author in the mag as well as reviews of his books and the tie-in computer games. They even had a four page interview with him some months ago! Star Trek, Buffy, Deep Space 9 - the list is endless. Give it a try - I'm sure you will like it, although you may not enjoy the price of £3.25 which I think is excessive for a magazine but that seems to be an average price these days!
SFX is a science fiction, fantasy and cult entertainment magazine, and in my opinion is the best such magazine available in the UK. I've often found it strange that it isn't more popular, because it's not on the shelves in many newsagents unlike a number of other sci-fi mags. I generally have to get mine from WhSmiths, though this may be because a large number of it's readers get it on subscription, and there are some very good subscription deals that you can get for it. The best thing about SFX for me is the reviews section which takes up about 30 or so pages. They review the latest books, films, video and tv offerings as well as computer games, comics and other merchandise. Unlike other magazines like it, they do a large number of detailed reviews each month, and not just a couple shoved in the back somewhere. SFX also has some great interviews with all the big stars of SF and some great articles on all from the most popular sci-fi around to some cult programme from the 70's. If you like Sci-fi and want a good, comprehensive magazine on the subject, try SFX if you havent already.
The face of UK scifi? Maybe. SFX was set up a couple of years ago and has managed to establish itself as a colourful, well illustrated magazine focusing on cult television. When the magazine came out I thought it was great, it was snappy, witty, sarcastic, and was packed full of scifi and cult series info. Recently however, I have to put in a few critiscisms. Their book reviews are simply not up to par. Often the reviewer knows less about the book than those reading the magazine, and often great series are sidelined as 'old hat' and not really worth examining. In fact this is symptomatic of the whole magazine. Star Trek is deemed to be worthless because it makes lots of money, and for the moment Buffy and Angel are great, but how long before they too are disdained as money churning mechanisms? I understand that the magazine should represent new and upcoming items, but it's disregard for the older more estbalished series can irritate at times. The mag is great in that it acts as a collection of info for all realms of cult fanship, the only problem is that a lot of the info is more in depth on the Net these days than in the mag. I still love the look of the magazine however, with it's bold ullustrations and colourful look that anyone would be proud to have on their shelfs as aesthetically pleasing. Still, some changes would be good to see, and maybe the mag could get a little fatter for the money.
Whilst a lot of media science fiction magazines tend to look a bit sad (or, at least, make the buyer look a bit sad as he walks up to the counter), SFX is designed to be different. With painfully eye-catching covers, usually involving attractive women in provocative poses, the tops of whose heads obscure part of the letterhead so that the magazine appears to be called SEX, this is the FHM of sf magazines and, as the sales figures have always shown, this kind of Style is something of a successful sales tactic. Inside, the magazine is also different in style from most of the market’s other science fiction glossies; many of the articles are laced with humour or are frankly irreverent, and whilst many other magazines have since followed SFX’s lead in filling their pages with tons and tons of articles on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and other ‘cool’ genre shows, it is still only SFX that matches the tone of those shows in the style of its articles, and this situation will probably remain constant for some time to come. Most mass-market magazines which write about sf, fantasy and horror tend to use the same pool of freelance journalists who obviously live in Hollywood (and are probably American), conduct several interviews a day with various actors and crewmembers and then sell them back to the British magazine market to the highest bidder. SFX benefits from more of an ‘in-house’ feel, with the same interviewers appearing month after month in the magazine (and these names do not appear in other titles) and gradually developing their style over time, honed in on the specific audience they are writing for. These interviewers are obviously British, and based in Britain, since an SFX interview is often decorated with comments which indicate whether the celebrity contacted the magazine by phone, was conducting a UK tour at that time, etc., etc., and this means that we tend to get the sort of questions asked that we want asked,
and in the style we want them asked, and, to me at least, this is somewhat satisfying. SFX also benefits from a large news section and even larger reviews section which covers films, TV, videos and DVDs (personally, I would prefer these to be in separate sub-sections rather than lumped together), comics, computer games, and books (even though the magazine doesn’t itself print new fiction — one of the few things I would suggest adding to the magazine). The magazine also features retrospective articles, recently including subjects such as Dan Dare and The History of Star Trek (a serialised piece which was interesting to start with but which is now becoming very tedious indeed). But the jewels in the crown are most certainly the three monthly columns, by Dave Langford, John Brosnan and Paul Cornell respectively. None of these names are SFX discoveries: Dave Langford has been churning out fan writings for years, in his own fanzine, Ansible, as well as the literary sf magazine Interzone, John Brosnan has long had a column in Starburst and Paul Cornell is well known in Doctor Who fandom (and all three have published novels), but to see all three columns in one magazine, month after month, is a treat indeed. SFX, therefore, has its own distinctive style which marks it out from its competitor publications. I buy a lot of science fiction magazines, both media- and literature-based, and if all were written in this tone I would probably become bored. But, as it is, SFX is an excellent once-a-month event, and I would certainly advise picking up a copy in Smith’s next month. Go on — you won’t even look sad in doing so!
If you want a Science Fiction magazine that delivers quality every month, look no further than SFX. Even in its current state of continuously describing the decidedly average "Buffy" as the best thing ever on TV, there is enough good stuff to outweigh it. My favourite sections are as follows: 1. Reviews Films, Videos, Books, TV, Comics and Junk. All the reviews are well written, show an excellent understanding on the genre (these guys are pretty much obsessed with Sci Fi), and often funny. 2. News This is the latest gossip from around the world, usually focused on new films. There is also a "Spoiler Zone" where you can find out what's happening in, say, the X Files in the US at the moment. I take great pride in NEVER opening this section. 3. Couch Potato Finally this has been reinstated. The best bit of the mag is where the writers sit down and watch some old tosh like William Shatner films/shows. Very funny. I've bought this mag for years and it just gets better and better.