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      25.06.2011 18:04
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      If you like sci-fi and fantasy you shouldn't be without it.

      I've been getting SFX since my teenage years and its teenage issues. My first issue featured Xena Warrior Princess on the cover with the bottom of the F covered and the title Phwoarria Princess. Not your average reading material for a 15 year old girl but I didn't care. I still don't, even though I'm now in my 30's. The cover stars have changed and sometimes the F isn't as obscured but it's still a great, great magazine.

      Features have come and gone over the years but favourites such as Couch Potato remain. It has in depth articles on programmes and films and a very honest British take on things. Some of the staff have been with it since the beginning and are like old friends as are featured columnist like Dave Langford and Jayne Nelson.
      Many titles have come and gone over the years like Starburst, Cult TV and Dreamscape but SFX remains. Why? Well it's informative and gets great exclusives and on set access. Not only does it look at genre TV and films but it looks at books, comics, manga and anime and Conventions too. Its recent redesign hasn't altered it too much but makes it clearer to read and focuses more on reader events and input giving it a community feel.

      The websites pretty good too but doesn't spoil the magazine, it complements it. Sure, these days you can get information on your genre programmes straight away on the net but SFX always presents an informative different view that's not afraid of long articles or features. A fantastical read from front to back. Subscribers get good offers and special covers with no writing -just the title and the cover picture (great for getting signed at cons)

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        15.07.2010 22:39
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        A British sci-fi magazine NOT JUST FOR GEEKS!

        SFX is a long running British sci-fi magazine covering all aspects of the genre from books, television and film through to comics, models and graphic novels. Currently priced at just under £4, it appears on the shelves monthly and is always highly informative and gives real insight into what's hot and what's not, what's worth watching and what's rot!

        Recently the magazine has featured guest Editors that have included fantasy funny man, Terry Pratchett. Another popular feature that has just concluded and which ran for three issues looked at the 100 top most influential sci-fi writers of all time. Though I was apalled at the fact that one of my favourites, Clifford.D.Simak, was somehow erronously omitted, it proved a very useful reference for works and authors I might not otherwise have heard of!

        The magazine is split into different sections. To start, we usually begin with new up and coming films and television shows that the writing team feel are worth bringing to our attention. Next comes a section entitled Development Hell which details updates on forthcoming movie projects and gives an insight into when we can expect certain movies and who might be the latest director attached to them. Following this, we are normally treated to a series of articles on classic sci-fi/ horror themes often written by guest writers who are frequently big names in the genre.

        At the back of the magazine, we are usually treated to a concise series of revies of some of the latest releases at the Box Office, on the small screen or on the printed page. These are usually quite accurate and, over several years, have become invaluable guides as to what is the cream of the current crop. The Spoiler Zone comes next and looks at current television show episodes, giving a run-down on what is currently going on in all your favourite shows. Though this is usually quite some time behind current schedules, it is called The Spoiler Zone for a reason! If you are behind on a show and needing to catch up, it makes sense not to venture too deep into these pages unless you want your viewing ruined. At one time, this section was sealed and needed to be pulled apart to be read but this proved tricky with, often times, part of the magazine becoming ruined when you couldn't detach the pages. I can only think this must be one of the reasons this idea was abandoned!

        Overall, this magazine is good value for money- subscribe and you can even get money off issues and a free gift that changes often. This months subscription for instance priced at £22 for six months comes with Season One of sci-fi show, Fringe!

        If you only buy one sci-fi magazine, it should be this! Acceot no substitutes!

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        06.04.2009 17:26

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        A good read

        A decent Sci-Fi magazine for fans of the genre, this monthly magazine is available from all good newsagents or via subscription.

        We get the magazine via subscription and its regular every month. The front covers are generally big names in the genre, so this month its Star Trek, previous months it has been Dr Who and Ironman. The magazine has a number of regular sections including movie and dvd reviews, book reviews and guest reviewers.

        The magazine covers a wide variety of things, there can be in-depth stories of upcoming films, as there have been of 'The Watchmen' and 'Transformers 2' or there can be longish articles about particular comic book writers or books, or tv series.

        Available for £24.99 for a 12 month subscription it works out at just over £2 per magazine, if you love Doctor Who or the latest blockbuster, want to keep up with briefs on your favourite tv series or want some of the best sci-fi book, film and memorabilia reviews in the UK, this is the magazine for you. A really good read.

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        06.08.2004 17:29
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        I have been subscribed to SFX magazine for quite some time now and although I can get a lot of the news and other info from the internet I still enjoy the read. So as you can probably guess from the title, the mag will appeal to anyone who is into the Science-Fiction and Fantasy genre. This can range from Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter to Farscape and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Whatever you're into there's always something interesting to read.The magazine is 122 pages in total and covers all of the latest news and views in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy world. The magazine costs around £3.60 in the shops but you can get it cheaper if you subscribe. I currently pay £8.90 for every 3 issues, which works out at about £3 each. You will need a debit card though, if you want to subscribe. When you do subscribe you get the latest issue early and you also get a limited edition cover that doesn't have any writing on it, apart from the logo. You sometimes get free stuff too. A couple of issues back I got a free copy of Total Film and Playstation 2 magazine. Not bad if you ask me. Before we get to any of the main features we are given a teaser of what's to come. This is done via the 'highlights' page. The page basically gives the reader an idea of the main stuff that he/she can expect in this issue and also tells you what page these things are on. We then move on to the 'Contents' page. This shows what page each topic is on so you can skip ahead to something you really want to look at. I know that in this issue, as soon as I found out they had 'Farscape: Peackeeper Wars' pics, I jumped to that page straight away. The contents page also shows that the magazine is split into four different sections. The four sections are entitled 'News', 'Features', 'Departments' and 'Reviews'. When we turn to the next page we land on the trailers page. Each issue they analyse a new Sci-Fi or fantasy trai
        ler via screencaptures and also include a short summary about the movie, the trailer is advertising. The views of the SFX team are also included. In this issue they analysed the trailer for the upcoming Sarah Michelle Geller horror 'The Grudge'. Some of the info they included was that the film was a remake of a Japanese horror film and that this was the film that prevented SMG from being in the last episode of Angel. The SFX team's views are quite funny too. The 'Mailbag' page is next and is probably one of my favourite parts of the mag. In this part we get to read the letters and emails from SFX readers who want to shout out about something or want to ask questions to the SFX team. In this issue they had a side section for some of the Angel letters they recieved about the cancellation of the show. They could only show a few because they got so many. I haven't written in yet but I'm planning to at some point. We now move on to one of the main sections, 'News'. This part includes the topic 'Strange Tales' which basically has all of the latest news and rumours in movies and TV. As I said before there was a nice Farscape page in this issue which included some really great teaser pics, but who knows what it might be in the next mag??? Also included in this part is a 'US TV round up' that includes casting news and other info about some of the US TV shows such as Tru Calling and Smallville. There can be some exclusive news so it's always a great section to look at. 'Features' is the next main part of the magazine and includes a great array of intresting reads. First off is 'SFX Profile'. This part usually includes two or three articles about people in sci-fi/fantasy. In this particular issue they included a great article about Chris Barrie who was the star of Red Dwarf. Next is the 'cover feature' which, in this issue is 'The 69 Sexiest Aliens and A.I.s' whe
        re the winner was Enterprise's Jolene Blalock who plays T'Pol. I don't know if I agree with that but all I can say is that SFX must have a lot of Star Trek readers! I would have wanted the Buffybot to win or Claudia Black who plays Aeryn Sun on Farscape. Still in the same section, we move on to the next load of load features. In this issue these were 'On Set: Smallville' which was basically a look back at Season 3, On Set: The Chronicles of Riddick', this was a behind the scenes look the set, Interview: Dominic Keating', 'On Set: Stargate SG-1', 'On Set: I Robot' and 'Past Perfect: Doomwatch'. So as you can gather this section is very packed and will definitely last you until your next copy. I know it takes me ages to get through all of this stuff but when I do sit down and finally read it I find it very informative and at times humourous. The quality of writing is top-class and easy to read, even for the casual reader like myself. The last two section are 'Departments' and 'Reviews'. 'Departments' includes more articles and most notably this where all the info is if you want to enter the competitions. You can also find out about the latest subscription offers too. 'Reviews' as you can guess is full of DVD, Movie, books and comic reviews. Although not always right their reviews are always a nice read and remember if you don't agree you can always write in. So overall this is a fantastic magazine with lots of great articles and other reads to get stuck into and always delivers the top-class writing and humour that is associated with SFX magazine. I recommend you pick up a copy today. I don't think this is a very good review because when I read it back it seams as though I have repeated quite a few words and it doesn't make that much sense. If you feel the same way I would be greatful for a few edits to spice it up a bit. Thanks for read
        ing anyway. Also posted on Ciao.

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          21.05.2001 18:50

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          Way back in August 1995 I bought the first three issues of SFX at the World Science Fiction convention in Glasgow. I was so pleased to find a SF magazine at last without a almost exclusive American outlook! When I returned to Australia, I ordered this magazine through my newsagent. The years went on and the price crept up - due to the exchange rate I am sure. It is now almost A$10 an issue. I stopped buying it as of last month. Why did you ask? Well, I was finding it was getting a little to, how do I put this, trendy. It could be me that has changed of course, but I was finding the information a little too breezy and light. I will miss reading SFX each month but the extra money now in my pocket will to better uses, like food! Maybe in time, I'll buy the ocassional issue just to keep my SF information up to speed. I certainly won't be buying the American magazines - they are even more expensive

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          05.04.2001 16:56
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          SFX is a monthly magazine published by Future Publishing in Bath, UK. One of the big plus points of this is that it has a British bias, a refreshing change for us this side of the water. Alongside the usual Buffy and Star Trek articles it's not afraid to feature Dr Who or Blakes 7. SFX is the Science Fiction magazine for grown-ups. Well, more grown up than some other magazines. Intelligently written articles and reviews make you feel it's OK to be a sci-fi fan. It's not necessary to sit in your bedroom making Vulcan ears out of the liquid latex that came with your "Make a Star Wars Chess Set" kit. SFX says you can stand up and be proud, or at least not have to go out with a blanket over your head. Along with the news and reviews are special features like the "Couch Potato". This personal favourite of mine sits several people on a sofa (a mixture of SFX journo's and possibly some genre celebs) and forces them, Mystery Science Theatre style, to endure a night's really bad sci-fi. The comments can be hysterically funny and stops the mag taking itself too seriously. There are also the usual competitions and giveaways that all mags offer, but it's the quality of SFX that really sets it apart from the rest. As mentioned in other opinions on this site it can be difficult to find in the shops, but I've noticed it's becoming more widespread with both WH Smiths and even Tescos now stocking it. Perhaps the real problem is that the mag is so popular that if you don't get each edition in the first week of release, it's all sold out! If you're a Sci-Fi fan looking for up to date news, exclusive interviews, in depth but not "anorakky" articles and, at the same time, a bit of a laugh, then SFX should be your first choice.

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            26.12.2000 01:12
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            Of all the Science Fiction magazines I have read; which is all the main ones, SFX is the best. I started reading it because my boyfriend buys it and he was always raving about it, but now I can see why. There are usually a wide range of articles and interviews, presented in a funny manner. Most of the magazines I have read take themselves too serious, but they often make jokes and even put the critical reviews into the letters page! There are sections for sci-fi/ fantasy books as well as the usual films. There is also a 'spoiler' zone which is selaed in the middle and tellls of the next 2/4 episodes of the main series such as Voyager and Buffy. The great thing is, they give you the option; as it's sealed you don't have to read it unless you want to. Most recently they had reviews of the series episodes not even out on sky. My favourite part has to be for sale or wanted though. It gives you the opportunity to advertise or buy things for good prices.

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            03.11.2000 17:46
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            This is a magazine with a great glossy cover. The pics on the cover are sometimes worth the price of the mag themselves. The only problem I've found with this mag is that you will struggle to find it unless you subscribe, or ask your newsagent to get it for you. It tries to cover a wide range of media, from movie to TV to games, books and videos and does a fair job of it too. I wish they had a few more books in their review, but so far they haven't lead me astray and I've found some nice new titles through them. It also covers the oldies as well as the newcomers in movies as well as books, something which not many other mags do well. The articles are entertaining and interesting but the only failing is that their "Spoiler"section, with summaries of the plots in upcoming episodes of your favourite Sci-fi serial is sometimes out of date ! This is an add on: If you subscribe to this magazine, you might find (as I did) that some of the issues that you might have expected landing on your doorstep you have to go out and buy for yourself instead. This is apparently because SFX publish several special editions throughout the year (varying in number depending on how many things there are to do special edition about) and these specials are not included in the price of the subscription. So you will either have to pay the price, plus a pound for postage, or try and find it in the shops (no easy task). When I first found out, I was really not impressed with them for not making that clear in the subscription info. But I like the mag so much that I forgave them. I would definitely recommend this mag to those who like Sci-fi

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