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Amazon is thrilled to offer Kindle fantasy and science-fiction fans the magazine that Stephen King calls "the best fiction magazine in America."

Founded in 1949, Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine is the award-winning original publisher of such classics as Stephen King's Dark Tower, Daniel Keyes's Flowers for Algernon, and Walter M. Miller's A Canticle for Leibowitz. Each bimonthly issue offers compelling short fiction by writers such as Ray Bradbury, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Terry Bisson, along with the science-fiction field's most respected and outspoken opinions on books, films and science--plus a dash of humor from our cartoonists and writers.


Product Details

  • Publisher: Spilogale Inc. (December 17, 2015)
  • Issues: 6 issues / year
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ZFZ4O8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,340 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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On newsstands and on Kindle, there are 3 major magazines devoted to short works (from short stories to novellas) in science fiction: "Analog Science Fiction and Fact", "Asimov's" and "The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction" (F&SF; here I mean the Extended version on Kindle - the free edition just contains the non-fiction parts of the magazine and is more or less a teaser for the Extended version).
First a side note: I like reading science fiction, and now I live in Germany. Before Amazon existed, I had to buy lots of books on visits to America and take them over to Europe in my suitcase. First Amazon made it possible to order US books from Germany without huge (actually, usually free) shipping costs. Now, Amazon's Kindle makes it possible for me to read US magazines at what is actually *below* the price of a US newsstand or subscription price. Yay!
I have an issue of F&SF from 2010 that lists the 2-year subscription price as $56, plus $12 per year foreign postage, makes $80. The current Kindle subscription rate is $2 per issue. With 6 issues per year, that's only $24 for 2 years. Analog and Asimov's are about $33 per year, but have more pages.
So, what's the difference between the three? Analog and Asimov's (both published by Dell Magazines) tend to publish science fiction that involves spaceships, aliens, robots and the like. F&SF prints stories that are more literary, sort of like a normal short story with an element of science fiction / fantasy (sometimes described as "New Wave" science fiction to distinguish it from the subject matter of the "pulps" from the mid 20th century).
Actually, I like "spaceship" science fiction, but I subscribe to F&SF and only purchase Asimov's if that month's issue sounds promising. Why?
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I have to agree with other reviews. When I'm buying a magazine (not a newspaper), I'm expecting that I'll be able to keep it and use the same way I use Amazon books. Not being able to synchronize all issues with the cloud an redownload them when needed, is certainl a major issue for me.
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It is with sad and heavy heart I am ending my sub to this edition of F&SF. I found out from Amazon support that you can only keep the last 7 issues of magazines. Sure, you can click that 'keep it longer' button, BUT if you ever buy another Kindle, it won't work on it. The issue is ONLY good on the Kindle you bought it on. Think about it, the Kindle you own now won't last forever. One day it will go bad, or you will want to upgrade to a new one. Worse, you can't read magazines or blogs on your Kindle app, such as Kindle for PC. Also you can forget about backing up the files on your PC for transfer to a new Kindle later. Now this might be fine for a current events magazine like Time, but we SF reads like to SAVE our magazines. Good SF is forever, and not everything gets re-printed. All the above applies to ALL the SF mags here on Amazon, Analog, Asimov's, Clarke's, and F&SF. If you want to keep your magazines, buy a paper copy. Way to screw up, Amazon.
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I dislike that when the new issue downloads it removes the previous, and after going through the Manage My Kindle instructions, find that I have to redeliver the previous issues manually in order to finish them off. I feel it's a real time constraint that I have to hurry up and read it before it disappears - ugh. And as I can't keep the issues after the max of seven (7), as much as I'm truly supportive of sci fi writers and chose the pay option to contribute to their careers, the library would be the same deal of borrowing on a time limit.
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I was an avid reader and subscriber to The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction for over a decade, until I bought a Kindle. As many Kindle users have also found, once you start reading on this device you never want to go back to paper. Enough about the Kindle, though, since the magazine itself is what is important.

I feel that the magazine itself is a gem. It contains many short stories per issue that for me are the perfect size to read just before falling to sleep or while waiting in a doctors office. I have found the editorial quality to be top notch, so I'm rarely disappointed with a story, and even in those rare times where one doesn't excite me, I still consider the value of the magazine to worth the price.

I also find the mix of fantasy versus science fiction to be about where I'd like. I have found that I don't enjoy a magazine that is purely science fiction nearly as much as I would have thought, so the fantasy breaks it up enough to keep me interested. The stories range so much, from silly to deeply thought provoking that there is something for everybody.
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I've been reading F&SF for decades and it's a great magazine. I used to subscribe electronically on another site, but since they moved to Amazon I've completely dropped it.

The problem isn't the magazine; it's how subscriptions are handled.

1) A real subscription involves a single payment for multiple issues. The whole point is to avoid having to pay every month. You pay once, then get a bunch of issues.
2) You can't keep the back issues. I have electronic back issues of F&SF going back to 2006, which is great for rereading the stories. I can't do that with Amazon subscriptions.

I would LOVE to subscribe again, but until I can keep the magazines there really is no point.

Fix subscriptions: PLEASE!
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