Best Semiprozine 2016

BEST SEMIPROZINE 2016

  • Beneath Ceaseless Skies edited by Scott H. Andrews
  • Daily Science Fiction edited by Michele-Lee Barasso and Jonathan Laden
  • Sci Phi Journal edited by Jason Rennie
  • Strange Horizons edited by Catherine Krahe, Julia Rios, A. J. Odasso, Vanessa Rose Phin,Maureen Kincaid Speller, and the Strange Horizons staff
  • Uncanny Magazine edited by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, Michi Trota, and Erika Ensign & Steven Schapansky

So, who is at the top of your list and why?

As always, keep in mind the Comment Rules, and let’s discuss the Hugo finalists!

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Best Semiprozine Part 3

Last of our round-ups for Semiprozine (click each for the full recs). Next week we start Best Fan Writer! If you still want to submit Best Semiprozine recommendations, go ahead. My current plan is to include them in the Late Arrivals round-up at the end of the season.

Apex Magazine – Apex is a consistently excellent online zine that includes new as well as known writers from around the world.

Black Gate – A quarterly magazine that focuses on sword and sorcery fantasy but emphasize stories with more characterization and wordsmithing than the norm.

GigaNotoSaurus – This is simple but effective: one novelette per month, posted on a website with a snazzy dinosaur banner.

Lightspeed Magazine – Recommending last year’s winner isn’t very imaginative, but the fact remains that Lightspeed is putting out consistently good fiction, and has some real gems in there.

Unlikely Story – A quirky series of themed pseudo-academic journals that strikes my love of sci fi/fantasy and academics very nicely.

Uncanny – Firstly, the shallowest reason to like Uncanny: the covers are absolutely gorgeous, each and every one. …Their published fiction includes some truly excellent pieces.

And rather shorter so far than what I am looking for, but an open thread with 2 recs right now, but you can keep an eye on:

Sci Phi Journal and Daily Science Fiction

Best Semiprozine Part 2

Black Gate – Online magazine with a focus on fantasy literature.  Notable for in-depth reviews and analysis of both current novels and genre classics.

Kaleidotrope – Quarterly online magazine of fantasy/SF stories and poetry.  It has a distinct leaning towards the strange and the quirky, and if that is your sort of thing, you’ll enjoy this.

Strange Horizons – Weekly magazine of stories, articles, poetry and reviews – leaning heavily towards in-depth articles and interestingly experimental fiction.  SF’s supposed to be the literature of ideas, and this zine tries very hard to prove it.

You can still submit more recommendations for Best Semiprozine until tonight! (Technically, until tomorrow morning – Eastern US – when I get up and collate the recs into a post.) 🙂

Semiprozine.org has an excellent list of eligible publications to peruse with links to their websites. Also,Rocket Stack Rank has an awesome resource that includes links on how to freely access or buy issues of the top magazines as well as the recommendation results of short stories organized by publication.

Semiprozine Recommendation Thread

In response to a comment by CJ, I think I will try allowing people to post recommendations as comments to this post. I have been hesitant to have open threads like this and instead focus on linking to recommendations on other sites because I don’t have the time to devote to moderating comments, and comment threads succeed or crash and burn in large part due to moderation.

I still prefer linking to recommendations you post elsewhere, but, ultimately, I am more interested in as many recommendations as possible.

So feel free to recommend any semiprozines in a comment below (again, preferably 150 words or more – something more substantial than “Hey this one is great!”). Thanks!

Best Semiprozine Part 1

The first set of Best Semiprozine Hugo Award recommendations

Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine – Small Australia-based magazine with a high proportion of writing by new authors. It was part of last year’s slate, but it’s worth a look in its own right.

Interzone – It might be almost old enough to run for President of the USA, but the UK’s best-known SF magazine is still in there, still putting out good stuff, still well worth consideration.

Uncanny – Relatively new online magazine, already attracting some well-known names, with a good mix of stories, articles and poetry. It may be new, but it looks like it could go somewhere.

Uncanny and Lightspeed – Brief overview of my favorite content from this year’s issues of Lightspeed Magazine and Uncanny Magazine.

Still a couple days to submit more recommendations for Best Semiprozine!

Semiprozine.org has an excellent list of eligible publications to peruse with links to their websites. Also,Rocket Stack Rank has an awesome resource that includes links on how to freely access or buy issues of the top magazines as well as the recommendation results of short stories organized by publication.