Analog Science Fiction & Fact
|Issues:||6 issues / 12 months|
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Provides an unbeatable combination of stimulating fiction stories, provocative editorials, and fascinating science-fact articles. Explore the boundaries of the imagination beginning at the frontiers of actual scientific research.
- Amazon Sales Rank: #814 in Magazine Subscriptions
- Brand: Penny Press
- Format: Magazine Subscription
Most helpful customer reviews
40 of 40 people found the following review helpful.
As long as Amazon refuses to allow me to keep more than 7 issues in my kindle library, I cannot recommend the kindle edition
By Amazon Customer
This is an excellent source of science fiction literature. Until Amazon admits that fact and quits treating it like a newspaper, I will give it the lowest rating possible. A zero for integrity and customer service would be the most honest rating. I have to keep every issue I purchase on my device, because otherwise Amazon will remove them from my library after I acquire 7 issues. It may be a funny concept for Amazon, but when I buy a hard copy of a book, I own it and can place it on a shelf in my spare room and always have access to it when I want it. Why does Amazon believe that I have no right to an anthology of short stories that I've purchased because the hard copy is printed on pulp paper? If Amazon thinks back issues in my Kindle library take up too much room on Amazon's cloud server, then Amazon has to make it possible and easy for me to back up my issues on my computer hard drive. However, I would be content if I was allowed to keep as many issues as I've purchased in my kindle library without Amazon committing the digital equivalent of book burning.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful.
Poor Formatiing for Kindle
By Paul Tudor
The Kindle edition is poor compared to the print edition. No pictures - more important the lack of new paragraphs when speakers change. Poor formating. No more Kindle editions!
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful.
The "Big 3" science fiction magazines
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? I think the quality of the writing in F&SF is a cut above that of the other two. But if you don't like fantasy-related stories at all, you would be better off choosing Asimov's.
Analog has a reputation of having the most science-based SF stories, even including a "Brass Tacks" section where readers can discuss what they think are factual errors that appeared in the stories (or in the one-per-issue science fact article). Unfortunately, errors are what distinguish Analog from the other two - it is the only magazine of the top 3 that has abysmal copy editing, so that a missing word, or repeated words, or incorrect words appear about once per printed page (perhaps about what you'd expect from a webzine, but certainly not from a professional publication). There are also some factual errors that seem to indicate that the editors don't bother to read the manuscripts. In the issue I just read (July 2012), a story by a quite famous writer, Ben Bova (who usually writes very well), describes a golf hole that is par 6, but all 3 main characters manage to hit their balls onto or past the green on the first shot. I don't play golf, but I know that it will take 2-3 strokes to get onto the green on a par 5 hole, so it would be even more for par 6. Strange that nobody at Analog noticed this. (By the way, I also read some issues of Analog about 10 years ago, but they were so chock full of grammar and storyline mistakes back then that they were nearly unreadable. So nothing has changed there.)
If you want to read stories with spaceships, etc., I think you should try Asimov's. If you like more down-to-earth stories and don't mind a little fantasy, go for F&SF, which you should also do if you like high-quality writing and editing. But if you want to prove your skills as a copy editor, or if mistake-riddled writing doesn't faze you, then Analog is just the ticket for you!