Analog Mar/Apr 2018

Analog Mar/Apr 2018 coverAnalog Science Fiction and Fact (Astounding) Vol. 138 #3 & 4 Mar/Apr 2018
Stanley Schmidt: Time and Time Again (Guest Editorial)
Alec Nevala-Lee “The Spires” art by Vincent DiFate
C. Stuart Hardwick: Taming the Genie: How Fear of the Atom Threatens Our Future (Science Fact)
Suzanne Palmer “The Steaming Man”
In Times to Come
Rich Larson “Razzibot”
Gwendolyn Clare “The Selves We Leave Behind”
Tom Ligon “Beek”
Brian Trent “An Incident on Ishtar”
Brendan DuBois “The Tail Gunner’s Lament”
Bruce McAllister “Engineered” (verse)
Jerry Oltion “Sicko”
Mary A. Turzillo “Car Talk”
John G. Cramer: When Virgo Joined Ligo (The Alternate View)
Bruce McAllister “Frog Happy”
Susan Forest “Sun Splashed Fields and Far Blue Mountains”
Nick Wolven “Lab B-15”
Gregory Benford “Physics Tomorrow: A News Item of the Year 2116”
Bill Pronzini “The Being” (Probability Zero)
James Van Pelt “Big Thompson”
Tom Jolly “The Camel’s Tail” art by Tomislav Tikulin
Richard A. Lovett: Tom Jolly (Biolog)
Mary Soon Lee: “Venus, As It Might Have Been” (verse)
Derek Künsken “The Quantum Magician” part 2, art by Josh Meehan
Don Sakers: The Reference Library
Classified Marketplace
Brass Tacks (Letters)
Anthony Lewis: Upcoming Events

Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Trevor Quachri
Assistant Editor: Emily Hockaday
Editorial Assistant: Deanna McLafferty
Senior Art Director: Victoria Green
Cover: Donato Giancola
208 pages, $7.99 on newsstands until April 24, 2018
Analog website

2017 Total Paid Distribution

The release of the Jan/Feb issues of Dell’s digest magazines marks the first year of their bi-monthly, double-issue format. The issues also provide the publisher’s statements of ownership, which include the average number of copies for a variety of categories, over a preceding 12-month period, for the print editions.

Magazines print more copies than they sell through subscriptions and newsstands. For the big five digests, excess inventory is offered in Value Packs on their websites. A great opportunity for readers to try out recent issues of a title at a fraction of its regular price.

Dell and F&SF sell far more issues via subscriptions than newsstands. For the most part, combining the two gives you the total paid circulation. However, it’s important to note these numbers don’t include digital sales, which are likely on the rise. Below is the “total paid distribution” from Jan/Feb 2017 and 2018 of the print editions:

2017 13,527
2018 12,962

2017 19,963
2018 18,957

2017 13,978
2018 13,320

Ellery Queen
2017 16,472
2018 15,486

2017 11,108
2018 11,429

Except for F&SF, the year-over-year numbers show declines of ~500–1000. Is this due to thicker, less frequent issues, general magazine publishing trends, distribution challenges, or something else? Without numbers on digital edition sales, it’s unclear. But I will share some anecdotal evidence about my experience buying the Jan/Feb 2018 issue of AHMM. (I generally buy magazines at a newsstand to avoid subscription mailing labels.)

Shortly after the new Dell books were out, I went to Rich’s Cigar Store on SW Alder, which to my knowledge is the largest magazine shop in Portland, Oregon. Dell’s two SF digests were there, but not AHMM. They still had five copies of the previous issue on display.

After the holidays I tried Powell’s in Cedar Hills. They had EQMM and F&SF, but no Hitchcock. A week or two later I called Powell’s to see if it had arrived. The CSR couldn’t locate the issue or the title, despite the fact that I have purchased it there before.

My fallback is wwnewstand on ebay, but as of yesterday they still were not offering it.

I finally found a copy at Barnes & Nobel at Bridgeport Village. After my purchase, there was only one remaining. I also learned you could buy a single issue AHMM from the B&N website. Good to know of another backup option.

I think the difficulty points to the distributor. When I asked for an issue of Strand Magazine at Rich’s one day this fall, the manager told me they were never quite sure what the distributor was going to give them. Apparently, in the case of the current AHMM—zero. As of my last trip there in mid-January, Rich’s still had five copies of Nov/Dec 2017 on display.

Genre digest publishers—even the big five—have their challenges. If you like what they do, please support them at the newsstand, online, or through subscriptions. The world needs stories, and they publish some of the best.

Note: Total paid distribution numbers for Fate and Nostalgia Digest are not listed here, as I didn’t find any Statements of Ownership in recent issues.

Analog Jan/Feb 2018

Analog Science Fiction and Fact (Astounding) Vol. 138 #1 & 2 Jan/Feb 2018
Stanley Schmidt: Educational Challenge (Guest Editorial)
Derek Künsken “The Quantum Magician” part 1
Julie Novakova: Hell Is Other Planets (Science Fact)
Michael F. Flynn “The Journeyman: Through Madness Gap” art by Tomislav Tikulin
Mary A. Turzillo: “Hobson’s Choices”
Alan Dean Foster “Ten and Ten”
Paul Carlson: Margin of Error (Probability Zero)
Andrew Barton “One to Watch”
In Times to Come
John G. Cramer: Do Black Holes Really Exist? (The Alternate View)
Holly Schofield “Home on the Free Range” art by Kurt Huggins
David Gerrold “Endless City”
Ian Watson “When the Aliens Stop to Bottle” art by Kevin Speidell
Marissa Lingen “Two Point Three Children”
D.A. Xiaolin Spires “Atomic Numbers” (verse)
Eric Cline “Air Gap”
Jeremiah Tolbert “The Dissonant Note” art by Eldar Zakirov
Statement of Ownership, Management and Circulation
Adam-Troy Castro “Blurred Lives”
Bruce Boston “Wife of a Particle Physicist” (verse)
Don Sakers: The Reference Library
Classified Marketplace
Brass Tacks (Letters)
2017 Index
Anlab Ballot
Anthony Lewis: Upcoming Events

Analog Jan/Feb 2018

Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Trevor Quachri
Assistant Editor: Emily Hockaday
Editorial Assistant: Deanna McLafferty
Senior Art Director: Victoria Green
Cover: Josh Meehan “The Quantum Magician”
208 pages, $7.99 on newsstands until Feb. 20, 2018
Analog website