Fantasy and Science Fiction Mar/Apr 2018

F&SF 3/4 2018 coverFantasy and Science Fiction Vol. 134 No. 3 and 4, #736, Mar/Apr 2018
Charlotte Ashley “The Satyr of Brandenburg”
Chi Hui “Deep Sea Fish” translated from Chinese by Brian Bies
Joseph Bruchac “The Next to the Last of the Mohegans”
Jeff Crandall “After the Wolf” (verse)
Charles de Lint: Books to Look For
Michelle West: Musing on Books
Andy Stewart “Likho”
William Ledbetter “The Beast from Below”
Susan Palwick “Hideous Flowerpots”
Marc Laidlaw “A Swim and a Crawl”
Mary Soon Lee “Diaspora” (verse)
F&SF 3/4 2018 back coverPaul Di Filippo: Plumage From Pegasus: The Varley Corps Wants You
Jerry Oltion: Science: Naked-Eye Astronomy
David J. Skal: Films: The Shape of Things Coming Soon
Ted Rabinowitz “A Dog of Wu”
Wole Talabi “The Harmonic Resonance of Ejiro Anaborhi”
G.V. Anderson “Down Where Sound Comes Blunt”
Coming Attractions
Market Place
Robert Eldridge: Curiosities: The Cloud Dream of the Nine, by Kim Man-Choong (1922)

Publisher: Gordon Van Gelder
Editor: C.C. Finlay
Assistant Publishers: Barbara J. Norton, Keith Kahla
Assistant Editors: Robin O’Connor, Stephen L. Mazur, Lisa Rogers
Contests Editor: Carol Pinchefsky
Film Editor: Harlan Ellison
Cover: Cory & Catska Ench “The Satyr of Brandenburg”
Cartoons: Arthur Masear, S. Harris, Danny Shanahan, Bill Long, Kendra Allenby
258 pages, $8.99 on newsstands until April 30, 2018
Fantasy & Science Fiction 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.

Fantasy and Science Fiction Jan/Feb 2018

Fantasy and Science Fiction Vol. 134 No. 1 and 2, #735, Jan/Feb 2018
Vandana Singh “Widdam”
Lisa Mason “Aurelia”
Gardner Dozois “Neanderthals”
Charles de Lint: Books to Look For
Elizabeth Hand: Books
Neal Wilgus “This Way” (verse)
Matthew Hughes “Jewel of the Heart”
Steven Fischer “A List of Forty-Nine Lies”
Robert Reed “An Equation of State”
Nick Wolven “Galatea in Utopia”
Mary Soon Lee “Dear Creator” (verse)
Kathi Maio: Films: Get Off the Sink and Other Unheeded Commandments
Statement of ownership, management and circulation
Paul Di Filippo: Plumage from Pegasus: Toy Sorry
J.D. Moyer “The Equationist”
Mary Robinette Kowal “A Feather in Her Cap”
Dale Bailey “The Donner Party”
Coming Attractions
Market Place
Graham Andrews: Curiosities

F&SF Jan/Feb 2018 cover
F&SF Jan/Feb 2018

Publisher: Gordon Van Gelder
Editor: C.C. Finlay
Assistant Publishers: Barbara J. Norton, Keith Kahla
Assistant Editors: Robin O’Connor, Stephen L. Mazur, Lisa Rogers
Contests Editor: Carol Pinchefsky
Film Editor: Harlan Ellison
Cover: Mondolithic Studios “Galatea in Utopia”
Cartoons: Arthur Masear, Bill Long, S. Harris
258 pages, $8.99 on newsstands until March 5, 2018
Fantasy & Science Fiction website