February & March 2014 Bestsellers

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LONTAR: The Journal of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction – Issue 1 cover - click to view full sizeSince we’ve added a handful of new magazines recently — and since Apex is in the middle of their Fourth Story campaign — I thought it would be fun just to look at magazines for the most recent bestseller list.

Andrea wrote about the #1 bestselling individual issue, Lontar: The Journal of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction — and how awesome is it that readers are digging it? Yeah! Part of the reason I want to spotlight the magazine top 5 is that with Lontar, Shimmer, & Plasma Frequency are magazines that don’t usually make the subscription bestsellers list, which is always packed with such heavy hitters as Clarkesworld, Galaxy’s Edge, Lightspeed, Apex, NYRSF, and Locus.

But I’ve always loved indie presses — also known as boutique publishers, micropresses, zinesters, so many terms! I started LCRW lo those many years ago because I loved the unexpected gems and unknown-to-me voices that I’d find more often there than in the slicker magazines. Sure, I don’t love everything in every issue of a zine, but I figure if I’m knocked over once or twice per issue, that’s going to be as good as most other magazines. (LCRW I’m not counting, as everything in it is something that knocked me over from the submission stacks.)

Andrea also wrote recently about one magazine that’s relatively new to Weightless, Luna Station Quarterly, although since they’re already at issue 17, they’re hitting their 5-year-anniversary, which is pretty great. Other relatively new magazines on the site include:

Bastion Science Fiction: according to the editors, this will be all sf all the time.

The Common: a fascinating literary journal in which everything begins with a consideration of place.

Flash Fiction Online: a monthly flash fiction magazine.

Lovers of dark fiction, don’t miss Beware the Dark which just dropped in price from $4.99/issue to just $2.99, and a three-issue annual subscription is now a bargain $5.97.

Although we don’t sell subscriptions to all the magazines here, most are available. Here they are organized from least-to-most expensive.

Thanks again, everyone, for reading great books, for reading widely, and for choosing this indie DRM-free ebooksite!

February & March 2014 Magazines

  1. Lontar: The Journal of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction – #1
  2. Shimmer – #18
  3. Plasma Frequency – #10
    Interzone – #249
  4. Locus – February 2014 (#637)
  5. Clarkesworld – #89

Subscriptions

  1. Clarkesworld
  2. Galaxy’s Edge
  3. Apex
    Lightspeed
  4. Beneath Ceaseless Skies
  5. New York Review of Science Fiction

Clarkesworld Magazine – Issue 91 Galaxy’s Edge Magazine – Issue 7: March 2014 Apex Magazine Issue 59 Lightspeed Magazine Issue 47 Beneath Ceaseless Skies Issue #144 New York Review of Science Fiction #306

Bastion Science Fiction Magazine – Issue 1 cover - click to view full size Plasma Frequency Magazine – Issue 10 cover  Flash Fiction Online Issue #6 March 2014 cover - click to view full size  Chelsea Station: Issue 4 cover - click to view full sizeThe Common 06 cover - click to view full size

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