SFX magazine

SFX magazine

Infobox Magazine
title = SFX

editor = David Bradley
frequency = 4 weekly
category =
company = Future Publishing
firstdate = 1995
country = United Kingdom
language = English
website = [http://www.sfx.co.uk SFX]

"SFX" is a British magazine devoted to science fiction and fantasy subjects, especially media-related topics, but not containing fiction. It is published every four weeks, and is the best-selling title of its type in the UK.

It was launched by Future Publishing in 1995, as an alternative to the increasingly unfashionable likes of "Starburst" and "TV Zone". Since its launch, "SFX" has gone on to become a market and industry leader, and is one of the most well-recognised titles in the UK magazine industry. In common with other magazines in the Future stable, it has a glossy cover, extensive features and interviews, and a self-referential writing style. The magazine's stance allows the expression of strong opinion on topics, sometimes being highly critical of films, books or TV shows that other magazines have rated highly.

Although "SFX" is the common abbreviation for special effects, the "SFX" website FAQ suggests that the magazine is not named after this ("It certainly doesn't mean we're a special FX magazine"): the SF stands for "science fiction", but the X may stand for anything. The magazine occasionally places the cover picture over the bottom of the "F" in "SFX" thereby making the logo look like it may read "SEX", although according to the magazine’s FAQ: "We do not select or reject cover images based on whether or not they’ll cover up the F. It's not intentional and you'll find a number of issues where our logo isn't covered up". In early 2005 the magazine underwent a redesign, including a logo change. Issue 150 (2006) had a brief statement that the magazine would undergo another redesign; this manifested itself in the form of several updates across a series of issues in 2007, including the readers' letters pages, news and reviews sections.


Matt Bielby was the founding editor for the first 13 issues, moving on to work on the launch of sister publication, "Total Film". Dave Golder took over as the magazine's editor from the 14th issue, but left in 2005 and editor David Bradley took his place. Other members of staff include Features Editor Nick Setchfield, News Editor Richard Edwards and Reviews Editor Ian Berriman. The advertising manager is currently Adrian Hill who has been associated with the title since issue one, though he was briefly replaced by Charlotte Morgan.

There have been changes in personnel since its launch, and many former staff members continue to write for the magazine in a freelance capacity, often contributing reviews and articles, such as Jayne Nelson's regular column and Steve O'Brien, who often hosts the "Couch Potato" feature. Well-known SF commentator Dave Langford has also had a column since issue one, and several other famous individuals from the world of cult TV, books and film have contributed, including Simon Pegg, Mark Millar and Paul Cornell.

See also

*Total Film
*Future Publishing

External links

* [http://www.sfx.co.uk/ SFX home page]
* [http://forum.sfx.co.uk/ SFX forum]

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