Planetary Defense Command Ranks 49 SF Magazines from Best to Worst

If you are considering diving into SF short fiction, you owe it to yourself to check out Planetary Defense Command. He reviewed 49(!) magazines, and now he has ranked all 49. Magazines in the top half will move on to his next round.

The recent spate of pulp-inspired mags are well represented. Every Day Should Be Tuesday favorite Cirsova is one of two magazines to score a 10. Astounding Frontiers, Broadswords & Blasters, and Storyhack all squeak into the top half, beating out the only magazine I actually subscribe to, the pro-rate paying Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.  Heroic Fantasy Quarterly is on my list to check out too.

I am way behind on my magazine reading!

Planetary Defense Command

In my last post, I explained why I’ve cut off my first round of magazine reviews at 49, and described my ranking method.  So, on to the results, giving my first issue of each magazine an Olympic-style score from 10 to 1:

[WARNING:  Do not go to the website of Red Sun Magazine, as its domain registration expired and was taken over by scammers.  The link below is to my review of the magazine, not to the scammer website.  It is still safe to go to their facebook or twitter accounts, or to buy their magazine at Amazon.]


Red Sun Magazine



Space and Time

Beneath Ceaseless Skies



Heroic Fantasy Quarterly


Sci Phi Journal


Perihelion SF

Andromeda Spaceways In-Flight Magazine

Fantasy Scroll

Astounding Frontiers

Albedo One

Mothership Zeta

Just a Minor Malfunction



Compelling SF

Nebula Rift

Plasma Frequency

Deep Magic

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About H.P.

Blogs on books at Every Day Should Be Tuesday (speculative fiction) and Hillbilly Highways (country noir and nonfiction).
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