Magazines Received, April 2021

Mark Kelly’s regular Periodicals posts have been discontinued. We will list online and print magazines seen by Locus each month.

This page lists new SF/F/H print, online, and electronic periodicals (including regularly updated websites) seen by Locus magazine, focusing on those that publish fiction or reviews and criticism.To submit titles for listing on these pages, please send to Locus Publications, 655 13th St. #100, Oakland CA 94612 or email

Analog Science Fiction and Fact

  • Trevor Quachri, ed.
  • Vol. 141 Nos. 3 & 4, March/April 2021
  • $7.99, bimonthly, 208pp, 15 x 21½ cm.
  • This issue in­cludes a novella by Catharine Wells; novelettes by Meg Pontecorvo, Tony Ballantyne, Sean McMullen, and Sean Monaghan; short stories by Brenda Kalt, Filip Wiltgren, Matthew Claxton, Jerry Oltion, Aimee Ogden, Shane Halbach, Elise Stephens, Tom Jolly, Ron Collins, James Van Pelt, Charles Hand, Marie Vibbert, and Ray Nayler; a science article by Christina De La Rocha; poetry; reviews, etc. Cover by Maurizio Manzieri.

Asimov’s Science Fiction

  • Sheila Wil­liams, ed.
  • Vol. 45 Nos. 3 & 4, Whole Numbers 542 & 543, March/April 2021
  • $7.99, bimonthly, 208pp, 15 x 21½ cm.
  • This issue includes novellas by Alex Irvine and Greg Egan; novelettes by Felicity Shoulders and Rudy Rucker; short stories by Anya Ow, Kali Wallace, James Patrick Kelly, A.T. Greenblatt, Derek Künsken, Christopher Mark Rose, and Michael Swanwick; columns by Robert Silverberg and James Pat­rick Kelly; poetry; reviews, etc. Cover by NASA.

Black Static

  • Andy Cox, ed.
  • Issue No. 78/79, November/December 2020
  • £14.00, tri-annually, 192pp, 17 x 24 cm.
  • British dark SF/F and horror magazine with stories by Rhonda Pressley Veit, Tyler Keevil, Ashley Stokes, Zandra Renwick, Jo Kaplan, Neil Williamson, Jess Hyslop, Stephen Bacon, Alexan­der Glass, and Mike Buckley. Cover by Richard Wagner. Subscription: Not available. Single issues can be purchased from TTA Press, 5 Martins Lane, Witcham, Ely, Cambs CB6 2LB, UK; email: <>.

Bourbon Penn

  • Erik Secker, ed.
  • Issue No. 23, March 2021
  • $12.95 print/$1.99 digital/free online, three times a year, 146pp, 12½ x 20 cm.
  • Literary specu­lative fiction magazine with stories by Tara Campbell, William Jablonsky, Rich Larson, and others. Cover by Aof Smith. Subscription: not available. Cop­ies can be purchased from

Fiction River: Chances

  • Denise Little & Kristine Kathryn Rusch, eds.
  • Issue No. 35
  • $15.99 paper/$6.99 digital, ir­regular, 282pp, 14 x 21½ cm.
  • Themed anthology magazine, each issue has a different editor and a different theme or genre with Kristine Kathryn Rusch & Dean Wesley Smith as the overall series editors. The theme of this anthology is “chances” and includes original fiction by Annie Reed, Stefon Mears, Loren L. Coleman, and others. Subscription: $29.99 digital/$69.99 paper (contact for international de­livery costs) for six issues to WMG Publishing, PO Box 269, Lincoln City OR 97367.


  • Dean Wesley Smith, ed.
  • Issue No. 10, August 2020
  • $9.99 print/$5.99 digital, quarterly, 152pp, 17½ x 25½ cm.
  • This issue was guest edited by Mark Leslie and includes short fiction from Leah R. Cutter, Rob­ert Jeschonek, Kevin J. Anderson & Neil Peart, and others. Cover by justdd/Depositphotos. Subscription: six issues for $54.99 print/$29.99 digital, avail­able at <>.

Science Fiction Studies

  • Arthur B. Evans et al., eds.
  • Vol. 48, Part 1, No. 143, March 2021
  • $30.00, three times a year, 220pp, 15 x 23 cm.
  • Academic journal. Guest edited by Aris Mounsoutzanis & Yugin Teo, this issue’s theme is “SF and Nostalgia” and includes articles by Natalia To­bin, Paula Barba Guerrero, Robbie McAllister, Asami Nakamura, María José Gámez Fuentes & Rebecca Maseda García, Claire Gullander-Drolet, Matthias Stephan, and Nat Muller; an essay-length book review, and reviews. Subscription: $32.00 per year digital/$40.00 for print/$42.00 print plus digital for individuals, plus $15.00 for print subscriptions outside the US, or free with a membership in the Science Fiction Research As­sociation, to SF‑TH Inc., c/o Arthur B. Evans, EC 203, DePauw University, Greencastle IN 46135‑0037; or the SFS website at <>. All institutional subscriptions are handled through JSTOR <>: $55.00 per year digital/$65.00 for print/$70.00 for print plus digital plus $15.00 for print subscriptions outside the US.

Smith’s Monthly

  • Dean Wesley Smith
  • Issue #47, March 2021
  • $6.99 digi­tal/$12.99 print, monthly, 148pp, 17½ x 25½ cm.
  • A magazine written entirely by Dean Wesley Smith with five short stories; a full novel, Ring Game; and a WMG Writer’s guide “How to Write Fiction Sales Copy”. Subscription: Digital: $29.99 (six issues)/$49.99 (12 issues)/US print plus digital: $59.99 (six issues)/$99.99(12 issues)/Outside the US print plus digital: $99.99 (six issues)/$199.99 (12 issues) at <>.


  • F.J. Bergmann, ed.
  • Issue No. 44.2, Spring 2021
  • $5.00 + $2.00 s&h print/$2.50 digital, quarterly, 48pp, 14 x 21½ cm.
  • Speculative poet­ry magazine from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association. This issue includes poetry by Mary Soon Lee, Josh Pearce, Ann K. Schwader, and others; small press coverage, articles, etc. Cover by Michal Kváč. Subscription: $24.00 for four print is­sues/$10.00 digital or included with a SFPA membership via paypal to <SF­>.

Online Magazines

Apex Magazine

  • Jason Sizemore, ed.
  • Issue #123, May 2021
  • digital free online or $3.99 per print issue; bi-monthly.
  • Online SF/fantasy/horror magazine publishing both new and reprinted fic­tion. This issue includes original short fiction by A.K. Hudson, Mari Ness, Aurelius Raines II, Sydney Rossman-Reich, Jennifer R. Donohue, and Kath­erine Crighton; reprints from Michele Tracy Berger, and Errick A. Nunnally; nonfiction by Alex Bledsoe, Nicole Kornher-Stace, and A.C. Wise; inter­views with Jennifer R. Donohue, A.K. Hudson, and artist Denis Zhbankov; and reviews. The issue content will be made available free online intermit­tently over the two months between issues. Cover by Denis Zhbankov. Subscription: $24.00 digital for a six issue recurring subscription from Apex <>.


  • Stephen Higgins, ed.
  • No. 139, April 2021
  • $2.99, 10 times a year (every month except January and December).
  • This issue incudes fiction from Daniel Baker, Georgia Angus, and Lora Gray; articles, news; and reviews. Subscrip­tions $19.99/year for 10 issues from their website.

Baffling Magazine

  • Craig L. Gidney & dave ring, eds.
  • Issue #3, April 2021
  • free online; quarterly.
  • Online genre flash fiction magazine with a “queer bent.” This issue includes stories by Jae Stein­bacher, Mari Ness, and others. Cover by Savanna Mayer. Subscriptions: Unavailable.

Beneath Ceaseless Skies

  • Scott H. Andrews, ed.
  • Issue #326, March 25, 2021
  • free online, biweekly.
  • Online fantasy/adventure magazine. This issue includes original fiction by C.L. Clark (with accompanying podcast) and Anna Winterstein, and a reprint from Alix E. Harrow. Cover by Leon Tukker. Subscription: $19.99/year from Weightless Books <www.weightless­>.

Beneath Ceaseless Skies

  • Scott H. Andrews, ed.
  • Issue #327, April 8, 2021
  • free online, biweekly.
  • Online fantasy/adventure magazine. This issue includes original fiction by Cat Rambo and Cara Masten DiGirolamo, and a reprint from Megan Arkenberg. Cover by Leon Tukker. Subscription: $19.99/year from Weightless Books <>.


  • Neil Clarke, ed.
  • Issue #175, April 2021
  • free online or $2.99 ebook, monthly.
  • Online SF/fantasy magazine. This issue includes original fiction by Ray Nayler (with accompany­ing podcast), Endria Isa Richadson, Dean-Paul Stephens, Richard Webb, Andrea Kriz, and L Chan; reprints by Chen Qian (Carmen Yiling Yan, trans.); an article by Andrew Liptak; and interviews with Harry Turtledove and Bo-Young Kim. Cover by JC Jongwon Park. Subscription: Digital subscription $35.88 for 12 issue at <https://clarkes­> or is­sues may be purchased monthly: $2.99 digital/$10.00 print ($14.00 Canada & Europe)/$12.99 print + digital ($16.99 Canada & Europe). Also available from third-party sellers.

The Dark

  • Sean Wallace, ed.
  • Issue #71, April 2021
  • free online or digital avail­able for $1.99-$2.99, monthly.
  • Dark fantasy and horror magazine. This issue includes original fiction by Carlie St. George, H. Pueyo, Octavia Cade, and Ai Jiang. Cover art by breaker­maximus. Subscription: digital sub­scriptions available for $23.88 for 12 issues from Weightless Books <>. Issues can be purchased at a monthly subscription rate from at $1.99/month or £1.99/month via; or as single copies at $2.99 from Apple, B&N, Kobo, and Weightless.

Deep Magic

  • Jeff Wheeler, Charlie N. Holmberg, et al., eds.
  • Issue #72, Spring 2021
  • $2.99, quarterly.
  • Deep Magic is a SF and fantasy fiction magazine (without sex, swearing, or graphic violence) that publishes stories in various subgenres. This issue includes original fiction by JC Kang, Kajetan Kwiatkowski, Alice Towey, Brittany Rainsdon, and Marie Croke; and excerpts from books by JA Andrews and Terry Brooks. Cover art by Mélanie Delon. Subscription: Not available. Single issues can be purchased from

Departure Mirror

  • Arthur Robert Tracy IV, ed.
  • Issue #3, Spring 2021
  • free online; quarterly.
  • Premiere issue of a pro-rate, genre magazine looking at SF and fantasy as “a departure from and a mirror on reality.” This issue includes fiction by Osahon Ize-Iyamu, Martin L. Small, Mounia Lakehal Mer­ibout, and others; and poetry. Cover by Jim Keller. Subscriptions: free.

Fantasy Magazine

  • Christie Yant & Ar­ley Sorg, eds.
  • Issue #66, April 2021
  • free online or $3.99 ebook, monthly.
  • Online Fantasy magazine. This issue includes original fiction by Y.M. Pang and Alice Goldfuss; flash fiction by A.Z. Louise and Shane Halbach; an essay by C.L. Clark; and poetry. On the website, each month’s contents are serialized throughout the month with new features published on the first four Tuesdays. The ebook edi­tion is available on the first of the month. Cover by MoVille / Adobe Stock Image. Subscription: $2.99/month via or $23.88 for 12 issues from Fantasy <­tions//> or Weightless Books <>.


  • Brian J. White ed.
  • Issue #90, April 2021
  • $5.00 digital only, monthly.
  • In the April issue, the site posted short fiction by Rebecca Burton, Aimee Ogden, and Nicole Bade. Subscrip­tions: digital subscriptions available for $60.00 for 12 issues at <firesidefi­>.

Fiyah: Magazine of Black Speculative Fiction

  • DaVaun Sanders, ed.
  • Issue #18, Spring 2021
  • $3.99 digital only, quar­terly.
  • Literary Black Speculative Fic­tion magazine that “features stories by and about people of the African Diaspora.” This issue includes stories from Marika Bailey, Chris Campbell, Kristen Reynolds, and Jade Wilburn; and poetry. Cover by Tajae Keith. Subscription: digital subscriptions available for $15.99 for four issues at <>.

Flash Point SF

  • Thomas J. Griffin & M.A. Dosser eds.
  • March/April 2021
  • free online, bi-weekly.
  • Flash fiction SF and fantasy site posting a new story every other Friday. In March/April, the site posted short fiction by Caroline Dinh, Karter Mycroft, and Simon Kewin. Subscrip­tions: digital subscriptions available for $5.00 for one year at <>.


  • Fred Coppersmith, ed.
  • Spring 2021
  • free online, quarterly.
  • Online speculative fiction magazine with sci­ence fiction, fantasy, and horror. This issue has fiction by Dafydd McKimm, Emma Culla, Eden Royce, and oth­ers; and poetry. Cover by Carly A-F. Subscription: Unavailable.

Lightspeed Magazine

  • John Joseph Adams, ed.
  • Issue #131, April 2021
  • free online or $3.99 ebook, monthly.
  • Online SF/fantasy magazine. This issue includes original science fiction by An Owomoyela and Rich Larson; reprinted SF by Seanan McGuire and Ray Nayler; original fantasy by Ashok K. Banker; reprinted fantasy by Ann Leckie and Genevieve Val­entine; and book reviews. On the website, each month’s contents are serialized throughout the month with new features published on the first four Tuesdays. The ebook edition is available on the first of the month with exclusive content not available on the website. This month’s exclusive content are excerpts from novels by Ashok K. Banker and Nicole Glover. Cover by Caleb Worcester. Sub­scription: $2.99/month via or $35.88/year from Lightspeed <­scribe/> or Weightless Books <>.


  • B. Morris Allen, ed.
  • May 2021
  • $7.00 print/$4.00 digital/free online, monthly, 187pp, 10 x 15 mm.
  • Online and print speculative fiction magazine. This issue includes origi­nal stories by Laura Duerr, Emmett Swan, James A. Bartles, and Mariah Montoya. New stories are posted online every Friday. Cover by Danos Philopoulos. Subscription: Digital subscriptions available at $3.00/month through Patreon <­>. Single issues available from and IngramSpark.

Nightmare Magazine

  • Wendy N. Wagner, ed.
  • Issue #103, April 2021
  • free online or $2.99 ebook, monthly.
  • Online horror/dark fantasy magazine publishing both original and reprinted fiction. This issue includes original fiction by A.T. Greenblatt, Eileen Gunnell Lee, Marc Laidlaw, and Paul Crenshaw; and a non-fiction essay by Stephanie Malia Morris. On the website, each month’s contents are serialized throughout the month with new features published on the first four Wednesdays. Cover by Alexandra Petruk / Adobe Stock Art. Subscription: $1.99/monthly from Amazon or $23.88/year from Night­mare or Weightless Books <>.

Strange Horizons

  • Vanessa Rose Phin, et al., eds.
  • March/April 2021
  • free, weekly.
  • Online speculative fiction magazine publishing fiction, poetry, essays, reviews, and interviews. New issues are posted each Monday. In March, Strange Horizons published a Palestinian speculative issue with guest editor Rasha Abdulhadi, featur­ing fiction by Karim Kattan, Abdulla Moaswes, Wadih Haddad, and Nadia Shammas; Palestinian poetry (with accompanying podcasts); an art­ist interview with Aya Ghanameh; a “Roundtable on the Palestinian Speculative” with Fargo Tbakhi, N.A. Mansour, and Rasha Abdulhadi; and reviews. Also posted in March and April was short fiction (with accom­panying podcasts) by Noel Cheruto, and Nike Sulway; a column by Maria Haskins; an article by Judith Tarr; po­etry (with accompanying podcasts); reviews, etc. Covers by Tahlia Day, Aya Ghanameh, and Elaine Ho. Subscription: unavailable.

  • Tom Doherty, Fritz Foy, Irene Gallo, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, et al., eds.
  • March/April
  • free online.
  • Macmillan publishing house site specializing in genre fiction. Each month publishes free fiction and articles including original works, reprints, novel excerpts, and comics; re-reads/re-watches of novels and television shows; an artist gallery; original reviews; articles and commentary; interviews; as well as providing a forum for the genre community. New material is posted throughout the month. March/April posts include novel excerpts from books by Court­tia Newland, K.M. Szpara, Polly Ho-Yen, David Bowles, Mark Law­rence, Zen Cho, Katherine Addison, Ciannon Smart, Marina J. Lostetter, Lynette Noni, Molly E. Lee, Kim Bo-Young, Elly Bangs, Alina Boyden; J.S. Dewes, F.T. Lukens, and Joan He; a Spanish translation reprint of a story by Naomi Kritzer; and original fiction by ‘Pemi Aguda and Michael Swanwick.

The Outer Limits

  • Wired (February 2021) The entire issue was turned over to excerpts from the novel 2034: A Novel of the Next World War by Elliot Ackerman & Admiral James Stavridis, which postulates a war between the US and China.
  • Wired (April 2021) includes a profile of Chinese SF writer, Chen Qiufan.

This listing and more like it in the May 2021 issue of Locus.

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