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SFX (magazine)

Cover of issue 1, June 1995
Editor Richard Edwards
Former editors Matt Bielby
Dave Golder
David Bradley
Categories Science fiction
Frequency Every four weeks
Circulation 25,835 (January 2013 - January 2014, including digital)[1]
First issue 1995
Company Future plc
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Website .uk.cosfx
ISSN 1749-6969
OCLC number 813632043

SFX is a British magazine covering the topics of science fiction and fantasy.


  • Description 1
  • SFX Awards 2
    • Categories 2.1
  • References 3
  • External links 4


SFX magazine is published every four weeks [2] by Future plc[3] and was founded in 1995.[2] The magazine covers topics in the genres of popular science fiction, fantasy and horror, within the media of films,[4] television,[5] videogames, comics and literature.[6] According to the magazine's website, the SF stands for "science fiction", but the X doesn't stand for anything in particular.[2]

Matt Bielby was the editor for the first 11 issues. He was followed by Dave Golder[7] who left the magazine in 2005 but later returned as its online editor. Golder was replaced by David Bradley, who edited for over nine years before being promoted to Group Editor-in-Chief, handing over the issue editor role to Richard Edwards, who had been deputy editor. Other members of staff include features editor Nick Setchfield, reviews editor Ian Berriman and community editor Jordan Farley.

The magazine has featured a column written by David Langford since issue one. Additional contributors have included Simon Pegg, Mark Millar, Paul Cornell, Jayne Nelson and Bonnie Burton. SFX also publishes regular special editions.

In April 2013, the 35th European Science Fiction Convention in Kiev named SFX Best Magazine in its Hall Of Fame award category.[8]

The magazine's website used to feature news, reviews, competitions, reader blogs, and a reader forum. In November 2014 the website was closed and now redirects to the video game website GamesRadar. The staff also became part of GamesRadar, powering its TV and science fiction content.[9]

SFX Awards

The SFX Awards celebrate the previous year's achievements in science fiction and are voted on by the readers of the SFX magazine.[10] The first SFX Awards took place in 1997.

The winners were announced at the SFX Weekender (a sci-fi Festival in North Wales) and in the magazine.[11][12]


In the 2010-2013 awards, the following categories were present:

Chosen by SFX

  • Breakout of the Year
  • Cult Hero
  • Hope for the Future
  • Lifetime Achievement
  • Lifetime Contribution
  • Living Legend
  • Outstanding Literary Contribution
  • Phenomenon
  • Screenwriting Excellence

Chosen by the general People

  • Best Actor
  • Best Actress
  • Best Collectible/Toy
  • Best Comic Book
  • Best Death Scene
  • Best Dialogue
  • Best Director
  • Best Fight Scene
  • Best Film
  • Best Gadget or Future Technology
  • Best Novel
  • Best New TV Show
  • Best New Show
  • Best Plot Twist
  • Best Special Effect
  • Best Special SFX
  • Best TV Show
  • Best TV Episode
  • Best Villain
  • Sexiest Man
  • Sexiest Woman
  • Best Videogame
  • Biggest Disappointment
  • Hope for the Future[13][14][15][16]


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  13. ^ SFX Magazin (2013): SFX Sci-Fi Awards 2013. Edition: October 2013. Page:68-73
  14. ^ SFX Magazin (2012): SFX Sci-Fi Awards 2012. Edition: April 2012. Page:90-97
  15. ^ SFX Magazin (2011): SFX Sci-Fi Awards 2011. Edition: April 2011. Page:89-101
  16. ^ SFX Magazin (2010): SFX Sci-Fi Awards 2010. Edition: April 2010. Page:96-101

External links

  • Official website

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