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SFX is a Britishmarker 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 Europe.

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.


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; he left in 2005 (though has since returned as Special Projects Editor) and was replaced by current editor David Bradley. Other members of staff include Features Editor Nick Setchfield, Reviews Editor Ian Berriman, and News Editor Richard Edwards.

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 regular columnist Jayne Nelson. 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.

SFX Weekender

Having hosted three live SFX Events in the early part of the decade, in August 2009 the magazine announced its intention to launch a 2010 weekend science fiction festival called the SFX Weekender. Taking place in Camber Sands, Sussex, the event will run on February 5th and 6th and publicity material claims it will include guest stars such as John Barrowman, author readings, a party, a fun fair, a pub quiz and the ceremony for the SFX Awards 2010.


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