SF MAGAZINES: Clarkesworld And The Numbers

June 11th, 2012 | researchmaterial

I’m not getting back on this old hobby horse per se, but last night I tripped over some data provided by online sf magazine CLARKESWORLD.

In 2009, ANALOG was the best-selling print sf magazine, at around 25K, probably bolstered to the tune of around 3K by ebook-version sales.  It habitually posts a year-on-year decline of between 2 and 6 percent.

So Neil Clarke, who owns and operates digital-only CLARKESWORLD magazine, posted a bunch of data. Including:

The solid line in this chart indicates unique readers per issue and the dotted line is a cumulative six-month average that influences how I determine our monthly readership.

While these are almost certainly all free readers – and the one datum Clarke doesn’t give up is how many paid readers he has – compare the reach to what I just told you about ANALOG.  CLARKESWORLD is now a place that’ll bring a writer of science fiction more readers than will the most popular sf short-fiction magazine in English.

Obviously, individual blogs and special platforms have been bringing people more readers than that for a long time.  But I think it’s worth noting that a place that specifically defines itself as a science fiction magazine has crested over the top of the remaining print magazines and remains on an upward curve.  I wish Neil and his team continued success.

Bookmarks for 2012-06-09

June 10th, 2012 | brainjuice

  • Pruned: Graffiti as Tactical Urban Wireless Network
    "A Utah-based startup company called Chamtech Operations is claiming that its Spray On Antenna Kit can turn any surface into a high-powered antenna."
    (tags:comms cities )
  • Carles Viñas – The skinheads as a rennovating element of the Spanish extreme right | Re-public: re-imagining democracy – english version
    "…the neo-fascist skinheads far from forming a supplement to the old extreme right, became its principal renovating element. A homologous phenomenon soon spread throughout Europe, liquidating the nostalgic character of the former extreme right. Its innovative character was made visible in its iconography (closer to neo-Nazism rather than to Francoist symbols) characterized by the profusion of emblems that were not extensively used till then, like the Celtic cross or the runes taken from the Norse Mythology such as the one adopted by the South African Afrikaner Resistance Movement; in its publications (fanzines of a comics aesthetic called skinzines, which were bound in photocopies); in their modes of expansion, as in the sphere of sports as well as in music (football and neo-Nazi Rock also known as RAC)[5] and in their racist ideology (keeping a distance from the Catholicism that the extreme right previously advocated and that heralded the equality of all people and adopting a supremacist and xenophobic message that the Spanish extreme rightist skinheads were paradoxically trumpeting when the number of immigrants in Spain was not yet significant)."
    (tags:pol )
  • Pages – The 4th AISB Symposium on Computing and Philosophy
    @justinpickard: Gutted to miss this. 'Computing, Philosophy and the Question of Bio-Machine Hybrids': http://t.co/xsiPon2K (July 2-6; Birmingham, UK) http://twitter.com/justinpickard/status/211546689146851328
    (tags:ifttt twitter editmytaglaterwarren! )
  • Quick Spain thoughts — Marginal Revolution
    @tomkeene: this is dead, dead on. watch +finland http://t.co/9Gvien4W http://twitter.com/tomkeene/status/211545317311651844
    (tags:ifttt twitter editmytaglaterwarren! )

Bookmarks for 2012-06-09

June 9th, 2012 | brainjuice