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SFX (magazine)

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Richard Edwards

Year founded

Every four weeks

Former editors
Matt Bielby Dave Golder David Bradley

Science fiction magazine

25,835 (January 2013 - January 2014, including digital)

SFX, so called after the common homophonic abbreviation "SFX", standing for "special effects", is a British magazine covering the topics of science fiction and fantasy.



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

Matt Bielby was the editor for the first 11 issues. He was followed by Dave Golder 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 and reviews editor Ian Berriman.

The magazine featured a column written by David Langford from issue one to issue 274. 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.

The magazine's website sfx.co.uk used to feature news, reviews, competitions, reader blogs, and a reader forum. In November 2014 the website was closed and the URL redirected to the website GamesRadar which is now the online home of Future's sci-fi content, featuring TV and film features alongside videogames.

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. 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. In 2013, SFX announced that they were no longer able to organise the SFX Weekender events due to staff reductions. The event continued under the name SciFi Weekender, without SFX's sponsorship.


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
  • References

    SFX (magazine) Wikipedia

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