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Fantasy & Science Fiction, Free Exclusive Digest [Kindle Edition]

by Spilogale Inc.
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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Amazon is thrilled to offer Kindle fantasy and science-fiction fans an exclusive free digest to the magazine that Stephen King calls "the best fiction magazine in America." Founded in 1949, Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine is the award-winning original publisher of such classics as Stephen King's Dark Tower, Daniel Keyes's Flowers for Algernon, and Walter M. Miller's A Canticle for Leibowitz. This free exclusive digest includes:

  • All nonfiction content: editor's recommendations, "Curiosities" (odd books of enduring interest), film reviews, book reviews, cartoons and humor, and "Coming Attractions" (highlights of each issue).
  • One full story from the current full issue of the magazine.
  • Short descriptions of the extended issue's remaining stories and "novelets."

If you are interested in reading the remainder of the stories and "novelets," subscribe to the extended edition.

Kindle Magazines are fully downloaded onto your Kindle so you can read them even when you're not wirelessly connected.This magazine does not necessarily reflect the full print content of the publication.

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great deal for free 15 Aug. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
For a free magazine its pretty good. basically lots of reviews on scifi and fantasy books. this is great for me as they are my fave sorts of books. as far as i know there is no charge and once a fortnight it just appears on your kindle so youre always uptodate with what books are hot and wha books are not. defo get if these are the types of books you read. you cant go wrong. its free.
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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It is free and it is great 8 Aug. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Contrary to what some other reviewers seem to think, this magazine is free forever and is not a trial. It is a digest version of the full magazine.

Therefore, by definition, you should not expect the full magazine. It does say about a 14 day trial above, but that is just the general copy from all Kindle magazine pages and not actually pursuant to this FREE DIGEST version, which is rather obvious if you read it carefully.

The content itself is also very good. It has good articles and reviews and other sections from the magazine. And, even if it were just one article, how can you complain, given that it's free?

Bravo Amazon. I hope to see more Digest versions of popular publications in the future.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality for nothing. 27 Dec. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Fantasy and Science Fiction magazine; never read the print publication and I've subscribed to it for as long as the free digest has existed. I'm going to be honest with you here. I subscribed primarily because it is free. I most likely left the subscription ride for a couple of issues skimming the magazine and never really reading the content.

A month ago, that changed. Having finished reading the paper on my Kindle on my long commute to meet my friend via train I found the November/December magazine on my list still unread. I opened the magazine and flicked through it and landed on a novelette called "Under Glass" by Tim Sullivan. Roughly just over 8000 words long, the word count is not important I'm just showing the value here.

I started to read this story and my jaw physically dropped, it was so engrossing I couldn't put it down and I hate to use that phrase as it sounds so hopelessly redundant and cliché but it was how I felt exactly at the time. I'm unsure if you would be able to find the story if your reading this as you can't get back issues by Kindle so I'll give a basic summary and I hope I can do this story justice.

The basic premise is that this fellow, named Bob who is a recluse (and has been all his life.) he has retreated into his own little word with his only friends being his birds and is devoted to their existence. He collects weird and collectible items, unseen cult movies on VHS, posters and possibly the oddest things he has amassed are several jars which he claimed had souls of dead people. The story however, is not about Bob. The story is about his friend in which the story is written in first person so you never get his name. When Bob dies due to illness is required in Bobs will to distribute his items and possessions.
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50 of 55 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not what people think it is. 7 Aug. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
People seem to be getting wound up thinking if they subscribe to this they will be charged for the full version.

It does say 'Free Digest' as in shorter version the full magazine. Nowhere does it state you are getting the full thing.

You basically get one short story and the articles for free.

Once you have subscribed you continue to get the free digest. The bit about the 14-day free trial is on every magazine subscription listing.

If you want the full version there is a link with pricing info (99p every 2 months) after the description.

Go here instead> Fantasy & Science Fiction , Extended Edition you get the the 14 day trial anyway (basically first issue free).

Also the complaining about the prices being in dollars, it is an American magazine published in America. Used to get this magazine a few years ago and it had to be imported. I would think that anyone reading Interzone in a country not the UK would be frustrated that the prices for books were not in their local currency (or probably not).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good 13 Sept. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I buy the Kindle versions of Asimov etc though not each and every issue. It is good that the F&SF free edition is available as well - always enjoy the articles and the book reviews. Probably will convince me to buy the odd issue depending on the stories / writers present in the full version. Found the layout fine and the sections easy to navigate.
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By Rob W.
Format:Kindle Edition
Fantasy and Science Fiction is always worth a read, and if you haven't tried the full magazine, then you really should try this free digest. However, if this is your first time reading it, I'd recommend sticking with it for a few issues -- even if you don't much like the first one that you get.

Because you only get one story in the Digest, there's no guarantee you'll always like it -- sometimes, it'll be a story that doesn't work for you. (If you're willing to pay for it, the full magazine is a better bet, with several stories each issue). But for free, you can't really go far wrong with this digest version. I've found some really great stories in F&SF in the past, and you can bet there'll be more of them down the line.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice little freebie. 3 Nov. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This free digest is a bit inconsistent. Sometimes the short story featured is great, other times it's a yawn fest. Ditto most other sections.

That said, it's also had some excellent stories and articles. I especially enjoyed one recently about non-Newtonian fluids and I've come across a fair few interesting books in the reviews that I have pegged to check out.

I think if they started charging for it I wouldn't be interested, but as an ongoing freebie it's a nice little addition to my Kindle, and the interesting articles and stories have on the whole made up for the duller ones. If I could give 3 1/2 stars then I would, but seeing as it's free for all Kindle owners I plumped for 4 rather than 3.
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