US critical magazine, initially published by David G Hartwell's Dragon Press, Pleasantville, New York and from late 2012 by the current owner and publisher Kevin J Maroney; edited (in 1995) by Kathryn Cramer, L W Currey, Samuel R Delany, David G Hartwell, Robert J Killheffer, Gordon Van Gelder and Donald G Keller; current; monthly, beginning with the trial issue (#0) August 1988 and #1 September 1988. It had reached #288 by August 2012, which was the last printed issue; the magazine continues in various digital/Ebook formats with a POD print option.
Too highbrow and professional – many of its staff being sf/fantasy writers and publishers – to be called a Fanzine, too informal to be called an Academic Journal, The New York Review of SF is a somewhat unusual critical Semiprozine. It publishes general articles of remarkably varying quality on sf, as well as some of the best long reviews in the field. Its tone is far from homogeneous; it moves disconcertingly (and fast) from chatty to pompous, and there is something to irritate everyone. But, as one might expect from the very well informed staff producing its 24 large-format pages a month with astonishing regularity until the 2013 digital transition, it is also irreplaceable. Certainly its coverage of current and historically important Genre SF and Fantasy is both wider and deeper than anything in the academic journals with the possible exception of Foundation: The Review of Science Fiction. [PN/DRL]
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