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26 February 2008 @ 10:06 pm
The April 2008 Issue of SCI FI Magazine is Now On Sale  
The April 2008 issue of SCI FI, the official magazine of the SCI FI Channel, goes on sale today.

In addition to showcasing 23 new faces on TV this season (that's Smallville's Laura Vandervoort representing the freshman class), the issue also contains feature articles on the films 10,000 B.C., Nim's Island, The Ruins, Doomsday, and Repo! The Genetic Opera, the TV series Battlestar Galactica, Stargate Atlantis, and Destination Truth, and the Stargate SG-1 straight-to-DVD movie The Ark of Truth.

Plus there are reviews of books, games, DVDs, tech gadgets, and more.

And just in case you've forgotten the reason that I'm telling you all this—editing SCI FI is one-half of my day job. (The other half is editing Science Fiction Weekly.)

And since the issue will be on sale until April 21, there's plenty of time for you to find your own copy at the nearest bookstore or newsstand.
~twilight~: negative photo_twilight_ on February 27th, 2008 04:13 am (UTC)
Have I told you kudos lately?

Good job, Scott. Your work makes geeks happy.
:D <-- self-portrait
coppervalecoppervale on February 27th, 2008 04:30 am (UTC)
Looking forward to it, Scott - it's a regular (good) read for me.
morjanamorjana on February 27th, 2008 05:28 am (UTC)
Stargate SG-1 ran on the SciFi Channel (new episodes) for five seasons. The SciFi Channel continues to show episodes on a weekday 6pm rotation.

Based on the success of SG1, the SciFi Channel acquired Stargate Atlantis. It's currently wrapping its fourth season on March 7, and a fifth season will premiere this year (this summer? or fall?)...

My question is: why doesn't SciFi Magazine PROMOTE not only Stargate Atlantis, but ANY of their own original TV series on a more frequent basis? (Other than the media darling of Battlestar Galactica?)

In the six years that Stargate has been a SciFi Channel property, I believe Stargate has been prominently featured on the cover twice (the first time was in conjunction with the 4th season of Farscape), and now Stargate Atlantis at least gets an article along with SG1's The Ark of Truth in this issue.

The SciFi Channel has finally made it into the top ten of cable channels with its ratings -- I just wonder why the SciFi Channel does't take EVERY opportunity to promote its own series.


Morjana Coffman
scottedelmanscottedelman on February 28th, 2008 02:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Query
Looking back at the last year of SCI FI, I see that the magazine included some kind of coverage of Stargate Atlantis in every issue, sometimes with feature articles, sometimes in the form of interviews with the producers as part of the regular TV in Focus section, and also as part of our Fall Preview special issue.

But as for your wish to see more SCI FI properties on the covers, what it comes down to is the idea that what would best serve those shows is whatever will get the most copies of the magazines into the hands of newsstand browsers so that they'll take them home and then read about those shows. Having Star Trek, I Am Legend, or Transformers on the cover would move more copies and indirectly better promote the shows, and in the long run be more useful (that's the theory anyway).

One example—back when I started editing SCI FI directly for the Channel (rather than as an employee of Sovereign Media), we put a made-for-TV Babylon 5 film on the cover rather than the first Lord of the Rings movie. In hindsight, it seemed that as happy as B5 fans (and I'm one of them) might have been to see G'Kar on the cover, it would actually have been more helpful to move more copies of that issue via a LOTR cover, thus exposing non-B5 fans to the show.
K Tempest Bradfordktempest on February 27th, 2008 02:55 pm (UTC)
you know what this issue is missing? an angry black ranting column.

I'm just sayin'.

(all in all, it's very shiny, good job!)
sclerotic_rings on February 27th, 2008 04:33 pm (UTC)
Well, it used to have an angry albino ranting column back in the day, but then Dan Perez gave it to the guy running Chud.com. It's all for the best, because that albino was about as funny as a festering butt sore.
jmsullivan on February 28th, 2008 11:42 pm (UTC)
Hey, as long as you don't sink all the production staff's creative energies into artfully concealing portions of the title every month so it looks at first glance like the magazine's called "SEX," you know, like a certain competitor, I figure you've got the moral high ground. :-)