I started to ask this question on the "slush defiers in Asimov's" thread, but I'm trying to do a better job of resisting the tendency to hijack threads. So...
I haven't subscribed to any of the SF/F mags for many years, having tended to buy novels and anthologies instead ever since Omni died. So, a question for you all:
Taking into consideration that (1) I gravitate more towards SF than fantasy; (2) I prefer good treatment of character and story over painstakingly accurate science--I don't mind significantly suspending disbelief if I find the story and/or characters compelling; (3) I only want to pay for one subscription right now: Which ONE of the three "biggest" print mags (Analog, Asimov's, and F&SF) would be the first to go for, in your opinion?
I agree - Asimov's, which is the only one I subscribe to (I barely have time to keep up with it). They seem more interested in character than in science fiction (sometimes I can't figure out what was sci-fi about it...)
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I don't subscribe to any but I typically pick up F&SF in electronic format. Asimov's is your best bet for what you are looking for.
Robert: I subscribed to RoF abotu a month before it flopped. They allowed us to change our sub to one of three different mags. They all sucked really but I chose Sci-Fi Magazine just because it looked better than the rest. It's terrible.
Worse still, RoF was bought and is being brought back to life but I don't think I can switch my sub back.
That happened with me with the reincarnated Amazing...I could never find an issue so I could get a subscription going...which was a big clue, 'cause that version didn't last very long.
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Back to DWD's original question, which I neglected to answer...
Generally, but not invariably, I start with F & SF. Not 'cause I fancy me chances there or that they pay more (I forget what they all pay)...but, the last several years, F & SF has the quickest turnaround time. You send it in, and two weeks later, you've got it back.
Asimov's has the slowest time. I haven't submitted to Analog as often of late, but they seem to be somewhere in between.