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Biography: Londoner Dave joined Future in 1997 to write, later edit, computer magazines. A lifelong SF fan, he moved onto SFX in May 2005 when the mag needed a new captain in the big chair, rejoicing at his chance to combine those years of magazine know-how with his absurd love of '80s fantasy movies.
Favourite SF/fantasy films: Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, The Prestige, 300, Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan, the Lord Of The Rings trilogy, Hawk The Slayer.
Favourite SF/fantasy TV: Star Trek, Firefly, Battlestar Galactica, Babylon 5, Merlin, Buffy, Fringe.
Likes: Coffee, Parisian cafés, video games with decent plots, single malt whisky.
Dislikes: DIY, soccer, invertebrates as food, slackers (get back to work!)
Biography: Luton-born, Staffordshire-bred and occasionally Welsh, Rich has always had a bit of an identity crisis. When a physics degree put him off physics he decided to have a crack at journalism, and spent four years on movie mag Hotdog before turning up on SFX's doorstep. He is kind to animals and often helps old ladies across the road.
Favourite SF/fantasy films: Back To The Future, Aliens, The Thing, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, Tremors, The Wrath Of Khan, Brazil, Donnie Darko, Moon, the Bill & Teds.
Favourite SF/fantasy TV: Battlestar Galactica (the new one), Doctor Who, Futurama, Babylon 5, Being Human, Misfits, Fringe, Pushing Daisies, Life On Mars/Ashes To Ashes, The Clangers.
Likes: Alan Partridge, pointless trivia, sciencey stuff (it’s much better when you don’t have to study it at uni), The Simpsons, the Coen brothers, Derby County, Welsh rugby, guitars, Looney Tunes logic, proper beer, BBC 6 Music
Dislikes: Reality TV, people who are famous for being famous, hot drinks, characterless identikit pubs, laughter tracks.
Biography: Born to roam the world in pursuit of fabulous lost treasures but too attached to the concept of hot and cold running water. Lover, adventurer, poet and delusional fantasist.
Favourite SF/fantasy films: Raiders Of The Lost Ark, Unbreakable, It's A Wonderful Life, Superman The Movie, On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
Favourite SF/fantasy TV: Doctor Who, The Avengers, American Gothic.
Likes: David Bowie, hot dogs, '30s New York, dancing girls, Hanna-Barbera, '70s French disco, old comic books, Marvin Gaye on a summer morning.
Dislikes: Endless hairy guitar solos, grapefruit juice, chip shop people who skimp on the salt and vinegar, the death of the great pop single.
Biography: Belligerent tyke Ian was briefly a researcher on some truly dreadful daytime TV programmes, working with legends like Lawrence Llewellyn Bowen and Cheryl Baker. He freelanced for SFX for a couple of years before joining the team full-time in March 2002.
Favourite SF/fantasy films: Videodrome, Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, Dawn Of The Dead, Suspiria, The Thing From Another World, Danger: Diabolik, The Beyond.
Favourite SF/fantasy TV: Doctor Who, Star Trek, The Prisoner, Misfits, Buffy, Angel, Sapphire And Steel, Firefly, Fringe, Being Human.
Likes: Hull City AFC, cats, Tony Hancock, ‘70s punk rock, the smell of second-hand bookshops, Pam Grier, alphabeticising things, Bill Hicks, windy autumn days, pints of bitter, wasabi peas, swearing.
Dislikes: Pomposity, Leeds United, Heat magazine, the smell of tuna, people who wear sunglasses on the top of their heads, blazing summer heat, hippy nonsense, grocers' apostrophes.
Russell Lewin, Production Editor
Reads every single word in SFX, usually three or four times, checking they make sense/are factually correct/are funny/are legal. All the captions you like are written by him (all the ones you don’t aren’t).
Biography: Born and bred in Newcastle Upon Tyne, then headed to London for uni and stayed there for far too long working on everything from Capital Radio to FHM to the Sunday Times to Kerrang! to Marie Claire... to all sorts of other crazy things. Escaped the madness of the capital in 2008 to come to Bath and by sheer happy accident – seriously - SFX were looking for a Production Editor about six weeks after he arrived.
Favourite SF/fantasy films: Back To The Future, Back To The Future Part II, The Truman Show, Star Wars, A Clockwork Orange, The Birds, King Kong (1933), Frankenstein (1931), Bride Of Frankenstein, Dr Strangelove, Groundhog Day, Westworld and many more...
Favourite SF/fantasy TV: The Prisoner, Doctor Who, The Twilight Zone, Life On Mars, The Avengers (colour Diana Rigg episodes).
Likes: Real ale, Laurel and Hardy, curry, visiting new places, dogs, the Fab Four, Masterchef, Viz.
Dislikes: Injustice, rats, American sport, lager, noise, Jeremy Kyle, Piers Moron, dishonesty, snakes.
Biography: Born in Durham City in 1975, Jonathan was raised on a diet of Newcastle Brown Ale, Stottie Cakes and Byker Grove. This accounts for his cast iron stomach and a penchant for girls named Spuggie.
Favourite SF/fantasy films: Back to the Future, The Lost Boys, Total Recall, Donnie Darko, The Spy Who Loved Me
Favourite SF/fantasy TV: The Avengers, The X-Files, Moondial, Red Dwarf, Captain Caveman.
Likes: The Good Life, Casey Kasem, "Lord" Michael Ironside, sleeping, Pigs In Space, Roger Moore's eyebrow.
Dislikes: Spam, sensible shoes, Attack Of The Clones, people who slag off Chevy Chase.
Biography: Born in the seaside town of Weymouth. Studied graphic design degree at the Surrey. Institute of Art and Design in Epsom. Moved to Bath to work on Digital Home magazine before joining SFX on issue 134.
Favourite SF/fantasy films: Donnie Darko, Shaun of the Dead, Jurassic Park, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Back to The Future, ET.
Favourite SF/fantasy TV: The X-Files, Lost, The Mighty Boosh, Misfits and Fringe.
Likes: Wes Anderson films, Arrested Development (especially GOB), Scrubs, ER, Owen Wilson, Peter Serafinowicz, Nick Hodgson from the Kaiser Chiefs, vodka and coke, Magma bookshop, live music, Paul Frank, chocolate.
Dislikes: First Class sections of trains (always empty!), tomatoes, tea and coffee, mess, Avid Merrion.
Biography: Born and raised in the darkest depths of north-west England before defecting to the Welsh Valleys, Jordan spent four years as a student in a valiant attempt to avoid all grown-up responsibilities and watch films all day. Got his first job writing for SFX shortly after finishing university and hasn't looked back since.
Favourite SF/fantasy films: The Empire Strikes Back, Aliens, 2001, The Thing, Forbidden Planet, Blade Runner, T2, Ghostbusters, Wall-E, Scott Pilgrim Versus The World.
Favourite SF/fantasy TV: Misfits, Battlestar Galactica, The Prisoner, Supernatural, True Blood, Lost, Buffy, Angel, Carnivale, Firefly, Futurama, Red Dwarf, Doctor Who.
Likes: Videogames (specifically pre-Wii Nintendo and post PS2 Sony), fish and chips, rock music, swimming pools, walking on dry leaves, high definition, a warm bed on a cold night, Chuck Norris’s beard.
Dislikes: Pop music, onions, buses, expensive pubs, anyone who says a bad word about Chuck Norris.
Advertise with SFX
With a certified circulation of 27,743 (source: ABC), SFX is the best-selling science fiction/fantasy magazine. But we're not just the market leader in our sector: we're miles ahead of the competition.
Our readers are dedicated SF and fantasy fans, and spend a great deal of money on their interest. So if you have an SF, fantasy or horror product that you want to promote, you should consider getting it some exposure in the pages of our magazine.
To find out more about advertising in SFX, call Adrian Hill, on 01225 442244. His email is below. He can tell you about advertising here on the website too.
Biography: Ade grew up all over the UK and like most boys in the '70s was Star Wars and Doctor Who crazy. Once became a Pontins Bluecoat before spending two years as a Club 18-30 rep in the Canary Islands. Ade has been with SFX for about 113 years, starting with the very first edition.
Favourite SF/fantasy films: Original Star Wars, Jaws, Blade Runner, Superman, Alien(s), The Goonies, Star Trek, Skyfall, Howard The Duck (I know, but I love it)
Favourite SF/fantasy TV: Classic and new Doctor Who, The Walking Dead, Top Gear
Likes: Depeche Mode, curry, classic British comedy, Manchester United, a good party, fast cars, San Diego Comic-Con
Dislikes: Four-foot spiders that like to visit my bath tub, the three Star Wars prequels, PPI calls to the office (grrrrrrrr!)
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