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Q: How can I order a copy of the current issue or a back issue?
A:  A copy of the current issue costs $6.99. A copy of a back issue costs $7.00. There are no shipping fees for issues sent within the United States. In most cases back issues from the past six years are available. While earlier issues can sometimes be found, most everything else, including our charter issue from April 1970, are out of print. For shipping outside the US, questions about availability, and payment options please contact James Babcock at [email protected].

Q: How can I order a copy of one of the special issues?
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Smithsonian magazine
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