Posts made in February, 2012

Time Travel? There’s an App for That

Posted by on Feb 29, 2012 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror, Genre Matters | 2 comments

by Michael A. Burstein With today being February 29, 2012, or Leap Day 2012, it’s a great day for me to once again discuss my love of time travel. After all, one of the better-known time travel television series in recent memory is Quantum Leap, all about a scientist who “leaps” into other people’s lives throughout history as he tries to make the world a better place. So in the spirit of Leap Day, I offer here three recommendations of time travel apps for the iPhone that I’ve downloaded and enjoyed. Back in 2008, my wife and I first got iPhones. Sometime afterward, it occurred to me to investigate whether or not the Apple App Store sold anything that had to do with time...

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Blood on Vellum: Notes from the Apex Editor

Posted by on Feb 28, 2012 in Admin | 0 comments

This month’s fiction emphasizes the tensions inherent in contradiction: dark and light, speech and silence, good and evil, earth and sky. Richard Bowes sketches a wedding between contemporary minions of Heaven and Hell in order to save humanity in this timestream. Mari Ness weaves a folk tale of stories that are told to children when they do not speak for themselves. Our reprint this month, from Jay Lake, adapts King Lear as a space colonization story. In this month’s nonfiction, Julia Rios introduces us to a new acronym, QUILTBAG, a more encompassing term for our expanded understanding of gender and sexuality in literature, and discusses incorporating convincing...

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Apex Publications News — February 12th – February 25th

Posted by on Feb 25, 2012 in Apex News, Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror | 0 comments

Welcome to the second bi-weekly Saturday-only installment of Apex Publication news! This past weekend was a nice one for me. I was the guest presenter at the annual Indiana Horror Writers retreat. Ostensibly, the topic was supposed to be rather mundane–what do editors want in a manuscript. With such a broad and… boring subject, I tried to give a little something beyond and talk about  the realities of getting published in today’s markets and what writers can do to help their chances. My nerves rattled me early on, but I think I ended strong. A big thanks to the IHW for having me. Check out my Facebook for photos! The big Apex news was the announcement...

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Another Mo*Con Cometh

Posted by on Feb 24, 2012 in Admin | 1 comment

by Maurice Broaddus [Unfortunately, Alethea Kontis won’t be with us (though we will still be having our traditional "In Celebration of Alethea Kontis Opening Dinner"). However, Brian Keene will be joining us. So imagine him in that outfit.*] Another year, another Mo*Con approaches: May 4th-6th (Cinco de Mo*Yo). I both love and dread this time of year. There is an excitement as Mo*Con is typically the opening to my convention season. It’s like my kickoff party. There is a dread as, well, with all the planning and detail work that goes into it, (and it’s strange how such a laid back con requires so much thought) my writing productivity drops to about nothing. But it’s...

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Sometimes I think they WANT a stupid character

Posted by on Feb 20, 2012 in Artist Musings | 5 comments

By Russell Dickerson The other night, I was watching the new television series Alcatraz, and something started to bother me about it. Now, it’s not a bad show, “decent but flawed” might be a good way to put it. But it suffers from lazy writing sometimes, and the episode the other night made that quite clear. Twice in the same episode, the main character, a police officer, had a clear chance to shoot the violent assailant and end a string of bombings. Both times, it was clear that the bomber was happy to kill anyone in his path, in fact the first time it came up he threw a mine at the cop. A cop who had her gun trained on him while he turned around, armed the mine...

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