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Blood on Vellum: Notes from the Apex Editor

Posted by on Apr 23, 2012 in Admin | 0 comments

In this issue, things fall apart: relationships, societies, religious systems. Dreams and hopes, bodies and minds all pay the price for the choices we make to try to get ahead. Rachel Swirsky’s visceral “Decomposition” tells the disturbing story of when a villain returns home. Rahul Kanakia’s “Tomorrow’s Dictator” examines just how much of ourselves we sacrifice for the work we do. Our classic revisited this month is Nnedi Okorafor’s “Chaos Magician’s Magical Chemistry Set,” which shows what happens when the barriers between magic and science become permeable. In our nonfiction this month, Maggie Slater interviews Rachel Swirsky about her writing process, and Tim Akers...

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Blood on Vellum: Notes from the Apex Editor

Posted by on Mar 26, 2012 in Admin | 0 comments

One of my goals for Apex Magazine is to showcase more SF/F/H from outside the United States. This special issue, focused on international or “World” SF, is another step in that direction.  We are celebrating the publication of The Apex Book of World SF 2, edited by Lavie Tidhar, by presenting all new fiction and poetry by international SF/F writers. Lavie also served as co-editor for both the reprint and nonfiction in issue 35. Our new original fiction and poetry this month feature a story by Lavie Tidhar , “Love is a Parasite Meme,” a post-apocalyptic tale of survival,  Thoraiya Dyer’s “The Second Card of the Major Arcana,” which follows the High Priestess as she tests...

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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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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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Blood on Vellum: Notes from the (New) Apex Magazine Editor

Posted by on Sep 28, 2011 in Admin | 0 comments

by Lynne M. Thomas It’s an honor to follow Catherynne M. Valente as the editor of Apex Magazine. She did a fantastic job. Under her editorial hand and Jason Sizemore’s publishing leadership, the magazine has grown and thrived, showcasing brilliant pieces from diverse authors, and garnering critical acclaim. To save you the time of frantically Googling me, I thought I’d tell you a bit about myself. I’m a curator of rare books and special collections. My day job involves working with historical popular culture materials ranging from dime novels to contemporary science fiction, fantasy, and horror literature (including the literary papers of over 50 SF/F/H writers). I’m a...

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