Green is Dead: Learning from Writing Cyberpunk

By Lesley Conner
on September 30, 2019
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Guest post by Alex Livingston, author of Glitch Rain

As I was putting Akuba through her unpleasant adventures in lack mentality and international travel, the best fun was to be had in trying to come up with wacky uses of currently available technology that felt just around the corner. I still find myself keeping on the lookout for niche street tech and unique adaptations to our changing climate—and wondering how Akuba and her cronies would make a quick dishonest buck off of them.

I’ve written another book since then, one which is about as opposite from Glitch Rain in genre and structure as a book can be. Add in a few earlier pieces and I’m starting to see patterns in my choices. Some are intentional. Some less so. For example, all of my longer works end with the main characters on water. Why is this? Is there some subconscious meaning in my personal symbol-language that’s cropping up without my intent? Travels over the water as indication of a major change in a person’s life? Or do I just like boats? Coincidence? Suffice it to say that I have taken my first steps into the recursive, bottomless mystery of authorial intent vs. interpretation, another tool on the paranoid tool-belt of a writer. So if my next piece doesn’t end with a conversation on a boat, will I have intentionally broken the cycle? Now that I see the pattern, will it change my writing regardless of what I want? HOW WILL I RIDE THIS VERY MUCH PUN INTENDED WAVE THAT IS WRITING AND HANG TEN IN THE GNARLIEST FASHION?!?!

And in other pattern recognition news, has cyberpunk seemed really pink lately? While I’m sure it’s [insert fancy word for seeing patterns that aren’t there I just googled to look smart], after Glitch Rain’s awesome cover hit the feeds I started seeing bright pink creeping up on Matrix green as the default color of the genre. Be it in games (like in Cyberpunk 2077’s controversial ad), the giant Joi hologram in Blade Runner 2049, or an occasional appearance in Black Mirror, clearly we should all herald cover artist Matt Davis as a style-maker.  

Today is the final day of our back catalog blog tour, and the final day to save 25% with discount code SEPTEMBER. Pick up Glitch Rain and any other Apex title that tickles your fancy and save!

Glitch Rain is Available NOW!

By Lesley Conner
on February 23, 2016

Today’s the day! Glitch Rain, a new cyberpunk novella by Alex Livingston, is now available!

Synopsis:

Akuba is a low-level hacker for the city's wealthy, making just enough to keep her bills paid and her booze flowing. Her job is to scrub the social feeds for faces who don't want to be seen, hanging out at parties to guard the elite from errant social media statuses and incriminating photo posts. Not the most glamorous job, but she’s getting by. When an old debt comes due early suddenly she is the one who needs to keep her face out of the drones' omnipresent eyes. Thrown into the high-stakes world of international cybercrime, Akuba will have to have to outmaneuver unlimited surveillance, high-tech con artists, and an international hacker kingpin if she wants to survive. Every identity has a price in Glitch Rain.

Get your copy of Glitch Rain today and jump into Akuba’s adventure! Available direct through Apex, or from Amazon, Weightless Books, and other fine retailers.

Preorder GLITCH RAIN by Alex Livingston

By Lesley Conner
on January 14, 2016
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Drones. Hackers. International cybercrime. Glitch Rain by Alex Livingston is a cyberpunk thriller that you won't want to miss! And you don't have to! Order your copy today!

Preorders are open now!

Glitch Rain is slated to be released February 23rd, 2016.

Preorder your copy of Glitch Rain and receive FREE domestic shipping and a FREE copy of the eBook, which will be sent out as soon as it available.

Synopsis:

Akuba is a low-level hacker for the city's wealthy, making just enough to keep her bills paid and her booze flowing. Her job is to scrub the social feeds for faces who don't want to be seen, hanging out at parties to guard the elite from errant social media statuses and incriminating photo posts. Not the most glamorous job, but she’s getting by. When an old debt comes due early, suddenly she is the one who needs to keep her face out of the drones' omnipresent eyes. Thrown into the high-stakes world of international cybercrime, Akuba will have to have to outmaneuver unlimited surveillance, high-tech con artists, and an international hacker kingpin if she wants to survive. Every identity has a price in Glitch Rain.

Includes an extensive interview with author Alex Livingston.

About the author:

Alex Livingston grew up in various quiet New England towns before moving to Buffalo, NY to study English at Canisius College. His fiction has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Bastion, Quantum Fairy Tales, Goldfish Grimm's Spicy Fiction Sushi, and other venues. He lives in an old house with his brilliant wife and a pile of aged videogame systems. Visit him online at galaxyalex.com.

Cover art by Matt Davis.

Preorder Glitch Rain today!


Cover reveal: GLITCH RAIN by Alex Livingston

By Lesley Conner
on January 07, 2016

Glitch Rain by Alex Livingston will be released on February 23rd, but we won't make you wait that long before revealing the amazing cover art and synopsis. The cover art is by Matt Davis.

This high-speed cyberpunk novella is sure to be an adventure you don't want to miss. Preorders open next week! To tide you over, check out Alex's short story "Proximity" from Apex Magazine Issue 73.

Synopsis:

Akuba is a low-level hacker for the city's wealthy, making just enough to keep her bills paid and her booze flowing. Her job is to scrub the social feeds for faces who don't want to be seen, hanging out at parties to guard the elite from errant social media statuses and incriminating photo posts. Not the most glamorous job, but she’s getting by. When an old debt comes due early suddenly she is the one who needs to keep her face out of the drones' omnipresent eyes. Thrown into the high-stakes world of international cybercrime, Akuba will have to have to outmaneuver unlimited surveillance, high-tech con artists, and an international hacker kingpin if she wants to survive. Every identity has a price in Glitch Rain.

 

Novella Acquisition: Glitch Rain by Alex Livingston

By Jason Sizemore
on December 11, 2015

Apex Publications is pleased to announce that we have acquired Alex Livingston's GLITCH RAIN.

GLITCH RAIN is a post-cyberpunk novella set in the same world as the short story "Proximity" that appeared in Apex Magazine. The novella will be the fourth book in our Apex Voices series!

Alex Livingston's short fiction has appeared in Apex Magazine, Daily Science Fiction, Bastion Magazine, among others. He self-published the novel Rhymer, an Irish wonder myth told as an exciting sci-fi space opera.

GLITCH RAIN is set to be released in February, 2016.

Apex Magazine Issue 73 is LIVE!

By Lesley Conner
on June 02, 2015

The new issue of Apex Magazine is here! This month we have original fiction by Mari Ness, Alex Livingston, and DJ Cockburn. Our poetry is by Laura Madeline Wiseman, John W. Sexton, and Bethany Powell. Aldi Alspach wrote our nonfiction article this month, discussing how to build a stronger SFF community through book events. Andrea Johnson talks with Mari Ness in our author interview, and Russell Dickerson talks with our cover artist Tori K. Roman. In his editorial, Jason Sizemore takes a moment to discuss his transition from balancing a day job and Apex to working as Apex’s editor/publisher fulltime. June marks his first month without the day job, and we are all very excited!

Exclusive to our eBook/subscriber edition, we have a reprint of “Mud Holes and Mississippi Mules” by Malon Edwards, and excerpts from Flex by Ferrett Steinmetz and The Venusian Gambit: Book Three of the Daedalus Series by Michael J. Martinez.

As always, all of the original fiction, poetry, and nonfiction are all available to read for free on the Apex Magazine website. Or, for only $2.99, you can purchase the eBook edition in either PDF, ePub, or mobi formats, enjoying the exclusive content and supporting Apex Magazine.

Never want to miss an issue? Pick up a subscription. Yearly subscriptions are available directly from Apex or from Weightless Books for only $19.95. Monthly subscriptions are available through Amazon for only $1.99 a month.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
FICTION
Inhabiting Your Skin--Mari Ness
Proximity--Alex Livingston
Foreclosure--DJ Cockburn
Mud Holes and Mississippi Mules--Malon Edwards (eBook/Subscriber exclusive)

NONFICTION
Building Book Events to Build Community in SFF--Ardi Alspach
Interview with Mari Ness--Andrea Johnson
Interview with Tori K. Roman--Russell Dickerson
Clavis Aurea: A Review of Short Fiction--Charlotte Ashley

POETRY
Entrance--Laura Madeline Wiseman
Peach Baby--Bethany Powell
Interview--John W. Sexton

EXCERPTS
Flex--Ferrett Steinmetz (eBook/Subscriber exclusive)
The Venusian Gambit: Book Three of the Daedalus Series--Michael J. Martinez (eBook/Subscriber exclusive)

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