12 Days of Apex – Stealing Tomatoes

December 30, 2020

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Jason Sizemore is the editor-in-chief of Apex Magazine and the publisher of Apex Book Company. You can follow him online via the Apex Magazine Twitter feed @apexmag.

With our relaunch drawing near, we thought it might be fun to look back at twelve stories that hold some significance regarding the history of the magazine. One per day with commentary and an invitation to read the selected piece. Welcome to day nine!

Today’s story is “The Tomato Thief” by Ursula Vernon (issue 80).

For several years, we had a tradition of running a new Ursula Vernon story in our January issues. In 2016, we published her novelette “The Tomato Thief.” The story is set in the same world as “Jackalope Wives” and once again stars Grandmother Harken. It’s a wonder work filled with a train-god, an angry dragon, and a protagonist who wants nothing more to be home among her tomato plants.

“The Tomato Thief” earned Hugo Award and WSFA Award nominations.

If Ursula isn’t already on your radar, she should be. I consider her to be one of the best short fiction writers working. She is one of very small list of writers who has an open door policy at Apex Magazine. Perhaps we’ll land another story of hers post-relaunch!

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