Blood on Vellum: Notes from the Editor-in-Chief

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November 6, 2012

Hugo Award winner Lynne M. Thomas is the Curator of Rare Books and Special Collections at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL, where she is responsible for popular culture special collections that include the literary papers of over 60 SF/F authors. She is perhaps best known as the co-editor of the Geek Girl Chronicles book series: the Hugo Award-winning Chicks Dig Time Lords (2010) with Tara O’Shea, Whedonistas (2011) with Deborah Stanish, and Chicks Dig Comics (2012) with Sigrid Ellis, all published by Mad Norwegian Press. She also moderates the Hugo Award-winning SF Squeecast, a monthly podcast (with Elizabeth Bear, Paul Cornell, Seanan McGuire, and Catherynne M. Valente) in which a group of SF/F professionals get excited about stuff they like. Lynne lives in DeKalb with her husband Michael (a writer and the Managing Editor of Apex Magazine), their daughter Caitlin, and a cat named Marie.

This issue features two contemporary flash fiction pieces. The first is by Alex Bledsoe, the author of one of my favorite novels from last year, The Hum and the Shiver, and its forthcoming follow up, Wisp of a Thing. Both spin tales of the Tufa, a group of people from the mountains of East Tennessee with a magical affinity for music. Bledsoe’s “Sprig” brings the Tufa to the Renaissance Faire. Our second flash fiction piece, “Splinter” by Shira Lipkin, examines the intersection of shattered realities and friendships. Tim Susman’s “Erzulie Dantor” rounds out this month’s new fiction, with an epic look at the aftermath of a major earthquake. Our classic revisited is Eleanor Arnason’s “The Glutton: A GoxHat Accounting Chant,” which examines the fall of an alien society looking through a historical lens.

We’re doing something a little different with the nonfiction this month. In addition to Maggie Slater’s interview with Alex Bledsoe, there are two essays, each exploring a different side of the SF/F convention experience: one from the perspective of a programming chair, by Steven H Silver, and one from the perspective of an SF/F professional (yours truly).

I’ve noticed a bit of tension within our SF/F community lately, between the fans (particularly those who volunteer to run conventions), and the SF/F professionals who also form an integral part of the convention experience. Steven and I offer glimpses of both perspectives so we can see “how the other side lives,” in the hopes of making sure that everyone who attends conventions has a wonderful time.

Our gorgeous cover art is by Nicoletta Ceccoli.

I hope that you enjoy this issue of Apex Magazine.

Lynne M. Thomas

© Lynne M. Thomas


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