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

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September 3, 2013

wo-time 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.

Welcome to Issue 52 of Apex Magazine.

I’m really pleased to share these stunning stories with you. Anaea Lay’s “Turning the Whisper,” provides a meditation on artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, and death. Hal Duncan brings us a short, sharp, vicious tale about a school shooting in “The Boy Who Loved Death” (Trigger Warning: some readers may find this story disturbing). Margaret Ronald’s “Someone Like You” explores what happens when the tenuous bonds between alternate realities, and relationships, are ruptured.

Our reprint this month is “Body Language,” Mary Robinette Kowal’s tale of the artistry of remote character puppetry used to foil a kidnapping, originally published in Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show in 2009.

In our nonfiction for the month, Deborah Stanish explains why “fangirl” is not a dirty word. Maggie Slater interviews Hal Duncan. Please believe me when I say that this interview is epic in both scope and linguistic gymnastics, particularly in its use of profanity.

The Hugos have come and gone, and what an amazing evening it was with our friends, colleagues, and fans. We are deeply honored to have been nominated. Thanks once again to everyone who supported Apex!

I hope that you enjoy this issue of Apex Magazine.

Lynne M. Thomas

© Lynne M. Thomas


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