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

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May 1, 2012

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.

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 “The 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 explains how and why the depictions of religions in SF/F so often break down. Our stunning cover art this month is by surrealist artist Naoto Hattori.

The news here at Apex Magazine has been pretty darned good lately. We’re deeply honored to be nominated for a 2012 Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine, and are looking forward to WorldCon in August/September. This is our very first Hugo nomination, and we are in august company indeed, alongside Interzone, Lightspeed, Locus, and the New York Review of Science Fiction. Congratulations to all of the other nominees. I’d like to especially thank all of the Apex Magazine staff and contributors for all of their hard work that had led to this honor. We are also pleased to congratulate Damian Taylor on his promotion to Managing Editor of Apex Magazine, as he takes on a larger role in running our day-to-day business.

I hope that you enjoy this issue of Apex.

Lynne M. Thomas

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1 Comment

  1. Auth

    I’ve actually found a lot of Nebula winenrs to be quite good, and the Nebulas seem to recognize authors earlier than the Hugos. There sometimes seems to be a trend of an author winning a Nebula with one book, then the Hugo with their next book after they gain some attention (probably due to winning the Nebula). I haven’t read any of the nominees, and have such a reading backlog right now (thanks to all the cheap/free ebook deals) it will be a while before I do, but am still interested in the result.

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