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

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June 4, 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 49.

We have a gorgeous tale about a young girl who sells stories that come to life from Ms. Tang Fei, as translated by Ken Liu, “Call Girl.” This is the first time that this story has appeared in English, after winning an online SF/F contest in China. Lavie Tidhar tweaks Robert Louis Stevenson in his story “Titanic!” (Spoiler: the boat sinks). Indrapramit Das brings us an astonishing experience of a first kiss and the beginnings of a relationship in “Karina Who Kissed Spacetime.”

Our classic revisited, “Reluctance,” comes from Cherie Priest. Maggie Slater also has a great interview with Cherie in this issue. Caroline Symcox explores the connections between fandom and Christianity in her article for this month, “A Believer in Fandom.”

Our fantastic cover art is “Underwater” by Julie Dillon.

We’re busily working on a spectacular issue 50 for you, which we hope that you will enjoy. As you may have noted from our blog or Twitter feed, Apex Magazine has partnered with The Mary Sue, (a website that focuses on geek girl culture, similar to the Geek Girl Guides I worked on before taking the helm at Apex) to provide them with one of our stories each month, so that more readers have a crack at some truly great fiction.

Apex Magazine, as a dark science fiction, fantasy, and horror market, often publishes stories that touch fictionally upon the hard truths of the horrible things that people do to one another in real life: rape, domestic violence, abuse, torture, and the like. For those readers that have actually experienced those events in real life, we are, beginning with this issue, providing “trigger warnings” [https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Trigger%20warning] to particularly graphic stories where appropriate. We hope that providing a “heads up” for stories that they may find especially difficult will be useful to our readers.

Thanks again to all of our subscribers, who make bringing Apex to you month after month possible.

As always, I hope that you enjoy this issue of Apex Magazine.

Lynne M. Thomas
Editor–in–Chief

© Lynne M. Thomas

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