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

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August 6, 2013

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 51 of Apex Magazine.

This issue has some exceptional new fiction from Charlie Jane Anders, who brings us a superhero tale from a rather different perspective, in her story “Victimless Crimes.” Brian Trent explores the corporatization of the virtual world and the politics of technology dependency in “A Matter of Shapespace.” Our reprint this month is actually a sneak peek. Christopher Barzak’s “Sister Twelve: Confessions of a Party Monster” is the opening story for the forthcoming anthology Glitter & Mayhem, available in early September via Apex Publications. This anthology, edited by me, John Klima, and Michael Damian Thomas, explores the dark side of party culture and nightlife, and this story is a great example of reworking a fairy tale to show the perils and pleasures of dancing until dawn.

Our podcast story this month was originally published in February. Kat Howard’s “The Face of Heaven So Fine” was part of our Shakespearean issue, with a riff on what happens after Juliet survives.

In nonfiction, Maggie Slater interviews Christopher Barzak about his story, his writing process, and what it’s like having one of your books made into a film. Tansy Rayner Roberts offers a robust discussion of Red Sonja and other heroines who have interesting adventures even when they aren’t always practically dressed.

Our spectacular cover art is by Carrie Ann Baade, “The Involuntary Thoughts of Lady Caroline Dubois.”

By the time you’re reading this issue, Hugo Award voting will have closed, and the votes are being tallied. Thank you to everyone who nominated us for Best Semiprozine. We are truly grateful to be in such excellent company among the other nominees. We’ll see you at the Hugos!

I hope that you enjoy this issue of Apex Magazine.

Lynne M. Thomas

© Lynne M. Thomas


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