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

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April 3, 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.

One of my goals for Apex Magazine is to showcase more SF/F/H from outside the United States. This special issue, focused on international or “World” SF, is another step in that direction.  We are celebrating the publication of The Apex Book of World SF 2, edited by Lavie Tidhar, by presenting all-new fiction and poetry by international SF/F writers. Lavie also served as co-editor for both the reprint and nonfiction in issue 35.

Our new original fiction and poetry this month feature a story by Lavie Tidhar , Love is a Parasite Meme, a post-apocalyptic tale of survival,  Thoraiya Dyer’s The Second Card of the Major Arcana, which follows a High Priestess, as she tests travelers along her path with deadly riddles, and an original poem from Amal El-Mohtar, No Poisoned Comb, a meditation on Snow White from the Evil Queen’s perspective.  All of these are exclusive to Apex Magazine, and not included in The Apex Book of World SF 2.

Our reprint this month from Rochita Loenen-Ruiz opens The Apex Book of World SF 2. Alternate Girl’s Expatriate Life is told from the perspective of an expatriate robot in search of self, identity, and collective memory.

In our original nonfiction for this month, Charles A. Tan explains and complicates the use of the term “World SF,” and Lavie Tidhar discusses his experiences of working on the Apex Book of World SF 2 in this month’s interview.

I hope that you enjoy this taste of international SF.  You can discover even more in the Apex Book of World SF 2, available through Apex Publications.

Lynne M. Thomas
Editor-in-Chief, Apex Magazine

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