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

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October 2, 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.

Welcome to Apex Magazine Issue 41.

Summer is turning into autumn, and in this issue, we look at transformations. Cecil Castellucci’s “Always the Same. Till it is Not” challenges our assumptions about the thought processes of zombies. Mary Robinette Kowal shares a tale of the Fae in North America in her short story “Weaving Dreams.” Our reprint this month comes from the Philippines. Dean Francis Alfar brings us “Simon’s Replica,” a lovely meditation on memory. We also have some splendid poetry from Rachel Swirsky and Liz Argall.

In nonfiction, Mary Robinette Kowal discusses her writing process and the transformation of the Fae in an interview with Maggie Slater, and I give my Worldcon report.

Worldcon has come and gone, and we are mostly recovered. We think. We had a great convention. (Thank you to everybody involved in running Chicon 7!) It was wonderful to meet Jason Sizemore, our publisher extraordinaire, in person at long last. I was truly honored to win a Best Fancast Hugo award as part of the SF Squeecast, the monthly podcast that I do with former Apex editor Catherynne M. Valente, Elizabeth Bear, Paul Cornell, and Seanan McGuire. We were also pleased as punch to find out that Apex Magazine came in second in the Best Semiprozine category, which we think is a fantastic showing for our first nomination. Thank you all so much for your votes of support. It means the world to us. We’ll do our best to keep bringing the awesome.

I hope that you enjoy this issue of Apex Magazine.

Lynne M. Thomas

Editor-in-Chief

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