Blood on Vellum: Notes from the Editor-in-Chief1 min read
Welcome to Issue 40 of Apex Magazine.
This month, we have some splendid new fiction. Adam-Troy Castro provides a challenging moral twist on the first contact story in “During the Pause.” Katherine E.K. Duckett buys and sells parcels of lifetimes in “Sexagesimal.”
Our classic revisited is from Elizabeth Bear, “Sonny Liston Takes the Fall,” providing a new twist on an old boxing controversy. This issue also includes a bonus story reprinted from the upcoming Dark Faith: Invocations, Jennifer Pelland’s wrenching “Sacrifice.” Dark Faith: Invocations can be ordered via https://www.apexbookcompany.com/ and other fine retailers.
In nonfiction this month, Peter M. Ball discusses storytelling lessons that can be learned from other fighters, specifically professional wrestlers, and Maggie Slater interviews Adam-Troy Castro about the location of his moral center.
This month’s gorgeous cover is by the delightful Julie Dillon.
By the time this issue debuts, Worldcon will have come and gone, along with the Hugo Awards. What a ride this year has been. No matter the outcome, we are honored to have been part of a stellar group of nominees for Best Semiprozine. We will do our utmost to continue to bring you fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art worthy of your support. Thank you for coming along with us. We’re glad you’re here. Sit back, relax, and enjoy.
Lynne M. Thomas