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Hello readers! Welcome to issue 103.

Each December, I look back on the last twelve months and think, “This has been a breakout year for Apex Magazine!” Of course, this go around is no different.

It started with January’s double issue featuring perhaps our strongest front to back offering in our nine years of publication. Ursula Vernon’s “The Dark Birds,” “Mag, the Habitat and We” by Lia Swope Mitchell, and “Next Station, Shibuya” by Iori Kusano have all received acclaimed and possible award attention.

The April issue was guest-edited by Maurice Broaddus, and we published an original short by living legend Walter Mosley along with a trio of noteworthy stories by Sheree Renée Thomas, Chesya Burke, and Kendra Fortmeyer.

In July, Eric Schwitzgebel’s “THE TURING MACHINES OF BABEL” blew my mind with it’s mix of philosophical science fiction and fable.

Amy H. Sturgis guest-edited our August issue focusing on Indigenous authors of North America. Rebecca Roanhorse and Allison Mills contributions are stories people are still talking about on Twitter.

Annie Neugebauer freaked us out with “So Sings the Siren” from October. Last month, S.B. Divya gave us a rare moment of hope in her “An Unexpected Boon.”

I’m proud of the work our authors, artists, and editors have done this year.

I have a feeling that 2018 will be yet another breakout year for our publication.


This month we have a pair of powerful, original stories that will leave an impression on you.

In “Behind Her, Trailing Like Butterfly Wings” by Daniela Tomova, it’s as though the Strugatsky brothers have channelled their considerable skills through Daniela’s fingers to address the current immigration crisis. Ms. Tomova makes her Apex Magazine debut and is a writer to watch. I hope this is the first of many appearances.

Our other original work is “The Edge of Things” by Katharine E.K. Duckett. Katharine’s first Apex Magazine story (“Sexagesimal”) won our 2012 Story of the Year as voted by our readers. “The Edge of Things” is a science fiction mystery that will leave you guessing until the end.

I am pleased to have “Cemetery Man” by Silvia Moreno-Garcia as our featured reprint this month. Silvia is a writer who deserves your attention. She writes with an assured and unique voice. I hope “Cemetery Man” makes you a fan.

Andrea Johnson interviews Daniela Tomova where such matters as the Strugatsky brothers and other Russian SF are discussed. Russell Dickerson speaks with cover artist Clarissa Ferguson. Our cover art is jaw-dropping.

Finally, Between the Lines tackles Macmillan’s Pronoun self-publishing experiment, and Page Advice has your answers about reading groups.


Thank you for a fantastic 2017!

Jason Sizemore


Jason Sizemore

Jason Sizemore

Jason Sizemore is the owner and editor-in-chief of Apex Magazine and the Apex Book Company. You can follow him online via his Twitter feed @apexjason.
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