Welcome to issue 91 of Apex Magazine!
We have a bunch of entertainment to offer this month, but first I want to address the orange elephant in the room: the results of the United States’ presidential election.
In general, I dislike discussing politics. I find that people—both friends and strangers—become … impolite when it comes to political discourse. However, the election of Donald Trump has created a swell of stress, fear, and terror in too many people I care about. Because of this, I feel it is important to state my—and in conjunction Apex’s—stance. Whether you voted for Trump or not, I will consider you an asshole or, at minimum, someone lacking a modicum of empathy if you dismiss the concerns of so many as unfounded and whiny.
First they came for the Muslims and we said “not this time, motherfucker.”
Allow me to amplify that notion. NOT THIS TIME, MOTHERFUCKER.
Apex Magazine raises its voice in support of this country’s marginalized people.
Now on to the issue!
Issue 91 closes the year with some compelling and powerful original fiction by Lavie Tidhar (“Red Christmas”), K.T. Bryski (The Love It Bears Fair Maidens”), and Helen Stubbs (“Uncontainable”). These stories are different from one another in terms of subject, tone, and pacing, but they are all stories I feel will inspire some interesting conversations.
Our nonfiction offerings this month is loaded with interviews of author Helen Stubbs and cover artist Billy Nuñez, a reprint of Keffy R.M. Kehrli’s Upside Down: Inverted Tropes in Storytelling essay “Tropes as Erasers,” managing editor Lesley Conner’s behind the curtains reveal of how she selects cover art, and a feature on the short film I Remember the Future based on Michael A. Burstein’s story of the same name.
Finally, our reprint this month is Burstein’s hopeful Nebula Award-nominated “I Remember the Future.” Not only does it complement the feature on the short film in this issue, but 2016 has been a tough year for many, so I feel it is appropriate that we close it out with a little light.