Welcome to issue 72!
My first order of business is to congratulate this year’s Hugo Award nominees in the category of Best Semiprozine: Abyss & Apex, Andromeda Spaceways In-Flight Magazine, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Lightspeed Magazine, and Strange Horizons. While other Hugo Award categories have been unfortunate victims of slate block voting, Best Semiprozine is one that has maintained its dignity. All five publications are worthy nominees and I wish them the best of luck at Sasquan.
This year, Memorial Day is on May 25th. It is one of our most important holidays, the day we remember all those we have lost during their service to our country. Sometimes losing someone to their service doesn’t mean that they have died. War changes people, and the person who comes back may not be the same person who first put on that uniform. Sarah Pinsker does a beautiful job illustrating this in the tenderest way in her story “Remembery Day.”
Continuing with our theme of family and loss, we also have stories by JY Yang (“A Sister’s Weight in Stone”) and David Bowles (“Wildcat”). Each of our authors has written a story that raises the question “What if we can have them back?” I think you’ll find their answers as heartbreaking and poignant as I did.
Our original fiction selections are incredibly strong this month, and we can’t wait to hear what you think of them, but the rest of the issue is just as good. Apex’s poetry editor Bianca Spriggs has selected four beautiful poems for you. Andrea Johnson has the privilege of talking with the talented Sarah Pinsker and takes the opportunity to ask her specific questions about “Remembery Day”, the challenges of writing short fiction versus songs, and her secrets to being so very prolific. Russell Dickerson delves into the magic that is Beth Spencer’s artwork in our artist interview. And for our nonfiction piece, Dan Koboldt brings us back to the emphasis of family by dissecting genetics and its use in speculative fiction.
Apex Publications will be on the road this month. You can find me at World Horror Con in Atlanta during May 7th-10th. Apex will have a table in the vendor hall. Please come by and say hello!
Finally, don’t forget that June 20th will be the big Apex Publications 10th Anniversary Celebration at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Lexington, KY. We’re expecting over 100 attendees. There will be author and editor guests, a ‘Dinner with the Publisher’ with a specially crafted Apex-themed menu, and an afterhours soiree on the bookstore’s patio/bar. We have a Facebook event page you can follow here: www.facebook.com/events.
Until next month!