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Clavis Aurea #27 (David K. Yeh, Heather Clitheroe, Brooke Wonders)

by on Apr 9, 2015 in Blog, Nonfiction | 0 comments

I read a manifesto recently that described a lot of current SFF as “niche, academic, overtly to the Left in ideology and flavor, and ultimately lacking what might best be called visceral, gut-level, swashbuckling fun.” I’m sympathetic to this author’s complaints even if I think niche, academic, ideological work is enjoyable for exactly those reasons. This is because I read a lot and have long since succumbed to what Tobias Buckell describes as the chief danger of long-term reviewing in his 2013 post, “The fate of today’s book bloggers.” After a while, you begin to see the same stories again and again and in your search for something new, different, and exciting, your...

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Clavis Aurea #26 (Sarah Pinsker, K. A. Gillett, Annie Neugebauer)

by on Mar 26, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

In a way, any story with a child under the age of twelve in it is going to be a horror story for parents. Youth might be a great adventure for kids, but it’s a long, harrowing trial for the parents, let me tell you, with plenty of opportunity for tragedy. How we help our children meet and navigate the challenges of a very weird world is a task fraught with pitfalls that threaten the guide as much or more than the child. When the Circus Lights Down by Sarah Pinsker “When the Circus Lights Down” by Sarah Pinsker (Uncanny Magazine #3) is not a story expressly about parenting, but it is a story in which an entire town has been rendered childlike by the arrival of an...

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Hugo Eligibility — Semiprozine and Editor (Short Form)

by on Mar 9, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Don’t forget that Apex Magazine is eligible for Hugo Award consideration under the category of BEST SEMIPROZINE. Additionally, our editorial staff from 2014 is eligible for Hugo Award consideration under the category of BEST EDITOR (SHORT FORM). The editorial staff was Sigrid Ellis (editor-in-chief), Cameron Salisbury (managing editor), Elise Mathesen (poetry editor), and Jason Sizemore (editor/publisher). We previously listed all our original stories eligible for BEST SHORT FICTION here. You can find the official nomination form here. Thank you for your consideration!...

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Clavis Aurea #25: Brooke Bolander, K.J. Kabza, Curtis C. Chen

by on Mar 5, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

While I understand that a “strong female character” is a fraught idea and that we need to look beyond angry, ass-kicking women with tragic pasts when defining strength, I’m not going to lie – I really like angry, ass-kicking women, though I can take or leave the tragic pasts. The key attraction of the trope is that these women get what they want. Real life is all about compromises, with women often having to compromise more than their share. The greatest fantasy fiction can offer us is that with the right mix of skills and personality, we can take what we want compromise-free. Sure, it’s wish fulfillment, but what’s wrong with that? And You Shall Know Her By The Trail...

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Read the 2014 Aurealis Award-nominated “Falling Leaves” by Liz Argall

by on Feb 27, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

The 2014 Aurealis Award nominees were announced today by Conflux, Inc., organizers of the 2014 Aurealis Awards. Apex is proud to have placed “Falling Leaves” by Liz Argall from Apex Magazine (issue 60) in the Best Young Adult Short Story category! You can read Liz’s nominated story for free in Apex Magazine here: http://www.apex-magazine.com/falling-leaves/ Congratulations to all the nominees this year! You can find a full list in the announcement posted on the Aurealis Awards...

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Read the 2014 Nebula Award-nominated “Jackalope Wives” by Ursula Vernon

by on Feb 21, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

The 2014 Nebula Award nominees were announced yesterday by the Science Fiction Writers of America. Apex is proud to have placed “Jackalope Wives” by Ursula Vernon from Apex Magazine in the Best Short Fiction category! You can read Ursula’s fantastic story for free in Apex Magazine here: http://www.apex-magazine.com/jackalope-wives/ You can listen to Ursula’s fantastic story for free in the Apex Magazine Podcast here: http://traffic.libsyn.com/apexmagazinepodcast/apex07.mp3 Congratulations to all the nominees this year! You can find a full list at the SFWA announcement. Last year, the Apex Magazine story “If You Were a Dinosaur, My...

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