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Clavis Aurea #16: S.L. Huang, T. Kingfisher, Marie Brennan

by on Oct 16, 2014 in Blog | 1 comment

Fairy tales in their earliest written forms can seem incoherent to a modern reader. They are full of dropped threads, random occurrences, and they often lack logic and context. The girl had a magic spoon. Why? She just did. The boy was walking home one day when he came upon three talking frogs. Was there a whole race of talking frogs? It doesn’t matter. They filled the sleeping wolf’s belly with stones. Why didn’t this kill him? Hush, child, just listen. For thousands of years, storytellers have been passing on stories that make absolutely no internal sense, and this does not stand in the way of the form’s popularity in the slightest. On the...

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A change to our submission guidelines

by on Oct 15, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

If you head over to our submission guidelines and take a peek you’ll notice something has changed. Instead of sending sending submissions to our old Gmail account, now you’ll go through Submittable, filling out a short form and attaching your story or poem there. This isn’t a big change for writers. Many other markets use submission services like Submittable, and it makes it very easy for you to check on the status of your submission. For the Apex Magazine team, the switch to Submittable is going to keep things more organized. Everything is in one place. Submission editors can leave notes for Jason or myself. It will be much quicker to see who has...

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Managing Editor change

by on Oct 14, 2014 in Blog | 1 comment

Cameron Salisbury has decided to move on due to personal commitments. We’ll definitely miss her and her amazing organizational skills! Apex wishes to thank Cameron for her tireless work and the time she’s given Apex Magazine to help the zine continue to grow and be better. We are pleased to announce that Lesley Conner will be the new managing editor of Apex Magazine. Congrats to Lesley! You can follow her via Twitter (@lesleyconner), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/lesley.conner) and her website (http://lesleyconner.squarespace.com/). Her email address is lesley@apex-magazine.com. Jason Editor-in-Chief...

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All Hallow’s Read Recommendations

by on Oct 13, 2014 in Blog | 1 comment

I’ll take any excuse to share a book with someone.  Wait, you’ve got a reason for me to give some a scary book?  Wait, it’s a thing?  Sign. Me. Up.   (Actually there isn’t even a sign up. This is just something you do!) It’s called All Hallow’s Read, and it’s really simple. During Halloween time, you give someone a scary book that you think they might like.  And reading a scary book is better than getting cavities or an upset stomach from too much candy, right? Right? Here are ten suggested titles for All Hallow’s Read,   some from authors featured in Apex Magazine, some from the interwebs and some from me. Have you read any of these? do you have other suggestions? Let...

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Clavis Aurea #15: Damien Krsteski, Sam Miller, Susan Palwick

by on Oct 2, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

One of science fiction’s traditional roles in our culture has been to forecast the future: to theorize about what might come next, or what consequences might be imagined for current-day decisions. This is getting increasingly difficult to do with near-future settings, since it appears that the progress of technology and its social consequences outpaces the awareness of many science fiction writers. In particular, stories which attempt to tackle the future of cloud computing, social media, and data tracking tend to fall short – those dystopias are already here, and there’s very little to add. “There is nothing speculative in this story” is becoming a more...

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Clavis Aurea #14: Isabel Yap, Yukimi Ogawa, Tony Pi

by on Sep 19, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

It’s a little surprising to me that Western audiences don’t read more Asian fantasy. We consume fantastic action-adventure cinema out of Hong Kong and loads of fantastic manga and anime out of Japan, but mainstream genre readers remain staunchly loyal to alternate Europes, or, more rarely, alternate Asias penned by Westerners (if this Goodreads list of “Popular Asian Fantasy” is to be credited). Yet the Chinese SpecFic market alone is enormous, a universe of new worlds that dwarfs the Western one; untapped, we’re told, because of the language barrier. A poor excuse, if you ask me. A million Japanese-speaking American teenagers will tell you language...

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