Nonfiction

Interview with Cover Artist Beth Spencer

by on May 5, 2015 in Nonfiction | 1 comment

Our featured Apex Magazine cover artist this month is Beth Spencer, a unique illustrator putting her own stamp on the art of photo manipulation. Spencer has worked to develop a style that is her own, trying to avoid the cliches of photo manipulations in art. APEX MAGAZINE: This month’s gorgeous Apex Magazine cover, “The Flux Capacitor”, is a great combination of photographic images and digital illustration. What are the challenges on the process side of creating digital illustrations like this one? Do you have a story in mind that the image speaks to or is more of standalone idea? BETH SPENCER: Seeing as many of my ideas come to me as I’m creating an image, it’s safe to...

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Eye-based Paternity Testing & Other Human Genetics Myths

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In 2001, scientists announced an incredible accomplishment: they had completed the sequence of the human genome. The complete instruction book for making a human being spans 24 chromosomes and is 3.2 billion letters long. That’s about 1,000 times the length of the first ten Wheel of Time books put together. Sequencing the whole thing had taken ten years and something like eight billion dollars. That’s a considerable investment for the taxpayers, but the scientists made incredible promises. They said it would be the scientific breakthrough of the century. With the sequence of the genome in hand, they promised to dramatically improve the prevention, diagnosis, and...

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Interview with Sarah Pinsker

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Thanks to a home computer in Texas and her cousin’s guitar, Sarah Pinsker has been playing music for nearly as long as she’s been writing. Musician by day and author by night (and sometimes the other way around), Pinsker is a 2014 Sturgeon Award winner and Nebula finalist, and her fiction can be found in Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, The Journal of Unlikely Cartography, Fantasy & Science Fiction, and now Apex Magazine. If anthologies are more your cup of tea, her work can be found in the Long Hidden, Fierce Family, How to Live on Other Planets, Unidentified Funny Objects 3, and Year’s Best Weird Fiction Vol 2. This month, Apex Magazine is thrilled to bring you her...

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Words from the Editor-in-Chief

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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...

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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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Interview with Cover Artist Adrian Borda

by on Apr 7, 2015 in Nonfiction | 0 comments

This month’s Apex Magazine cover artist is Adrian Borda, whose surreal and imaginative works offer a fascinating look at life. His work often explores heavy emotions through inanimate objects, giving life to the otherwise lifeless. APEX MAGAZINE: Many of your pieces, including this month’s Apex Magazine cover, “Life is a Dance in The Rain III”, feature mechanical items performing human actions. What are the challenges of giving emotion and humanity to otherwise inanimate objects? ADRIAN BORDA: The challenge is to arouse the viewer’s interest so he’ll project himself into the scene. I believe it is more interesting to make a projection into an inanimate object than into...

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