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Clavis Aurea: A Review of Short Fiction

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The best thing about flash fiction is that it is exactly the right length to read on the subway; underground with no WiFi. When Daily Science Fiction recently announced that they would stop running their longer stories on Fridays, I had to admit I was relieved. Dangling from a crossbar with my fellow commuters packed around me, I always thumbed past the longer stories, knowing I wouldn’t make it before my stop. Flash hits that sweet spot. Really good flash will make my whole day (or ruin it, such as when I was almost hit by a car reading Jess Hyslop’s great “How to Love a Necromancer”). Sylvia Spruck Wrigley’s “Space Travel Loses its Allure When You’ve Lost Your Moon...

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How to Live Safely in an Online Universe

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If this was a movie, there would be a flashback to my freshman year in high school when Alanis Morisette’s “Ironic” was playing on the radio, Warcraft 2: Tides of Darkness was the craze, and the 33.6k modem had just been released. I was this scrawny kid who read Marvel comics and Shannara novels, watched Yu Yu Hakusho and Sailormoon on local TV, kept my SuperFamicom at a time when the first Playstation was surging in popularity, and used my savings to purchase Magic: The Gathering booster packs. All seemed well, except for the fact that I had no friends at school; it was a series of micro–aggressions ranging from being the 7th pick in a six–man group, the constant...

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Resolute: Notes from the Editor-in-Chief

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We’re all connected. The more we find out about human history, the more we realize we have always, always been connected to one another. Communities bound by trade and blood, scattered across the skin of a world that really doesn’t care if we live or die. We are nothing like the most important species on the planet, if such a thing can even be said to exist. But we are everything, everything, to each other. I’m writing this the day after the Hugo Awards for 2014 were announced. The awards were swept by women, queers, and people of color. The traditionally ignored and dismissed took nearly all the honors last night. We have always been a part of the SF/F genre world, and...

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Clavis Aurea: A Review of Short Fiction

by on Aug 4, 2014 in Nonfiction | 0 comments

I am of the opinion that Boris Pasternak’s Doctor Zhivago is the greatest post–apocalyptic novel ever written. It has everything: the collapse of a great empire, a world–spanning war, an apocalyptic winter, a gritty civil war, ruined cities, post–industrial scrounging, wilderness survivalism, and even cannibalism. Genre readers are often surprised when I recommend it because what they remember of Doctor Zhivago is a wistful love story, scenic Russian winters and maybe the appendices full of poetry. That isn’t the end of the world. That is life. It is unquestionably simpler to write a post–apocalypse which fetishizes the scenario — who bombed out who, how what diseases...

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The Testosterone Injection That Could Ruin Orphan Black…And how to make sure it doesn’t

by on Aug 4, 2014 in Nonfiction | 0 comments

Game of Thrones? Forget that… if you want to watch a sci–fi/fantasy show with unquestionable feminist bona fides, look no further than BBC America’s Orphan Black. Here’s a quick spoilerish primer of the show, in case you haven’t been watching (why haven’t you been watching?!?): The show’s protagonist is Sarah Manning (the amazing Tatiana Maslany), a grifter who kicks off the series by witnessing a suicide. As fate would have it, the woman who killed herself just happened to look a lot like Sarah (and by a lot, I mean exactly the same). Seeing this lookalike’s suicide as an opportunity to finally rid herself of a drug dealing, abusive ex–boyfriend and start a more stable...

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Resolute: Notes from the Editor-in-Chief

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This issue is incredibly good. Apex is privileged to work with some of the most imaginative, most powerful creators in genre these days. “A User Guide to the Application of Gem–Flowers,” by Bogi Takács is exquisite. And poetry editor Elise Matthesen called Alvaro Zinos–Amaro’s “Conservation of Energy” an exploration of the “intense physics of grief and hatred.” I love Erik Amundsen’s short piece, “Jupiter and Gentian,” enough so to select it for this month’s podcast. John Moran’s “The Sandbirds of Mirelle” and Foz Meadows’ “Ten Days’ Grace” have nothing to do with each other, at all — save that the tensions between identity, occupation, and essential humanity are...

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