Posts Tagged "nonfiction"

Eye-based Paternity Testing & Other Human Genetics Myths

by on May 5, 2015 in Nonfiction | 0 comments

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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Words from the Editor-in-Chief

by on May 5, 2015 in Nonfiction | 0 comments

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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Never Enough Farmers! Class and Writing Fantasy Novels

by on Apr 7, 2015 in Nonfiction | 5 comments

It always starts in a bar. The barmaid (always buxom) has been serving beer since the church bells rang, precisely at five. Inside, the minstrel has been playing his lute, and the blacksmith drinking one stein after another. The door opens—in enters the mysterious, cloaked thief they’ve been waiting for. And now, the quest can begin! And here’s where I start thinking, Not this again! As a literary agent, one of my most common tasks is reading manuscripts from the slush pile. I’m also a historian who writes about the history of the middle class. Because of these two occupations, I’m very aware of historical errors in fantasy literature—not so much getting the facts...

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Words from the Editor-in-Chief

by on Apr 7, 2015 in Nonfiction | 0 comments

Welcome to Apex Magazine issue 71! This month we have several stories that highlight the consequences of hard decisions. This is one of my favorite themes and I’m delighted to bring these stories to you. Counted among our fiction contributors this month are Sean Robinson, AC Wise, Octavia Cade, Naomi Kritzer, Lia Swope Mitchell, and Yzabel Ginsberg. Our nonfiction offerings this month come from agent Jennie Goloboy as she writes about some of the common problems she finds in fantasy fiction (writers pay attention!). Andrea Johnson interviews the talented AC Wise, while Russell Dickerson talks to cover artist Adrian Borda about his unique creations. Poetry editor Bianca...

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A Whole New World

by on Mar 3, 2015 in Nonfiction | 3 comments

I knew I loved horror before I knew I was gay. Oh, I knew I was…different from an early age, but I had no real concept of sexuality until I was older. However, by the time I was 5 years old I had already developed a deep and abiding love of the horror genre. My parents weren’t particularly big horror fans, so I’m not sure where it came from. Maybe I was just born that way. I was approximately 10 when I first started writing. Just little one-page horror tales that were pretty much Twilight Zone rip-offs, but I didn’t become serious about writing—I didn’t really recognize it as my passion and what I wanted to do with my life—until high school. This, coincidentally, was...

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