Welcome to issue 88 – the post-MidAmericon2 issue!
Typically, I don’t consider releasing a zine worthy of the title “Great Feat of Humankind.” But this one time, it should be allowed. I spent five wonderful days at MidAmericon2 meeting dozens upon dozens of our writers and fans. It’s the type of positive reinforcement that only a professional convention can provide.
After the long drive home (10 hours for me), I took a day of recovery before jumping into the awaiting pile of Apex work. And then … I came down with a stomach ailment that knocked me off my feet for nearly a week. This wasn’t the con crud. This was the work of children … my children.
But here it is, September 6th, and the issue is ready for your consumption. We have an interesting table of contents for our fiction readers. Kashmiri author Abhinav Bhat makes his professional debut in an English publication with “The Warrior Boy Who Would Not Suffer.” Southeast Asian and frequent Apex Magazine contributor Benjanun Sriduangkaew returns with “The Prince Who Gave Up Her Empire.” Alexandria Baisden makes her Apex debut with “The Old Man and the Phoenix” (and this is another story that might make your eyes wet). Finally, we reprint “War Dog” by Mike Barretta from the anthology War Stories: New Military Science Fiction (Apex Publications, 2014).
From an editorial prospective, I see this issue’s fiction continuing a thematic conversation with issue 87. In both, we have stories dealing with gender identity, sacrifice, and the will to fight on.
Andrea Johnson’s feature interview this month is with author Alexandria Baisden. Russell Dickerson interviews cover artist Mélanie Delon. A.C. Wise gives us some “Words for Thought.” Finally, we show that we’re not all death and sadness around the Apex offices, as Michael A. Burstein pens a feature about the 50th anniversary of Star Trek.
Rounding out this month’s content are Bianca Sprigg’s selection of poems: “The Amenities of Heaven” by Marchell Dyon, “Wingless” by Zachary Riddle, “The Mouth of the Cave” by Brandon Marlon, and “The Storm Creatures” by Christina Sng.
Don’t forget to listen to Mahvesh Murad’s audio narration of Bhat’s “The Warrior Boy Who Would Not Suffer” in the Apex Magazine podcast.
Until next month!