Words from the Editor-in-Chief

by on Jul 4, 2017 in Nonfiction | 0 comments

There’s a certain horrifying cultural divide occurring in the United States. “Progressive” has become an invective, and some of the less pleasant aspects of societies have become emboldened. Perhaps, as science fiction readers and fans, we should have predicted this swing in national mood. For instance, our genre has had a rabid (and sad) puppy problem for a few years now.

But it’s not all puppies, is it? Much like our genre predicted, free media has become corporate media. Greed is good, right Mr. Gecko? The current problems have been brewing for decades, as the United States became more comfortable as a world power and our leadership became infected with a corporate mentality. Make as much money as possible and damn the consequences.

Perhaps there is hope. The same genre that predicted the rise of mega-corps taking over the government and media has turned its eye to fighting back. Some of the most popular recent books and stories have been fierce rebuttals to current policy and philosophies. Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy exposes the hollowness of bureaucratic and corporate systems in a backdrop of environmental concerns. M.R. Carey’s The Girl with All the Gifts warns us that young people and Mother Nature have final say in the destiny of the human race. Stories like “Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies” by Bo Bolander and “The Gentleman of Chaos” by A. Merc Rustad are examples of a new generation of young, fierce writers who are not going to put up with your bullshit.

Keep fighting for what’s right. For what’s good.

Apex is standing with you.

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While I’m not versed in philosophy (despite taking an Intro to Philosophy in college), I recognize that “THE TURING MACHINES OF BABEL” by Eric Schwitzgebel is addressing weighty issues. It might be the weirdest piece of original fiction I’ve published, and certainly one of the most challenging (it also appears to address quantum mechanics and chaos theory). It’s also one of my favorites thus far. Rich Larson, who Garden Dozois called “the most prolific short fiction writer in SF,” makes another appearance in our pages with “L’appel du vide.” Our reprint this month is the novelette “Légendaire” by genre star Kai Ashante Wilson.

We have a pair of essays this month: “Mothers Who Consume” by Kristi DeMeester and “Entities of Modern Evil” by Daniel I. Russell. Also, we’re pleased to present an excerpt from Daniel I. Russell’s upcoming novel Entertaining Demons (Apex Book Company). Russell is an Australian horror writer who deftly combines visceral horror with a shrewd worldview and a flash of humor. Entertaining Demons is scheduled to be released in early July.

We have two interviews this month. Russell Dickerson interviews our cover artist Quentin Castel. And Andrea Johnson discusses “THE TURING MACHINES OF BABEL” with the entertaining Eric Schwitzgebel.

Don’t forget, Dr. Amy H. Sturgis will be guest-editing our August issue that will focus on the work of Indigenous and First Nations authors. We are extremely excited for the opportunity to work with Dr. Sturgis and to feature the work she has selected.

I hope you enjoy issue 98!

 

Jason Sizemore, Editor-in-Chief

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