Welcome to issue 100 of Apex Magazine!

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Sort of unbelievable, right? The internet is where ideas flame to life, burn brightly, then die. And if you forced my hand to a Bible (aka The Chicago Manual of Style) at this very second, I would tell you that eight years and four months ago when the first issue came out I would not have expected to reach 100 issues.

It’s not that I didn’t believe in the zine. On the contrary, it’s the one creative element I’ve never tired of doing. Unlike other aspects of my life where I tend to grow easily bored, making Apex Magazine continues to be challenging and interesting. I feel fortunate being able to help create something that people enjoy.

Promise me that you’ll let me know when it’s time to hang up the red pen. I don’t want to run 15 years past my prime like The Simpsons. Just kidding, I could never walk away from all that money, either.

The Hugo Awards were held at Worldcon 75 in Helsinki last month. I’m proud to share that Ursula Vernon’s issue 80 novelette “The Tomato Thief” won a Hugo Award for Best Novelette! On behalf of everyone at Apex Magazine, we congratulate Ursula on picking up the big rocket.

I love her Grandmother Harken and the world she inhabits. Ursula, we need more stories in that universe! And a novel! Call me and we’ll talk.

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For issue 100, we’ve lined up a large block of entertainment for you. The issue a quintet of talented women writers of fiction including a powerful and action-packed novelette by Kameron Hurley (“Tumbledown”). Andrea Tang goes hunting for “The Man in the Crimson Coat.” One of the best and underappreciated short fiction authors working is Lucy A. Snyder, and we are pleased to present her “While the Black Stars Burn.” Carrie Laben’s “Bad Penny” is a timely story about the lingering ghosts of America’s past. Rounding out this month’s fiction is rising star Kristi DeMeester’s “The Lightning Bird” from her debut collection Everything That’s Underneath (Apex Book Company).

Our feature interviews this month are of author Kameron Hurley and cover artist Carolina Rodriguez Fuenmayor.

Alien and Aliens (and to a certain misguided degree Alien3) played a large role in shaping my fiction and entertainment choices as a young man. The films’ influence can definitely be seen in the content of this publication. So I hope you’re as intrigued by “In Space, Can Anyone Hear Your Philosophy?: A Look at Alien and Philosophy with Editor/Contributor Jeffrey Ewing” by M.B. Sutherland as I was.

Finally, we can’t do a 100th issue without a form of self-gratification and acknowledgement. I asked a large group of those in the Apex Magazine family (contributors, editors current and past, our longtime readers) to say a few words about the zine. The only direction given them was not to be mean to anyone. I also provide a brief history of the zine that some might find enlightening.

Thank you for reading. 100 down. Onward to 200!

 

Editor-in-chief,
Jason Sizemore

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