One “Rule” to Rule Them All

 

Too many people in positions of influence and power–from craft-of-writing bloggers and authors on through agents, workshop speakers, and publishing industry professionals–insist that there’s a single right way to craft stories. They say there’s a formula you can apply to a story or novel to insure it’s a success, even a bestseller.

The […]

Introduction to Poetry in Issue 63

Introduction to Poetry in Issue 63

As usual, I am amazed at the talent, and the diversity of talent, among our poetic community. And there’s diversity in form as well, including blank verse, prose poems, a linked Haiku-like imagist poem, and a series of lunes, besides the skillfully wrought free verse poems that give more […]

Live-Blogging Albacon 2017

Live-blogging the 2017 Albany, NY Science Fiction convention, Albacon. The symbol of the convention, above, is the statue “The Thinker,” some planets and a skyline on Albany’s most famous structure, “The Egg.” In real life the all-wood, tilted, futuristic structure sits on a base, but here it is cast adrift to better […]

Introduction to Issue 62 Poetry

It gives me great pleasure to present these six poets for this issue of Abyss & Apex: Ann Thornfield-Long, Jennifer Crow, Holly Lyn Walrath, Chengyu Liu, Vince Gotera and M.X. Kelly. There are recurrent symbols throughout the poems—birds, trees and others—arching through a narrative of loss and redemption. The texture of the varied voices will […]

The Boredom of the Shocking

1Q 2017 Editorial: The Boredom of the Shocking

Just now, I rejected another story that was trying to be cutting edge, outrageous. It’s a common way of trying to get “known,” a method of artistic expression that tries to burst past the gatekeepers of the arts and make a name for itself.

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Introduction to Issue 61 Poetry

Holiday greetings to all and a wish for a Happy New Year!

In the spirit of the season, the slate of poems opens with my donated contribution, “Ursa Major” by John C. Mannone (Niota, TN), a subverted sonnet, which was a fun to write. Hopefully it will provide enjoyment on several levels.

I find it […]

BOOK LAUNCH: The Best of Abyss & Apex, Volume 2

It’s here, as an ebook! Get’ em while they’re hot, or wait for the print version later this week.

Contents

“The Last Tower” – CJ Cherryh “How Strange the Starship’s Shudder” – Michael R. Fosburg “Socorro” – S. L. Knapp “Thesaurus (Not a Prehistoric Animal)” – Robert Borski “Emmett, Joey & the […]

Introduction to Poetry in Issue 60

Introduction to Poetry in Issue 60

The slate of eight poems begins with a surreal poem, “No Panic” (Justin Holliday/ Central, SC), but changes up to black humor, “Trading Disguise” (Sara Cordova/ Albuquerque, NM), which is Sara’s first publication! “Déjà Voyage” (Catherine Moore/ Nashville, TN), a fanciful fantasy hybrid piece consisting of flash poem sections […]

4Q 2016 Editorial: Selling the Dream

Let me sell you on a dream.

In magazines, some “how-to” books, and on reality TV, readers and viewers often fantasize about doing grandiose things someday, or “living in a place like that”–off the grid or in a castle–or traveling somewhere far distant. The people who are selling these […]

3Q 2016 Editorial

Flash!

Let’s talk about flash fiction for a while, shall we?

You may not have realized it, but June 15 was National Flash Fiction Day here in the USA.

Flash fiction is very short–usually defined as 1,000 words or less (A&A allows 1,250) but still a complete story, where things change and […]