Guest Editorial: Surviving as a Freelancer

 

Guest Editorial: Surviving as a Freelancer

by Lucy A. Snyder

 

Many writers dream wistfully of the day when they can quit their tedious day jobs and write full time. This is not a pipe dream. I know several writers who have done just […]

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 […]