Introduction to Poetry in July 2014 Issue

We are proud to present six fine poets for the July 2014 issue. The opening poem, “Medusa’s Garden: A Vampire’s Lament” (Gina Marie Bernard, Wilton, MN), presents a wonderfully speculative question. Gina Marie wrote, “staring at the ceiling, unable to sleep after catching up on last season’s Becoming Human, I was contemplating the sexual prowess [...]

Guest Editorial: To Russia, With Apologies

(A&A Author Jamie Mason needed a signal boost of his apology to various governments. Posting it here was the least we could do. – Ed.)

“IT’S NOT MINE!” Reflections from the cultural echo chamber

by Jamie Mason

Like all catastrophes, it began subtly – wheat flaking at drought’s onset, the Titanic [...]

Name Calling

Name Calling

by Celeste Rita Baker

(This is the edited version; original below the author bio – Ed.)

Ah wake up every morning at thirteen minutes before three. Imagine. Every foreday morning, de same thing. Heart racing, palms sweating, singing out a name. Any and all kinda name. Jaramogi, [...]

Authentic Voice or Clarity? A Conversation

Wendy Speaks:

Yesterday , while we were working on editing an A&A story containing patois, there was a genre kerfuffle and Twit storm about a Strange Horizons reviewer who complained there was too much dialect in a piece by a person of color. People lambasted the review, because, Racism. In this [...]

Our 50th Edition

This issue marks the 50th edition of Abyss & Apex Magazine of Speculative Fiction. We think it’s worth pausing here to note the occasion, and to see where we have been and where we are going.

Just surviving in such a competitive market was an achievement, especially in the early days. Do you have any [...]

Introduction to the April 2014 poetry of Abyss & Apex

We are pleased to present another excellent slate of poets for the April 2014 issue of Abyss & Apex. As usual, my style is to arrange poems in an emotional or thematic arc as opposed to alphabetical order by author’s name.

The series starts with a chilling view of the future. “The Slow Gods” by [...]

Intro to Poetry 1Q2014

It is appropriate to begin a new year with a New Year’s poem. Jane Yolen treats us to this holiday bonus feature, “Everything Old Becomes New.” The selection of the next six poems is an eclectic mix. “Metal Lark” by Chloe N. Clark is a symbolic and surreal poem with deft use of language. “Daughters [...]

Back In the Saddle

Dear Readers, I am back in the saddle again.

This will be the first edition with the reins firmly back in my hands. Trying to hand-off A&A to a willing editor was a learning experience, and while the switch did not take, the magazine came through last year [...]

4Q 2013 Editorial: Into the Deep Beyond

Into The Deep Beyond

Carmelo Rafala

I have been an avid follower of the Voyager spacecrafts since they were first launched in 1977. It was the middle of a new age of robotic missions to the [...]

Editorial: “Story Still Matters” by Carmelo Rafala

Story Still Matters

 

A Brief Look At Why Summer Blockbuster SF Writers Need To Go Back To Basic Writing 101 Class

by Carmelo Rafala, Managing Editor

 

When I was a teenager we [...]