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 […]

Poetry, January 2014 issue of Abyss & Apex

Introduction to the January 2014 issue of Abyss & Apex, Poetry

I am exceedingly proud to begin my tenure with Abyss & Apex with the following slate of wonderful poems. The poems are arranged in an emotional or thematic arc as opposed to alphabetical order by author’s name.

It is appropriate to begin a new […]

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 […]

Satisfying Curiosity Carmelo Rafala

Satisfying Curiosity

Carmelo Rafala

Sometimes things take a surprising turn and fiction starts to look like fact. NASA’s Curiosity rover has made some of the most startling discoveries of any probe to land upon the Red Planet….

Wait, let me back up a minute….

In my youth my passion for science […]

1Q 2013 Editorial, “The Looking Glass” by new Managing Editor Carmelo Rafala

Note: Carmelo Rafala grew up in Connecticut, USA, near Sandy Hook.

The Looking Glass

In any new circumstance there is a moment of reflection . . .

As the new Managing Editor of Abyss and Apex I was going to write about the process […]

Writing About the Next Industrial Revolution

Writing About the Next Industrial Revolution

First it was Star Trek’s communicators, which anyone can see are analogous to cell phones.

I mean, really Jim. Is that thing by Motorola or Samsung?

And look what cell phones did to the telecommunications industry. Then there were those hand held […]