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Summary: Apex, 2011 - The Elephant Forgets
Summary: Apex, 2011
Summary: Apex, 2011

Apex publishes a mix of SF and Fantasy, plus some poetry and non-fiction. Historically they had a distinct tropism towards horror, and while I think that's diminished they do still feature some horror. They usually publish two original stories per month plus a reprint. This year in 12 issues I saw 24 new stories, all short (though several were right at the cusp of novelette length), about 108,000 words total. Apex changed editors again this year, from Catherynne M. Valente to Lynne M. Thomas.

My favorite stories at Apex this year included Kathryn Weaver’s "The Doves of Hartleigh Garden" (June), a bittersweet story about a girl who grows up in the decaying title mansion with her older half-brother, who loves the birds that infest their old house, but who is fated to go to war; Indrapramit Das's offers "The Widow and the Xir" (July), a moving story of a woman of a nomadic village who cannot stop mourning her husband, who upon death has been transformed to a xir, a predatory creature, and Valente's own "The Bread We Eat in Dreams" (from November, after Thomas took over), about a demon exiled to a village in Maine, and its influences on this split town (Catholic/Protestant) and particularly its young women. I also enjoyed stories by Seanan McGuire, Forrest Aguirre, Jeremy Butler, Shira Lipkin, and Christopher Barzak.

I called sevem of the stories (29%) SF, significantly fewer than in the past, and 14 of the stories were by woman (58%).

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