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January 15th, 2013 - The Elephant Forgets
Summary: Abyss & Apex, 2012

Abyss & Apex is a long running e-zine, publishing a consistent mix of fantasy and SF and poetry (and some non-fiction) for 10 years now. Wendy S. Delmater is the Editor-in-Chief, and Carmelo Rafala is now Managing Editor.

They published a total of 24 stories this year. The total word count was about 105,000, somewhat less than last year, fairly consistent with their history. Three novelettes, the rest short stories, four of them being "short-shorts".

My favorite stories this year included impressive new (somewhat) writer Alter S. Reiss's "A Demon of Almansol", a somewhat different take on encountering a demon; Jay Caselberg's "She's Ultraviolet", a bittersweet (or perhaps mostly bitter) look at a "perfect lover"; and Emi Makanry's "In Dust and Feathers", about a mage charged with curing the Lady she serves. There was good work as well from Genevieve Valentine, Sheila Crosby, and Jennifer Mason-Black, as well as Simon Kewin, Arkady Martine, and Berrien Henderson.

The gender count came out 13 men, 11 women -- 46% women. Fairly typical for the site, I think.

SF/Fantasy split -- perhaps 14 of the 24 stories qualify as SF -- so 58%, about usual for the site, maybe a bit higher than usual -- or maybe reflective of a slightly increased movement towards SF here the last couple of years.

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