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An Announcement Concerning Apex Magazine
I was thinking the other day about the whole horrifying Elizabeth Moon situation.

I don't like to just watch bad things happen and make outraged noises and then go back to reading the intertubes like nothing happened. I always want to do something--something positive, something that stands on its own and says something good just by being. I can't do anything about Moon or Wiscon or any of it. I'm not on the concom and I'm not a habitual buyer of Moon's books.

What I am is the editor of Apex Magazine.

And I have the Wand of Editorial Oomph.

I would like to announce that the November issue of Apex will be an entirely Arab/Muslim issue. It will be beautiful. It will showcase writers of Arab descent and Muslim writers. (I am aware that many folk not of Arab descent are Muslim, that's why I'm structuring it this way, so that writers from either culture or both can be part of the issue.) It will show how Islam is as much a part of the human experience as any other faith or story system that writers of the fantastic draw from. It will be a small thing, in the grand scheme. It will not save the world. But it will exist, and perhaps in its own way can stand beside the recent ugliness in the SFF world as something bright and good.

I am looking for material, but most especially poetry, from Muslim authors and authors of Arab descent. Let's make it easy: if you think you might "count," then you do. Southeast Asian Muslims, yes. American Muslims, yes. Anybody with a connection to the cultures of Islam, yes. The subject of your works can be anything you like, but I am only looking for authors with connections to Islam and/or the Arabic world. Please do not send reprints, we have that covered.

I want to do what I can. This is a thing I can do. I believe it will be extraordinary.

That's lovely. I look forward to reading it.

The thing I took away from reading Plato's Republic was that kings fear philosophers, but philosophers fear artists. Good on you, madame. I'm greatly looking forward to this.


I can't wait to read this!

I seriously love you more every day.

Don't worry, I don't stalk you.


I promise to buy that issue.

Can we pre-order now? A truly excellent idea!

It'll go up online for free--you can support the mag by buying the Kindle, etc version or donating at the website.

I think this is a beautiful idea!

This is going to sound like an odd question.

Are you only taking poetry in English? I have some students who might be interested, but they are learning English, so their poetry would be in the original language.

Please let me know.


If we could find a translator so that we could post side by side original and english, that would be great. Keep in mind must also be speculative.

Crossposting to my LJ and to fight_derailing, & sending further afield once I can get ahold of the appropriate people.

Will you be announcing when this is available? I would love to read this, not just to support the Moon backlash, but because I'm genuinely interested in seeing something accessible written from the culture.

Oh of course! I announce things a lot around here.

Perhaps jlundberg and marrael know some Singaporean Malay or Indonesian Muslim writers who can contribute?

Edited at 2010-09-20 04:41 pm (UTC)