THE EDITOR’S WORD by Lezli Robyn
We’ve reached the last publication of Galaxy’s Edge in magazine format, and I have to share that it feels quite bittersweet. After ten years in print, 62 issues on our readers shelves, and a contract spreadsheet that boasts an incredible 692 drabble, flash fiction, short story, novelette, and novella entries, our bi-monthly magazine has published the breadth of science fiction and fantasy (with a generous pinch of horror!) by many of the newest and biggest names in the field.
As a gift for our readers, our last issue features double the fiction, with an impressive 22 stories—not unlike the number of stories an anthology would have! Since we’re converting this magazine into a semi-annual anthology series, I feel that coincidence is both an auspicious end and beginning!
While Jean Marie Ward usually does our interviews, for this last issue I had the pleasure of sitting down with Daniel Abraham in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and interviewing him about his solo writing career and how it diverges and intersects with his collaborative works as one half of James S A Corey, the author of The Expanse series. Our conversation evolved into the most interesting anatomy of a career, and I’ve no doubt that readers will be as drawn in as I was by how unique (and yet incredibly relatable) Daniel’s path to publication and success has been.
Richard Chwedyk lowers the curtain on his Recommended Books column with his usual keen insight and conversational flare, and Alan Smale and L. Penelope return with one last entry to their own columns. The rest of the magazine is overflowing with fiction (including one by the aforementioned Alan Smale!), with stories covering the gamut of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and humor.
This issue opens with the empowering “Moon and Sky, Feather and Stone” novelette by Rebecca E. Treasure, about a young woman who wishes she could literally fly away from the oppressions in her life and join the Sky Maidens. Does she have what it takes to prove her worth—to the Sky Matrons and herself? In Marissa Tian’s “The Woman at the Lake,” Kang is put through the most profound trial of his life when he stops to help a woman trapped by vines. This breathtakingly haunting tale shines an eerie light on historic inequality of the sexes, and the promises that bind us.
Equally evocative is Deborah L. Davitt’s “Pablovision,” about the magical consequences one man’s artistic vision has on the inhabitants of Santa Pau, Spain, and another’s desire to reverse it. Auston Habershaw’s “Planned Obsolescence” will also delight readers with its completely alien cast of characters. What is an assassin to do when his client refuses to pay for services rendered on a new frontier world where the native species are gigantic arachnids?
If a dash of humor with your dark fantasy is more your cup of (possibly poisoned) tea, then go no further than “Carrion” by Storm Humbert. To avoid spoilers, I can’t say too much, but let’s just say this story is a testament to perseverance. If you are wanting a splash of romance with your science fiction, you’ll be thoroughly enchanted by Stewart C Baker’s “Six Ways to Get Past the Shadow Shogun’s Goons, and One Thing to Do When You Get There,” which depicts the delightfully flirtatious conversation between two warriors while they’re being repeatedly attacked by the Shogun’s many goons.
While I would love to talk about the rest of the stories, this editorial can only be so long.
I can’t help but feel that saying farewell to the magazine is to finally say goodbye to Mike Resnick, my mentor, my good friend. In a way, taking over editing Galaxy’s Edge from him had kept a big part of him alive for me. (Apparently, the magazine is finding it equally difficult to part ways, because when I was finalizing this typeset it inexplicably glitched and deleted hours worth of work, clearly wanting us to spend more time together.)
Although I’m sad to see the magazine end, it’s only happening because we’re converting Galaxy’s Edge into an anthology series that will enable us to reach even more readers in brick-and-mortar bookstores. I’m happy and excited to see where this change takes us, and while I invite you all on this new journey with us, I also want to acknowledge the two most important people to have worked on this magazine: Shahid Mahmud and Mike Resnick. Without Shahid to fund and support this crazy venture, and Mike’s passion for helping new writers, this wonderful, decade-long market for authors would have never existed.
And, because of them both, I know the Galaxy’s Edge anthology series and The Mike Resnick Memorial Award will continue the legacy of “paying it forward” to the next generation of writers and readers.
Editor, signing off.