Apex Magazine - December 2009 - Issue 6
Edited by Jason Sizemore
Review by Sam Tomaino
Date: 28 December 2009
The December 2009 of Apex Magazine is another fine issue with three well-written stories and two fine interviews.
"59 Beads" by Rochita Loenen-Ruiz is set in some distant future world in which the poor can sell themselves into servitude, becoming Dollygirls or Dollyboys who undergo modifications so that their emotions can be fed on by the rich. Pyn sells herself so that her sister, Sienna, can be cured of a wasting disease called the rot. She prays that the sacrifice will be worth it and that someday she will be free. This was a sad, touching story, beautifully written.
"Overclocking" by James L. Sutter features Ari "Marvel" Magnusson, a future punk who sells modsticks, a coded program that acts like a drug. He thinks he's cool and that he has a handle on everything. A junkie named Maggie comes back into his life and she is his weakness. He has feelings for her and tries to offer her refuge. Sutter paints an interesting picture of a character who fools everyone, including himself.
"Exit" by Jeff Carlson takes place in a military complex that has become infected with a deadly virus. The remaining scientist is trying to come up with a cure. Meanwhile, our narrator and another survivor have been dealing with those infected. This one was brief, to the point and very effective.
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