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Apex Magazine - February 2010 - Issue 8
Edited by Jason Sizemore
Review by Sam Tomaino
Date: 22 February 2010

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The February 2010 of Apex Magazine features stories by Tobias Amadon Bengelsdorf, J.M. McDermott, and Colin Harvey.

The February 2010 of Apex Magazine is not their best but you might want to check it out anyway.

The "p.a. chic" in the story by Tobias Amadon Bengelsdorf, is post-apocalyptic and we spend all our time in the mind of a dying man, running out of the pills that keep him alive. We know that his wife has died and he is alone. He doesn't seem like a very interesting individual and, as a result, the story is not that interesting either.

At the top of "The Lady or the Tiger" by J.M. McDermott, it is described as "Re-imagined from a tale by Frank Stockton, 1882". That, of course, is a famous short story that is still read today. The original is a simple story, but this new one piles so many details to set up the choice that a young boy must make that it just did not work for me. One always runs a risk when reminding your readers of a classic. You make them think of something better and that distracts from your story. All the detail here did not interest me and it just seemed very contrived.

"The Killing Streets" by Colin Harvey is a story I reviewed before when it appeared in Interzone 225. Here is what I said at the time. In "The Killing Streets", by Colin Harvey, Thom lives in a future London and is unemployed. His marriage to Marian has become a loveless one and he has a mistress named Liv, who has two boys. He regularly takes care of his Auntie Beth who is old and senile. The story here is that this London has many perils, a plague called Blacktongue and genetically-engineered mole-like killer animals called Snarks. Such is the setting for a well-written, but grim, story of love and betrayal.

Apex Magazine exists on PayPal donations and I recommend you go their web-site at and check them out. They are worth supporting.

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