Apex Magazine – Issue 17
Edited by Catherynne M. Valente
Cover Artist: Mitenkov Maxim
Review by Sam Tomaino
Apex Magazine ISBN/ITEM#: 2157-1406
Date: 25 October 2010
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Here we have the Seventeenth issue of Apex Magazine, and edited by Catherynne M. Valente and she does another great job choosing stories.
The new fiction begins with "Still Life (A Sexagesimal Fairy Tale)" by Ian Tregellis. This is a beautiful fairy tale of the city of Nycthemeron which time has abandoned. No one ages or is aware of the passage of time, save for a clockmaker named Tink. Tink is the object of Time's affection, but the price for that is she ages. She is, nonetheless, a much sought after clockmaker and Festival time is particularly busy. When she falls in love with the Queen's consort, Valentine, she sacrifices much for his love.
The other new story is "The Girl Who Had Six Fingers" by Brenda Stokes Barron. This is another fairy tale which starts out with six-fingered girl (named Hardly Handed) encountering a fisherman and knowing he was the "right one for her". She wields a Melding Stone which has an effect on both the fisherman and her. Further encounters with a potter, a carpenter, and a blacksmith leave her no longer Hardly Handed, but that is not enough in this truly imaginative piece.
There is also a reprinted story, "Citizen Komarova Finds Love" by Ekaterina Sedia which originally appeared in Exotic Gothic 3. In what, one assumes, is Russia, after the revolution, the former Countess (now Citizen) Komarova finds her self working in a store, buying and selling things people must sell to live. When a cavalryman named Vasily Kropotkin brings in four horseshoes, she gives him a copper. As he brings in more items, she gives him more coppers until she finds out what they are for. This was a fantastic, imaginative tale and I’m glad it was reprinted.
So, once again, check on Apex Magazine. It exists on PayPal donations and I recommend you go their web-site at www.apexbookcompany.com/apex-online/. They are worth supporting.