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Apex Magazine - Issue 20
Edited by Catherynne M. Valente
Cover Artist: Viktors Kozers'
Review by Sam Tomaino
Apex  ISBN/ITEM#: 2157-14062
Date: 24 January 2011

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Number 20 of Apex Magazine has new stories by Douglas F. Warrick and Seanan McGuire, a reprint of a story by Mary Robinette Kowal and poems Mike Allen and Preston Grassmann.

Here we have the twentieth issue of Apex Magazine, and editor Catherynne M. Valente has put together a pretty good one.

The new fiction begins with "The Itaewon Eschatology" by Douglas F. Warrick. Our narrator is an American who lives in Korea, At night he and his friend, Kidu, dress up as what are called "night clowns" and perform magic tricks for people while talking about the end of the world. That's about all in this story that did not work for me at all.

In "The Tolling of Pavlov's Bells" by Seanan McGuire, Dr. Diana Weston is a microbiologist who specializes "in the study of pandemic behavior in viruses and bacteria". She also writes medical thrillers. She has let loose plagues that will almost entirely wipe out the human race. This one was a real chiller.

There is also a reprinted story, "Tomorrow and Tomorrow" by Mary Robinette Kowal which originally appeared in Gratia Placenti in 2007. Kowal is one of our best new writers and this story shows it. Tuyet has a menial job of house cleaning for a couple on a space station. She puts up with a lot because her son, Vien, is sick and needs new lungs. She pays a hefty price for making him well.

Apex Magazine has changed the way it works, if you are a subscriber, you get your issue when it's published. Otherwise, you wait a month. They are worth supporting, so check them out.

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