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Apex Magazine - Issue 24
Edited by Catherynne M. Valente
Cover Artist: Melissa Gay
Review by Sam Tomaino
Apex Online Magazine  ISBN/ITEM#: 2157-1406
Date: 25 May 2011

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Number 24 of Apex Magazine has new stories by Annalee Newitz and Jeremy R. Butler, a reprint story by Will Ludwigsen and poems by Rachel Swirsky and Elizabeth R. McClellan.

Here we have the Twenty-Fourth issue of Apex Magazine, and editor Catherynne M. Valente with two good stories and a fun reprint.

The new fiction begins with "Twilight of the Eco-Terrorist" by Annalee Newitz. Our narrator, known only as Long, discovers she has special powers when, while making love to her boyfriend, Lawrence, she dissolves both him and the car they were in. At college, she becomes involved with radical environmentalists called the Green Liberation Army, dissolving SUVs. As time goes by, she is able to control her powers and create as well as destroy. All this comes together for a nicely-written tale.

The other new story is "Recipe Collecting in the Asteroid Belt" by Jeremy R. Butler. Our narrator, as a boy, is inspired by the stories of Smilin' Joe, an Asteroid Wrangler who has great adventures. As he grows up, he decides to become an Asteroid Wrangler himself. He soon discovers that he is too late to the game. Smilin' Joe and others have done all the really exciting stuff. Then, he finds he can do something else: collect recipes. I won't tell you for what as that would spoil things. This id make for one fun read.

There is a reprinted story, "In Search of" by Will Ludwigsen (originally appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, June 2008) This isn't quite a story but a series of answers to all the details of someones life. It's quite amusing

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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