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Apex Magazine - Issue 26
Edited by Catherynne M. Valente
Cover Artist: Justin Stewart
Review by Sam Tomaino
Apex Publications Online Magazine  ISBN/ITEM#: 2157-1406
Date: 22 July 2011

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Number 26 of Apex Magazine has new stories by T.J. Wexler and Indrapramit Das, a reprint story by Theodora Goss, and a nonfiction article by Paul Jessup.

Here we have the twenty-sixth issue of Apex Magazine, with editor Catherynne M. Valente. It has two new stories, a reprint, and a nonfiction article.

The new fiction begins with "The Neighborly Thing to Do" by T.J. Wexler. The story started out ordinarily enough. Our narrator was a little girl who had a mother, two aunties, a brother and a toy bear. Two other boys round out the family. Our narrator had to stay around the house playing at a tea party with her bear. She is called from across the street by a grandmother to play with her granddaughter. Things get progressively stranger in this exquisite little tale.

The other new story is "The Widow and the Xir" by Indrapramit Das. Namir has died and his soul is in the body of a xir, a catlike creature. He lurks nearby his wife, Sanih, and son. They are aware of him but frightened. Finally Sanih takes action in another beautiful little story.

The reprinted story, "The Rapid Advancement of Sorrow" by Theodora Goss (originally appeared in Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet #11, 2002). This involves a student living in Budapest, the woman he meets, and the changes in his society. It's hard to say more.

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 at

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