Apex Magazine – Issue 28, September 2011
Edited by Catherynne M. Valente
Cover Artist: Carly B. Sorge
Review by Sam Tomaino
Apex Publications Online Magazine ISBN/ITEM#: 2157-1406
Date: 26 September 2011
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Here we have the Twenty-Eighth issue of Apex Magazine, and editor Catherynne M. Valente with two new stories, a reprint, a poem, a nonfiction article and an interview.
The new fiction begins with "Namasté Prime" by Grá Linnaea. The story opens with our lead character, Tether, walking through the party city of New Ishvara. He has accepted a job to find someone named Dirvis Eljiri, a reincarnation manager at the cognitive backup center, This is one of those futures in which you can backup your personality and be resurrected if you die. Tether is also filled with various drugs which somehow keep him going. There's a story element I've never cared for. He meets up with a local bigwig named Billy-Billy who wants also to find Eljiri and a group that calls itself Namasté. Needless to say, Tether finds this Namasté and therein lies our story. I've never been a big fan of cyberpunk which is what this is. This story did not change my tastes.
The other new story is "Frank" by Betsy Phillips. Frank starts out as the story of a man named Frank teaching a young woman to drive. It goes on considerably from there. We learn that Frank is under the control of "the doc" and does nasty jobs for him. I could say more but I would like the reader to have the experience that I did in reading this beautiful story as it unfolds in unexpected directions. This was a good one!
The reprinted story, "Gemphalon" by Elizabeth Engstrom (originally appeared in Imagination Fully Dilated, Vol. II, IFD Publishing, 2002). I have decided to no longer review reprinted stories in magazines and just concentrate my time on original ones. I hope you enjoy this one.
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