Apex Magazine – Issue 29, October 2011
Edited by Catherynne M. Valente
Cover Artist: Justin Stewart
Review by Sam Tomaino
Apex Magazine Online Magazine ISBN/ITEM#: 2157-1406
Date: 26 October 2011
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Here we have the Twenty-Ninth issue of Apex Magazine with two new stories, a reprint, two poem, and an interview.
The new fiction begins with "I Am Thinking of You in the Spaces Between" by Shira Lipkin. Due to a Between gate accident, Sarah Walker can walk to alternate universes. After the accident, the government drafted Sarah and the other survivors like her, changed their last names to Walker, and sent them on missions. We learn all this from a notebook left on the nightstand of a man who is that universe's version of her lover. This was a beautiful, bittersweet story and Shira Lipkin is a talented writer.
The other new story is "To the Mistress of the Labyrinth Give Honey" by Heather McDougal. Our narrator is invading the dreams of a man. As the story progresses, we get to see more and more of the twisted nature of the man, as well as the true nature of the narrator. A fairly erotic story but it does well in its less than three pages.
The reprinted story, "A Life in Fictions" by Kat Howard (originally appeared in Stories edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio, William Morrow, 2010). 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.
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.