Apex Magazine - Issue 44, January 2013
Edited by Lynne M. Thomas
Cover Artist: David Ho
Review by Sam Tomaino
Apex Magazine Magazine / eZine ISBN/ITEM#: 2157-1406
Date: 24 January 2013
Links: Apex Magazine / Pub Info / Table of Contents /
Here we have the Forty-Fourth issue of Apex Magazine, with two new stories, a reprint, and other features. This is another good one!
The new fiction begins with "Trixie and the Pandas of the Dead" by Eugie Foster. Trixie of the Dark Hearts of Sunshine Pantheon is not enjoying being a goddess. She chose pandas to draw her chariot and that has proved impractical and smelly (they fart). She smites a racist bastard and his son thanks her for it. But Trixie pulls through fully embracing being Goddess of Smiting, Scourge of Jerks and Dickheads. Hilarious story!
The second new story is "The Performance Artist" by Lettie Prell. Anna Pashkin Bearfoot is a performance artist whose work is praised by all the critics. Her big thing is how the flesh combines with the machine. As her latest exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art progresses, she goes further than she had before. She has her personality downloaded into a computer chip. Them she invites people to rewrite her life. Things go further than that. A well-done commentary on our time of instant celebrity.
The reprinted story is "The Patrician" by Tansy Rayner Roberts which originally appeared in Love and Romanpunk, by Tansy Rayner Roberts, Twelfth Plane Press, 2011. I do not review reprinted stories unless they are the current year, but I hope you enjoy it.
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