Apex Magazine – Issue 73, June 2015
Edited by Jason Sizemore & Sigrid Ellis
Cover Artist: Tori K. Roman
Review by Sam Tomaino
Apex Magazine eZine ISBN/ITEM#: 21571406201506
Date: 29 June 2015
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Here we have the Seventy-third issue of Apex Magazine, with three new stories, one reprinted story, and other features.
The new fiction begins with "Inhabiting Your Skin" by Mari Ness. -+- A man lives in a smart house that had been programmed by his ex-girlfriend. The house becomes more and more annoying, trying to take over the man's life. What is amusing at first has a real sting at the end. Nicely done.
"Proximity" by Alex Livingston -+- A look at a near-future where our narrator is part of a gang that reads information about people that's on their smart devices, very much in the name of profit. It comes off as a sort of an adventure story. Quite an enjoyable read.
"Foreclosure" by DJ Cockburn -+- A debt collector goes in to collect a debt that the debtor cannot pay. The only way the debt can be paid now is with body parts and the debtor's are no good. So now they can go to his first-born son. But, things take a surprising turn in another great tale.
The issue also contains a reprinted story "Mud Holes and Mississippi Mules" by Malon Edwards (Originally published in Steamfunk! Anthology, ed. Milton Davis and Balogun Ojetade, MVmedia, LLC, 2013)
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