Abyss & Apex Issue 55: 3rd Quarter 2015
Edited by Wendy S. Delmater
Review by Sam Tomaino
Abyss & Apex eMagazine
Date: 26 September 2015
Links: Abyss & Apex / Pub Info / Table of Contents /
The newest issue of online magazine Abyss And Apex is #55 and it's another great issue.
The fiction begins with "Degrees of Separation" by Ruth Nestvold. -+- Ellen does a good deed in Rolnyka, Alaska, which results in good deeds in Germany, New York City, Morocco, and Seattle with the end location being, not a surprise, but a delight. Loved this one.
"Mustard World" by James Victor -+- Our narrator is Kalam, a surveyor on a planet called Mustardworld. The atmosphere is toxic but Kalam has made a real find, a pregnant "mustard skink". This will earn Kalam a footnote or two when it is brought back. But when Kalam visits a colonist family, he finds something bigger. Another great little story in this issue.
"Prayer" by Mike Buckley -+- Wasa is part of the Lunadii who have escaped from a women's prison on the Moon. They have a "continent ship" which had been planned to take many colonists to a distant planet. Wasa and her friend Vi must convince the ship's AI to get them past the "angry gods", powerful people whose minds had been downloaded into stars. They are headed to the god Asha, who had been good woman who answered prayers with hope. They are surprised at what they find. Well done.
"The Onmyoji's Wife" by Kate MacLeod -+- Kenji wants to be an onmyoji and fight demons but he thinks there will be little opportunity to do this. He must escort the Lady Chiaki home. She had defeated a demon by swallowing it but it s now killing her from inside. But Kenji proves to be more useful than thought. This was a exquisite little fantasy story.
The issue also has three flash fiction stories.
"The Probable Trademan" by Gareth D. Jones -+- Rogerio has a special toolbox whose contents change every time he opens and closes it. This produces quite an adventure on his latest job. Amusing.
"The Specialist" by Andrew Kaye -+- Dr. Stiskell is very good at dealing with the fae folk. This is useful when a baby is exchanged for a changeling, Just perfect.
"Via Memories" by Jeremiah Reinmiller -+- Our narrator is able to do something wonderful for his dying father. I won't spoil it by saying more. Just beautiful.
The 55th issue of Abyss and Apex is well worth reading. They fund themselves with PayPal donations and subscriptions. Check them out at their website (see link at the top of this review).