Apex Magazine – Issue 76, September 2015
Edited by Jason Sizemore and Guest Editor: Cristina Jurado
Cover Artist: Ekaterina Zagustina
Review by Sam Tomaino
Apex Magazine eMagazine ISBN/ITEM#: 2157-1406
Date: 27 September 2015
Links: Apex Magazine / Pub Info / Table of Contents /
Here we have the 76th issue of Apex Magazine, with three new stories, two reprints, and other features.
The new fiction begins with "Child, Funeral, Thief, Death" by Tade Thompson. -+- Our narrator is a native of Lagos, Nigeria who has powers that make him sensitive. He can find anything. Unfortunately he does not use his powers for good. One of the nice things about the story is it gives us a window on Nigerian culture. Well done.
"Find Me" by Isabel Yap -+- Chas, short for Chastity, is a 15-year-old girl whose has had her share of problems. Her father died when she was six and she acquired an imaginary friend named Roger. This resulted in her being thought of as weird or worse. Things got better when she stopped talking to him and he went away. Now, in the midst of family coming for Christmas, he is back. Nice look at a teenage mindset but the fantasy is pretty light.
"Frozen Planet" by Marian Womack -+- The story begins with this: "I am going out and may be some time" - Famous last words of Captain Scott. Actually, this quote appeared in the diary of Antarctic explorer Robert Scott, found with his frozen body in the famous ill-fated expedition. However, those words are close to the usual formulation of the famous last words of Captain Lawrence Oates, a member of the expedition who walked out of their shelter with the idea of sacrificing himself so that the others might live. The usual version of the quote (found with a simple Google search and on Wikipedia and most of the other websites) is "I am just going outside and may be some time." Anyway, this story is set on a frozen planet with a man named Lawrence seeing mirages and making the statement in the way it's quoted at the beginning and going out in the snow to die. But it's for other reasons. Never could get into this one because I was bothered by the mistake at the beginning.
There are also two reprinted stories, "Six Things We Found During the Autopsy" by Kuzhali Manickavel and "Mountain" by Liu Cixin. I do not review reprinted stories unless they are from the current year.
Apex Magazine works in a unique way. 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 at their website (see link at the top of this review).