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Apex Magazine Issue 77, October 2015
Edited by Jason Sizemore
Cover Artist: Joshua Hutchinson
Review by Sam Tomaino
Apex Magazine eMagazine  ISBN/ITEM#: 2157-1406
Date: 26 October 2015

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Number 77 of Apex Magazine has new stories by Arkady Martine, D.K. Thompson, Aaron Saylor, Nathan Ballingrud, and Maurice Broaddus, poems by Gregg Chamberlain, Laurel Dixon, Zachary Riddle, and Sarah Hollowell, and other features.

Here we have the 77th issue of Apex Magazine, with four new stories, one reprint, and other features.

The new fiction begins with "When the Fall is All That's Left" by Arkady Martine. -+- To escape enemies, Gabriele, a ship-mind, dives through a star. This unfortunately irradiates her captain, Iris, who is dying. Gabriele as ship-mind will fail, but before Iris dies, she's going to try something radical. A good tale.

"All Things to All People" by D.K. Thompson -+- Our narrator helps people and a new tattoo appears on his skin. When all his skin is tattooed, he will die. Good idea with a surprising ending.

"Me and Jasper, Down by the Meth Shack" by Aaron Saylor -+- Our narrator and his friend Jasper are waiting at Pookie Dotson's Meth Shack, but it's not for the reason you think. They are well-armed with special bullets. If you hadn't been suspecting it, you know more when you get some back story about our narrator's daughter Sweet Sixteen party. You can probably figure out the second climax, too. Still, it's well-told and worth reading.

"Super Duper Fly" by Maurice Broaddus -+- A hilarious piece of satire on The Magical Negro, with one being a wise janitor named Bagger Hallorann and the other a large guy who will soon be executed but has healing powers. The Whining. We see a meeting of the Council of Negro Stereotypes: The Tom, The Buck, The Mammy, The Mulatto and even The Coon. Broaddus even gives us an introduction. Good stuff here and some really funny spoofing.

There is also a reprinted story, "The Atlas of Hell" by Nathan. -+- 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 (see link at the top of this review).

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