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Apex Magazine Issue 78, November 2015
Edited by Jason Sizemore
Cover Artist: James Lincke
Review by Sam Tomaino
Apex Magazine eMagazine  ISBN/ITEM#: 2157-1406
Date: 28 November 2015

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Number 78 of Apex Magazine has new stories by Sam J. Miller, Russell Nichols, Day Al-Mohammed, and Gemma Files, poems by Chloe Clark, Brittany Warman, Julia Kingston, and Michael Sikkema, and other features.

Here we have the 78th issue of Apex Magazine, with three new stories, one reprint and other features.

The new fiction begins with "To Die Dancing" by Sam J. Miller. -+- A near-future in which Fundamentalists have taken control and banned everything enjoyable. To show how decadent things were, the authorities are allowing a 70s-style disco and Clive has agreed to be part of the festivities, only to find Ummi, a woman he was close to. He sees Jeremy, a closet sellout who is part of the current establishment. He gets a little different perspective on things. The ultimate left-wing paranoid horror story.

"Blood on Beacon Hill" by Russell Nichols (FIRST SALE) -+- Teddy Attucks is a vampire on trial for statutory rape. He was set up by a political opponent of his father. Story had a few plot-holes but was pretty engaging.

"The Beacon and the Coward" by Day Al-Mohammed -+- Danville had been a coward at the Battle of Gettysburg, and that has come back to haunt him in his postwar career as one of the African-American crew of a lighthouse on the Carolina coast. But this is an alternate history in which the rest of the crew have had limbs and eyes replaced or enhanced with artificial parts. Danville, though, is all-natural and their swimmer. When a ship founders off the coast, he is called upon to prove his courage. Yes, the ending is predictable but this is a crackling good tale.

There is also a reprinted story "Signal to Noise" by Gemma Files. 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).

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