Apex Magazine – Issue 82, March 2016
Edited by Jason Sizemore
Cover Artist: Vincent Sammy
Review by Sam Tomaino
Apex Magazine ISBN/ITEM#: 2157-1406
Date: 29 March 2016
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Here we have the 82nd issue of Apex Magazine, with three new stories, one reprint, and other features.
The new fiction begins with "Agent of V.A.L.I.S" by Lavie Tidhar. -+- Thomas aka Dydimus has been recruited as a member of V.A.L.I.S. (Vast Active Living Intelligence System). The story involves Johnny Carson, little pink pills, the year being 50 A.D. and the Roman Empire still in existence. There are also references to the writings of Philip K. Dick. So what is real? The sort of story you'd like if you like that sort of thing.
"Death Flowers of Never-Forgotten Love" by Jason Sanford -+- A future wake for a man who has died. Beside his open coffin are things called "death flowers" that will edit mourners memories so that they only have good ones. But one there can resist them. Another imaginative story from Sanford.
"Screaming Without a Mouth" by Travis Heermann -+- A woman is killed and her ghost takes an unusual revenge. All told in epistolary fashion using modern types of communication. Innovative way to tell the story but it distances one from the characters, so it's hard to empathize.
There is also a reprinted story, "Dolly" by Elizabeth Bear. 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).