Abyss & Apex Issue 58: 2nd Quarter 2016
Edited by Wendy S. Delmater
Review by Sam Tomaino
Abyss & Apex
Date: 25 April 2016
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The newest issue of online magazine Abyss & Apex is #58 and it's another flawless issue.
The fiction begins with "The Galaxy's Cube" by Jeremy Szal. -+- In New Bangkok, Jharkat sells outdated tech and mourns the death of his daughter, Serah, dead of a disease. A man sells him a curious cube and he takes it home. He discovers that it houses a Mind, something very illegal. But the Mind, who he calls Serah, has a secret of its own which can rock his world. Fantastic, heartfelt story.
"Down by the Riverside" by Rebecca Birch -+- Jimmy is an orphan, adopted by the Matthews family. He finds a dog, down by the riverside where his father had died. He calls him Grubber and takes him home. Mrs. Matthews is reluctant to take him in, but she does in another beautiful story.
"Insider Art" by Vaughan Stanger -+- Veronica Tierney is an artist whose husband, Geoffrey has been in a persistently vegetative state. She has been living in an intelligent domicile called Home which has provided a companion named Dom for her. Now Geoffrey is awake and her situation changes. A very well-told story.
"Cheatin" by J. Kenton Pierce -+- Shaifennen is young but feisty. She and her sister Kethie, and Xiennen are out looking for bumble-bugs and apples when things get very dangerous. They are beset by spook-devils and must act quickly to survive. Things get real exciting after that. Great little story!
"Three Moons of Earth" by Thomas K. Carpenter -+- Dali is waiting in a line for the chance to win transport to the planet of the Xan. There, she will be able to better her life. But she must learn things and take tests to prepare and the Xan have certain standards for things. She finds a way. Good solid story with a lot of heart.
"Dissonance" by Jameyanne Fuller -+- The town of Pizzicato Crossing has had a grievous fire. It has devastated their orchestra which must play in Harmony so that the Phoenix can rise. The conductor, Tavery, cannot bring them together, but there is someone who can. Beautifully, lyrically done!
The 58th issue of Abyss & Apex is as delightful as ever! All the stories are about people who come to life in a very real way. You should all buy this issue. You will not forget it. They fund themselves with PayPal donations and subscriptions. Check them out their website (see the link at the top of this review).