Apex Magazine – Issue 87, August 2016
Edited by Jason Sizemore
Cover Artist: Marcela Bolívar
Review by Sam Tomaino
Apex Magazine eMagazine ISBN/ITEM#: 2157-1406
Date: 26 August 2016
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Here we have the 87th issue of Apex Magazine, with 3 new stories, 1 reprint and other features.
The new fiction begins with "The Gentleman of Chaos" by A. Merc Rustad. -+- Our titular character has "assassinated thirteen kings, seventy-two princes, one thousand nobles, and five queens". Our narrator is a young woman trained by her older brother to guard him from the Gentleman when their father, the King, is murdered. Her brother as king is a monster but he has given her the name, She, and put a collar on her that makes her do his will. But there is a twist in this story that makes it just perfect.
The second new story is "I Remember Your Face" by E.K. Wagner. -+- Our narrator works in space but the call of a siren changes things. Lyrical.
The third new story is "Fall to Her" by Alexis A. Hunter. -+- Ket's parents were killed in a raid by government forces after some sort of apocalypse. Now, grown up and a rebel, she has an advantage in that her existence was never registered. She's been given the assignment to kill a man involved with her parents. But she has to give up something to do it. Good solid story.
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).