Apex Magazine – Issue 88, September 2016
Edited by Jason Sizemore
Cover Artist: Mélanie Delon
Review by Sam Tomaino
Apex Magazine eMagazine ISBN/ITEM#: 2157-1406
Date: 25 September 2016
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Here we have the 88th issue of Apex Magazine, with three new stories, one reprint and other features.
The new fiction begins with "The Old Man and the Phoenix" by Alexandra Baisden. -+- An old man lies dying and talks with the one he is closest to, a phoenix bird. A beautifully old tale with a touch of sadness.
The second new story is "The Prince Who Gave Up Her Empire" by Benjanun Sriduangkaew. -+- When Prince Terasadh is born, her aunt King Nadjana has a seer predict the possible outcomes of her life and that of the kingdom. The seer predicts three futures for him as well as how these fates may happen. Twenty years later. The prince is out hunting and encounters an androgyne and she brings them home. Her fate takes shape after that. The author plays with gender words here, why I am not sure. Nothing exceptional.
The third new story "The Warrior Boy Who Would Not Suffer" by Abhinav Bhat. -+- A warrior boy lies dying and is approached by an old man. They have a long conversation and the boy learns much wisdom. But that is not the end of the story. Another poignant and beautifully told tale.
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