Abyss & Apex Issue 60: 4th Quarter 2016
Edited by Wendy S. Delmater
Review by Sam Tomaino
Abyss & Apex
Date: 27 October 2016
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The newest issue of online magazine Abyss & Apex is #60 and it's a another great issue!
The fiction begins with a novelette, "I, Shidigi" by Wole Talabi. -+- This is a wild tale of competition and alliances in the spirit-world. Shigidi leaves one corporation to go freelance with Nneoma but his former employers want him back. Very imaginative.
"Not Always a Coastal Species" by Sunny Chan -+- Mara is a teenage girl who finds out that she's actually half great white shark. The problem is that the rest of the students at her high school all know it and things become difficult. She doesn't handle things on her side very well either, but maybe that can change. Nice, enjoyable little story.
"Study. Learn. Know." by Amy Sisson -+- On the planet Eridani, Kaylen is a scholar at the Grove of Academe. Her AI advisor approves her study of Coenobita compressus, the Ecuadorian hermit crab. It proves to be a very valuable study. Interesting way it all comes to an end.
"The Farmgirl and the Kitsune" by Patrick J. Hurley -+- When she was a child, Ishiko rescued a kitsun, in the form of a fox, from tengu hunters (demons). The kitsune is then able to protect Ishiko from them. She takes the form of a woman and is a friend to Ichiko until she is 16 years old. The kitsune grants Ishiko a wish and she wished to be loved by the prefect's son, Tatsuya. The kitsune does not like the smell of him but she grants the wish in an unusual way, thus beginning the first of many adventures they would have. Great story. I'd like to hear more of their adventures.
"The Plumes of Enceladus" by Stewart C Baker -+- Frank and Andry are pilots for competing companies on ships going to Enceladus, a moon of Saturn. There is animosity between them at first, but when they are both out there miles from home, things thaw. A story with real heart.
There is a Flash Fiction story, "Satellite Technician" by Jason Mullins. -+- Our narrator works on satellites orbiting the Earth. He likes his job but not for the reason you'd think. Clever.
The 60th issue of Abyss and Apex is one that you should all buy. You will not forget it. They fund themselves with PayPal donations and subscriptions. Check them out at their website (see link at the top of this review).