Apex Magazine - Issue 99, August 2017
Edited by Amy H. Sturgis / Jason Sizemore
Cover Artist: Dana Tiger
Review by Sam Tomaino
Apex Magazine eMagazine ISBN/ITEM#: 2157-1406
Date: 27 August 2017
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Here we have the 99th issue of Apex Magazine, a Celebration of Indigenous American Fantasists, guest edited by Amy H. Sturgis with four new stories as well as other features.
The new fiction begins with "Welcome to the Authentic Indian Experience™" by Rebecca Roanhorse. -+- Jesse Turnblatt works at a Virtual Reality Experience, as Trueblood, an authentic Native American. He's had some problems. But things have been going better. Then, a man calling himself White Wolf signs up for a tour which he doesn't actually take. Later, Jesse meets him in a bar and, over the next weeks, tells him a bit too much. A nicely unsettling story.
The second new story is "If a Bird Can Be a Ghost" by Allison Mills. -+- Shelly's grandmother is a Ghostbuster and takes her along, teaching her things. When Shelly's mother dies, her ghost does not hang around and Shelly keeps looking for her. Her grandmother teaches her a bit more. A charming, touching tale.
The third new story is "Skinny Charlie's Orbiting Teepee" by Pamela Rentz. -+- Charlie has genuine artifacts he wants to display, but getting through the bureaucracy takes some doing. Good story with a nice sense of humor.
The fourth new story is "The Trip" by Mari Kurisato. -+- Cory is on a Seed Ship traveling in space. She had been a valued member of the crew. But Amy, the woman she loves, is dying of cancer and Cory wants to use the facilities of the ship to save Amy. What can she do? Exciting and poignant tale.
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).