Apex Magazine – Issue 103, December 2017
Edited by Jason Sizemore
Cover Artist: Clarissa Ferguson
Review by Sam Tomaino
Apex Magazine eMagazine ISBN/ITEM#: 2157-1406
Date: 28 December 2017
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Here we have the 103rd issue of Apex Magazine, which has two new stories, one reprint, and other features.
The new fiction begins with "Behind Her, Trailing Like Butterfly Wings" by Daniela Tomova. -+- In some future, most of humanity lives on a constant road, always wandering. The rest live in Oases, a fixed place. A reporter named Marrow Vas from an Oases is interviewing one of the road people, Frank Krayec, asking why he wanders. He asks him about the legend of the Wandering Woman who inspires the road people. A danger to both groups are areas of reverse gravity called mouths that can kill people. But Marrow seems to know more about what is happening than Frank does. A curious, strange, unsettling tale.
The second new story is "The Edge of Things" by Katherine E.K. Duckett (translated by Alex Shvartsman). A woman is attending what seems like an endless party after the world has ended. Some of the guests aren't even human. Some refer to literary characters. Did a series of mental challenges result in what is happening? How can she escape? A bizarre, dream-like tale that delivers a great experience in reading it.
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).