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Apex #5 - Spring 2006
Apex Publications LLC Zine  ISBN/ITEM#: 1553-7269
Date: April 2006 /

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Apex #5 - Spring 2006
Table of Contents: Fiction: Starfish by Steve Parker * Inspiration by Ben Bova * Away by Robert Dunbar * EV2000 by Amy Grech * Wall of Delusion by Jerry J. Davis * Temple: Junkland Dogs by Steve Savile * Scotch on the Rocks by William F. Nolan * Sacrifices by Rhonda Eudaly Interviews: Neil Gaiman interviewed by Jason Sizemore * Robert Rankin interviewed by Gukk Ainsworth * Sherrilyn Kenyon interviewed by Alethea Kontis Non-Fiction: One Tipple Too Many? by Gill Ainsworth * Fraidy Cat Presents: The Exorcist by Athena Workman * Birthday Convention by Alethea Kontis * Book Reviews

The latest issue of Apex Science Fiction and Horror Digest has a good selection of stories with only one that's not very good.

"Starfish" by Steve Parker is a nasty little tale set in a future Japan in a world where fishing has been banned due to a treaty with a group of aliens called the Sylurians. This does not go over well in a country that loves its fish so much and the consequences are grim, indeed. "Inspiration" by Ben Bova is a reprint but it tells a nice little story about H.G. Wells meeting a young man named Albert and changing his life. In "Away" by Robert Dunbar, we get a spooky, little tale about a man who becomes convinced his apartment building is inhabited by aliens. But the truth is even stranger.

"Wall of Delusion" by Jerry J. Davis is the story of a man who killed his wife and her lover and now wants to die himself. He volunteers for an experiment that can retrieve his memories and things take an unexpected turn. "Temple: Junkyard Dogs" by Steven Savile is part 1 of a four-part story. In keeping with my policy on serials, I will review it when I have all the parts. "Scotch on the Rocks" is a funny little story by veteran writer William F. Nolan about a man hearing a strange story in a bar. The last story in the issue is a short-short called "Sacrifices" by Rhonda Endaly with an amusing take on a HAL Computer like situation.

The only disappointing story in the issue is "EV 2000" by Amy Grech in which, once more we see the folly of giving machines personalities and power over human beings. Another problem is that the story was already published in another small press magazine, Inhuman #3 and was no better there.

Still, if you like to support small press magazines, this is a good one to subscribe to. The articles and interviews are very good, too.

(Source: Apex Publications LLC)

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