Apex Publications LLC Zine ISBN/ITEM#: 1553-7269
Date: July 2006 /
Apex Science Fiction and Horror Digest – Vol. 1 Issue 6 – Summer 2006 – ISSN 1553-7269 - PO Box 2223. Lexington, KY 40588-2223 – Website: www.apexdigest.com
Table of Contents: Fiction: Duel in the Somme by Ben Bova * Queen of Stars by Bryn Sparks * Whether to Go Through by Christopher Rowe * Cerbo in Vitra ujo by Mary Robinette Kowal * Cut and Paste by Peter Gutierrez * The Deep Misanthropic Principle by Brandon Alspaugh * Temple: Part II by Steven Savile * Indigestion by Robby Sparks * Only an Echo by Michael C. Reed Non-Fiction: The Brightest Heavens of Invention: A Discourse on Ben Bova's "Duel in the Somme" by Gill Ainsworth * Some Notes on a Working Definition of Steampunk by Lavie Tidhar * Once Upon a Horror by Alethea Kontis * Interview with Poppy Z. Brite * Interview with Kage Baker
Apex is an usual magazine with some experimental stories. Not all of them work but there is plenty good in this magazine.
"Duel in the Somme" is a great little story by Ben Bova about a VR showdown between two guys vying for a girl. In "Queen of Stars" by Bryn Sparks, Moesha finds a way to beat the pirates that killed her lover, all this with a twist. "Whether to Go Through" is another story by Christopher Rowe whose appeal has, thus far, eluded me. This one features some guys who don't know what to do in an unusual environment. "Cerbo en Vitra ujo" by Mary Robinette Kowal is a chilling story about a naïve girl investigating the disappearance of her boyfriend.
"Cut and Paste" is a hilarious tale by Peter Gutierrez about the revolt of the alphabet against our abuse of it. "The Deep Misanthropic Principle" by Brandon Alspaugh really defies description and did not do much for me. "Temple Part II: A Map of You" by Steve Savile is Part 2 of a 4 part story which I'll review when it is completed. "Indigestion" is a nice little tale by Bobby Sparks about a guy who thinks he's getting away from a planet he hates, but there is more going on. "Only an Echo" by Michael C. Reed is a "Parting Shot" which is another story that really doesn't work for me.
The Nonfiction articles and interviews are all quite good and help make this magazine worth buying even if some of the stories don't quite work.
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