Abyss & Apex – Issue 25 – 1st Quarter 2008
by Carol Burrell (Publisher)
Edited by Wendy S. Delmater
Review by Sam Tomaino
Abyss & Apex ISBN/ITEM#: ABYSAPEX200801
Date: 26 January 2008
Links: Abyss & Apex website / Pub Info / Table of Contents /
Issue #25 of Abyss & Apex is a fine one. We get 5 short stories and one of them go a Great rating from me. The rest were all Very Good.
"Snatch Me Another" by Mercuio D. Rivera is an amazing story. In about 4000 words, he introduces us to a brand new idea and manages to write a great story about it. Kristina and Lindy live in a world in which an invention called the Snatcher allows people to snatch a copy of anything they want from some alternate dimension. Need some paper plates for a birthday party? Put in a sample and snatch a dozen from a dozen other worlds. Want a near-to-original of Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night? It's in the system and can be had easily. Need a replacement for you dead son? Pop a lock of his hair into the Snatcher! This one came up on me unawares. It will be on my Hugo list for next year.
In "If Tears Were Wishes" by Ruth Nestvold, Brooke and Crystal are young twin sisters who have a special power. Anyone who comes into contact with their tears can be granted any wish. Brooke is kidnapped. Can Crystal use her powers to find her? Phil Margolies' "Healer" features Michael who can heal dying people but only by taking the life force of another. He heals "innocent children" by killing bums. How far will he go to heal? "In Blue Crane Falls", Brian Dolton tells us of Yi Qin, a conjuror in service to the emperor. She has gone to the temple of a goddess to banish a ghost from there. But she finds out that things are not that simple. Last of all, there's "Quartet, With Mermaids" by Alan Smale. This is actually four stories and a little more about the discovery that merpeople actually exist. They are not intelligent or pretty but they are real. How will the human race treat them?
This is an on-line magazine well worth reading. Check them out at their website (see above link).