AbyssAndApex #27 #3rd Quarter 2008
Edited by Wendy S. Delmater
Review by Sam Tomaino
Abyss & Apex ISBN/ITEM#: ABYSSANDAPEX200
Date: 26 July 2008
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The newest issue of online magazine AbyssAndApex is #27 with some well-written stories, all of which got a Very Good from me
The stories begin with "The Number of Angels in Hell" by Joanne Steinwachs. On Epsilon Eridani Five, called Hell by its residents, people are outfitted with wings so they can get around. A faulty implant causes a madness called "godhead" in which people fancy themselves angels who go out to meet God. They expose themselves to the elements and die. Harry's wife and brother-in-law had been the first victims and had infected and wiped out their colony. Harry is at first assigned to kill the infected before they infect others. Then, a more practical profession is devised for him. Steinwachs has created a haunting story here.
"Väinämöinen and the Singing Fish" by Marissa K. Lingen is set long ago in a land called Saamemaa, where "there lived a charmer named Joukahainen". This means that he can sing great charms that are magic. He challenges the great Väinämöinen to a duel and loses. To save his life, he promises Väinämöinen his sister's hand in marriage. Naturally, the sister has other ideas. Lingen has written a charming little fairy tale.
Nye Joell Hardy's "Praxitales" is the name of a man who is actually the brain of a dolphin, transplanted into a dead man's body. Helene Connor is a graduate assistant, sent to the facility that takes care of him. She does not believe that he could actually be a dolphin. She finds out more than she anticipates in this touching tale.
"Walking Across the Bomb" by Alexandra McKenzie is set in September, 1969 in "Atomic City" (Richland, WA). Emily Hargood wonders why things are disintegrating around her school. From her Downs' Syndrome sister (getting messages from a Japanese doll) she concludes it's because of "gloating" about the destruction of Nagasaki. While it gets a little wearying how stupid her classmates can be, this is still an interesting take on doing the right thing.
We also have two flash-fiction stories. In "The Green Infinity" by Camille Alexa, a woman faces the consequences of her husband's unorthodox cancer treament. Ken Scholes' "The Night the Stars Sang Out My Name" takes place in the mind of a soldier of the future who finds out who is real friend is.
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