Abyss & Apex - Issue 28 – 4th Quarter 2008
Edited by Wendy S. Delmater
Review by Sam Tomaino
Abyss & Apex
Date: 27 October 2008
The newest issue of online magazine Abyss & Apex is #28 with its usual complement of well-written stories, all of which are well worth reading.
In Ruth Nestvold's "Troy and the Aliens", Troy Jackson is sent to Germany by the President of the United States to meet with aliens that landed there. The situation becomes comical at times but Troy does learn some things in this pleasant, little story.
Cat Rambo's "Angry Rose's Lament" is another alien contact story. Paul Rutter is representing his company in a business deal with a race called the Solins. Like the rest of his company, he is a recovering addict from a dangerous drug. All this weighs in on how he deals with the non-negotiable demand that the aliens make to go through with the deal. Rambo pus together an interesting story here.
"Snips and Snails – a tale from the DMA casefiles" by Patrick Thomas features agents for the Department of Mystical Affairs, Karver. Mandi & Gus who have gone undercover to stop a rash of infant kidnappings. Shapechanger Gus is impersonating a baby. Gus is kidnapped and the chase is on but finding the perp is just the beginning of solving the problem. Thomas shows again what a master fantasist he is.
In "Orange Is Just Another Color" by S.K. Richards, Onnel Mellon's lover has just died from a deadly drug. She is offered the chance to put away the drug dealers and takes it. Richards gives us interesting details about the various planetary cultures in this tale of the future. This was a good read and I'll be looking forward to reading the companion story mentioned in her bio.
This issue's Flash Fiction is a beautiful little piece by Jennifer Greylyn called "Musings on Flesh and Other Prisons". Told from the point of view of a woman who has limited contact with the outside world but does not age, the woman observes an old friend who chose a different path and wonders who got the better deal.
Abyss & Apex is an online magazine with talented contributors. They fund themselves with PayPal donations. Check them out at www.abyssandapex.com.