Abyss & Apex - Issue 29 – 1st Quarter 2009
by Wendy S. Delmater (Publisher)
Edited by Wendy S. Delmater
Review by Sam Tomaino
Abyss & Apex
Date: 29 January 2009
"After the Revolution" by Pauline J Alama is a touching story set in a world which had been ruled by "Eugens", people bred to be genetically superior. Aurora was a Eugen but had joined the rebel Equality Party and helped bring the Eugens down. She takes part in an assault on a place where Eugen children were bred and raised and takes one nine-year-old Eugen named Morrigan under her wing. Alama weaves a fine story here featuring them and other characters.
"Letter Found in a Chest Belonging to the Marquis of Montseraille Following the Death of That Worthy Individual" by Marie Brennan is a title almost longer than the story. The Marquis is writing to a woman named Madallaine and recounts a story of their life together. But there is something more complicated to it than that. More I can't say without spoiling the story. I'll only say that I enjoyed it immensely.
In "One Hand Washes the Other" by Fraser Sherman, Ryan is desperate to save the love of his life, Annie, from dying of cancer. Even though she loves someone else, he makes a deal with the wizard Clothilde to save her life if he does one thing. He gets her to exclude things like treason and murder and goes off on his adventure. This story did not go off the way I though it would, but that's a good thing. Fraser does a nice job here.
"Incarnation in the Delta" by Richard Foss refers to Lalitchandra, called Larry and Buddha's twin brother. He's a African-American in the South of the 1930s and makes a living playing a banjo. He can remember all his incarnations and they are varied. Foss does a good job here with a truly unique story.
The "Murder" in Karl Bunker's story is that of a woman named Mary Dumas, who was a talented singer. The difference here is that it took place on a planet for human refugees that had been taken from an Earth destroyed by war and disease. They had been taken there by a race that humans just called "squirrels". The squirrels like to watch human do things and especially like artists. They also like to see a detective go about his business and have asked Harry Keaveny to investigate. He does, and that makes for a good little story.
This issue's Flash Fiction is "East of Chula Vista" by Samantha Henderson. A woman lives next to a desert and recounts the strange visitors that come near to her door. A haunting effective tale.
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