Abyss & Apex Issue 31: 3rd Quarter 2009
Edited by Wendy S. Delmater
Review by Sam Tomaino
Abyss & Apex
Date: 29 July 2009
The newest issue of online magazine AbyssAndApex is #31 and all the stories are top-rate and worth your time reading.
"Section III" by Caren Grusoff is a nice little story about Alison, “Client Services Manager at the Department of Providence.” She is in charge of evaluating people’s lives, but hasn’t evaluated her own. One day, a client walks in with a little boy in tow, who trades a Venus Flytrap plant named Vinnie for her donut. This act changes her perspective in yet another very good story on this site.
"Carpe Mañana" by Richard A. Lovett is the classic kind of story that charts the effect a new kind of technology has on people and civilization. The invention is a stasis field that exists in a walk-in chamber. You step in and close the door and time is frozen for you for a while. We actually have four stories taking place over many years as people use the fields more and more and for longer periods of time. Lovett gives us just what science fiction should be, a look at a possible future, and does a very good job of it.
"Starlings" by Michael J. DeLuca is a poignant tale of a world in which a pulse has wiped out the power supply. Nicholas Acre is the town clerk who has stored information into a computer, hoping to retrieve it once power is restored. A traveler who calls himself Valery tells him of a power source downriver. But Valery wants him to abandon the old world. DeLuca has written a beautiful, sad story.
"A Hundredth Name" by Christopher Green is another sad, touching tale. Karim misses his wife Mavda. She took her own life because they lived on a space station and she would not bring children into a world where they could not make a pilgrimage to Mecca. What can Karim do? Therein lies a well-written story.
"Rainbows and Other Shapes" by Patricia Russo is told from the point of view of a disabled adult taken care of by a sister and her husband. The person cannot walk and must be cared for but has a talent of being able to make colored shapes out of thin air, to the delight of a niece and nephew. Russo contributes a beautiful piece of writing.
Abyss and Apex is an online magazine with talented contributors and it's just a pleasure to read. They fund themselves with PayPal donations. Check them out at www.abyssandapex.com.