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Apex Magazine - Issue 97, June 2017
Edited by Jason Sizemore
Cover Artist: Irina Kovalova
Review by Sam Tomaino
Apex Magazine eMagazine  ISBN/ITEM#: 2157-1406
Date: 25 June 2017

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Number 97 of Apex Magazine has new stories by Aimee Ogden, K.A. Ternya, Pip Coen, and Tobias S. Buckell, and Maureen McHugh, as well as other features.

Here we have the 97th issue of Apex Magazine with three new stories and other features.

The new fiction begins with "Elena's Angel" by Aimee Ogden. -+- Elena is an artist who has an angel that pushes her to work hard at her art. The angel seems to run her life. Is this a good thing? Is it worth it? This is the kind of story that pushes you to think about it. That's a good thing. My thought is that this angel might NOT be a good thing.

The second new story is "Black Hole Heart" by K.A. Teryna (transalted by Alex Shvartsman). -+- Our central character has come back home from World War II to find his life a shambles. He gets into his truck with all that he has left and starts driving cross country with the idea that he might be able to confront his brother and girlfriend who have betrayed him. He stops midway for a cup of coffee. Does he continue? Interesting question in a perfectly done little tale.

The third new story is "Welcome to Astuna" by Pip Coen. -+- Jane wakes up in a strange room looking sixteen years older than she remembers. She finds out that she is in a country called Astuna, where one can pay off gambling debts by selling memories. How did she incur this debt? How did she sell her memories. The answer is a pretty clever one.

Apex Magazine works in a unique way. If you are a subscriber, you get your issue when it's published. Otherwise, you wait a month. They are worth supporting, so check them out at their website (see link at the top of this review).

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