Apex Magazine - Issue 98, July 2017
Edited by Jason Sizemore
Cover Artist: Quentin Castel
Review by Sam Tomaino
Apex Magazine eMagazine ISBN/ITEM#: 21571406201707
Date: 26 July 2017
Links: Apex Magazine / Pub Info / Table of Contents /
Here we have the 98th issue of Apex Magazine, with two new stories, and other features.
The new fiction begins with "The Turing Machines of Babel" by Eric Schwitzgebel. -+- Hemete lives in a tower with many levels. On each level, there are rooms with books in them that no one reads but are attended by what looks like rabbits that change the odd letter on a page of the books and move on. The books seem like random letters with the occasional string of recognizable words. He becomes curious as to what it all means and assisted by two women named Dulcinea and one named Maritornes embarks on a "quixotic" quest. Wonderfully strange.
The second new story is "L'appel du vide" by Rich Larson. -+- Pau, still grieving for his daughter Naza who had died four years ago, works for Ceylan Industries on something known as the Kronos Project. One morning he is kidnapped and shut up in a storage facility. His captor is masked but somehow familiar. What is going on? Interesting conclusion to this poignant tale.
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 the link at the top of this review.