Apex Magazine - Issue 102, November 2017
Edited by Jason Sizemore
Cover Artist: Max Mitenkov
Review by Sam Tomaino
Apex Magazine eMagazine ISBN/ITEM#: 2157-1406
Date: 26 November 2017
Here we have the 102nd issue of Apex Magazine which has two new stories, one reprint, and other features.
The new fiction begins with "An Unexpected Boon" by S.B. Divya. -+- With their parents away on business, Aruni must take care of his sister, Kalyani, who is what we understand to be autistic. Her family allows her obsessions with counting in pairs and not wanting to be touched, but the people in the village do not understand. When Kalyani shows a visiting sage the customary hospitality, he gives her a strange boon. An encounter with another sage, who is not very wise, changes things drastically for the brother and sister. But the boon still holds. Well-told story and an interesting look at a culture that I am unfamiliar with.
The second new story is "Untilted" by K.A. Teryna (translated by Alex Shvartsman). -+- Dahlia is depressed over the death of the man she loved and is prepared to commit suicide by leaping in front of an oncoming train. But she encounters a strange boy named Marcus who hands her a note. The strange message asks her to sign it and she does. And things get stranger for her from there. A charming, enchanting little tale. Just perfect.
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).