Apex Magazine - Issue 104, January 2018
Edited by Jason Sizemore
Cover Artist: Daniele Serra
Review by Sam Tomaino
Apex Magazine eMagazine ISBN/ITEM#: 2157-1406
Date: 25 January 2018
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Here we have the 104th issue of Apex Magazine which has six new stories, two reprints, and other features.
The new fiction begins with "Asylum of Cuckoos" by Lila Bowen. -+- Rhett is a Ranger in charge of a posse in what seems like the Old West but is something different. Supernatural characters abound and Rhett is one of them. He runs afoul of the sheriff of a small town and a shapeshifter who looks like him. Wonderfully weird and atmospheric.
The second new story is "To Blight a Fig Tree Before It Bears Fruit" by Benjamín Naka-Hasebe Kingsley. -+- A pregnant Meshee takes part in a horrifying auction. Unsettling.
The third new story is "A Night Out at a Nice Place" by Nick Mamatas. -+- This is the story of a truly strange blind date in what seems to be some sort of post-human universe. It went on a bit too long for me.
The fourth new story is "The Heaven-Moving Way" by Chi Hui (translated by Andy Dudak). -+- Zhang Xuan steals the long-range corvette Whisper and takes off for the core of the Milky Way to find her brother, Zhang Kai. He had been searching for an extant civilization. Starting with Mars, humanity had found many extinct civilizations and had benefited from the technology they left behind. Zhang Xuan finds her brother and what he found is spectacular in this beautifully written tale.
The fifth new story is "Symphony to a City Under the Stars" by Armando Saldaña. -+- A lyrical piece about a man named Sinclair, the woman he loves, his best friend and a special city. Beautifully written but it gets lost in its lyrics.
The sixth new story is "The Best Friend We Never Had" by Nisi Shawl. -+- Josie returns to her old haunts to recruit a crew for a new spaceship and to see an old friend. Things work out differently than she expected. Good story with a good mix of characters.
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).