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Summary: Apex Magazine, 2009

Summary: Apex Magazine, 2009

Apex Digest began as science fiction/fantasy/horror print magazine, with a certain tropism towards the horror end of things. Last year it migrated to the web and is now called Apex Magazine. It also seems to have increased it focus on SF -- still often with horror aspects -- but much less fantasy. The editor is Jason Sizemore. They usually publish two original stories per month plus a reprint, though I think there is some occasional variation. There are also essays and interviews. This year in 11 issues (one month was skipped) I saw 23 new stories, all short (one short-short), about 92,000 words total.

Apex Digest as a magazine kept improving over its four years or so, and I think the improvement has continued -- there was some fine stuff there this year. Highlights this year included "Cai and Her Ten Thousand Husbands" by Gord Sellar (February), about a teen girl kidnapped and raped and given alterations to preserve her as a prepubescent "wife" of a group of soldiers, and how she eventually took things into her own hads; "The Puma", by Theodora Goss (March), which returns to Wells’s Island of Dr. Moreau, having the puma woman from that story confront the narrator after his return to London, gaining new privileges for the altered animals; "A Dream of Stars", by Peter M. Ball (October), which reimagines the lives of real long-ago British astronomers (mainly John Flamsteed) as subjects of rather Lovecraftian-seeming alien rulers; and "59 Beads", by Rochita Loenen-Ruiz (December), about a girl who sells herself into slavery, and terrible bodily modifications, to save her sister. Work by Ekaterina Sedia, Jennifer Pelland, Lavie Tidhar, Aliette de Bodard, and Ruth Nestvold also impressed, plus one reprint in particular, Aleksandar Ziljak's "An Evening in the City Coffeehouse, with Lydia on my Mind" (November), which first appeared in English in another Apex project, The Apex Book of World SF, edited by Lavie Tidhar, and very well worth checking out.

I called all 23 stories SF (a few were ambiguous), and 9 of the 23 new stories were by woman (39%).

Tags: 2009, webzines, yearly summaries
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