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Best of Apex Magazine: Volume 1

by Jason Sizemore (Editor), Lesley Conner (Editor)

Other authors: Liz Argall (Contributor), Peter M. Ball (Contributor), Katharine E.K. Duckett (Contributor), Amal El-Mohtar (Contributor), Chikodili Emelumadu (Contributor)15 more, Sam Fleming (Contributor), Keffy R.M. Kehrli (Contributor), Alethea Kontis (Contributor), Rich Larson (Contributor), Ken Liu (Contributor), Samuel Marzioli (Contributor), Russell Nichols (Contributor), Sarah Pinsker (Contributor), Lettie Prell (Contributor), Rachel Swirsky (Contributor), Ian Tregillis (Contributor), Brian Trent (Contributor), Genevieve Valentine (Contributor), Ursula Vernon (Contributor), Marie Vibbert (Contributor)

Series: Apex Magazine (Best of Apex Volume 1)

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"This is a book with serious pedigree..." --Oxford Culture Review An Apex story can be difficult to describe, but in this collection I enjoyed nearly every one of them. Its the best of speculative fiction, covering multiple genres with an international list of authors, some familiar, many not, but all rich with storytelling skills. --Horrible Book Reviews "It's (Apex Magazine) got the genre's future sewn up. --Oxford Culture Review Pick up this anthology of some of the best original short fiction published in Apex Magazine. The stories include numerous award-nominated works, our readers' Story of the Year selections, and personal favorites chosen by Apex Magazine editor-in-chief Jason Sizemore and managing editor Lesley Conner. TABLE OF CONTENTS Jackalope Wives by Ursula Vernon Going Endo by Rich Larson Candy Girl by Chikodili Emelumadu If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love by Rachel Swirsky Advertising at the End of the World Keffy R.M. Kehrli The Performance Artist by Lettie Prell A Matter of Shapespace by Brian Trent Falling Leaves by Liz Argall Blood from Stone by Alethea Kontis Sexagesimal by Katharine E.K. Duckett Keep Talking by Marie Vibbert Remembery Day by Sarah Pinsker Blood on Beacon Hill by Russell Nichols The Green Book by Amal El-Mohtar L'esprit de L'escalier by Peter M. Ball Still Life (A Sexagesimal Fairy Tale) by Ian Tregillis Build-a-Dolly by Ken Liu Multo by Samuel Marzioli Armless Maidens of the American West by Genevieve Valentine Pocosin by Ursula Vernon She Gave Her Heart, He Took Her Marrow by Sam Fleming Also includes a foreword by Jason Sizemore and afterword by Lesley Conner.… (more)



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My main problem with this anthology is that I don’t think the tittle does justice to the magazine. I can see that including award winning and nominated stories and reader’s favorites seems logical criteria, but unfortunately they have left out most of my favorite Apex’s stories (“During the Pause”, by Adam-Troy Castro or “Paperclips and Memories and Things That Won’t Be Missed”, by Caroline M. Yoachim, to mention just a couple of examples).

In any case, this collection is a great way to introduce readers to the kind of fiction they can find in this magazine devoted to science fiction, fantasy and horror. And in my case, being already familiar with Apex, it has been the perfect opportunity to reread some of my favorite stories from Apex, like “If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love”, by Rachel Swirsky, and to discover some new favorites, like “Still Life (A Sexagesimal Fairy Tale)”, by Ian Tregillis, a really pleasant surprise. ( )
  cuentosalgernon | Aug 19, 2018 |
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An interesting collection of stories from the online science fiction/fantasy magazine http://www.apex-magazine.com. All the stories in the collection feature transformation in one form or another: animal to human, human to alien hybrid, human to robot, human to online data, human to chocolate, etc. Most of the transformations have metaphorical elements, such as in "If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love" but a few are straight up fantasy. The opening story "Jackalope Wives" works as both fantasy/horror and as feminist metaphor.

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1 vote strangefate | Mar 16, 2017 |
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I'd never heard of Apex Magazine until I took a chance on this best of collection of stories published over their first ten years. This is quite a mixed bunch, but most of them were very enjoyable. Some were stranger than others, but that's okay too. My favourites were probably 'Advertising at the End of the World', 'Build a Dolly', and 'She Gave Her Heart'. After reading this I'm tempted to consider taking out a subscription to the magazine, but we'll see what happens. ( )
  wcs53 | Feb 21, 2017 |
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Collection of varied very short stories, nothing very memorable. ( )
  Guide2 | Jan 29, 2017 |
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Whether you know and love Apex Magazine already or pick this up as a taster, you'll find it's a little bundle of joy - assuming that nuanced, sometimes edgy speculative fiction that frequently left me in tears is your cup of tea. It's certainly mine. There are several award-winning shorts collected here along with a selection of the best of the first ten years - and it's been quite a decade.

That said, I found the second half much more to my taste than the first, with the exception of collection opener Jackalope Wives, which introduced me to one of my new favourite fictional characters, Grandma Harken (there's a follow-up tale in one of this year's issues, and I hope to see other adventures in due course).

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I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  imyril | Jul 22, 2016 |
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Sizemore, JasonEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Conner, LesleyEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Argall, LizContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ball, Peter M.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Duckett, Katharine E.K.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
El-Mohtar, AmalContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Emelumadu, ChikodiliContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fleming, SamContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kehrli, Keffy R.M.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kontis, AletheaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Larson, RichContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Liu, KenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Marzioli, SamuelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nichols, RussellContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Pinsker, SarahContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Prell, LettieContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Swirsky, RachelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tregillis, IanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Trent, BrianContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Valentine, GenevieveContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Vernon, UrsulaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Vibbert, MarieContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed

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