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Issue 125
September 2021

EDITORIAL

Words from the Editor-in-Chief
by Jason Sizemore
Words from the Honorary Editor
by Jeffery Reynolds

ORIGINAL FICTION

COTTONMOUTH
by Joelle Wellington
Next to Cleanliness
by Rose Keating
Discontinuity
by Jared Millet
Candyland
by Maggie Slater (available 9/23)
Gift for the Cutter Man
by D. Thomas Minton (available 9/28)
Wake Up, I Miss You
by Rachel Swirsky (available 9/29)

CLASSIC FICTION

Deep Night
by Tenea D. Johnson
The Ever-Dreaming Verdict of Plagues
by Jason Sanford
The Rat
by Yohanca Delgado (available 9/30)

INTERVIEWS

Interview with Author Joelle Wellington
by Andrea Johnson
Interview with Author Rose Keating
by Andrea Johnson
Interview with Artist Marcela Bolívar
by Russell Dickerson (available 9/29)

NONFICTION

Alone? or, How a Survivalist Reality TV Show Defangs Publishing’s Narrow Definition of Agency
by Maria Dong
Flesh Eggs
by Ken MacGregor

REVIEWS

Review of Grave Reservations by Cherie Priest
Review of Malefactor by Robert Repino
Words for Thought: Short Fiction Reviews by A. C. Wise

Cover art by Marcela Bolívar.

From the Blog

Join Apex Magazine at Fiyahcon 2021

Apex Magazine will be running a virtual booth at the online Fiyahcon convention. The event runs this Friday through Sunday. While registration is closed, they have a track of programming called BonFIYAH that is general admission. We hope to have someone in the booth...

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SHORT FICTION

Discontinuity

Discontinuity

nebula above her has grown more diffuse. She exhales, clicks the button to log another successful breach, and lets herself blink while the flight computer calculates the next FTL jump. She never closes her eyes during the breach. Whether or not it helps doesn’t matter. What’s important is to maintain her sense of self.

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A HISTORY OF GENRE FICTION

ISSUES

STORIES

WORDS