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Science Fiction & Fantasy INTERZONE ISSUE 270 OUT NOW!

INTERZONE 237

11th Nov, 2011

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Cover:

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The cover art is Babel II by Richard Wagner. This is Richard's sixth and final cover illustration for 2011, and you can read an interview with him, conducted by James Worrad by clicking on the link below.

 

Contents:

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Fiction:

The Last Osama by Lavie Tidhar
illustrated by Steve Hambidge

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I was riding through the lowlands, the horse’s hooves scattering dry dust into the air. An inflamed red sun hovered on the horizon like a damaged eye, leaking tears of yellow and blue and tendrils of puss-like white clouds. A group of men in the distance were hanging Osama. I stopped my horse on the crest of the hill and looked down. They were too busy, drunk with power and excitement, to notice me. 

Erasing the Concept of Sex From a Photobooth by Douglas Lain
illustrated by David Gentry

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If we had stayed for the second half of the Elkind’s party, if I’d been willing to swap after the art director’s young wife danced for us by the lime green vinyl sofa, her bare feet making impressions on the orange carpet, then I never would have painted over the snapshots from the photobooth. If I’d given it a shot with her it might have turned out differently, and I’d wanted to do it. The way the director’s wife moved to the acoustic cover of some old 80s pop song, the sight of her in a white blouse that reflected the red and yellow light coming from the open window, the way she parted her auburn hair on the side, these things made total indifference impossible.

Insect Joy by Caspian Gray

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The crickets started screaming after Luis came back from the war. Theirs was the lowest form of communication; they did not so much exchange ideas as alternate between different ways of expressing alarm. When Amy noticed they were out of water gel and took their bowl to refill it, they screamed. When she sprinkled calcium powder on their food, they screamed. When she cleaned the tiny bodies of their dead brethren out of the cage, they screamed.

Digital Rites by Jim Hawkins
illustrated by Richard Wagner 

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Amber Holiday lies on her immaculate stomach and looks out from the swimming pool high on the Corfu cliffs at Bella Vista. She knows the cameraman she can see in her peripheral vision wasn’t taking snapshots of the spectacular views over the rugged coastline of Paleokastritsa. He isn’t interested in the roof of the Monestario, couldn’t care less about the silver-encrusted iconostasis inside, is unimpressed by the perfect blue and turquoise Ionian Sea lapping gently into the sea caves in the sandstone strata far below. All he is interested in is the moment when she unhooks her bikini top, slips into the water for a quick plunge to perk up her nipples, climbs out, and stands glistening by the side of the pool like a newborn Athena bathed in the golden light of the sun that is dropping ever faster towards the open sea to the west.

 

Features:

Ansible Link by David Langford

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news and obituaries

Book Zone by Jim Steel, Paul Graham Raven, Paul Kincaid, Maureen Kincaid Speller, Jack Deighton, Paul F. Cockburn, Lawrence Osborn, Ian Hunter, Sandy Auden, Peter Loftus, Ian Sales, Peter Tennant

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book reviews including Reamde by Neal Stephenson, The Silver Wind by Nina Allan, Roil by Trent Jamieson, Wither by Lauren DeStefano, Dead Water by Simon Ings, Naked City edited by Ellen Datlow, Echo City by Tim Lebbon, Johannes Cabal: The Fear Institute by Jonathan L. Howard, Final Days by Gary Gibson, Debris by Jo Anderton, The Silent Land by Graham Joyce

Mutant Popcorn by Nick Lowe

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film reviews including In Time, Contagion, Perfect Sense, Melancholia, Trollhunter, Apollo 18, Midnight in Paris, The Change-Up, Real Steel

Laser Fodder by Tony Lee

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DVD and Blu-ray reviews including 13 Assassins, The Event, Freedom, The Devil's Kiss, Green Lantern, The Woman, Alien Undead, Saint, Maniac Cop, Assassin: City Under Siege, Panic Button, Deadly Blessing, Redline, Silent Running, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Final Destination 5

 

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