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Science Fiction & Fantasy INTERZONE ISSUE 254 OUT NOW!

INTERZONE #243

10th Nov, 2012

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The sixth and final of Ben Baldwin's 2012 covers is called The Star. Keep checking the Special Features category for an interview with Ben, conducted by Ray Cluley.

 

Contents:

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Fiction:

Moon Drome by Jon Wallace
illustrated by Richard Wagner

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Scorpus
18th Year of Fear Racing

The biggest party in the system is in full swing, somewhere above me, in the top decks of the sovereign vessel Grimaldi. A few hundred thousand hardcore Fear Racing fans are on the party deck, all getting thoroughly wasted on the journey out. The end of the season is upon us.

I crouch in my dark cube cell, wondering about the other racers in the hold. How many are sedated? How many are awake, like me, shivering in their cells and counting down the hours? 

I would normally take a sed, just to escape the throbbing of the debt bolt in my neck, but that’s all changed now. I have almost paid off my bond, and the debt bolt has shrunk so small it’s barely noticeable. If I win tomorrow the debt and the bolt are gone for good.
 

 

The Flower of Shazui by Chen Qiufan
translated by Ken Liu
illustrated by Richard Wagner
 

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Summers in Shenzhen Bay last ten months. Mangrove swamps surround the bay like congealed blood. Year after year, they shrink and rot, like the rust-colored night that hides many crimes.

 

The Philosophy of Ships by Caroline M. Yoachim
illustrated by Richard Wagner

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Kaimu dug his skis into the snow and forced himself onto the steeper slope along the edge of the run. Michelle was behind him, and there wasn’t far to go. He was going to win.

A white-furred creature stirred at the sound of his approach. It rose up from the snow and stared, paralyzed, directly in his path.

The safety mechanism on his skis activated, but it was too late to turn. Instead, the skis treated the creature as though it was a ski jump. Kaimu landed, and the safeties shut off.

Several meters up the mountain, Michelle knelt in the snow. “You hit an Earther.”

 

Lady Dragon and the Netsuke Carver by Priya Sharma
illustrated by Martin Hanford
 

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I lay on the couch, watching the newscasts from the Empire. Riots in San Francisco. The price of rice in China. A feature on our new mines in Australia. The Emperor’s latest speech to the people. 

The Emperor. The most powerful man in the world and unable to make a decision without consulting every Samurai available first.

 

Mirrorblink by Jason Sanford
illustrated by Warwick Fraser-Coombe

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Ever since she was a child, Ein had yearned for travels. She’d listened to Father Jajher’s exciting tales of his trips as a young man. Of the far-off places he saw like Fell Pass and Forever Sea. Of the Scopes and citizens he met. Of the hard-earned knowledge he brought home. Ein had always dreamed of doing the same.

 

Features:

Ansible Link by David Langford

news and obituaries

 

Book Zone by Jim Steel, Paul Kincaid, Paul F. Cockburn, Lara Buckerton, Elaine Gallagher, Ian Sales, Duncan Lunan, Jack Deighton, Stephen Theaker

book reviews including Jack Glass by Adam Roberts (with author interview by Paul Kincaid), The Fractal Prince by Hannu Rajaniemi, The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks, Some Kind of Fairy Tale by Graham Joyce, Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone, Blood and Feathers by Lou Morgan, The Sphinx of the Ice Realm by Jules Verne (translated/edited by Frederick Paul Walter), Sorry Please Thank You by Charles Yu, Empty Space by M. John Harrison, The Wurms of Blearmouth by Steven Erikson, Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson

 

Mutant Popcorn by Nick Lowe

film reviews including Looper, Frankenweenie, Hotel Transylvania, Paranorman, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Holy Motors, Total Recall, Dredd, Resident Evil: Retribution

 

Laser Fodder by Tony Lee

DVD and Blu-ray reviews including Avengers Assemble, Prometheus, Fringe Season 4, Alcatraz Season 1, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Demon Hunter: The Resurrection, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Supernatural Season 7, The Testament of Dr Mabuse, The Birds, Short Cicruit, Flight of the Navigator, The Man in the White Suit

 

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