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New Science Fiction & Fantasy INTERZONE ISSUE 280 OUT NOW!

2008 Readers' Poll Results

8th May, 2009

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Thanks once again to Martin McGrath who ran the Readers' Poll, counted votes for and against, logged comments and passed on some useful statistics. Here are some extracts from Martin's summary:

"The number of votes was down slightly on last year but the number of positive votes rose sharply while negative voting fell back. … At the top of the poll Jason Sanford is the clear winner with the most popular story of all ('When Thorns Are the Tips of Trees' from issue 219) and another story ('The Ships Like Clouds, Risen by Their Rain' from issue 217) at number four. … Issue 217 was the most popular. The Mundane-SF issue 216 fared less well, limping in last. … The art vote was marginally higher than last year but exceptionally close. 'Traveller', Kenn Brown's cover to issue 219, came out on top by virtue of having one more positive vote than six rivals on the same aggregate score."

Full results and readers' comments appear in issue 222, out on May 14th, but below are the top ten stories and top five artworks of Interzone's 2008 issues, as voted by the readers. Congratulations to all.



  1. When Thorns are the Tips of Trees by Jason Sanford
  2. The Scent of Their Arrival by Mercurio D. Rivera
  3. Crystal Nights by Greg Egan
  4. The Ships Like Clouds, Risen by Their Rain by Jason Sanford
  5. Greenland by Chris Beckett
  6. Concession Girl by Suzanne Palmer
  7. Little Lost Robot by Paul McAuley
  8. His Master’s Voice by Hannu Rajaniemi
  9. Africa by Karen Fishler
  10. Butterfly, Falling at Dawn by Aliette de Bodard



  1. Traveller (219 cover) by Kenn Brown
  2. The Ships Like Clouds, Risen by Their Rain (217 illustration) by Vincent Chong
  3. Little Lost Robot (217 illustration) by Paul Drummond
  4. Corner of the Circle (218 illustration) by Warwick Fraser-Coombe
  5. Greenland (218 cover) by Warwick Fraser-Coombe




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