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Science Fiction & Fantasy INTERZONE ISSUE 273 OUT NOW!

Interzone 222 (May/June)

12th May, 2009

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Item image: Johnny and Emmie-Lou Get Married illustrated by Warwick Fraser-Coombe

Cover art is by Adam Tredowski

Stories:

Johnny and Emmie-Lou Get Married by Kim Lakin-Smith
illustrated by Warwick Fraser-Coombe

First off we had to get to the church. Emmie-Lou in her Poodle skirt, tight sweater, bobby socks, and high tail. Me in thick-cuffed Levis, white vest, black hair – soaked and scooped in pomade – and a pair of devilish, twelve-inch creepers. Emmie-Lou’s white dress was in the back. Don’t get it creased, Johnny. I wouldn’t get it creased. Couldn’t say the same for my shirt, crump­led up on the back seat of my Chevy Bel Air like a used pack of smokes. I never was one to waste energy on threads.

Unexpected Outcomes by Tim Pratt

I was lying in bed with my girlfriend Heather that Tuesday morning in September when the phone rang, early. We didn’t jump to answer it – that’s what machines are for – and after a couple of rings and the beep we heard our friend Sherman, sounding excited, say, “Guys, you should turn on your TV.”

Lady of the White-Spired City by Sarah L. Edwards
illustrated by Martin Bland

She came, Evriel Pashtan, emissary of his justice the high regent. Weary, silver-haired, faint-hoped she came to Kander, near-for­gotten colony circling its cold little rose-hued sun. She greeted the honcho of Colonth, its foremost city; she nodded politely and distri­buted vids and holos; she attended a festi­val in her honor. And then she left the ship to the city’s tech­nicians for refitting and she flew off in her personal carrier to the far side of the planet, to a highland village enfolded in the deep of winter.

Microcosmos by Nina Allan

It was a Wednesday. The in-car thermometer was registering forty degrees. Melodie held her bag on her lap, the red plastic pouch containing her most impor­t­ant possessions: the buff note­pad and its blue pencil, the glass medallion, a blurr­ed Polaroid photograph of her best friend Sara. She shifted in her seat, the bare flesh of her thigh making a sticking, ripping sound against the plastic. She watched the back of her mother’s dark head, her father’s large hands on the wheel.

Ys by Aliette de Bodard
illustrated by Mark Pexton

September, and the wind blows Françoise back to Quimper, to roam the cramped streets of the Old City amidst squalls of rain.

Mother of Champions by Sean McMullen
illustrated by Anne Stone-Coyote

We Champions do not write, neither do we read, but we are very particular about time, numbers, family and memories. After all, we are perfect.

 

Features:

Editorial
the second edition of Paul Meloy's Islington Crocodiles, a free Black Static issue 10, improved overseas delivery…

Ansible Link by David Langford
news

Readers' Poll
results of the 2008 poll plus comments

Book Zone by Jim Steel and the team
book reviews including Cosmocopia by Paul Di Filippo & Jim Woodring (review and interview by Peter Loftus), Green by Jay Lake (review by Maureen Kincaid Speller), "It" Came From Outer Space by Christopher Priest (review by Duncan Lunan), Lavinia by Ursula Le Guin (review by Laurence Osborn), The Accord by Keith Brooke (review by David Mathew), The City and the City by China Miéville (review by Mike Cobley), Psychological Methods to Sell Should be Destroyed by Robert Freeman Wexler (review by Paul Kincaid), The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction Vol 3 + Subtle Edens + Premonitions: Causes For Alarm + Subterfuge + Future Bristol (anthology reviews by Andy Hedgecock)

Mutant Popcorn by Nick Lowe
film reviews including Watchmen, Push, Franklyn, Knowing

Laser Fodder by Tony Lee
DVD/Blu-ray reviews including War Inc, The Signal, Day the Earth Stood Still (2008), X-Men Trilogy, The Promise, The Spirit, Man From Earth, Alien Agent, Inkheart, Screamers 2, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, The Myth, Star Wreck, plus draws to win blu-rays of the X-Men Trilogy, The Promise and the 1951 Day the Earth Stood Still

 

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