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New Science Fiction & Fantasy INTERZONE ISSUE 283 OUT NOW!

Interzone 225 (November/December)

11th Nov, 2009

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2009 cover artist Adam Tredowski's sixth and final image is a wraparound. Click on the link below to see more of Adam's art and read a brief interview.



Here We Are, Falling Through Shadows by Jason Sanford
illustrated by Mark Pexton

Miker drove our fire engine through the dark neigh­borhood, the red emergency lights flash-synching to the deep bass of the rumbler siren. Parked cars and flower gardens and mailboxes flashed by, illuminated for seconds before sliding back to night. We used to turn the siren off on quiet streets like these to avoid disturbing the peaceful, sleeping taxpayers. Not anymore. Now we wanted everyone to know there were still those who braved the darkness.

By Starlight by Rebecca J. Payne

I stood on the centre of the deck, wood creaking beneath my feet. I could feel the faint pulse of the ship through the worn-down soles of my boots. Slowly, I tethered a length of rope to the wheel to set our dawn course and, breathing on my fingers for warmth, watched the silvery mainsail as it billowed above, glowing bright against the night sky. Summer nights were too short, and just as cold as winter once you sailed high enough. On our starboard side long wisps of white rose up as our bow cut through a ridge of cloud; tendrils of vapour curled their way around our hull, countless drops of water illuminated by the light of our sails. For a second I allowed my tired eyes to close, and I could still see pale ghosts of them, dancing against the darkness.

The Killing Streets by Colin Harvey
illustrated by Mark Pexton

The earth is rich in textures and smells. It hurtles by, your clawed hands scrabbling at earth, stones and tree roots, your prey’s odours hooked into your nostrils, pulling you along with fragrant fingers of meat and blood and ordure. Upwards you go and the too-bright sky burns your eyes and your victims’ screams scour your eardrums, but it doesn’t matter, for your killing bite crunches bone and the hot sweet taste of blood fills your mouth. You spit out the foul cotton and polyester wrapping and as your grasping bite clamps onto the corpse so that you can pull your victim into the hole you erupted from, its head lolls over and you know with a shock of recognition who it belongs to – 

Funny Pages by Lavie Tidhar
illustrated by Warwick Fraser-Coombe

Midnight. An empty rooftop over Tel Aviv. Lights winking from the seafront promenade. The air warm, scented. Solar panels like dark mirrors facing the night. A tenant’s abandoned barbeque pit, two folding beach chairs, a cigarette stub. He picks it up, smells it, a moue of distaste. Fresh, only recently extinguished. He wears the goggles, starlight turns everything into unreal day. Scans the roof. A figure glides down through the air, silently, behind him, and he turns.

Bone Island by Shannon Page & Jay Lake
illustrated by Mark Pexton

It’s not what you think. The chalk-white hills give our place its name, rising cleanly from the cold blue water of the bight. Not anything more nefarious or other-worldly. That’s what we tell the tourists, anyway. Hiding in plain sight.



Ansible Link by David Langford

BookZone by Jim Steel and the team
book reviews including Acts of Destruction by Mat Coward (Peter Loftus), The Gift of Joy by Ian Whates (Mike Cobley), The Year's Best Science Fiction edited by Gardner Dozois (Maureen Kincaid Speller), Transition by Iain Banks (Paul Kincaid), Bauchelain and Korbal Broach by Steven Erikson (Duncan Lunan), Storm Glass by Maria V. Snyder (Lawrence Osborn), Heart of Veridon by Tim Akers (Jim Steel), Leviathan by Scott Westerfield (Paul Cockburn), Broken Symmetries by Steve Redwood (Ian Sales), The Bride Stripped Bare by Rachel Kendall (Andy Hedgecock), Oceanic by Greg Egan (Paul Graham Raven)

Laser Fodder by Tony Lee
DVD and Blu-ray reviews including Ghost in the Shell 2, Big Man Japan, Kitaro, Sanctuary, Tidal Wave

Mutant Popcorn by Nick Lowe
film reviews including Up, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Dorian Gray, The Invention of Lying, Triangle, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Surrogates, Gamer, Pandorum, District 13: Ultimatum, District 9


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