Interzone 223
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Author:  Paul Woodward [ Fri Jul 31, 2009 4:11 pm ]
Post subject:  Butterfly Bomb Question?

In the introduction to Butterfly Bomb I read the phrase "FTL should be impossible"
Does anybody know what FTL means please?


Author:  Lawrence Conquest [ Fri Jul 31, 2009 5:30 pm ]
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Faster than light.

Author:  Andy [ Fri Jul 31, 2009 5:35 pm ]
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Lawrence modestly avoids mentioning his own review of IZ223. :)

Author:  Andy [ Sat Aug 01, 2009 9:04 am ]
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Sam Tomaino on SF Revu.

Author:  Jim Steel [ Fri Aug 07, 2009 10:44 pm ]
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Gothick Matt likes Dominic Green.

Author:  Jim Steel [ Sat Aug 08, 2009 8:16 am ]
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Lois Tilton review at the Internet Review of Science Fiction.

Author:  Jim Steel [ Sun Aug 09, 2009 9:17 am ]
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Klaus Eylmann reviews a couple of stories.

I have very little grasp of German, but he says that he struggled with Butterfly Bomb because he finds American English easier to read than UK English, but he can appreciate the brilliance of it. Silence and Roses reminds him of Clifford Simak, which (I guess) is a good thing.

Author:  Foxie [ Wed Aug 12, 2009 10:01 am ]
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Although I liked the Dominic Green stories, I found the characters a little flat. It felt as if they were there to make the story happen and reach a conclusion, rather than being individuals. The worlds of Butterfly Bomb and Coat of Many Colours were worth reading about though. The Migration of Aishwarya Desai I didn't like; it seemed like it was trying to make some deep and profound point which kind of passed me by. Silence and Roses, though, was beautiful and I loved it.

Just my tuppance.

Author:  pdackerman [ Wed Aug 12, 2009 8:16 pm ]
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Another great issue of IZ. By far the best story for me was "Silence and roses". A little disappointed in Dominic's stories, they should have been my cup of tea, but just didn't seem to work.

Is there any news on a return to colour? In issue 212 it was stated it was temporary.

Author:  Stephen Volk [ Fri Aug 14, 2009 1:10 pm ]
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Dominic Green's stories left me cold, but admittedly they are rich in cleverness. Best story by an intergalactic mile was "Silence and Roses" by Suzanne Palmer: a new name to me and one I shall watch. Beautiful, memorable and extremely moving. Which no other story in the issue was, for me personally.

Author:  Matthew S Dent [ Tue Aug 18, 2009 6:56 pm ]
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Just wondering, but where are the competition winners from #223 going to be announced? Entry closed on 7th, didn't it?

Author:  Ray [ Wed Aug 19, 2009 9:47 am ]
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I'm only saying what everyone else had said but hey, that's no reason not to - Silence and Roses was phenomenal, absolutely loved that story. Already thinking ahead to the next 'favourites' poll...

Author:  TFD [ Fri Aug 21, 2009 2:52 pm ]
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I agree with the masses: the Suzanne Palmer story was the best of the issue, though "Butterfly Bomb" is my pick for second.

Author:  galaxie500 [ Mon Aug 24, 2009 7:56 am ]
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I would've liked Silence and Roses the best if not for the gigantic logical hole in it. Someone already mentioned it, but I cannot simply overlook it. Beautifully written, but greatly flawed.
How come that not one of the residents, after the death of the first human, told the robots about what it means being dead. (And the robots don't behave according to Asimov's laws, but that's not my complaint).

I liked Butterfly Bomb (although it reminded me of Second Variety by Dick), and liked Glister also with its fascinating ecosystem. The Coat reminds me of the Resnick story from a few years ago that ran in Asimov's.
Overall I like Green's black humor. I liked all three of Green's stories better than Shining Armour (and that one was picked by Dozois for his best of the year).
The Transmigration is another Dickian piece (not only the title), good, but not excellent.

Author:  Stephen Volk [ Mon Aug 24, 2009 10:47 am ]
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Well, galaxie, sometimes the best stories happen if you ask "what if they didn't?". I never yet read a story where I thought at the end "Wow! Great logic!" or even "Terrible story, but the logic was brilliant!" The conceit was perfectly acceptable to me.

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