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Author:  Andy [ Sat Sep 12, 2009 10:42 am ]
Post subject:  INTERZONE 224

This issue is out now.


Cover art is by Adam Tredowski


Sublimation Angels by Jason Sanford
illustrated by Paul Drummond


No Longer You by Katherine Sparrow & Rachel Swirsky
illustrated by Mark Pexton

Shucked by Adrian Joyce
illustrated by Dave Senecal

The Godfall's Chemsong by Jeremiah Tolbert
illustrated by Martin Bland

The Festival of Tethselem by Chris Butler
illustrated by Martin Bland


Ansible Link by David Langford

Book Zone by Jim Steel and the team
book reviews including Avilion by Robert Holdstock (review and interview by Sandy Auden, including a chance to win this book plus the 25th anniversary edition of Mythago Wood), Burn Me Deadly by Alex Bledsoe (reviewed by Ian Hunter), Mistaking the Nature of the Posthuman by Steve Sneyd (reviewed by Paul Graham Raven), In Ashes Lie by Marie Brennan (reviewed by Iain Emsley), Starcombing by David Langford (reviewed by Ian Sales), Ravensoul by James Barclay (reviewed by Sandy Auden), Moxyland by Lauren Beukes (reviewed by John Howard), Nine Gates by Jane Lindskold (reviewed by Vikki Green)

Mutant Popcorn by Nick Lowe
film reviews including The Time Traveler's Wife, Moon, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, GI Joe, G-Force, Ice Age 3, Land of the Lost, Aliens in the Attic

Laser Fodder by Tony Lee
DVD and Blu-ray reviews including Stargate Atlantis Season Five, Outlander, Dollhouse Season One, Dragonball Evolution, Push, Man in the Moon, Watchmen Director's Cut, Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus

More details, extracts and contributor links in the Interzone section of this website (Current Issue).

We hope you enjoy this issue and look forward to reading your comments on this thread.

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Author:  Pete [ Mon Sep 14, 2009 10:16 am ]
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Just landed in not so sunny Norfolk, and smells wonderful, as ever.

Andy you really do need to link up with one of those designer labels and market your own brand of aftershave/perfume :P

I can see it now...

Interzone, by Calvin Klein.

Black Static, the new fragrance from Giorgio Armani.

Author:  Matthew S Dent [ Mon Sep 14, 2009 1:03 pm ]
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Mine's just arrived :D

Looks absolutely gorgeous, and Pete is right about the smell ;)

The Jason Sanford novella looks great, and I'm thrilled to see another short by Rachel Swirsky :) Gonna have to pace myself though, usually I have the entire thing read in a day or so, and then suffer withdrawal til Black Static arrives...

Author:  Journeymouse [ Mon Sep 14, 2009 3:04 pm ]
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Arrived in Doncaster area today.

Author:  Roy [ Wed Sep 16, 2009 1:07 pm ]
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I'm afraid there was a typo in the back cover ad for Steve & Deja Whitehouse's novel Einstein’s Question.

So I've corrected it here and also saved you the hassle of Googling the right site.

Author:  Roy [ Wed Sep 16, 2009 2:21 pm ]
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and George Berger has posted his review of Einstein’s Question here in the forum.

Author:  Matthew S Dent [ Wed Sep 16, 2009 4:08 pm ]
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I loved Jeremiah Tolbert's story :)
No Longer You was also a pretty good story.
I enjoyed Shucked but it didn't feel quite perfect... There was a something missing which I couldn't quite identify...

Author:  Foxie [ Fri Sep 18, 2009 9:43 am ]
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Arrived in Bethesda early in the week. Should have posted up then, but this week has been so busy. How busy? I haven't even had time to open the damn thing yet.

Also recieved complementary Black Static. I'm a very happy shopper!

Author:  Lawrence Conquest [ Fri Sep 18, 2009 2:10 pm ]
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Another enjoyable issue, with a good range of genres covered.

I liked 'Sublimation Angels', though I wasn't entirely satisfied with every aspect of the denoument. I think I would have liked a few more answers at the end (greedy, I guess), and I wasn't entirely sure why the two AI's were at war with each other in the first place. Still, I loved the setting - who knows, maybe there will be a sequel somewhere down the road?

'The Godfall's Chemsong' deserves a special mention for it's evocative bringing to life of an alien species, but I think 'No Longer You' won out as my favourite story of the issue. Interestingly I felt both this and 'Shucked' (which was a great little horror story) would have felt equally at home in Black Static, but as Interzone is supposed to cover fantasy as well as science fiction there's obviously going to be some overlap. Maybe Black Static can give us some zombie spaceships next issue? ;)

Author:  richdodgin [ Thu Sep 24, 2009 7:28 pm ]
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Another great issue :-)

I always find reading the longer stories in Interzone a bit overwhelming (I guess when I read Interzone I'm after quick hits!) but I really enjoyed Sublimation Angels by Jason Sanford - I couldn't turn the pages quickly enough. Very good.

'No Longer You' by Katherine Sparrow & Rachel Swirsky was a great idea beautifully written. Lovely.

'Shucked' by Adrian Joyce. A really promising start for a new writer. I totally got this - the next step in spam - genius!

'The Godfall's Chemsong' by Jeremiah Tolbert did an amazing job of placing me in a completely different state of existence. And I wanted to know what happened next. Wonderful.

'The Festival of Tethselem' by Chris Butler. My favourite story of the issue. I didn't see the ending coming (despite my best efforts!) and it all came together perfectly. Would love to read more stories in this setting.

A big shout out to the various artists / illustrators too - all the artwork complemented the stories perfectly, and added to the 'high quality' feel of the magazine.

Keep up the good work Andy !


Author:  Andy [ Wed Sep 30, 2009 2:49 pm ]
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Thanks for all reactions so far. Here's the first 'official' review I've seen, from John DeNardo of SF Signal. It's a blinder. 8)

Author:  Aliette de Bodard [ Wed Sep 30, 2009 7:18 pm ]
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Agree on the Chris Butler being my favourite of the issue: neat worldbuilding, and I loved the way things came together at the end.
I also liked "The Godfall's chemsong" for the nice portrayal of an alien species in a remarkably short space.

Author:  Paul Woodward [ Thu Oct 01, 2009 11:25 pm ]
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Haven't read all of the stories yet but Godfall's Chemsong I liked a lot. The aliens were all too human. I was desperately hoping Bluemusk would come out okay...


Author:  pdackerman [ Sat Oct 03, 2009 4:43 pm ]
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Just back of holiday and reading 224. I would say this is one of the best Interzones I have ever read.
Sublimation Angels was a great story which got me hooked straight away.
The Festival of Tethselem is another great story with some great ideas.
The Godfall's Chemsong and No Longer You would not normally be my thing, but I enjoyed both of them.
Shucked was ok but not as the other stories.

Author:  Jim Steel [ Wed Oct 07, 2009 9:31 pm ]
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Review by Matt Bruensteiner.

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