Interzone, Number 156, June 2000

The Suspect Genome. Peter F. Hamilton.

Futuristic crime fiction. Not quite a locked room mystery, but who is the murderer, and why is someone else being fitted up for the crime? DNA plays a key role, with a DNA sample used to produce a computer generated picture of the murderer.

I’m not much taken by crime fiction, but even I managed to spot the ‘whodunnit’ element!

But if you like this kind of thing, and the trilogy which include the futuristic investigator Greg Mandel, then you are doubtless bound to find this extremely lengthy story right up your street.

All the Roads to Heaven. Jean-Claude Dunyach.

Credit to Interzone for publishing SF from non-English language sources.

Cocoons are landing on the Earth, with only a small window of opportunity to destroy them before they open up and…

Frustratingly short, after such a long crime story!

The Cage of Chrome. Christopher Priest.

A single page story! A mini-homage to JG Ballard perhaps?

A Change of Yesterday. Yvonne Navarro.

Time travel story involving A Dictator Who Must Be Stopped, and Time Travellers Who Inadvertently…

Other stuff

  • Jayme Lynn Blaschke interviews Harlan Ellison
  • David Langford’s Ansible Link
  • Nick Lowe’s Mutant Popcorn: Mission to Mars, A Clockwork Orange, Pokemon: the First Movie and Being John Malkovich are dissected
  • Paul J. McAuley reviews: Neal Barrett Jr.’s Perpetuity Blues and Other Stories, Joe Haldeman’s re-issued The Forever War and Forever Free, Roger Levy’s Reckless Sleep, and Charles Harness’ Rings.
  • Chris Gilmore reviews: Robin Hobbs’ Ship of Destiny, Jan Lars Jensen’s Shiva 3000, Yoryis Yatromanolakis’ The Spiritual Meadow
  • David Mathew reviews: Chaz Brenchley’s Feast of the King’s Shadow,Stephen Baxter’s Longtusk, Ben Jeapes’ Winged Chariot, and Ray Vukcevich’s The Man of Maybe Half-a-Dozen Faces
  • Cherry Wilder reviews: Molly Gloss’s Wild Life
  • Nick Gevers reviews: Michael Swanwick’s Moon Dogs
  • Ramsey Campbell reviews: Anthony J. Fonseca and June Michele Pulliam’s Hooked on Horror
  • Paul Beardsley reviews audio versions of Titus Groan and Gormenghast from 1984, Journey Into Space: The Return from Mars from 1981, Seamus Heaney’s Beowulf, some Dr. Who tapes, and The Smithsonian Collection – some old time radio SF from the USA.
  • Paul Brazier reviews Galaxy Quest


Rather dependent upon how much you like the lead story – as apart from that very long crime story there is only a quite good short story (Dunyach), a very short story (Priest), and a fairly by-the-numbers Time Travel story (Navarro). At least, that is as far as the fiction goes. If you haven’t read Interzone before, it is worth stressing that IMHO the reviews are worth the cover price alone.

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