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Tag Archives | Tony Ballantyne
A clever take on what the role of the war artist might (has?) become in the 21st century.
Gregory Benford. Naturals. Dawn is a young girl with an untouched genotype of great vintage. She has been brought up by a Meta, a large group of adults who share the parenting function, who have a less ancient genotype but whom are still Originals – people with virtually no connection to external machine intelligences. As […]
Dominic Green. The Rule of Terror. Green returns to the type of near future, dark, blackly comic dystopian England of his ‘Queen of Hearts’ from Interzone 173. England no longer has a monarchy, its own currency, nor drives on the left of the road, and Segway are a preferred mode of transport – was that […]
Richard Calder. Zarzuela. Calder has appeared in several issues of Interzone over the past couple of years, with his lengthy, and dense, and enjoyable ‘Lord Soho’ fantasy stories. In this, we are told, Calder is turning his hand to what the editors call ‘space fiction’. It is clear that Calder is slightly less than comfortable […]
A good issue. Nothing quite hitting the heights, but do bear in mind I do judge by the highest of standards!
The Invisible Hand Rolls the Dice. Carolyn Ives Gillman. Lee Pao Nelson is a wealthy, successful businessman. But as is always the case, there are other wealthier, more successful businessmen. The bugbear for Lee is that he is not himself quoted on the Personality Exchange, a recognition of trend-setter status. Whilst pitching a World Church […]
Babylon Sisters. Paul Di Filippo. Classy stuff from Di Filippo in a well written (as you would expect) and nicely tongue in cheek hard SF romp very much in the style of UK(ish) writers Iain M. Banks and more latterly Alastair Reynolds. The son of a diplomat flees off-world, disorientated at the ease and speed […]