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… Continue reading Interzone Number 178, April 2002
Greg Egan. Singleton. I have to admit disappointment with this story. I approached it with egaer anticipation – a lengthy story (which Interzone provide only too rarely) and one from Greg Egan at that! Egan looks at the quantum nature of life from a slightly different perspective – that of choices made, and actions taken… Continue reading Interzone Number 176, February 2002
Dominic Green. Blue Water, Grey Death. Non-genre story about two men who get in above their depth. They find out that dolphins are not quite as friendly as they are made out to be. Alexander Glass. Lucid. Glass is a young British author who has produced some good stories to date. Here is his take… Continue reading Interzone Number 175, January 2002
The Nephilim. Richard Calder. Calder takes us once more into the far future Britain of his ‘Lord Soho’ series, as seen through the Pike family, erstwhile claimants to that hereditary title. As with previous stories in this sequence which have appeared over the past 18 months in Interzone, we skip one or two generations. In… Continue reading Interzone Number 164, February 2001.
The experienced writers provide solid fare in this issue, although with four stories having humorous undertones the feel of the issue is slightly lightweight as opposed to a festive feast with all the trimmings.
The Lady of the Carnelias, Richard Calder. Calder returns once more to his Lord Soho series. The story has skipped a generation and a location – with the grandson of Richard Pike, the incunabulum (Interzone #159, September 2000), who resides in Paris, estranged from his family. The alienated protagonist finds himself mesmerised by Madame Valery,… Continue reading Interzone Number 161, November 2000.
Maybe its me favouring fellow Brits, but Baxter and Glass are the pick of the bunch for me.