A story, from a well-established writer whose short stories have been received with critical acclaim, does read like the work of a novice writer.
A thoughtful story from Beckett, rather than being another tiresome story of xenolinguistics/psychology.
Interesting story from Beckett. Interesting in the sense of deciding to read it twice as I was left with a sense of having missed something important in the story.
A near-future dystopic nightmare of what it is to be a social worker
A slightly more thoughtful story than a couple of the predecessors in the volume, as befitting a social work academic.
A bit of a deja vu feeling with the opening and closing stories, with two experienced writers re-treading footprints into the sfnal regolith, with the other stories being good without being great.
Ponders the responsibility of the creator for deeds done by those created in his image.
British author Chris Beckett gets an issue dedicated to him – well, the first half
Jamie Barras. The Beekeeper. An excellent story, its impact all the greater for some atmospheric,
Chris Beckett. Piccadilly Circus. The eighteenth story of Beckett’s in Interzone, and one of the
Eric Brown. The Wisdom of the Dead. Interzone have published a number of stories in
John Meaney. The Whisper of Discs. A well written and evocative piece, of longer length,
The publishers are at pains to point out that whilst this issue is dated ‘June/July’
Queen of Hearts. Dominic Green. A couple of years ago Green’s ‘That Thing Over There’
The Invisible Hand Rolls the Dice. Carolyn Ives Gillman. Lee Pao Nelson is a wealthy,
The Worms of Hess, Barrington J. Bayley. I approached this story with no little trepidation,
Liberty Zone, Keith Brooke. Keith Brooke, not content with having SF novels published at an
Lord Soho, Richard Calder. A rich, entertaining story, a far distant sequel to the author’s
Cadre Siblings. Stephen Baxter. Baxter packs a lot into a short space: a post-invasion Earth,
An excellent issue, as you might expect with authors of the standing of Stableford, Reed, Wilhelm, Swanwick, Kress and Rusch. Those without that standing (yet) similarly provide top quality. Well, you only have a 400th issue once.
Another excellent issue.
For me the Rusch and Kilby are the pick of the issue. Sanders/Maxey/Williams are OK without breaking new ground, and Beckett’s story isn’t as impactful as the earlier story in that milieu.
Charles Stross. Survivor. The penultimate Accelerando series, in which Manfred Mancx finally makes a corporeal
Robert Reed. A Plague of Life. Reed sucks us into a story with a lot
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The Ant-Men of Tibet. Stephen Baxter Originally in Interzone #95, May 1995. Baxter pays a