Satirical look at communism, where one of the protagonists takes a piss, as Watson takes the piss throughout.
Unless you’re expert on the Spanish Civil War, or guess who the titular Blair is (not Tony!) you’re left with a so-so story about young children evacuated to Britain in the 1930s.
Excellent, entertaining story about a crew who are stranded on Mars with only hours of oxygen left, and no hope of rescue.
A scientific researcher at Oxford University realises that the aliens are already amongst, but we haven’t been able to see it..
I‘ve already taken editor Andy Cox to task over the front cover of this issue. Whilst shaven-headed women are absolutely fine for speculative/New Weird fiction mags such as The 3rd Alternative (as on TTA #35 front cover and frequent interior illustrations on a regular basis) – putting them on Interzone is just going to confuse… Continue reading Interzone Number 197 March/April 2005
With this issue Interzone moves to a bi-monthly publication. Irritatingly for the anally bibliographical amongst us, the previous issue, 191, was dated September, so October 2003 has disappeared into the aether. Paul Di Filippo. A Monument to After-Thought Unveiled. Di Filippo takes poet Robert Frost down a road less-travelled : a road in which his… Continue reading Interzone Number 192 November/December 2003
Roach Motel. Richard Calder. Another instalment in the far future Pike family saga, erstwhile claimants to the title Lord Soho of the Darkling Isles. In this tale, rather than skipping a generation, we are re-united with the perverse, doll-hugging, young boy from the ‘The Nephilim’ (February 2001), grown to adulthood, a Captain of the Order… Continue reading Interzone Number 166, April 2001.
The year’s bumper double-issue, with a nice cover (certainly leagues ahead of the dire cover of Analog’s November issue! Although n.b. I was reading the Peanut Press edition (F&SF hasn’t been avaiable through this source for some time. So here we go… The Lady of the Winds. Poul Anderson. In Analog October 2001 Anderson produced… Continue reading Fantasy and Science Fiction October/November 2001
Robert Reed. A Billion Eves. A complex and initially very satisfying story. The story beings is a just-slightly-off-kilter rural American, describing a family vacation in a battered old car which is doomed to failure. Scarily, part of the background is that the trip is against a backdrop of women disappearing : there are ‘missing’ posters… Continue reading Asimovs, October/November 2006
Walter Jon Williams. Solidarity. A sequel to ‘Margaux’ (Asimovs, May 2003) in which Gredel, a young woman living out a life which is brutal and likely to be short, finds a doppelganger who has been born with a silver spoon in her mouth. Gredel decides that she would make more of the opportunities which Lady… Continue reading Asimovs, April/May 2005
I’ve been reading e-versions of Asimovs for some months now, but went back to the dead-tree version for this issue. Issues over the e-version for me are reading for a couple of hours a day on a small palm-top screen can be a bit of a strain reading a lot on a palm-top requires the… Continue reading Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, March 2002
Daw and Crowther provide the goods once again, in a pocket-sized collection that manages to 15 almost invariably top quality stories.
Ian Whates latest collection under the NewCon imprint comes in a variety of flavours : paperback, hardback, and special (extra stories!) limited-edition, signed hardback. It is the latter of these reviewed here. And Whates has provided another strong collection, bigger than previous volumes, and worth looking out for. The standard of writing, and the invention in the stories, is almost uniformly excellent, and is strongly recommended
This is a good collection featuring some strong stories by many of the biggest names in British SF.
Sixteen stories, of which I’d say 8 hit the mark. It’s a collection of fairly traditional SF, eschewing the new speculative, as perhaps might be expected with the authors for the most being well established. The majority of the stories could have been written anytime during the 1990s, making it a good, if safe collection, and a solid start.
‘Time Pieces’ is a slim volume, containing eight shorter stories by some well-established names, commemorating NewCon3, a convention held in Northampton in October 2005, at which they (but not as many fans as had been hoped) were present. Liz Williams. Caer Cold. The volume gets off to a good start with the opening paragraph of… Continue reading Time Pieces, edited by Ian Whates, Newcon Press, 2006
If it’s SFnal bang for your buck you’re after, you won’t get much better value for money than this during 2005.
Stories by : Alfred Bester, Angela Carter, Craig Strete, Doris Piserchie, Ian Watson, James Tiptree Jr., Kate Wilhelm, Kit Reed, Philip Jose Farmer, Robert R. Olsen, Sydney J. Van Scyoc, Thomas Baum.
Stories by : Carter Scholz, Harry Turtledove, Ian Watson, James Patrick Kelly, John Varley, Judith Moffett, Kim Stanley Robinson, Lucius Shepard, Orson Scott Card, Richard Kearns, Robert Silverberg
Stories by : Robert Silverberg, Howard Waldrop, Harry Turtledove, Lucius Shepard, John Crowley, David Zindell, Connie Willis, Gregory Benford, Michael Bishop, Karen Joy Fowler, Ian Watson, James Tiptree Jr.
Stories by : Cherry Wilder, Connie Willis, Frederik Pohl, Greg Bear, Ian Watson, Jack Dann, John Sladek, Michael Bishop, Richard Cowper, Robert Silverberg.
Stories by : Dean Ing, Donald Kingsbury, Fritz Leiber, Gordun Eklund, Gregory Benford and Marc Laidlaw, Harlan Ellison, Hilbert Schenck, Ian Watson, James Patrick Kelly, Joan D. Vinge, John Varley, Thomas M. Disch.
Stories by : Dan Simmons, Gregory Benford, Ian Watson, James Patrick Kelly, Jim Grimsley, Michael Blumlein, Michael Swanwick, Nancy Kress, Richard Wadholm, Robin Wayne Bailey, Stephen Baxter.
A collection more in tune with my preferences than last year’s, with the exclusion of Analog stories being the primary cause of that.
Stories by : Arthur C. Clarke, Bradley Denton, Connie Willis, Frederik Pohl, Greg Egan, Ian McDonald, Ian R. Macleod, Ian Watson, Joe Haldeman, Jonathon Lethem, Kate Wilhelm, Kathe Koja, L. Sprague de Camp, Lukas Jaeger, Maureen F. McHugh, Michael Swanwick, Nancy Kress, Neal Barrett Jr, Pat Cadigan, Robert Reed, Robert Silverberg, Steven Utley, Terry Bisson, Tom Maddox.
Stories by : Alexander Jablokov, Bruce McAllister, Bruce Sterling, Dean Whitlock, Gene Wolfe., Howard Waldrop, Ian Watson, James Patrick Kelly, Joseph Manzione, Karen Joy Fowler, Kate Wilhelm, Kim Stanley Robinson, Lucius Shepard, Michael Bishop, Michael Flynn, Michael McDowell, Neal Barrett Jr, Octavia E. Butler, Orson Scott Card, Pat Cadigan, Pat Murphy, Paul J. McAuley, R. Garcia y Robertson, Robert Silverberg, Susan Palwick, Ursula K. Le Guin, Walter Jon Williams.
Stories by Greg Bear, Gardner Dozois, Ian Watson, and Robert Silverberg.
I am holding off on reading this volume, which I managed to get a copy of in 2002 on eBay. For the moment, here are the contents, and some story summaries for those stories read in other volumes.