Interzone Number 193 Spring 2004

This is the last David Pringle edited/published issue of Interzone, and the Pringle era ended with a whimper and not a bang. With issues only appearing sporadically, many distributors had dropped the title by the time this issue appeared, and none of my usual bookstores had it in stock. So it is a peculiarly nostalgic… Continue reading Interzone Number 193 Spring 2004

Interzone Number 190 July/August

John Meaney. Entangled Eyes are Smiling. Jack’s love life takes a turn for the worse when Anya leaves him. In his cups (or pints of Guinness) the Irishman is able to take advantage of the alien presence, the Zajinet, to sort things out. An implant in his brain appears to be a painless solution, but… Continue reading Interzone Number 190 July/August

Interzone Number 183 October 2002

John Meaney. The Whisper of Discs. A well written and evocative piece, of longer length, which the story deserves. The final days of a very elderly, wealthy and successful IT businesswomen are interspersed with memories of her life, and also with a forebear – for she is a descendant of Ada, Lady Lovelace, she of… Continue reading Interzone Number 183 October 2002

Interzone, Number 158, August 2000

Liberty Zone, Keith Brooke. Keith Brooke, not content with having SF novels published at an early age, and writing good short SF, is also behind the hugely impressive InfinityPlus fiction site. ‘Liberty Spin’ is set on a deep space habitat, which has been spinning out of control, uninhabited, for many years, following political upheaval. Teams… Continue reading Interzone, Number 158, August 2000

The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction Volume Three. (ed George Mann, Solaris 2009.)

The third in the Solaris series hits the street just as the word on those streets is that the imprint has been put up for sale by Games Workshop, who want to concentrate on their core wargaming business. I was somewhat disappointed in the second in the series after the solid start of the sequence.… Continue reading The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction Volume Three. (ed George Mann, Solaris 2009.)

‘Fast Forward 1’ ed Lou Anders, pub Pyr 2007

An excellent collection of short SF. Several made it to the various Year’s Best collections, and a couple of others which were not selected would not have looked out of place. The volume starts well, is strong in the middle, and ramps up to a strong finish.

Subterfuge. Edited by Ian Whates, Newcon Press. 2008

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

Year’s Best Science Fiction, 20th Annual Collection. Gardner Dozois. St. Martins Griffin, 2003

Stories by : Alastair Reynolds, Alex Irvine, Bruce Sterling, Charles Coleman Finlay, Charles Stross, Chris Beckett, Eleanor Arnason, Geoff Ryman, Greg Egan, Gregory Benford, Ian McDonald, Ian R. Macleod, James Van Pelt, John Kessel, John Meaney, Kage Baker, Maureen F. McHugh, Michael Swanwick, Molly Gloss, Nancy Kress, Paul McAuley, Richard Wadholm, Robert Reed, Steven Popkes, Walter Jon Williams