McMullen captures the tone nicely, the story reading like a Conan Doyle story, as a young man who sees the future as being with electricity and not steam, finds his future quite, quite changed.
In the reign of Emperor Gaius Julius Caeser Augustus Germanicus, a hunter of escaped slaves finds he is more than met his match with a woman with strange powers.
An entertaining novelette mashup of steampunk/Goth/Victoriana/aviation, with more than enough detailing to cause a few Gentlemen’s Trouser Moments from afficianados of the genre.
Napleonic alternate history with a touch of the cthulhian terrors.
As bleakly intense a take on climate change and its consequences as you’ll find.
Kim Lakin-Smith. Johnny and Emmie-Lou Get Married. Steam-driven 1950s Rebel Without a Cause type-punks. After cyberpunk, and steampunk, presumably punkpunk. With a Romeo and Juliet cross-gang love affair, the titular couple are in a race to get to the church in time – before they get wasted by her ex. Short and entertaining while it… Continue reading Interzone #222 June 2009
Cover art by Jim Burns, who last appeared on issue 199, and whilst these breasts are slightly less improbable, the outfit rather stretches the suspension of disbelief. It proved pretty difficult reading this on a plane whilst having to keep the front cover folded over and out of site. For what it’s worth, I’d be… Continue reading Interzone #205 July/August 2006
Colours of the Soul, Sean McMullen. A virus is spreading across the globe, and those infected become capable of seeing UV light, and, more alarmingly, become telepathic. Society struggles with the fact that guilty secrets can no longer be kept as such, and the consequences are major on both societal and personal levels. The Window,… Continue reading Interzone, Number 152, February 2000
Sean McMullen. The Art of the Dragon. Dryly satirical tale in which a gigantic dragon appears and destroys the Eiffel Tower, then begins a world tour, destroying other notable buildings, statues and art collections. An observer of the initial attack enjoys celebrity status, and indeed has a greater role to play, his personal peculiarities putting… Continue reading The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, August/September 2009
The first of the now double-size but bi-monthly F&SF. The disappointment of now to be hearing a copy of F&SF coming through the letter box only six times a year is mitigated by the fact that it now makes an even meatier thump when hitting the floor. Sean McMullen. The Spiral Briar. Some fantasy to… Continue reading The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, April/May 2009
Sean McMullen. The Twilight Year. A historical tale with the merest whiff of the fantastical. England in the mid-sixth century is the setting, with the populace struggling under the few remaining vestiges of Roman rule, and under the blanket of volcanic cloud spewed from the eruption of Krakatoa. In such times perhaps a mighty hero… Continue reading The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, January 2008
Sean McMullen. Walk to the Full Moon. In mainland Spain a young girl is found in the countryside – evidently feral and most definitely cranially deformed. But what is the true story behind her, and how did she come to be found in largely rural countryside? A young linguist is brought in to communicate with… Continue reading Fantasy and Science Fiction, December 2002
Navajo Moon-Bird. Fran Van Cleave. Fairly routine story of a young Navajo girl who is struggling against family and cultural traditions. She sees the gleaming space plane in the desert nearby as a route for the development of her tribe and her personally. The gung-ho space mission is sponsored by a multi-millionaire, with a by-the-seats-of-his-pants… Continue reading Analog Science Fiction and Fact, December 2001
Stories by : Bradley Denton, Brenda Cooper, Charles Coleman Finlay, Gene Wolfe., Glenn Grant, Gregory Benford, Jack McDevitt, James Patrick Kelly, James Stoddard, James. L. Cambias, Janeen Webb, Jean-Claude Dunyach, Ken Liu, Liz Williams, matthew hughes, Neal Asher, Pamela Sargent, Ray Vukcevich, Robert Reed, Sean McMullen, Steve Tomasula, Steven Utley, Terry Bisson.