Takes a look at testing drugs on paid volunteers, where the pay is high, but so are the risks. And when the risks get even higher…
A clever take on what the role of the war artist might (has?) become in the 21st century.
Gregory Benford. Naturals. Dawn is a young girl with an untouched genotype of great vintage.
Dominic Green. The Rule of Terror. Green returns to the type of near future, dark,
Richard Calder. Zarzuela. Calder has appeared in several issues of Interzone over the past couple
A good issue. Nothing quite hitting the heights, but do bear in mind I do judge by the highest of standards!
The Invisible Hand Rolls the Dice. Carolyn Ives Gillman. Lee Pao Nelson is a wealthy,
Babylon Sisters. Paul Di Filippo. Classy stuff from Di Filippo in a well written (as
Flickering. Ayerdhal. Credit to Interzone for including yet more non-English SF, in this case a
Catch the Sleep Ship: the first science-fiction story of the century. George Zebrowski. Complements the
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.
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.
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
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.
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 : Bruce Sterling, Gene Wolfe., Greg Egan, Gregory Benford, Gwyneth Jones, Ian McDonald, James Van Pelt, Johanna Sinisalo, John Hemry, John Kessel, Kage Baker, Karen Joy Fowler, Kathleen Ann Goonan, Ken MacLeod, Marc Laidlaw, Nancy Kress, Palle Juul Holm, Peter Watts, Robin Hitchock, Stephen Baxter, Terry Bisson, Tim Pratt, Tony Ballantyne, William Shunn.
Stories by : Allen M. Steele, Angelica Gorodischer, Charles Stross, Cory Doctorow, Gene Wolfe., Geoff Ryman, Gregory Benford, Joe Haldeman, Kage Baker, M Rickert, Michael Swanwick, Nancy Kress, Nigel Brown, Octavia E. Butler, Richard de la Casa and Pedro Jorge Romero, Rick Moody, Robert Reed, Stephen Baxter, Tony Ballantyne.