A clever story with a protagonist who is far from the standard heroic type, and lots to like in it.
The third of McIntosh’s ‘Land of Nod’ series, in which he created a memorable plague that leaves most of the population rigid, immobile, save for the nodding of their heads.
Another strong, nicely observed take on his ‘nodding virus’ setting.
A quite vivid and memorable setting to open (and close) the story – a drive-in movie theater, and heart-breaking but affirming ending.
From a forthcoming novel, ‘Defenders’, which is already optioned by Warner Brothers. It’s a small sequence with an interesting backdrop – people on Earth struggling against an alien invasion.
A very alien presence offer the chance for a returning hometown zero to get some perspective on what we has lost, hasn’t lost, and what he might get back again.
McIntosh comes up trumps with a vividly realised protagonist and a setting.
The second best story featuring a Tesla-powered Frankenstein monster at Chicago’s World’s Fair that I have read in the past couple of months.
A late arrival on my doorstep, and it’s taken much longer to finish the review than I had hoped. Note to self : faster dude, faster!
Will McIntosh. A Clown Escapes From Circus Town. When Beaners the Clown escapes the hell
Jamie Barras. The Endling. Far future setting, with three different perspectives : Asha, some form
A last minute technical problem resulted in this issue having a completely b&w interior which,
Jamie Barras. The Beekeeper. An excellent story, its impact all the greater for some atmospheric,
A milestone issue for Interzone, and it has reached #200 re-invigorated to an extent that
Jason Stoddard. Winning Mars. The Stoddard story is illustrated on the cover of this issue
Mary Rosenblum. Lion Walk. Science thriller set in an African game reserve where the second
William Barton. In the Age of the Quiet Sun. Good to see another story from
Rudy Rucker and Marc Laidlaw. The Perfect Wave. Rucker has collaborated in Asimovs recently with
As has been the case with others in his take on the year’s best SF there is less I agree with than is the case with the other year’s best volumes.