Nicholas Waller. Sandtrap. Lin Adenuka arrives on planet 48-274C, known locally as ‘Churned’. He is on Arbiter business, and the small team of scientists terraforming the planet have every reason to be worried, as he is investigating what he believes to be a murder, and not an accident, as their ‘accident’ report suggested. A beginning… Continue reading Interzone Number 187 March 2003
Eric Brown. The Wisdom of the Dead. Interzone have published a number of stories in Brown’s ‘Kethani’ sequence. Here we are reunited with Richard – a Ferryman, who takes the bodies of the dead to the Kethani, who whisk the bodies back to their home planet, and resurrect them. This story gives more detail on… Continue reading Interzone Number 186 February 2003
Paul Di Filippo. Bare Market. A Charles Stross story from early 2000 (‘Bear Trap’) had a punning conclusion to a far-future information commodity trader yarn. Here di Filippo has a nearer future scenario, in which the world’s financial and information markets are managed by an intriguing and delectable babe. (No surprises there, PDF!) The babe… Continue reading Interzone Number 185 January 2003
Christopher Evans. Posterity. A somewhat downbeat, peculiarly British take on time-travelling (not unlike last month’s story about an alien visitor to Earth, who finds his release into the wider community is somewhat low-key). Here, Rupert, going through a mid-life crisis, runs a ‘greasy spoon’ cafeteria in central London, which is a front for a hotel… Continue reading Interzone Number 182 September 2002
Dominic Green. Blue Water, Grey Death. Non-genre story about two men who get in above their depth. They find out that dolphins are not quite as friendly as they are made out to be. Alexander Glass. Lucid. Glass is a young British author who has produced some good stories to date. Here is his take… Continue reading Interzone Number 175, January 2002
A good issue. Nothing quite hitting the heights, but do bear in mind I do judge by the highest of standards!
Queen of Hearts. Dominic Green. A couple of years ago Green’s ‘That Thing Over There’ (Interzone #132) was picked by Hartwell for his annual Years Best, and last year’s Xmas jolly ‘Rude Elves’ (Interzone 162) and ‘Grass’ earlier this year (Interzone 168), all appealed to me. Surprisingly then, I gave up on this story halfway… Continue reading Interzone Number 173, November 2001
The Invisible Hand Rolls the Dice. Carolyn Ives Gillman. Lee Pao Nelson is a wealthy, successful businessman. But as is always the case, there are other wealthier, more successful businessmen. The bugbear for Lee is that he is not himself quoted on the Personality Exchange, a recognition of trend-setter status. Whilst pitching a World Church… Continue reading Interzone Number 172, October 2001
The Frankenberg Process. Eric Brown. Shades of ‘Think Like a Dinosaur’, in that the Frankenberg Process is one which ‘translates’ copies of scientists off-Earth. However, the translation puts ‘copies’ of those scientists on planets far from Earth, leaving the originals to carry on. In a militaristic future, Freeman (none too subtle a name!) has the… Continue reading Interzone Number 171, September 2001
Espiritu Santo. Richard Calder. The final instalment of Calder’s telling of the multi-generational battle of the Lords of Soho against the perverse, both within humanity, and without, from the creatures of the dark depths. This Lord Soho, descendant of the orginal octaroon (1/8th orc) is a hunchback and more orcish than his forebears. Despairing of… Continue reading Interzone Number 170, August 2001
The Lady of the Carnelias, Richard Calder. Calder returns once more to his Lord Soho series. The story has skipped a generation and a location – with the grandson of Richard Pike, the incunabulum (Interzone #159, September 2000), who resides in Paris, estranged from his family. The alienated protagonist finds himself mesmerised by Madame Valery,… Continue reading Interzone Number 161, November 2000.
The Worms of Hess, Barrington J. Bayley. I approached this story with no little trepidation, based on reading Bayley’s short story in the previous issue of Interzone. How do you follow a story which ends with gastro-fecal unpleasantness? Well, Bayley continues with some stomach-turning (or, more accurately, stomach-ejecting) biology, that also includes one character being… Continue reading Interzone, Number 160, October 2000
Incunabula, Richard Calder. Every so often I come across a story during the reading of which it becomes obvious that I am really, really enjoying the story. This is one such story. A rich, inventive, fantasy, set in far-future Britain. Richard Pike, erstwhile Lordo Soho, is an incunabula, a rare genetic throwback who houses some… Continue reading Interzone, Number 159, September 2000
Hideaway, Alastair Reynolds. Far future, with humanity in dire straits. The enigmatic Waymakers have, perhaps, left one route to safety with their Waynet, which may be a Krasnikov tube. Merlin is determined to try this route using one of the remaining srynix. With the Huskers closing in, another opportunity appears – to hide. The twin… Continue reading Interzone, Number 157, July 2000
H.M.S. Habbakuk. Eugene Byrne. Alternate History, with an aircraft carrier made of ‘pykrete’ turning the tide of war in the Atlantic against the u-boats. Cameron is on board to interrogate submariners plucked from the sea, and too keep an eye on an officer who has been passing information on to the soviets. The A.H. elements… Continue reading Interzone, Number 155, May 2000
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