Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Interzone 213 - Andy Cox

A considerable improvement on the last issue, and the editorial decision to leave both the Chinese-Aztec stories in, bookending the issue as such, was a good one, as they are the best pieces of fiction here.

So going from rather ordinary, to very impressive in two issues. In fact, this one is good enough to rank with the best of the American SF issues I have seen this year - something to list at after I get through the last Helix I suppose. That would put them up to 3.35 for the three issues, so passed Analog and heading for Subterranean and JBU if the other issues for the year were of the 'better' variety. After being rather disappointed with 212 fictionwise, 213 makes me more optimistic for the rest of the subscription.

A whole bunch of book stuff including the last Stross Merchant Princes (which apparently continues to get whackier), Buckell, and the new Shepard collection.

Most interesting to me was the talk with Gary Gibson, a writer the mag says has been compared to Hamilton, Morgan and Asher. Looking at what they are talking about regarding his books, sounds like could be my sort of guy, and I am pretty sure I have never heard of him.

Score one for Interzone here, and the library even has one of his books it appears, so one to look for in 2008.

INTERZONE213 : METAL DRAGON YEAR - Chris Roberson
INTERZONE213 : MOLLY AND THE RED HAT - Benjamin Rosenbaum
INTERZONE213 : THE MEN IN THE ATTIC - John Phillip Olsen
INTERZONE213 : THE BEST OF YOUR LIFE - Jason Stoddard
INTERZONE213 : ODIN'S SPEAR - Steve Bein
INTERZONE213 : THE LOST XUYAN BRIDE - Aliette De Bodard


Space race sabotage.

4 out of 5


Millinery intrinsic ability.

3 out of 5


Underground embodiment overload discovery beatdown.

3.5 out of 5


Lifestyle decision problems.

4 out of 5


Space Sherpa gravity conversion altitude end.

3.5 out of 5


White Lotus investigation Doc Smith aided Mexica escape.

4 out of 5





5 out of 5

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