Interzone 249 is available right now. Depending on your subscription, it will have mailed out with Black Static 37 and Crimewave 12. They’re all spectacular magazines. Follow the links for more information on the contents.
This issue is a bit of a John Shirley special. As well as fiction from John, we have Andy Hedgecock interviewing him about New Taboos amongst other things.
The Book Zone also has reviews of:
Exit Kingdom by Alden Bell (reviewed by Maureen Kincaid Speller)
Swords of Good Men by Snorri Kristjansson (reviewed by Ian Sales)
21st Century SF edited by David G. Hartwell & Patrick Nielsen Hayden (reviewed by Jo L. Walton)
We See a Different Frontier edited by Fabio Fernandes & Djibril al-Ayad (reviewed by Jack Deighton)
Evening’s Empires by Paul McAuley (reviewed by Paul Kincaid)
The Violent Century by Lavie Tidhar (reviewed by Stephen Theaker)
Phoenix by S.F. Said (reviewed by Barbara Melville)
The Secret of Abdu El Yezdi by Mark Hodder (reviewed by Peter Loftus)
The Detainee by Peter Liney (reviewed by Simon Marshall-Jones)
Some Remarks by Neal Stephenson (reviewed by Paul F. Cockburn)
Shaman by Kim Stanley Robinson (reviewed by Duncan Lunan)
Hide Me Among the Graves by Tim Powers (reviewed by Lawrence Osborn)
The Diamond Deep by Brenda Cooper (reviewed by me)
And, of course, the latest installment of Jonathan McCalmont’s Future Interrupted.
I can also now announce that Helen Marshall has won the British Fantasy Award 2013 for Best Newcomer (the Sydney J. Bounds Award). Helen is a ferociously-talented writer who will have a massive impact on the field in coming years. And, yes, I am very happy with the decision that the jury reached. It was a strong field too, and several others on the shortlist would have made worthy winners.
Guy Haley’s iRobot (Interzone 244) and Philip Suggars’ Automatic Diamanté (Interzone 247) are the featured stories in this week’s podcast. Well, it’s last week’s podcast now – but it’s still available.
If you still haven’t sampled the podcasts from the District of Wonders stable then you’re missing out on some excellent hours of listening. And they’re free, although they won’t object if you want to send a contribution their way.
Yes, it’s here! In fact, it’s been out for so long that Lois Tilton has already reviewed it over at Locus Online, and it’s a belter of a review. Good grief – it seems that I am permanently trying to play catch-up these days. What? You’re not interested in my excuses? They’re great ones, believe me.
Anyway, let’s see what’s in this issue’s Book Zone.
In the main feature, John Howard interviews Christopher Priest about The Adjacent and other things. And he also reviews it.
And there are also reviews of:
The Alteration by Kingsley Amis (reviewed by Duncan Lunan)
Love Minus Eighty by Will McIntosh (reviewed by Paul Kincaid)
Fearsome Journeys edited by Jonathan Strahan (reviewed by Jo L. Walton)
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon (reviewed by Ian Hunter)
God’s War by Kameron Hurley (reviewed by Maureen Kincaid Speller)
William Gibson by Gary Westfahl (reviewed by Paul Graham Raven)
Theatre of the Gods by M. Suddain (reviewed by Simon Marshall-Jones)
Be My Enemy by Ian McDonald (reviewed by Paul F. Cockburn)
Invocation by Jo L. Walton (reviewed by Peter Loftus)
World War Z: The Complete Edition by Max Brooks (audiobook reviewed by Stephen Theaker)
Ectopia by Martin Goodman (reviewed by Barbara Melville)
And we also have the third of Jonathan McCalmont’s Future Interrupted columns. I think it’s fair to say that I’m very, very satisfied with this Book Zone.
And did you know that you can get Interzone 248 as a PDF through Weightless Books? And older issues are available as well, of course.