Vector 275

April 2, 2014

Artwork by Dimitra Papadimitriou

Vector 275


Vector 275 has been been published. It has my review of Hannu Rajaniemi’s The Fractal Prince and Dan Hartland’s review of The Eye With Which The Universe Beholds Itself. You can find a full list of the books reviewed here.

This issue has the Vector reviewers’ summation of 2013. I decided to skip this year as I would have had to discuss my involvement with the British Fantasy Awards, which didn’t seem fair on the other jurors or the shortlisted authors. And not mentioning them in my summation of 2013 would have been equally problematic.

There are also articles from David Hering, Molly Cobb, Laura Sneddon, Tony Jones, Stephen Baxter, Andy Sawyer and Paul Kincaid.

BSFA members will have found that their issue mailed out with BSFA Awards 2013. This volume contains the shortlisted short fiction from Nina Allan, Sofia Samatar, E.J. Swift and Tori Truslow; shortlisted non-fiction from Liz Bourke, John J. Johnston and Jeff VanderMeer; and artwork from Joey Hi-Fi, Kevin Tong and Richard Wagner.

Interzone 243

November 14, 2012

Artwork by Ben Baldwin

This issue should be out very, very soon; we’re talking days now. There will be fiction from Jon Wallace, Chen Qiufan (translated by Ken Liu), Priya Sharma, Jason Sanford and Caroline M. Yoachim; non-fiction columns from David Langford, Tony Lee and Nick Lowe; and artwork from Ben Baldwin, Richard Wagner, Martin Hanford and Warwick Fraser-Coombe. Go here for details and samples.

The Bookzone will feature:

Jack Glass by Adam Roberts (reviewed and interviewed by Paul Kincaid)

Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson (reviewed by me)

Blood and Feathers by Lou Morgan (reviewed by Paul F. Cockburn)

Empty Space by M. John Harrison (reviewed by Jack Deighton)

The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks (reviewed by Lara Buckerton)

Some Kind of Fairy Tale by Graham Joyce (reviewed by Elaine Gallagher)

Sorry Please Thank You by Charles Yu (reviewed by me)

The Sphinx of the Ice Realm by Jules Verne (reviewed by Duncan Lunan)

The Fractal Prince by Hannu Rajaniemi (reviewed by Paul F. Cockburn)

The Wurms of Blearmouth by Steven Erikson (reviewed by Stephen Theaker)

Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone (reviewed by Ian Sales)



Recent Arrivals

November 11, 2012

Here’s a list of what’s been sent for review. Mostly books, and mostly for Interzone.

Earth to Hell by Kylie Chan

Magic edited by Jonathan Oliver

Devil Said Bang by Richard Kadrey

Bedlam by Christopher Brookmyre

Nexus by Ramez Naam

Pantomime by Laura Lam

The Emperor’s Soul by Brandon Sanderson

Stray Souls by Kate Griffin

Jagannath by Karin Tidbeck

Centre of Gravity by Ian Douglas

The Alleyman by Pat Kelleher

The Fractal Prince by Hannu Rajaniemi

Helix Wars by Eric Brown

The Creative Fire by Brenda Cooper

Epic edited by John Joseph Adams

The Corpse-Rat King by Lee Battersby

Tomorrow the Killing by Daniel Polansky

Steampunk Revolution edited Ann VanderMeer

In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination by Margaret Atwood

Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed

Origin by JT Brannan

Mage’s Blood by David Hair

The Middle Kingdom by David Wingrove

Sanctuary by Rowena Cory Daniells

Gun Machine by Warren Ellis

Dodger by Terry Pratchett

Taken by Benedict Jacka

School’s Out Forever by Scott K. Andrews

Rasputin: The Mad Monk directed by Don Sharp

AfroSF edited by Ivor W. Hartmann

Ice and Fire by David Wingrove

The Wurms of Blearmouth by Steven Erikson

A Son of the Rock

October 24, 2011

Jack Deighton is archiving his Interzone reviews on his site. The first one, for Hannu Rajaniemi’s Quantum Thief, is already up.

Interzone 230

August 25, 2010

artwork by Warwick Fraser-Coombe

And here’s what Warwick Fraser-Coombe’s artwork will look like on the cover of Interzone 230. This issue will have fiction from Aliette de Bodard, Tim Lees, Patrick Samphire, Nina Allen and Lavie Tidhar, with additional artwork from Ben Baldwin, Richard Wagner and Darren Winter. Non-fiction will be supplied by Nick Lowe, David Langford and Tony Lee. Bit of a Nick Lowe special issue, this one, including an interview by Jonathan McCalmont and tributes by Kim Newman, Christopher Fowler and Gary Couzens. 

This month (or next month, to be totally accurate) the Bookzone will feature:

Hannu Rajaniemi – The Quantum Thief (reviewed by Jack Deighton)

Conflicts edited by Ian Whates (reviewed by Ian Sales)

Charles Yu – How To Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe (reviewed by Mike Cobley)

Harry Harrison – The Stainless Steel Rat Returns (reviewed by Ian Hunter)

Gareth Powell – Silversands (reviewed by Paul F. Cockburn)

Fritz Leiber – Selected Stories (reviewed by Paul Kincaid)

Robert Rankin – The Japanese Devil Fish and other Unnatural Attractions (reviewed by Duncan Lunan)

Alden Bell – The Reapers are the Angels (reviewed by Maureen Kincaid Speller)

Chris Wooding – Black Lung Captain: A Tale of the Ketty Jay (reviewed by a passing drunk)

Order now and enjoy at your leisure!

The Year’s Best Science Fiction 26

August 27, 2009

Gardner Dozois’s anthology (The Mammoth Book of Best New SF 22 in Britain) says of 2008, “Interzone had another strong year,” and it reprints three  stories:

Crystal Nights by Greg Egan (Interzone 215 )

His Master’s Voice by Hannu Rajaniemi (Interzone 218)

Butterfly, Falling at Dawn by Aliette de Boddard (Interzone 219)

The following stories receive honourable mentions:

The Endling by Jamie Barras (Interzone 215)

Greenland by Chris Becket (Interzone 218)

Poppyfields by Chris Becket (Interzone 218)

Africa by Karen Fishler (Interzone 217)

Corner of the Circle by Tim Lees (Interzone 218)

Little Lost Robot by Paul McAuley (Interzone 217)

Into the Night by Anil Menon (Interzone 216)

The Trace of Him by Christopher Priest (Interzone 214)

The Fifth Zhi by Mercurio D. Rivera (Interzone 219)

The Scent of Their Arrival by Mercurio D. Rivera (Interzone 214)

The Imitation Game by Rudy Rucker (Interzone 215)

Talk is Cheap by Geoff Ryman (Interzone 216)

The Ships Like Clouds, Risen by Their Rain by Jason Sanford (Interzone 217)

When Thorns Are the Tips of Trees by Jason Sanford (Interzone 219)

Country of the Young by Gord Sellar (Interzone 219)

Everything That Matters by Jeff Spock (Interzone 219)

Far Horizons by Jason Stoddard (Interzone 214)

Endra – from Memory by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro (Interzone 216)

And from the GSFWC:

The Behold of the Eye by Hal Duncan (Lone Star Stories 28)

Alice and Bob by Philip Raines & Harvey Welles (Albedo One 34)

And I am, of course, one of Interzone’s ‘ever-shifting editorial staff’. Sheesh.

Theodore Sturgeon Award 2009

May 20, 2009

Hannu Rajaniemi’s His Master’s Voice from Interzone 218 is a finalist in the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award 2009 for the best short science fiction of last year.

My, that’s a clumsy sentence.

The Best SF and Fantasy of the Year Volume 3

May 6, 2009

Jonathan Strahan has included His Master’s Voice by Hannu Rajaniemi and Crystal Nights by Greg Egan, both from Interzone, in The Best SF and Fantasy of the Year Volume 3.

Locus 577

February 10, 2009

Gardner Dozois reviews Interzone 218 and Interzone 219 in the February Locus.  He says, “The best story in Interzone 218, and one of the best of the year, is Hannu Rajaniemi’s His Master’s Voice…” He then goes on to rate the Chris Beckett stories (Greenland is his favourite), and Tim Lees’s Corner of the Circle.

Aliette de Bodard’s Butterfly, Falling at Dawn is his favourite from Interzone 219, and he also has good things to say about Mercurio D. Rivera’s The Fifth Zhi, Gord Sellar’s The Country of The Young, and Jason Sanford’s When Thorns Are the Tips of Trees.

In the review of 2008, Jonathan Strahan made Greg Egan’s Crystal Nights (Interzone 215) one of his top ten stories of the year.

This issue contains the voting form for the Locus awards, although you can also vote online.  If you’re a subscriber, you will get another issue added to your subscription for taking part, so don’t throw away your envelope before taking a note of your number. All the recommended titles from last year are listed, including the three Interzone titles (one more than 2007), but you can, of course, nominate any title you wish from 2008.

Locus 2008

February 8, 2009

The Locus recommended reading list for 2008 has been posted.

From Interzone, Greg Egan’s Crystal Nights is listed in the novelette section, and Geoff Ryman’s Talk is Cheap and Hannu Rajaniemi’s His Master’s Voice are listed in the short story section.

Locus 576

January 9, 2009

Rich Horton reviews Interzone 218 and Interzone 219 in the January Locus.

In Interzone 218 he liked all of the Chris Beckett stories, especially Greenland, and placed Hannu Rajaniemi’s His Master’s Voice on his list of recommended stories.

In Interzone 219 he liked Alexander Marsh Freed’s The Shenu, and placed Jason Sanford’s When Thorns are the Tips of Trees on his list of recommended stories.

This is merely a summary. He had much more to say about them than that.

The Year’s Best Science Fiction 26

January 6, 2009

The line-up for Gardner Dozois’ 2009 Year’s Best SF has been announced. Three stories from Interzone have made it.

Crystal Nights, Greg Egan (Interzone 215)

His Master’s Voice, Hannu Rajaniemi (Interzone 218)

Butterfly, Falling at Dawn, Aliette de Bodard (Interzone 219)

Interzone 218

September 14, 2008

- artwork by Warwick Fraser-Coombe -

The October Interzone was published last Thursday and should be speeding its way to your doormat or local retailer as you read this. Indeed, it may even have already arrived. This time around we have the following reviews:

The Last Reef and Other Stories by Gareth Powell (reviewed and interviewed by Paul Cockburn)
An Evil Guest by Gene Wolfe (reviewed by Mike Cobley)
The Kingdom Beyond The Waves by Stephen Hunt (reviewed by Lawrence Osborn)
Template by Matthew Hughes (reviewed by Ian Sales)
Year’s Best Fantasy 8 edited by David G. Hartwell & Kathryn Cramer (reviewed by Paul Kincaid)
The Painted Man by Peter Brett (reviewed by Iain Emsley)
Stalking the Unicorn & Stalking the Vampire by Mike Resnick (reviewed by Juliet McKenna)
Saturn’s Children by Charles Stross (reviewed and interviewed by Rick Kleffel)

A big thanks goes out to Paul Raven for his help and Andy Cox for making the review section look so damned good. The rest of the magazine’s not half bad either. It’s a bit of a Chris Beckett special and contains no less than three of his stories and an interview with him, plus more fiction from Daniel Akelrod & Lenny Royter, Hannu Rajaniemi, and Tim Lees. There are also film reviews from Nick Lowe, DVD reviews from Tony Lee, and news and stuff from David Langford.

Doesn’t that cover look wonderful?


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