Interzone has been shortlisted for a Hugo. The full set of shortlists can be found here.
The full results of the 2010 Hugos can be found here. Interzone came second in its catagory, with Ansible in fifth place which is a very respectable placing if you scroll to the bottom and have a look at the breakdowns of the nominations. Plenty of nominations for Interzone people and stuff, and the Vector site too, which is nice.
Gardner Dozois reviews Interzone 222 in September’s Locus. He says “The best story in Interzone 222 is Sarah L. Edward’s Lady of the White-Spired City, a quiet, understated, but also subtly powerful story about an emissary of an interstellar civilisation returning to the land of her birth after a span of generations away, and having to struggle with all the myriad of ghosts of the past that are raised by her return. In Unexpected Outcomes, Tim Pratt spins an ingenious tale in which people react to the news that their world is actually a computer simulation – being run as part of an elaborate social experiment in some uber-universe – with defiance rather than despair, and decide to alter the outcome of the experiment by altering their behaviour within it. In Mother of Champions, Sean McMullen exposes a worldwide conspiracy by super-intelligent cheetahs who use their powerss to manipulate the human race to their own advantage – entertaining and audacious, but I find the cheetah cabal almost as unlikely as his two-mile-long art-eating dragon. Aliette de Bodard delivers Ys, an atmospheric fantasy about the magical raising from the sea of the long-drowned world of Ys, a story that reminds me strongly of Fritz Leiber’s classic Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser story ‘The Sunken Land’.”
Rich Horton reviews Interzone 223 and says, “[Dominic] Green is a very fine writer with little reputation in the US, the great bulk of his short fiction having only appeared in the UK. The three stories here are as good a starting point with him as any. The best are two stories set in the same universe, Butterfly Bomb and Glister. In the first, the only man alive on a planet gets himself kidnapped by slavers so that he can follow his grandaughter, which may not make much sense, but all is explained, cleverly and a bit darkly. Glister features a world with a very unusual ecosystem, involving, more or less, gold taking the place of carbon. The hero has been tricked into hunting the gold-digesting beasts in order to buy his way out of the system, but he is somewhat hampered by his ethics. The setting is pretty cool (if improbable), and the plot works out cleverly. And all the stories here show off Green’s mordant sense of humour nicely.” He also lists Glister as one of his recommended stories at the end of his column.
There’s also a full listing of the 2009 Hugo results in here. Interzone came third in the Semiprozine catagory (but had most nominations), Dave Langford came second in the Fan Writer catagory, and Paul Kincaid’s What It Is We Do When We Read Science Fiction came third in the Related Book catagory. Paul and Dave are, of course, regular contributors to Interzone.
Congatulations, also, to Bookzone reviewer Paul Kincaid for making the shortlist for Best Related Book, and Ansible’s David Langford for Best Fan Writer.
The shortlist for the John W. Campbell award for Best New Writer is also listed, and it’s good to see two Interzone regulars, Aliette de Bodard and Gord Sellar, on it.
Of course, congratulations to everyone else on the shortlists – but I’ll be rooting for the above. Hope you don’t mind.