Interzone 249

November 24, 2013
Artwork by Jim Burns

Artwork by Jim Burns

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.

 


Interzone 248

September 25, 2013
Artwork by Jim Burns

Artwork by Jim Burns

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)

Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente (reviewed by Jack Deighton)

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.


Interzone 247

July 25, 2013
Artwork by Jim Burns

Artwork by Jim Burns

Interzone 247 has been out for a few days now. And I am busy beyond belief, which is why I haven’t posted about it before now. Use the link to see more of it. There’s some stunning artwork for starters.

This issue’s Book Zone has the second of Jonathan McCalmont’s Future Interupted columns as well as the following reviews:

Nod by Adrian Barnes (reviewed by Paul Kincaid)

The Peacock Cloak by Chris Beckett (reviewed by Jack Deighton)

The Science of Discworld IV by Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart & Jack Cohen (reviewed by Duncan Lunan)

Vurt by Jeff Noon (reviewed by Iain Emsley)

Pollen by Jeff Noon (reviewed by Iain Emsley)

Gemsigns by Stephanie Saulter (reviewed by Juliet E. McKenna)

Seoul Survivors by Naomi Foyle (reviewed by Ian Sales)

The Curve of the Earth by Simon Morden (reviewed by Simon Marshall-Jones)

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (reviewed by Peter Loftus)

Solaris Rising 2 edited by Ian Whates (reviewed by Ian Hunter)

Shadows of the New Sun edited by J.E. Mooney & Bill Fawcett (reviewed by Stephen Theaker)

The Folded Man by Matt Hill (reviewed by Paul F. Cockburn)

Across the Event Horizon by Mercurio D. Rivera (reviewed by Matthew S. Dent)

Slaine: The Grail War by Pat Mills, Nick Percival & Steve Tappin (reviewed by Tony Lee)

The Warring States by Aidan Harte (reviewed by Lawrence Osborn)

Burnt Island by Alice Thompson (reviewed by Andy Hedgecock)

The links for the books will take you to places where you can buy the books. Happy hunting.

If you’ve got a joint subscription then your Interzone will have been mailed out with Black Static 35. Here’s how you can get a free copy of Black Static 35 if you don’t already have it. Check it out too.

And here’s the link to a discussion thread on this issue at Interaction while I’m at it.


Interzone 246

May 13, 2013

246 cover#

Interzone 246 will be published in the next couple of days. If you have a joint subscription then your copy will arrive with Black Static 34. Use the links for further details.

This issue’s Book Zone features the first of Jonathan McCalmont’s “Future Interrupted” columns, which will be a regular feature from now on. We also have reviews of the following books:

The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes (reviewed and interviewed by Maureen Kincaid Speller)

The Best of all Possible Worlds by Karen Lord (reviewed by Jonathan McCalmont)

Adam Robots by Adam Roberts (reviewed by Paul Graham Raven)

The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination edited by John Joseph Adams (reviewed by Barbara Melville)

Wool by Hugh Howey (reviewed by Ian Sales)

Planesrunner by Ian McDonald (reviewed by Jack Deighton)

Judge Dredd: Day of Chaos; The Fourth Faction by John Wagner, Ben Willsher, Staz Johnson, Colin MacNeil and Henry Flint (reviewed by Ian Hunter)

Herald of the Storm by Richard Ford (reviewed by Peter Loftus)

The Explorer by James Smythe (reviewed by Matthew S. Dent)

Dangerous Gifts by Gaie Sebold (reviewed by Lawrence Osborn)

The Emperor of All Things by Paul Witcover (reviewed by Duncan Lunan)

Osiris by E.J. Swift (reviewed by Simon Marshall Jones)

There is a dedicated forum thread for this issue at Interaction.


Interzone 245

March 21, 2013
Artwork by Jim Burns

Artwork by Jim Burns

Interzone 245 is already here. There’s even a review of it out there. What can I say? I’ve been busy. Apologies for my tardiness. Anyway, the link will take you to the contents.

In this issue’s Book Zone you will find reviews of:

London Falling by Paul Cornell (reviewed and interviewed by Paul F. Cockburn)

The Folly of the World by Jesse Bullington (reviewed by Peter Loftus)

AfroSF edited by Ivor W. Hartman (reviewed by Maureen Kincaid Speller)

The Vorrh by B. Catling (reviewed by Andy Hedgecock)

John Brunner by Jad Smith (reviewed by Stephen Theaker)

The Grim Company by Luke Scull (reviewed by me)

The Twyning by Terence Blacker (reviewed by me)

The Rook by Daniel O’Malley (reviewed by me)

White Horse by Alex Adams (reviewed by Barbara Melville)

The Holders by Julianna Scott (reviewed by Simon Marshall-Jones)

Redshirts by John Scalzi (reviewed by Jack Deighton)

The Alchemy Press Book of Pulp Heroes edited by Mike Chinn (reviewed by Ian Hunter)

The Mad Scientist’s Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke (reviewed by Elaine Gallagher)

Outlaw Bodies edited by Lori Selke & Djibril al-Ayad (reviewed by Matthew S. Dent)

The other nonfiction is from David Langford, Nick Lowe and Tony Lee. You can find the list and ratings of DVDs from Tony’s column here. Interzone 245 also has its own thread over at Interaction.

Enjoy!

 

 

 


Interzone 244

January 9, 2013
Artwork by Jim Burns

Artwork by Jim Burns

The first Interzone of 2013 will be here soon. Inside it you will find fiction from Jim Hawkins, Guy Haley, Helen Jackson, Lavie Tidhar, Tracie Welser and George Zebrowski, the regular nonfiction columns from David Langford, Tony Lee and Nick Lowe, and artwork from Warwick Fraser-Coombe, Richard Wagner, Martin Hanford and Jim Burns. Jim will also be providing all of this year’s covers. Follow the above link for more information and samples.

Any regular visitors to this blog will have noticed that there didn’t appear to be much going on in December. This was because I was literally flat on my back my back with a seasonal plague. Andy Cox had to step in and finish editing the Book Zone for me, for which I am profoundly grateful and not a little embarrassed.

This issue’s Book Zone features reviews of the following titles:

Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed (reviewed and author interviewed by Ian Sales)

Nexus by Ramez Naam (reviewed by Matthew S. Dent)

Bedlam by Christopher Brookmyre (reviewed by Paul F. Cockburn)

Steampunk III: Steampunk Revolution edited by Ann VanderMeer (reviewed by Simon Marshall Jones)

Taken by Benedict Jacka (reviewed by Juliet E. McKenna)

Origin by J. T. Brannan (reviewed by Ian Hunter)

Helix Wars by Eric Brown (reviewed by Lawrence Osborn)

In Other Worlds by Margaret Atwood (reviewed by Barbara Melville)

The Corpse-Rat King by Lee Battersby (reviewed by Maureen Kincaid Speller)

The Creative Fire by Brenda Cooper (reviewed by me)

Jagannath by Karin Tidbeck (reviewed and author interviewed by Stephen Theaker)

It’s a particularly fine-looking issue even if I do say so myself. Hopefully I’ll have stopped coughing like a Romantic poet by the time it arrives.


Interzone 241

July 8, 2012

Artwork by Ben Baldwin

The Bookzone in Interzone 241 will feature the following:

Darkening Skies by Juliet E. McKenna (reviewed by Elaine Gallagher who will also interview Juliet)

Fever by Lauren DeStephano (reviewed by Jack Deighton)

A Dance with Dragons, volumes 1 & 2 by George R.R. Martin (reviewed by Peter Loftus)

The City’s Son by Tom Pollock (reviewed by Paul F. Cockburn)

Three Science Fiction Novellas by J-H Rosny aîné (reviewed by Paul Kincaid)

The Outcast Blade by Jon Courtenay Grimwood (reviewed by Iain Emsley)

Irenecon by Aidan Harte (reviewed by Lawrence Osborn)

The Sword and Sorcery Anthology edited by David G. Hartwell & Jacob Weisman (reviewed by Maureen Kincaid Speller)

Rocket Science edited by Ian Sales (reviewed by Ian Hunter)

Adrift on the Sea of Rains by Ian Sales (reviewed by Ian Hunter)

The sharp-eyed amongst you will have noticed that there are two books by Ian Sales in this month’s Bookzone. This is not because Ian is a good friend (that, in fact, is a very good reason for not reviewing both of them) but because another reviewer couldn’t manage to get a review of a different book to me on time. These things happen. Ian Hunter was originally supposed to roll both of his books into one review but kindly split it into two in order to fill the gap. Thus are magazines made. This particular magazine should be out in a week or so.

And here’s the result of the TTA Press Euro 2012 sweepstake while we’re at it. Again, these things happen.


Interzone 240

May 13, 2012

Artwork by Ben Baldwin

This issue’s Bookzone will feature: 

A review of After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall by Nancy Kress, along with an interview with Nancy by Maureen Kincaid Speller. 

An A to Z of the Fantastic City by Hal Duncan (reviewed by me) 

Blue Remembered Earth by Alastair Reynolds (reviewed by Paul F. Cockburn) 

The Company of the Dead by David Kowalski (reviewed by John Howard) 

Transmission by Ray Meaney (reviewed by Elaine Gallagher) 

The Heir of Night by Helen Lowe (reviewed by Ian Hunter) 

The Game is Altered by Moz Parker (reviewed by Jack Deighton) 

The Not Yet by Moira Crone (reviewed by Stephen Theaker) 

Jane Carver of Waar by Nathan Long (reviewed by Stephen Theaker) 

You will find the contents for the rest of the issue on Ben Baldwin’s fine cover above. It’s the latest in his tarot sequence. Go here to  order a copy or subscribe (or even just to browse the contents). You can also discuss Interzone 240 on the TTA forum.


Interzone 236

September 7, 2011

Artwork by Richard Wagner

Interzone 236 will be published next week – go here for details and samples.

You can look look forward to fiction from Stephen Kotowytch, Jason Sanford, Fiona Moore, Jon Ingold and Mercurio D. Rivera, and features from David Langford, Nick Lowe and Tony Lee. As well as Richard Wagner, there will be artwork from Jim Burns, Martin Hanford and Ben Baldwin.

The Book Zone will feature:

Osama by Lavie Tidhar (reviewed and interviewed by Maureen Kincaid Speller)

The Book of Transformations by Mark Charon Newton (reviewed by Sandy Auden)

Dangerous Waters by Juliet E. McKenna (reviewed by me)

The Urban Fantasy Anthology edited by Peter S. Beagle and Joe R. Lansdale (reviewed by Lawrence Osborn)

Queen of Kings by Maria Dahvana Headley (reviewed by Jack Deighton)

Future Media edited by Rick Wilber (reviewed by Duncan Lunan)

Robopocalpse by Daniel F. Wilson (reviewed by Ian Sales)

The Testament of Jessie Lamb by Jane Rogers (reviewed by Andy Hedgecock)

Never Never Stories by Jason Sanford (reviewed by me)

It already has its own thread on the Interaction forum. The future is unwritten.


Interzone 227

March 11, 2010

Artwork by Warwick Fraser-Coombe

Can you tell what it is yet? The second of Warwick Fraser-Coombe’s six linked covers is another astonishingly striking piece that works equally well as an individual work of art. But then, I’m biased.  The interior’s pretty – um – pretty as well, with full-colour artwork from Robert Dunn, Jim Burns, Ben Baldwin and Dave Senecal. Chris Beckett contributes a guest editorial as well as a short story, and John Ingold, Mercurio D. Rivera, Jim Hawkins, Nina Allan and Steve Rasnic Tem provide the rest of this issue’s fiction. Regulars David Langford, Tony Lee and Nick Lowe contribute their usual high-quality non-fiction.

This month’s Bookzone has:

Paul F. Cockburn interviewing Connie Willis and reviewing her latest novel, Blackout.

Terminal World by Alistair Reynolds (reviewed by Maureen Kincaid Speller)

Geosynchron by David Louis Edelman (reviewed by Paul Kincaid)

Naamah’s Kiss by Jacqueline Carey (reviewed by Lawrence Osborn)

The Poison Throne by Celine Kiernan (reviewed by Ian Sales)

Tome of the Undergates by Sam Sykes (reviewed by Mike Cobley)

WE by John Dickinson (reviewed by Duncan Lunan)

Hyddenworld: Spring by William Horwood (reviewed by Iain Emsley)

Under in the Mere by Catherynne M. Valente (reviewed by Andrew J. Wilson)

A new distribution deal means that, from this issue onwards, Interzone is available in the USA, Germany, Greece, Cyprus, Hong Kong, Austria, Norway, Croatia, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. Or you can always buy it here.


Interzone 226

January 11, 2010

Artwork by Warwick Fraser-Coombe.

Clear a wall! This year all six covers are by Fraser Warwick-Coombe and they will join together to form one giant piece of art. The interior is full colour throughout and is mind-blowingly stunning, with more artwork from Ben Baldwin, Mark Paxton, Jim Burns and Daniel Bristow-Bailey. Am I biased? Yeah – but it doesn’t mean that I’m wrong. There is fiction from Jason Sanford, Tyler Keevil, Mercurio D. Rivera, Jay Lake, Rachel Swirsky and Stephen Gaskell, and non-fiction from David Langford, Tony Lee and Nick Lowe. There’s also an index for all the stories published last year because it’s time for the readers’ poll. Go on – show your favourite authors some love.

The BookZone this month reviews:

The Secret History of Science Fiction edited by James Patrick Kelly & John Kessel (reviewed by Andy Hedgecock)

Winter Song by Colin Harvey (reviewed by Paul F. Cockburn)

The Cardinal’s Blades by Pierre Pevel (reviewed by Ian Hunter)

The Battle of the Sun by Jeanette Winterson (reviewed by Maureen Kincaid Speller)

Brain Thief by Alexander Jablokov (reviewed by Ian Sales)

The Sad Tales of the Brothers Grossbart by Jesse Bullington (reviewed by Iain Emsley)

The New Space Opera 2 edited by Gardner Dozois & Jonathan Strahan (reviewed by Ian Sales)

Ars Memoriae by Beth Bernobich (reviewed by Peter Tennant)

Black and White by Jackie Kessler & Caitlin Kittredge (reviewed by Vikki Green)

Go here to sample some of the contents or to buy your copy or – better still – subscribe. And you can follow its adventures here.


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