Interzone 250

January 20, 2014
Artwork by Wayne Haag

Artwork by Wayne Haag

Interzone 250 should be out right about now.  Follow the link for full details.

In this issue’s Book Zone we have an interview with Libby McGuggan by Paul F. Cockburn who also reviews her new novel, The Eidolon. We also have the latest of Jonathan McCalmont’s Future Interupted columns.

And reviews of:

World After by Susan Ee (reviewed by Barbara Melville)

Benchmarks volumes 1-3 by Algis Budrys, edited by David Langford & Greg Pickersgill (reviewed by Duncan Lunan)

The Rabbit Back Literature Society by Pasi Ilmari Jaaskenainen (reviewed by Stephen Theaker)

Drakenfeld by Mark Charan Newton (reviewed by Lawrence Osborn)

On The Steel Breeze by Alastair Reynolds (reviewed by Jack Deighton)

Parasite by Mira Grant (reviewed by Matthew S. Dent)

Dream London by Tony Ballantyne (reviewed by Simon Marshall-Jones)

Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal (reviewed by Elaine Gallagher)

Libromancer & Codex Born by Jim C. Hines (reviewed by Juliet E. McKenna)

Happy Hour in Hell by Tad Williams (reviewed by Iain Emsley)

Doyle After Dark by John Shirley (reviewed by Andy Hedgecock)

The Man With The Compound Eyes by Wu Ming-Yi, tranlated by Darryl Sterk (reviewed by Maureen Kincaid Speller)

Wonderbook by Jeff VanderMeer (reviewed by Ian Sales)

Anno Dracula: Johnny Alucard by Kim Newman (reviewed by Ian Hunter)

 


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 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 242

October 8, 2012

Artwork by Ben Baldwin

 

Interzone 242 has been out for a wee while. I should have mentioned it sooner but I’m swamped with work at the moment. Which is good. Anyway, follow the link for further details.

This issue’s Bookzone includes:

Existence by David Brin (reviewed and interviewed by me)

Cursed by Benedict Jacka (reviewed by Juliet E. Mckenna)

2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson (reviewed by Jack Deighton)

Great North Road by Peter F. Hamilton (reviewed by John Howard)

The Devil’s Nebula by Eric Brown (reviewed by Ian Hunter)

The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and led the Revels There by Catherynne M. Valente (reviewed by Stephen Theaker)

Nested Scrolls by Rudy Rucker (reviewed by Nathaniel Tapley)

Railsea by China Miéville (reviewed by Andy Hedgecock)

The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin (reviewed by Peter Loftus)

The Shadowed Sun by N.K. Jemisin (reviewed by Peter Loftus)

The Last Man Standing by Davide Longo (reviewed by Ian Sales)

Wonders of the Invisible World by Patricia A. McKillip (reviewed by Maureen Kincaid Speller)

The Moon Moth by Jack Vance, adapted by Humayoun Ibrahim (reviewed by Duncan Lunan)

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

Seven Wonders by Adam Christopher (reviewed by Stephen Theaker)

Bluegrass Symphony by Lisa L. Hannett (reviewed by Peter Tennant)

Bread and Circuses by Felicity Dowker (reviewed by Peter Tennant)

 

 

 


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 239

March 14, 2012
The Tower

Artwork by Ben Baldwin

This month’s Bookzone features the following titles: 

In the Mouth of the Whale by Paul McAuley (reviewed by Elaine Gallagher)

Intrusion by Ken MacLeod (reviewed by Paul F. Cockburn)

The Wild Girls by Ursula Le Guin (reviewed by Juliet E. McKenna)

From Elvish to Klingon by Michael Adams (reviewed by Lara Buckerton)

Giant Thief by David Tallerman (reviewed by Maureen Kincaid Speller)

Sensation by Nick Mamatas (reviewed by Nathaniel Tapley)

Theme Planet by Andy Remic (reviewed by Stephen Theaker)

Babylon Steel by Gaie Sebold (reviewed by Lawrence Osborn)

I’ve reviewed Chris Beckett’s Dark Eden and have interviewed him for this issue. I could have filled the entire Bookzone with Chris; he’s a fascinating and gracious interviewee. He’s also turning into one of the most important SF novelists of the century.

This issue also has fiction from Steve Rasnic Tem, Jon Wallace, Suzanne Palmer, Jacob A. Boyd, Matthew Cook and Nigel Brown, artwork by Dave Senecal, Richard Wagner, Warwick Fraser-Coombe, Mark Pexton and Ben Baldwin, and non-fiction from David Langford, Nick Lowe and Tony Lee.

You can sample the fiction and artwork here. I normally try to post about the latest issue a week or two in advance but this issue may already be out. It’ll certainly appear in the next day or so.

Me? I’m going to try and find ways of stretching time. Or maybe I’ll just clone myself.


Wizards in Warfare

December 18, 2011

The Zone has an interview with Juliet E. McKenna.

Juliet is one of the best authors in the field and I highly recommend her work.


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 234

May 4, 2011

Relics by Richard Wagner

Interzone 234 is published next week and in the Bookzone you will find:

Son of Heaven by David Wingrove ( reviewed and interviewed by Ian Sales)

Embrace / Faking It / Liberty Spin / Memesis / Segue by Keith Brooke, The Angels of Life and Death / A Writer’s Life by Eric Brown, Take No Prisoners by John Grant, Monterra’s Deliciosa & Other Tales & / Spotted Lily by Anna Tambour, One More Unfortunate by Kaitlin Queen (reviewed by Paul F. Cockburn)

Sleight of Hand by  Peter Beagle (reviewed by Maureen Kincaid Speller)

Down to the Bone by Justina Robson (reviewed Juliet E. McKenna)

Smallworld by Dominic Green (reviewed by Jack Deighton)

Outpost by Adam Baker (reviewed by Jonathan McCalmont)

After the Golden Age – Carrie Vaughn (reviewed by Ian Hunter)

On Stranger Tides by Tim Powers (reviewed by Maureen Kincaid Speller)

Equations of Life by Simon Morden (reviewed by me)


Interzone 228

April 29, 2010

Artwork by Warwick Fraser-Coombe

Artwork by Warwick Fraser-Coombe

Interzone 228 will be out in May with fiction from Mario Milosevic, Melissa Yuan-Innes, David D. Levine, Jason Sanford and John Ingold, artwork from Mario Milosevic, Melissa Yuan-Innes, David D. Levine, Mark Pexton and Richard Wagner, and non-fiction from David Langford, Nick Lowe and Tony Lee. And, because May is the month for these sort of things, we’ll have the results of the annual readers’ poll.

In the Bookzone:

Gene Wolfe – The Sorcerer’s House (reviewed and interviewed by Paul Kincaid)

Ghosts of Manhatten – George Mann (reviewed by Ian Hunter)

He Walked Amongst Us – Norman Spinrad (reviewed by Duncan Lunan)

Wolfsangel – M.D. Lachlan (reviewed by Lawrence Osborn)

Up Jim River – Michael Flynn (reviewed by Peter Loftus)

The Age of Zeus – James Lovegrove (reviewed by Ian Sales)

Shadow Prowler – Alexey Pehov (reviewed by Juliet E. McKenna)

Under Heaven – Guy Gavriel Kay (reviewed by Sandy Auden)

Shine edited by Jetse de Vries (reviewed by Andy Hedgecock)

Go here to read short samples and to order your copy. Or ask your local newsagent.


Well, I Been Busy…

December 20, 2009

The latest British Fantasy Society mailing came out at the start of the month.

It has Dark Horizons 55, which has fiction from Richard Ford, Naoko Awa, Alex Davis, Mike Phillips, Alison J. Littlewood, Ian Hunter, Mike Chinn, Ralph Robert Moore, Astrid Klemz, Shaun Jeffrey, Douglas Thompson and me; poetry from Michael Fantina, Wade German and Victor D. Infante; and articles by Mike Barret, Paul Campbell and Craig Herbertson on Clifford Ball, C. Hall Thompson, Charles N. Grant and E.C. Tubb.

It also has New Horizons 4, which has fiction by J.M. Harris, Matt Finucane, John Tait, Philip Harris, Mark Butler, Elana Gomel, Eva Eliav and Tom Knights; and an interview with Steve Upham.

Wait! There’s also The British Fantasy Society Yearbook 2009, containing fiction from Mark Morris, Stephen Volk, Christopher Fowler, Allyson Bird, Mark Chadbourn, Juliet E. McKenna, Tim Lebbon, Kaaron Warren, Andrew Lockley, Conrad Williams, Sarah Pinborough, Gary McMahon, Adam L.G. Nevill, Garry Kilworth, Nicholas Royle, James Barclay, Suzi Feay, Gary Fry, Daniel O’Mahony and Rob Shearman.

Finally, there’s a newsletter and a voting paper for the BFS Awards. Join the BFS here and get more fiction than you can read in a year.


British Fantasy Awards 2009

April 4, 2009

The longlist ballot for the BFAs has been posted. British Fantasy Society and Fantasycon members will vote in it and the top five or so will make the shortlist, and another round of voting will decide the winners. I think. Democracy is so confusing.

Anyway, congratulations to Neil Williamson and Hal Duncan from the GSFWC on making it onto the Short Story and Novel lists respectively.

Interzone is nominated for the Best Magazine Award, with Greg Egan’s Crystal Nights (Interzone 215) making it on to the Best Novella list, and M.K. Hobson’s Comus of Central Park (interzone 217) and Jason Sanford’s The Ships Like Clouds Risen By Their Rain (Interzone 217) making on to the Best Short Story list. Warwick Fraser-Coombe was nominated for Best Artist with his artwork in Interzone 215, and TTA Press was nominated in the Best Small Press catagory. Nick Lowe’s film column, Mutant Popcorn, was nominated in Best Non-fiction catagory, as was Bookzoner Paul Kincaid’s What It Is We Do When We Read Science Fiction. Another Bookzoner, Juliet E. McKenna, has a nomination in the Short Story catagory.

Ah, who else? I’m going to miss out someone, somewhere. Well done, also, to Beccon and Screaming Dreams for their nominations for Best Small Press Award, since they have also published (or are about to publish) some of my stuff.

And well done to everyone else. Just to be on the safe side.

It’s still not too late to add a write-in nomination if you think there’s something missing.


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