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 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 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)

 

 


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.


Starship Sofa 232

May 2, 2012

The website illustration for this podcast is Richard Wagner’s cover for Interzone 236. Richard describes his methods and gives an interpretation of the picture at the start of the podcast.

It’s also worth hanging around for Neil Gaiman’s excellent The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains. This is Neil Gaiman via Neil Munro. I’m referring to Munro’s historical novels, of course; comparing it to the Para Handy tales would be taking things too far even for me.


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.


Richard Wagner

November 9, 2011

James Worrad interviews Richard Wagner, the cover artist for all of this year’s issues of Interzone.


Interzone 237

November 6, 2011
Artwork By Richard Wagner

Interzone 237 will be published later this month and contains fiction from Lavie Tidhar, Jim Hawkins, Douglas Lain and Caspian Gray. Richard Wagner, Steve Hambidge and David Gentry provide the artwork while David Langford, Nick Lowe and Tony Lee cover the non-fiction.

 
In this issue’s Bookzone there are reviews of:
 
Johannes Cabel: The Fear Institute by Jonathan L. Howard (reviewed by Sandy Auden)

Dead Water by Simon Ings (reviewed by Paul F. Cockburn)

Final Days by Gary Gibson (reviewed by Peter Loftus)

The Silver Wind by Nina Allan (reviewed by Paul Kincaid)

Naked City edited by Ellen Datlow (reviewed by Lawrence Osborn)

Reamde by Neal Stephenson (reviewed by Paul Graham Raven)

Debris by Jo Anderton (reviewed by Ian Sales)

Roil by Trent Jaimeson (reviewed by Maureen Kincaid Speller)

Echo City by Tim Lebbon (reviewed by Ian Hunter)

Wither by Lauren DeStefano (reviewed by Jack Deighton)

The Silent Land by Graham Joyce (reviewed by Peter Tennant)


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 235

July 2, 2011

artwork by Richard Wagner

In this month’s Book Zone you will find:

The Uncertain Places by Lisa Goldstein (reviewed and interviewed by Maureen Kincaid Speller)

Physics of the Future by Michio Kaku (reviewed by Tony Lee)

Embassytown by China Mieville (reviewed by Paul Kincaid)

Songs of the Earth by Elspeth Cooper (reviewed by Ian Hunter)

Cloud Roads by Martha Wells (reviewed by Juliet E. McKenna)

Fenrir by M.D. Lachlan (reviewed by Lawrence Osborn)

This Shared Earth by Kathleen Ann Goonan (reviewed by Peter Loftus)

The Steampunk Bible by Jeff VanderMeer with S.J. Chambers (reviewed by me) 

Out soon, so order your copy here.


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 233

March 9, 2011

Artwork by Richard Wagner

Interzone 233 will be out next week. Go here to see what’s inside. Interaction has a dedicated forum page as well so you can keep up with what’s happening. Feel free to join in.

This issue’s Bookzone:

Sylvow by Douglas Thompson (reviewed by Ian Sales)

The Good Fairies of New York by Martin Millar (reviewed by Andy Hedgecock)

Sea of Ghosts by Alan Campbell (reviewed by Paul F. Cockburn)

The Hammer by K.J. Parker (reviewed by Jonathan McCalmont)

The Diviner’s Tale by Bradford Morrow (reviewed by Maureen Kincaid Speller)

Wilde Stories 2010 edited by Steve Berman (reviewed by John Howard)

Engineering Infinity edited by Jonathan Strahan (reviewed by Jack Deighton)

Leviathans of Jupiter by Ben Bova (reviewed by Duncan Lunan)

Paolo Bacigalupi interview and review of The Windup Girl (by me)


Interzone 232

January 11, 2011

Artwork by Richard Wagner

James Bloomer is the winner of the James White Award and his story is published in this issue.
The BookZone will feature:
The Flying Saucer by Bernard Newman (reviewed by Ian Sales)

Vampire Empire by Clay & Sue Griffith (reviewed by Ian Hunter)

The Immersion Book of SF edited by Carmelo Rafala (reviewed by Duncan Lunan)

One by David Karp (reviewed by Jonathan McAlmont)

Version 43 by Philip Palmer (reviewed by Iain Emsley)

The Buntline Special by Mike Resnick (reviewed by Paul F. Cockburn)

Lightborne by Tricia Sullivan (reviewed by Paul Kincaid)

Limbo by Bernard Wolfe (reviewed by Andrew J. Wilson)

Corvus by Paul Kearney (reviewed by Lawrence Osborn)

The Horns of Ruin by Tim Akers (reviewed by me)

It should be out within a week and can be ordered here.


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!


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.


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