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)




October 14, 2012

Jason Sanford previews his story for an upcoming issue of Interzone.

There’s also a sample of Warwick Fraser-Coombe’s excellent artwork.

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.


November 4, 2010
Artwork by Warwick Fraser-Coombe

Artwork by Warwick Fraser-Coombe

Warwick Fraser-Coombe’s Interzone covers assemble into Playground (Hide and Seek). You can either put all six of this year’s covers together to form the picture or you can buy a high-quality print directly from Warwick here. It’s available to British art lovers for £75 plus £5 p&p.

Interzone 231

November 3, 2010

The final part of Warwick Fraser-Coombe’s Playground (Hide and Seek) is on the cover of Interzone 231 which will be out in about a week. This issue is a Jason Sanford special and so there is a special offer. If you order a twelve-issue Interzone or joint Interzone/Black Static subscription, you will receive this issue free. All you have to do is enter ‘JASON SANFORD’ as your shopper’s reference at the TTA Press online shop before the end of this year. This offer is, of course, also open to current subscribers. ‘Tis a very bargain. The above link will also enable you to see the rest of the contents and sample some of the fiction.

The Bookzone will feature:

The Ragged Man by Tom Lloyd (reviewed by Sandy Auden)

Music For Another World edited by Mark Harding (reviewed by Andy Hedgecock)

The Nemesis List by R.J. Frith (reviewed by Paul F. Cockburn)

The Evolutionary Void by Peter F. Hamiliton (reviewed by John Howard)

Empress of Eternity by L.E. Modesitt (reviewed by Ian Sales)

The Very Best of Charles de Lint (reviewed by Lawrence Osborn)

Look at the Birdie by Kurt Vonnegut (reviewed by Jack Deighton)

Surface Detail by Iain M. Banks (reviewed by Paul Kincaid)

The Secret History of Fantasy edited by Peter Beagle (reviewed by Maureen Kincaid Speller)

Noughts and Crosses!

September 13, 2010

J-WO has a theory about this year’s Interzone covers.

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 230

August 17, 2010

artwork by Warwick Fraser-Coombe Here’s Warwick Fraser-Coombe‘s artwork for the cover of Interzone 230 which will be out next month.

Interzone 229

June 25, 2010

Warwick Fraser-Coombe provides another astonishing image for Interzone 229, due out next month.

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.

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.

Interzone 225

October 30, 2009

Interzone 225

Artwork by Adam Tredowski

Interzone 225 is out on November 12th in this jaw-dropping wrap-around cover and will feature fiction from Jason Sanford, Lavie Tidhar, Rebecca J. Payne, Colin Harvey, Shannon Page and Jay Lake, with non-fiction from David Langford, Tony Lee and Nick Lowe, and more artwork from Mark Pexton and Warwick Fraser-Coombe.

The Bookzone will carry the following reviews:

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld (reviewed by Paul Cockburn)

Acts of Destruction by Mat Coward (reviewed by Peter Loftus)

Storm Glass by Maria Snyder (reviewed by Lawrence Osborn)

Years Best SF26 edited by Gardner Dozois (reviewed by Maureen Kincaid Speller)

Transition by Iain Banks (reviewed by Paul Kincaid)

Oceanic by Greg Egan (reviewed by Paul Graham Raven)

The Gift of Joy by Ian Whates (reviewed by Mike Cobley)

Bauchelian and Korbal Broach by Steven Erikson (reviewed by Duncan Lunan)

Broken Symmetries by Steve Redwood (reviewed by Ian Sales)

The Bride Stripped Bare by Rachel Kendall (reviewed by Andy Hedgecock)

Heart of Veridon by Tim Akers (reviewed by me)

Order your copy here. Or subscribe – it’ll provide a glowing light in the winter darkness.

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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