Gardner Dozois says in The Year’s Best SF: Twenty-Seventh Annual Collection (or The Mammoth Book of Best New SF 23 as the British edition is titled) that “Interzone had an above-average year” in 2009.
He reprints Black Swan by Bruce Sterling (Interzone 221) and Butterfly Bomb by Dominic Green (Interzone 223) and gives honourable mentions to The Festival of Tethselem by Chris Butler (Interzone 224), Ys by Aliette de Bodard (Interzone 222), Sinner, Baker, Fabulist, Priest; Red Mask, Black Mask, Gentleman, Beast by Eugie Foster (Interzone 220), The Transformation of Aishwarya Desai by Eric Gregory (Interzone 223), Coat of Many Colours and Glister by Dominic Green (Interzone 223), Eagleburger’s Lawn by by Alex Irvine (Interzone 223), Saving Diego by Matthew Kressel (Interzone 221), A Clown Escapes from Circus Town by Will McIntosh (Interzone 221), Mother of Champions by Sean McMullen (Interzone 222), Bone Island by Shannon Page & Jay Lake (Interzone 225), Silence and Roses by Suzanne Palmer (Interzone 223), By Starlight by Rebecca J. Payne (Interzone 225), Unexpected Outcomes by Tim Pratt (Interzone 222), Sublimation Angels by Jason Sanford (Interzone 224), No Longer You by Katherine Sparrow & Rachel Swirsky (Interzone 224), Monetized by Jason Stoddard (Interzone 220), and Funny Pages by Lavie Tidhar (Interzone 225).
Interzone 223 is the first magazine tackled by Gardner Dozois for his column in the October Locus. He says that “Dominic Green is a little-known and underrated writer, on this side of the Atlantic at least. Almost his entire output of short fiction, about twenty stories between 1996 and 2009, has appeared in the British magazine Interzone, which has rewarded him for his loyalty by providing a welcome shocase for his work in Interzone 223, which features thre very strong original stories by Green, and in effect functions as a “special Dominic Green issue.” Green’s voice reminds me of that of the late James Tiptree, Jr. […] the stories are told with elan and verve, and a fondness for wordplay that sometimes errs on the side of enthusiasm. These qualities are the most strongly in evidence here in Coat of Many Colors […] also first-rate is Butterfly Bomb […] a clever story where nobody and nothing turns out to be even remotely what they seem. Another way in which Green is like Tiptree is his fondness for wild new ideas, the wilder the better, and his lack of fear or hesitation about painting in broad strokes with bright primary colors […] My least favorite, although still good, is Glister, which still has lots of bizarre conceptualization […] I suspect Tiptree would have approved of that one too. […] Suzanne Palmer, in Silence and Roses, gives us a story that manages to balance on the razor-edge of mawkish sentimentality without quite falling all the way in, in an impressive job of tightrope-walking. […] Eric Gregory’s The Transmigration of Aishwarya Desai also contains some intriguing conceptualization, but is a bit murky and opaque in a way that Green is not.”
Artwork by Adam Tredowksi
Next month’s Interzone is a Dominic Green special with three stories from him. He’s also interviewed by Andy Hedgecock, and there is more fiction from Susanne Palmer and Eric Gregory. David Langford, Tony Lee and Nick Lowe will be supplying their usual high-quality non-fiction.
The Bookzone features an interview with Joe Abercrombie and a review of his latest novel, Best Served Cold, by Maureen Kincaid Speller who, because of a massive onslaught of gremlins at the other end, went above and beyond the call of duty on her way to delivering an excellent piece. There’s also a chance to win a complete set of Joe’s novels as well.
Other books reviewed are:
Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding (reviewed by Sandy Auden)
Canary Fever by John Clute (reviewed by Paul Kincaid)
Ice Song by Kirsten Imani Kasai (reviewed by Peter Loftus)
Offworld by Robin Parrish (reviewed by Ian Sales)
Consorts of Heaven by Jaine Fenn (reviewed by Lawrence Osborn)
Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve (reviewed by Paul Cockburn)
Prospero Lost by L. Jagi Lamplighter (reviewed by Duncan Lunan)