The main fiction in the latest Starship Sofa (#236) is Storm Constantine’s The Rust Islands from Interzone 117.
Jason Sanford’s Ships Like Clouds, Risen By Their Rain, which first appeared in Interzone 217, has been translated into Chinese and can be found in the July/August issue of New Realms of Fantasy and Science Fiction.
Or Ship Cloud Rainy, when translated back into English by Google.
The October Locus has Gardner Dozois reviewing Interzone 233 (he says that Nina Allan’s The Silver Wind is ‘brilliantly crafted and sensitively characterised’) and Interzone 234: ‘The best story here is Lavie Tidhar’s In the Season of the Mango Rains, which acts as a sort of a sampler of recent themes and locales from Tidhar’s work while also managing to deliver a strong autumnal kick without being, well, bleak.’ He also says that Jason Sanford’s Her Scientifiction, Far Future, Medieval Fantasy ‘works some nice changes on the theme here, and the story is fun to read’.
Rich Horton reviews Interzone 235 and lists Mercurio D. Rivera’s For Love’s Delirium Haunts the Fractured Mind in his recommended stories. He also reviews Jason Sanford’s collection, Never Never Stories, and picks When Thorns are the Tips of Trees (first published in Interzone 219) and The Ships, Like Clouds, Risen by Their Rain (first published in Interzone 217) as highlights.
Crystal Nights by Greg Egan (Interzone 215 )
His Master’s Voice by Hannu Rajaniemi (Interzone 218)
Butterfly, Falling at Dawn by Aliette de Boddard (Interzone 219)
The following stories receive honourable mentions:
The Endling by Jamie Barras (Interzone 215)
Greenland by Chris Becket (Interzone 218)
Poppyfields by Chris Becket (Interzone 218)
Africa by Karen Fishler (Interzone 217)
Corner of the Circle by Tim Lees (Interzone 218)
Little Lost Robot by Paul McAuley (Interzone 217)
Into the Night by Anil Menon (Interzone 216)
The Trace of Him by Christopher Priest (Interzone 214)
The Fifth Zhi by Mercurio D. Rivera (Interzone 219)
The Scent of Their Arrival by Mercurio D. Rivera (Interzone 214)
The Imitation Game by Rudy Rucker (Interzone 215)
Talk is Cheap by Geoff Ryman (Interzone 216)
The Ships Like Clouds, Risen by Their Rain by Jason Sanford (Interzone 217)
When Thorns Are the Tips of Trees by Jason Sanford (Interzone 219)
Country of the Young by Gord Sellar (Interzone 219)
Everything That Matters by Jeff Spock (Interzone 219)
Far Horizons by Jason Stoddard (Interzone 214)
Endra – from Memory by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro (Interzone 216)
And from the GSFWC:
Alice and Bob by Philip Raines & Harvey Welles (Albedo One 34)
And I am, of course, one of Interzone’s ‘ever-shifting editorial staff’. Sheesh.
I’ve finally got my hands on a copy of David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer’s Year’s Best SF 14, and a pretty fine collection it is too. I had already read half of the contents when they were first published, but that doesn’t detract from the quality. It tends to be lighter on commentary than most of the other annuals, possibly because the editors get all that out of their system in the New York Review of Science Fiction, but they are upbeat about the short fiction situation. Apparently in 2008, “Interzone got darker but had some real high spots,” and Jason Sanford’s The Ships Like Clouds, Risen by Their Rain from Interzone 217 can, of course, be found inside.