INTERZONE #272. Zine review

INTERZONE #272 , TTA Press,p/b, £5:99,

Reviewed by Sandra Scholes

Interzone is set out in three different sections; Interface with Editorial, Future Interrupted by Jonathan McCalmont, Rime Pieces by Nina Allan and of course Ansible Link by David Langford. Next comes Fiction from various authors and the Reviews section starting with Book Zone, Mutant Popcorn reviewing the latest movies we might want to go see at the cinema. From what I can see on the list down the left hand column there are some that are worth mentioning; The Dark Tower is based on a series of novels by horror author Stephen King turning his hand to dark fantasy. Despicable Me 3 has Gru leaving his home to visit his brother who breeds a whole host of piggies who aren’t green.

One of my previous favourites from Interzone the last time I read it was David Langford’s Ansible Link. Here he talks about all things fantasy and sci-fi through carefully selected bite size chunks whether it is to praise or put down, David does so in order to give you a chuckle. One of the funniest is his The Weakest Link where a contestant answers a question on BBC1’s Pointless quiz show most of us would have got right.

Incidentally, author Brian Aldiss is mentioned in Ansible Link’s RIP section of David’s column and a full personal recollection is written in the Interface Editorial by Andy Hedgecock where he mentions organising an interview with the author, nervous about offending him after he had listened to another interview Aldiss had done on Radio 4. Through this piece of editorial gold we get to find out the true Aldiss we might have always wanted to know but were afraid to ask. The fiction is four short stories; Blessings Erupt by Aliya Whitely, The Music of Ghosts by Paul Jessup, Ghosts of a Neon God by T.R. Napper and The Goddess of the Highway by Erica L. Satifka. All have separate illustrations by Richard Wagner, Martin Hanford, and Vincent Sammy.

There is so much great to say about Interzone as it has all the elements of what we have come to know as science fiction and fantasy whether it is reviews or interviews, we know it is quality. The magazine has its own look and the covers always contain abstract images that add to the stories; the cover art for this issue is 417h3r105 v5 by Dave Senecal with unusual colours and an interpretation that can be entirely personal. There are only a handful of stories that complement the magazine and are as strange as expected with authors I did recognise.