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Interzone 244 Jan - Feb 2013

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INTERZONE

SCIENCE FICTION &
FANTASY

ISSUE #244

JAN - FEB 2013

Cover Art
Jim Burns: 2013 cover artist

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PUBLISHED BY:
TTA Press on Smashwords ISBN: 9781301038985

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v5 Roy Gray

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ISSN
(Print edition) 0264-3596 > Published
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ENDNOTES

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CONTENTS

INTERFACE

EDITORIAL & NOTES

ANSIBLE LINK
> David Langford's
News, Gossip & obituaries

ENDNOTES
> Links etc. >
last 'pages'.

READERS' POLL
– Readers' opportunity to vote
on 2012 stories and art.

BACK PAGE

FICTION

THE BOOK SELLER
by Lavie Tidhar

illustrated by Warwick Fraser-Coombe

BUILD GUIDE
by Helen Jackson

illustrated by Richard Wagner

THE GENOA PASSAGE
by George
Zebrowski

illustrated by Martin Hanford

iROBOT
by Guy Haley

illustrated by Jim Burns

SKY LEAP–EARTH FLAME
by
Jim Hawkins

illustrated by Richard Wagner

A FLAG STILL FLIES OVER SABOR CITY
by
Tracie Welser

REVIEW SECTION

BOOK ZONE
edited by Jim Steel

books:
book reviews by Jim's team of
reviewers

MUTANT POPCORN
movie reviews by
Nick Lowe

LASER FODDER
DVD Blu ray
reviews
by
Tony Lee

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EDITORIAL NOTES

All is Flux, Nothing Stays Still

One of the pleasures of working on
Interzone
is the way some issues develop a personality that
comes as a surprise even to those of us who have read all the
stories in advance. And we have to admit the occasional twinge of
pride when we consider the variety of themes, subgenres, settings,
tropes, techniques, symbols, storytelling styles and voices we’ve
been able to include over the past fifty issues.

For example,
Interzone #242
included
‘Strigoi’, Lavie Tidhar’s tale of interracial alienation in the
spaceways, and ‘Needlepoint’, Priya Sharma’s subtle but edgy story
set in an alternative Albion. Both tales are admirably
idiosyncratic: one has clearly identifiable science fictional
elements, while the other skitters along in the debatable lands
between fantasy and history.

But that’s enough about the pleasures of
working on
Interzone
in its 30th year. What about the
frustrations and failures? A major source of disappointment is
however eclectic the taste of the editors and however determined we
are to be flexible, it’s inevitable we are going to reject some
elegantly structured, linguistically complex and strikingly
imaginative stories simply because they have no valid and
defensible fit with the genres of sf, fantasy, horror or crime. In
other words, all too often the team at TTA Towers experience the
pain of rejecting engaging and powerful stories because we can’t
find a home for them in
Interzone
,
Black Static
or
Crimewave
. And the pain is heightened by our awareness that
this kind of work is increasingly unlikely to find a place in a
publication that will do it justice.

Three exciting submissions we’ve found it
impossible to place in a TTA publication – stories by Tim Lees,
Nina Allan and Tyler Keevil – have inspired us to create
Flux
,
an occasional supplement containing such
stories, that we’ll send out free to subscribers of
Interzone
and
Black Static
.

As Heraclitus of Ephasus said: “All is flux,
nothing stays still”. TTA Press is heading for a state of Flux –
and we’re hoping you’ll feel a damn good Flux is just what you
need.

The above applies to the printed edition for
subscribers. I will have more on what we might do with the E book
version in the next issue.

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Readers’ Poll

It’s time to start voting for your favourite
Interzone
stories of 2012. We welcome back Martin McGrath to
oversee the poll, and there are three ways you can send him your
votes: by post, email, or via a form on the website. Vote for or
against as many stories as you like. There are more details and a
list of eligible stories
later in this issue
.

We’ve decided to restrict the poll to
fiction only this year, and not include artwork. Like the
magazine’s nonfiction, the art is done by the same small team and
it no longer seems right that they should compete with each other,
especially as the work is commissioned rather than unsolicited. Let
us know if you think that’s a mistake.

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E-Edition (An Apology):
This E edition of
Interzone 244
has been uploaded later than I hoped but at least you have
time to vote in the readers' poll and
Interzone 245
will
not
be
published when this is uploaded. Hopefully I can do better
henceforward. Please accept our apologies for delays. Keep checking
Smashwords or Amazon for new issues. Thanks for your patience! This
issue, #244, has been out in print since Jan 14.

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Note you may find
references to
Fictionwise.com as a source of TTA Press E Books and magazines.
Fictionwise closed in the USA in December and in the UK in January.
Now we are not sure what will happen about TTA back issues and e
books formerly held solely on the 3 Fictionwise sites. Many of our
files were removed early from Fictionwise's TTA page. Many back
issues may well be unavailable in E book formats now.
More in the
Endnotes
.

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The next print issue,
Interzone 245,
will be dated March/April. In print or as
E book, don't miss it.

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ANSIBLE LINK - David Langford's News &
Gossip

As Others See Us.
Robert McCrum once
again indulged in genre-bashing, with exceptions: ‘Science fiction
is the cockroach in the house of books: it survives on scraps and
never goes away. Occasionally, as in the work of HG Wells and JG
Ballard, it becomes sublime.’ (
Guardian
)

Awards.
James Tait Black Award
all-time “best of best” fiction winner since the award began in
1919: Angela Carter (1940–1992),
Nights at the Circus
. • New
York Film Critics Circle: best animated feature,
Frankenweenie
. • Roald Dahl Funny Prize, funniest book for
7–14 year olds category: Jamie Thomson,
Dark Lord: The Teenage
Years
. • 2012 SFWA Grand Master for life achievement: Gene
Wolfe. (‘If you keep this up I’ll start thinking I’m a good
writer.’) • US National Book Awards: the Young People’s Literature
winner was a fantasy, William Alexander’s
Goblin Secrets
. •
World Fantasy Award novel winner: Lavie Tidhar,
Osama
.

C.S. Lewis
will be honoured with a
memorial stone in Poet’s Corner, Westminster Abbey, on 22 November
2013 – the fiftieth anniversary of his death.

We Are Everywhere.
Jon Stewart on the
copious intimate emails between a US general and a married woman:
‘30,000 pages of emails – I could understand it if Stephen King and
George R.R. Martin were having an affair!’ (
The Daily
Show
)

Camille Paglia
’s enthusiasm for sf
sublimities earned her a
Private Eye
‘Pseuds Corner’
appearance: ‘…it is emotionally overwhelming, with the intensity
and sweep of a Puccini opera. The long finale of
Revenge of the
Sith
, leading up to Darth Vader’s tortured fabrication and the
birth and separation of the twin babies Luke and Leia, is in my
view the most powerful work of art in any genre in the past 30
years – including literature.’ (
Huffington Post
)

Terry Pratchett
‘nearly died’ in a
New York cab during his November US publicity tour. When his heart
went into fibrillation, his assistant Rob Wilkins ‘had to kneel on
the back seat of the taxi and give him CPR. It was fingers down
throat stuff.’ After a rapid recovery, Terry remarked that he’d
heard book-signing tours could kill you ‘quicker than drugs, booze
and fast women’. (
Telegraph
) He also announced that he’ll
pass the Discworld novel franchise to Rhianna Pratchett when no
longer able to write: ‘The Discworld is safe in my daughter’s
hands.’ (Interview,
New Statesman
)

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