Reviewed by Sue Phillips

With the retirement of founding editor David Pringle, the legendary sci fi magazine Interzone has changed hands, moving to the equally legendary TTA Press. What does this mean for its fans? To be honest, not having seen any of the previous editions I'm not able to make a judgement. What I will say though is that issue 194 is a stylish and beautifully edited debut.

Since its inception in 1982 Interzone has been regularly nominated for the Hugo Award, one of the greatest accolades in science fiction, winning in 1995. Having perused the pages of this issue, I see no reason why this tradition should not continue. The magazine specialises in longer than average short fiction of the highest quality. The stories lead the reader into worlds of fantasy and illusion where real life happens in unreal settings. Illustrations are stunning and definitely meet my personal criteria of enhancing the stories without giving away too much of the plot.

Most of the stories in this issue have a somewhat spiritual theme with people striving to bring a little humanity back into lives often dominated by machines, or oppressed inhabitants of distant worlds making the ultimate sacrifice in order to bring mankind back to the realisation of what right and wrong truly mean. Don't be fooled into thinking that the stories are preachy--they aren't. But they are very, very good, very, very readable and very, very memorable.

Being a magazine there is the bonus of news, reviews, interviews and all sorts of other items connected with the sci fi genre. These, too, are highly readable and mercifully free of jargon and "in-speak".

With a total word count that probably rivals most novels, Interzone represents wonderful value for money - go out and buy one (and get me one while you're there).

Interzone edited by Andy Cox and published bi-monthly by TTA Press, 5 Martins Lane, Witcham, Ely, Cambs CB6 2LB, UK. A4, 68pp, £3.50/$6US or £21/$36US for 6 issues (for other countries see ordering details on website).

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