INTERZONE #207

Reviewed by Paul McAvoy

When I first requested to review this magazine I did not realise that Peter Tennant was part of its make-up (he's the proof reader) and I guess that it might be prudent of me to give it an absolutely glowing review, otherwise Mr Tennant might well sack me as one of Whispers' reviewers. So, when I received it in the post and opened it, I found it changed my life almost immediately and I have now set myself the goal of purchasing everything Interzone. Even works that have no relation to the magazine, but have the words “Inter” and “Zone" in them. It's costing me a bloody fortune, I can tell you.

But of course, I jest. Oh no, I will not give it a glowing review just because Pete proof reads the magazine. Not me. I will be honest, as I always am, and I will say this: it's ... great! Good thing as well, seeing as I quite like reviewing for Whispers and would hate to receive the bullet.

A vast amount of the magazine is taken up with fiction. I always feel this is a good thing, being a writer and a reader. I dissolved into The Purring of Cats by Dave Hoing. It is a well written tale of a doctor who falls in love with one of his patients, spliced with his failing marriage--and all the bitterness that goes with it. The world is at war with another world, but Doctor Jan must find out the reason why his patient, Nikki, slept with an alien--an offence for which she may serve ten years in prison. A very engrossing tale; I liked it very much.

Suzanne Palmer's Spheres is hard to read and tries to be too clever. It just doesn't make sense. This might well be the slang way people talk in a future world, but for the present let's stick to English. 'Boxmeat over, I sat back in my fufchair and surfed for the what-now.' Say what? Sorry Suzanne. Clocks by Daniel Kaysen is a beauty. A good intro, steadily paced, then it turns itself upside down. Cleverly done by the author. We also have tales by flavour of the month David Mace and Wendy Waring.

Non-fiction-wise, we have interviews with the likes of Neil Gaiman, Christopher Priest and Jack Cohen, and the one and only Terry Pratchett. I cannot say I am a huge fan of Pratchett, but I have read a few of his books and I respect his style and his productivity. In the interview he is witty, but I did feel that Andrew Hedgecock's questions were a tad deep for such a light-hearted storyteller. Other non fiction includes reviews and a Dune special.

Interzone has been going for a long time, but it is still as fresh as ever and I did not have to lie to you, did I? Good stuff.

Interzone, edited by Andy Cox and published bi-monthly by TTA Press, 5 Martins Lane, Witcham, Ely, Cambs CB6 2LB, UK. A4, 68pp, £3.75/$7US or £21/$42US for 6 issues (for other countries see ordering details on website).

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