Interzone 262 cover

Interzone #262 is out!

Okay, it’s been out for a week or so. Shh. I’ve been busy.

This issue includes my review of Haikasoru’s Hanzai Japan, a collection I thoroughly enjoyed. It’s variable, as are many anthologies, but its breadth and variety elevate it.

TTA Press has the skinny on the issue’s contents and how to obtain a copy. These include a story set in Mercurio D. Rivera’s Wergen setting (a species of aliens as smitten with humanity as humanity is repulsed by them), Rahul Kanakia’s Empty Planets, which concerns itself with human agency and purpose in a universe managed by an artificial super-intelligence, Ian Sales’ human-focused hard SF Geologic, a love story spanning two worlds on a dying Earth by Carole Johnstone, a clockpunk tragedy by Philip A. Suggars (a description which undersells it, but it’s a tricky one to encapsulate), and my favourite of the issue, T. R. Napper’s A Strange Loop, a cynical tale focused on an ugly life in search of redemption in a setting more than a little reminiscent of We Can Remember It for You Wholesale or Total Recall.

As you’d expect from Interzone, it’s a varied and clever selection of stories. Obviously I think you should buy the magazine primarily to read my plucky little review, but you won’t be disappointed by anything else within, which includes Nick Lowe’s good-naturedly idiosyncratic and thoughtful film criticism, a smaller than usual slice of Tony Lee’s machinegun DVD reviews, David Langford’s Ansible Link, columns from Jonathan McCalmont and Nina Allan concerning Nigel Kneale’s relation to Britain’s confused atemporal identity and pressure on authors from the publishing industry respectively, an interview with Dave Hutchinson by Andy Hedgecock, and plenty of book reviews from sharp minds such as Jo L. Walton, Ian Hunter, Jack Deighton, John Howard, Ian Sales, Paul Graham Raven, Lawrence Osborn and Maureen Kincaid Speller. There’s also some great artwork, including a fantastic cover by Vincent Sammy.

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