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Interzone - Issue #229 - Jul/Aug 2010
Edited by Andy Cox
Cover Artist: Warwick Fraser-Coombe
Review by Sam Tomaino
TTA Press  ISBN/ITEM#: 0264-3596
Date: 28 July 2010

Links: Interzone / Pub Info / Table of Contents /

The Jul/Aug 2010 issue Interzone is here with stories by Paul Evanby, Antony Mann, Toby Lift, Rochita Loenen-Ruiz, and Jim Hawkins, along with the usual articles.

The Jul/Aug 2010 issue of Interzone has arrived and, once more, shows what a unique magazine it is.

The issue begins with "Mannikin" by Paul Evanby. The story starts in 1776 on the island of Statia in the Dutch West Indies. Statia is a true free port that trades with everybody. They are doing well supplying arms to the rebels in North America. There is also something else going on. Kilian Caduceusz is creating test tube men he calls mannikins. This all sets up a nice little historical story about the morality and the implications of this process.

In "Candy Moments" by Antony Mann, people have been going to a place called the Hub Station to wipeout unpleasant memories. When they go through this process, they also get a voucher for a half dozen Hub Candy bars. Paul Becker is haunted by the memory of his wife killed in a car crash. He meets Molly Briar whose sister has become a blank slate from repeated visits to the Hub. This one was a nice little chiller.

Toby Lift's "The Melancholy" is a short piece about the loss of a mining robot named Hector on Europa. Hector was ridden by a piece of software called Application 13-13. Called Lucky, this software for more than 50 years and always had performed flawlessly. The software is beamed from Earth to an application point and back with all her information and memories intact. On Earth, she has a permanent home in a piece of hardware called a Tank. Our narrator really feels he has got to know her over the years. His speculation about what happened to her and why makes for a very good tale.

In the biographical information to "Alternate Girl's Expatriate Life", we are told that its author, Rochita Loenen-Ruiz, is a native Filipina living and working in the Netherlands. Her appreciation of the expatriate life makes for a very real story. It tells us about Alternate Girl, an expatriate living in a foreign land. The difference is her home is a place called Metal Town, run by someone called the Mechanic. Alternate Girl is a robot but she is not pleased with her life or what her future might be. Again, Interzone provides us with something very different and a very real and believable character.

The issue concludes with "Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Matter" by Jim Hawkins. Here we have future warriors, Mike Alexander, Thomasz Kovak and Cherry Rogers who also double as musicians as they go from world to world putting down rebellions against the authority of Earth. Hawkins creates some good characters here that we come to like.

Interzone is a magazine that you should all subscribe to.

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