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Interzone - Issue #232 - Jan/Feb 2011
Edited by Andy Cox
Cover Artist: Richard Wagner
Review by Sam Tomaino
TTA Press  ISBN/ITEM#: 0264-3596
Date: 25 January 2011

Links: Interzone / Pub Info / Table of Contents /

The Jan/Feb 2011 issue Interzone is here with stories by Douglas Lain, Michael R. Fletcher, Sarah L. Edwards, Sue Burke, and James Bloomer along with the usual articles and features.

The Jan/Feb 2011 issue of Interzone is another good one and well worth reading.

The issue begins with "Noam Chomsky and the Time Box" by Douglas Lain. The story begins in December of 2013 and is a series of articles for Crawdaddy Online by a writer named Jeff Morris. He has got hold of one of the newest gadgets called the Time Box 3.0 with which one can travel in time, but, supposedly, not change history. He tries going back to influence Noam Chomsky to organize to stop the invasion of Iraq. He keeps trying different things and, at one point, it's hard to figure out if there is some alternate history going on (a space shuttle disaster in 1984?) or if that's just a mistake. Whatever, the story just did not work for me.

In "Intellectual Property" by Michael R. Fletcher, Anomie Kapeci is a deep cover operative for the North Atlantic Trade Union, spying on a company called Pensiero in Bangladesh. The company has been buying children to use their brains for organic computer research. Her espionage involves having two personalities and the interplay between these two makes for a good story.

Sarah L. Edwards gives us a rich and beautiful fantasy in "By Plucking Her Petals". Monticello Dabney makes a living through alchemy by skimming "the beauty from beautiful things" and feeding it to those who had none. Usually, he takes the beauty from things, but when a woman comes to his shop and offers to sell him her beauty, things change for him.

Next up is "Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise" by Sue Burke. Brianna is a young American girl on a special exchange program in Madrid. Her hostess there is a woman named Letitia who has cancer and is only being a hostess so she can be treated. She and her friend, Paula, treat Brianna with hostility. But Brianna has an Invisible Friend, an artificial intelligence, that can help her and Letitia. This was another interesting, well-written story.

The issue concludes with "Flock, Shoal, Herd" by James Bloomer, which is the 2010 James White Award Winner, a competition for nonprofessional writers sponsored by Interzone and established to honor the great Irish writer and creator of the Sector General stories. In this story, Rocco, wants to be reunited with Elaine. But her personality no longer inhabits human form. He finds her but returning her to human form is complicated. I'd say more, but that would ruin the beauty and poignancy of this story. I hope to read more from Bloomer in the future...

Another great issue of Interzone. Buy it at your local bookstore or subscribe!.

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