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Interzone - Issue #235 - July/Aug 2011
Edited by Andy Cox
Cover Artist: Richard Wagner
Review by Sam Tomaino
TTA Press  ISBN/ITEM#: 0264-3596
Date: 28 August 2011

Links: Interzone / Pub Info / Table of Contents /

The July/Aug 2011 issue of Interzone, #235 is, with stories by Matthew Cook , Mercurio D. Rivera, Jon Wallace, Gareth L. Powell, and Al Robertson, along with the usual articles and features.

The July/Aug 2011 issue of Interzone has more of its always great stories.

The fiction begins with "Insha'Allah" by Matthew Coo. Religious Muslims settled on a desert planet. They were invaded by a race called the E'k. Defending them are ships of the Concordance, who are not Muslim. Shaomi worked as a nurse in the city until mullahs decided that was not suitable for a woman. Now, she lives in the country where she does the ritual preparation of dead women's bodies. When an infidel woman pilot is brought in badly wounded, she must hide her treatment of her from the local fundamentalist thugs. This was an interesting look at times not much different from our own.

"For Love's Delirium Haunts the Fractured Mind" by Mercurio D. Rivera is another story told in Rivera's Wergen universe, two of which have previously been published in Interzone. The Wergen are an intelligent race that react to human body chemistry by being utterly devoted to them. This has caused them to offer themselves as slaves to the humans, who treat them with contempt. Joriander is devoted to Lady Madeline and Master Alex until his brother gives him a drug to counteract the human pheromones. The story of his change and its aftermath are told beautifully by Rivera.

"The Walrus and the Icebreaker" by Jon Wallace take place in a future in which the search for energy resources ahs become all out war. Our narrator has been developing a new weapon in that war, a somewhat intelligent walrus-like creature he calls Jorgen. He is training Jorgen to carry a torpedo to blow up enemy ships and himself. This has not been easy and things get even more desperate as the story develops. All in all, this was a grim but well-told tale of a possible future.

In "Eleven Minutes" by Gareth L. Powell, Gary and Carl are controlling a remote Mars rover from Earth. Gary is contemptuous of Carl's interest in a "popular science periodical" called Amazing Alternate Worlds because it posits the existence of an infinite number of alternate realities. Then they notice something strange in one of the pictures coming from the rover - a foot. This one was brief but entertaining with a great ending.

The fiction concludes with "Of Dawn" by Al Robertson. Sarah mourns the death of her brother, Peter, a soldier in the Middle East. She becomes interested in his poetry, a book of which had been published. A violinist, she is also interested in the music of Michael Kingfisher, an early twentieth century composer. Her brother had been inspired by Kingfisher and she begins to investigate his lost music. The story makes Kingfisher so real that one is tempted to Google his name and find out more about them. This becomes a classic quest story with an absolutely beautiful finish.

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