Interzone #261 – Nov/Dec 2015
Edited by Andy Cox
Cover Artist: Sleepy Hollow by Martin Hanford
Review by Sam Tomaino
TTA Press Print ISBN/ITEM#: 0264-3596
Date: 28 November 2015
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The Nov/Dec 2015 issue of Interzone #261 has arrived and it's a good one to end the year.
The fiction begins with "Five Conversations with My Daughter (Who Travels in Time)" by Malcolm Devlin. -+- Our narrator has had an argument with his wife and is sleeping in the Chesterfield when his six-year-old daughter comes into the room to talk to him. But she is different. She tells him she is her adult self traveling through time for a reason she does not disclose. She does this a number of times over five years having an effect on the life of her parents until she finally tells him what she want him to do. Beautifully told.
"We Must Be Sims" by Rich Larson -+- Have convicts Jasper, Beatriz, and Mack really been sent on a experimental trip to Europa or is it all just a simulation? Decide for yourself. Pretty good.
"Heartsick" by Greg Kurzawa -+- Dr. Medhira pulls out Martin's heart because it's dead. It died seventeen years ago when his daughter died in a scuba-diving accident. Of course, he can still live, but he finds out he can't feel emotion, especially love for his wife. But he comes up with a way to fix that. Obviously a fantasy, but it works fine.
"Florida Miracles" by Julie C. Day -+- Esta has been living her life with someone she calls Mrs. Henry inside her. Her best friend is David whose mother took her own life. But Mrs. Henry, who is something called a Masker, has plans for Esta and David. What will Esta do? Interesting tale.
"Scienceville" by Gary Gibson -+- Joel Kincaid has been laying out the design of a utopian city called Scienceville that he had created in his mind. When he mentions this in an television interview, he is contacted by people who think that Scienceville is real. He meets one of them, a woman named Natalie Donaldson, and they become lovers. Then, he finds out that she really does believe in Scienceville and is in touch with others who think the same thing. A final confrontation results in a surprising conclusion. Great story.
The fiction concludes with "Laika" by Ken Altabef -+- Frank's great-uncle Dimitri, who is dying, used to work in the Soviet Union's space program, back when they made their first launch with a living creature. But, according to Uncle Dimitri, Laika did not die and is the little dog at his feet. Can Frank protect it? Not sure I agree with the end of this one, but a good story, nonetheless.