Interzone #263 – Mar/Apr 2016
Edited by Andy Cox
Cover Artist: Vincent Sammy
Review by Sam Tomaino
TTA Press ISBN/ITEM#: 0264-3596
Date: 29 March 2016
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The fiction begins with "The Confessions of Blue Mercury Addicts, by Anna Spencer" by Alexander Marsh Freed. This is a series of interviews and articles on a drug called Blue Mercury which speeds people up so they can live for hours in minutes. That's not a good thing.
"Spine" by Christopher Fowler - Cody Astin is a marine biologist who finds the body of a man who has died mysteriously form what looks like multiple jellyfish stings. He and a friend and colleague investigate as things get worse. Nice build up of the horror behind everything. Just the sort of good story I'd expect from Fowler.
"Not Recommended for Guests of a Philosophically Uncertain Disposition" by Michelle Ann King - Jem and Damita work at a placed called the Fracture: "the last exit before the end of Euclidean Space." Jem seems to know the score better then Damita who would like to leave but finds that difficult. Delightfully strange.
"Motherboard" by Jeffrey Thomas - Leep is an autistic young man whom is mother blames for the death of his sister. He goes to work soldering printed circuit boards but imagines himself in another place he calls Motherboard. He takes the only way out. Nicely done.
"Lotto" by Rich Larson - William, along with other people. waits at a camp for transport to a colony planet. While waiting, he gets along, trying to get women in his bed. He meets someone called Yan who becomes a friend and changes his viewpoint, but only a little. Good story.
The fiction concludes with "Andromeda of the Skies" by E. Catherine Tobler. Seven-year-old Alice falls through the thin ice on a lake and is transported to another place, but still aware of her home where she is assumed dead. This one goes a little long.