Interzone #264 – May/Jun 2016
Edited by Andy Cox
Cover Artist: Vincent Sammy
Review by Sam Tomaino
TTA Press ISBN/ITEM#: 0264-3596
Date: 28 May 2016
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The May/Jun 2016 issue of Interzone, #264 has arrived and it's up to their usual quality.
The fiction begins with the novelette "Starlings by Tyler Keevil. -+- Earth has doomed itself as the result of an accident with a device meant to control the climate. Babies, conceived in the normal way, have been genetically altered in utero to be superior in mind and body and, sometime after their first birthday, sent on a trip outside of the solar system to a planet suitable for them to continue the human race. This is a long message sent by the mother of one of them, Colum, explaining things to him that will not be told to the others. It's a sad, bittersweet tale and the mother's character is brilliantly delineated.
"Breadcrumbs" by Malcolm Devlin -+- Ellie is left home when her parents and brother go out and, being a typical a teenage girl resents it. She always makes up fairy tales about her life and does so about this. But that night, something happens straight out of a fairy tale. All the floors below the fifteenth story of the high rise where she lives are covered with thorns. The neighbors start turning into animals, a squirrel, an owl, a rabbit, etc. But what happens to Ellie is really straight out of a fairy tale. Very good.
"Mars, Aphids, and Your Cheating Heart" by James Van Pelt -+- Jaydee Janac is investigating the wife of a man who thinks she is cheating on him. If this proves true, he will kill her and her lover. But a minor occurrence many miles away changes things for everyone. Well-written story takes as full use of an omniscient narrator as I've ever seen.
"Lifeboat" by Rich Larson. -+- A fleet of synthetic creatures have been systematically wiping out planets. Our narrator and his partner have been taking people who can pay on their ship and getting very rich doing it. But when our narrator meet a woman carrying something very special, things change. Well done
The fiction concludes with "The Tower Princess" by Gwendolyn Kiste. -+- Mary, our narrator, is a plain teenager not having a good time with her life. She befriends a special girl in her class, a princess in a tower. There is no explanation but certain girls have been surrounded by a metallic tower with just one slit near the mouth. The author does lay it on a little thick with the persecution of this girl way too far, but it's a pretty good story.