Interzone #267 - Nov/Dec 2016
Edited by Andy Cox
Cover Artist: Vincent Sammy
Review by Sam Tomaino
TTA Press Magazine ISBN/ITEM#: 0264-3596
Date: 30 December 2016
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The Nov/Dec 2016 issue of Interzone, #267 has arrived and it's a very good issue.
The fiction begins with "Alts" by Harmony Neal. -+- Cat is an alt, someone who has had a procedure altering her body so that she has the qualities of an animal. She is forced to go to a support group of alts so that she will be better adjusted. We see other alts and their experiences in this very imaginative story.
"Dogfights in Olympus and Other Absences" by Ryan Row -+- Diego likes being a fighter pilot over the skies of a plant called Olympus. It's a planet that's been fought over for a long time with pilots from different countries and private companies. Diego is an ace with many kills but he has not been a part of his daughter Ariel's life. Finally, after many years away, he goes on leave to check up on her. Good ending to another well-written story.
"The Hunger of Auntie Tiger" by Sarah Brooks -+- Our narrator and her brother are alone in a ruined city except for the occasional visit by an old woman they call Nainai (grandmother). They play a game in which they are pursued by a beast they call Auntie Tiger. But the city has real dangers. Nicely done.
"You Make Pattaya" by Rich Larson -+- In a near-future Thailand, Dorian is in the city of Pattaya when he sees the opportunity to blackmail a rich British CEO named Alexis Callow, using a prostitute he knows. He thinks he's pretty clever just giving her a small percentage of the take. I won't spoil how things turn out but this was one great story with a convincing locale.
"Rock, Paper, Incisors" by David Cleden is the James White Award Winner. -+- Our narrator has been undergoing a process that transforms her into a creature that will fight another like her. Whoever wins will get hunting rights for his or her tribe. The first battle ends in a draw and they are reshaped to fight again. Then, things change for the both of them. An impressive debut for this writer and a worthy winner of the award.
The fiction concludes with "My Generations Shall Praise" by Samantha Henderson. -+- Our narrator is on death row but gets an offer to benefit her daughter and granddaughter with comfortable lives. It's from a rich woman who is actually her cousin. She has pancreatic cancer. The rich woman wants to use a procedure that will give her our narrator's body and thirty more years of life. But what else does she have in mind? Very well done with our narrator a very well-drawn character.