Interzone #268 –Jan/Feb 2017
Edited by Andy Cox
Cover Artist: Dave Senecal
Review by Sam Tomaino
TTA Press Magazine / eMagazine ISBN/ITEM#: 0264-3596
Date: 28 January 2017
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The Jan/Feb 2017 issue of Interzone #267 has arrived and it's a good start to the new year.
The fiction begins with "Everyone Gets a Happy Ending" by Julie C. Day. -+- In a near-future in which women get pregnant with a litter of rabbits instead of babies, Kendra helps her friend Stephanie travel from Ohio to Arizona where a nun named Sister Francis runs a home where the birth can take place. Kendra comes to look at the rabbits in a different way than Stephanie and that provides the ending to this very unusual well-told tale.
"The Noise & the Silence" by Christien Gholson -+- In a dystopian future, our narrator is an old man trying to eke out a living that corporations with names like Love Life and Better World allow him to have. He, and everyone else, must live with "encouraging" advice being shouted at them constantly by the Wall: an obtrusive presence in everyone's homes. He has been in jail because of his involvement with the Silence, a group which tried to combat such a society with just standing there saying nothing. We also get a look at a woman at that time who is part of the Silence. What can he do now? Well-drawn, imaginative dystopia with a glimmer of hope.
"The Transmuted Child" by Michael Reid -+- Dao Nghiem is a Buddhist nun escorting a little girl named Esmonde to the home planet of the Erkess. The Erkess had come to Earth promising many great things for humanity, but they had ulterior reasons for their actions. One benefit was implants which would make children geniuses. But instead it has made them killers. She must find a way to get the Erkess to realize the harm they have done. An interesting look into a Buddhist worldview.
"Weavers in the Cellar" by Mel Kassel -+- Our narrator is one of a number of her sisters enslaved to do weaving for the Queen. But these are not humans and the reason for their enslavement makes this a fascinating tale.
"Freedom of Navigation" by Val Nolan -+- Our narrator is part of a strike force called centaurs that are wired into drones which they control do destroy things. But, due to bad intelligence about the enemy, things go wrong and two of his three drones think he's a traitor and want to destroy him. What does he do? Good story about future war.
The fiction concludes with "The Rhyme of Grievance" by T.R. Napper. -+- Khamla is a young woman of Laotian descent in a future society dominated by a fascistic China. She is on a mission that involves the first Artificial Intelligence, a lifelike android named Liang. But the mission turns out to be very difficult. Chilling future dystopia.