Interzone Issue #197 ? March/April 2005
Publisher ? TTA Press, 5 Martins Lane, Witchcam, Ely, Cambs CB6 2LB, UK ? www.ttapress.com zine ISBN/ITEM#: 0504-05INT
Date: March 2005 /
Interzone continues its tradition of truly unusual science fiction with its March/April 2005 issue. The best story in the issue is ?Threshold of Perception? by Scott MacKay. Set in 1910-1911 France, we are introduced to a French astronomer named Georges Marcotte who is skeptical about Percival Lowell?s claim of canals on Mars. He just can?t see them. When Lowell predicts that Halley?s Comet will strike the Earth, things get really interesting. This is not really a historical piece but an alternate one,
Also, in this issue, ?Dee-Dee and the Dumpy Dancers? by Ian Watson & Mile Allen is a whimsical piece about unemployed women in North Carolina who find a way to lift everyone?s spirits. With help from some aliens who look like turkeys, they succeed beyond their wildest dreams. ?A World of His Own? by Christopher East is another story about an very unusual product. It is a Puddy-Buddy, which is a small, intelligent humanoid doll that can be programmed to do anything. When its owner downloads a mild autonomy module for it, things get seriously out of hand. ?Kivam? by David Hoing is a tale about how a member of one race deals with the revolt of another race which her race abused. We are told that it is part of a novel that the author is working on and I?d certainly like to see it. Lastly, ?The Kansas Jayhawk Vs the Midwestern Monster Squad? by Jeremiah Tolber takes place some 30 years in our future where genetically engineered giant monsters provide entertainment.
Interzone is certainly a magazine worth sending money all the way to England for.
(Source: Publisher ? TTA Press, 5 Martins Lane, Witchcam, Ely, Cambs CB6 2LB, UK ? www.ttapress.com)