Interzone Issue #199 - July/August 2005
by TTA Press
TTA Press Zine ISBN/ITEM#: 0264-3569
Date: July/Aug 2005 /
Interzone Issue #199 - July /August 2005 - ISSN 0264-3596
Interzone is going through some changes, with the cover of the July August issue and the total design of the magazine distinctly different. Still, the stories are good, although there have been better issues.
The only story I would rate as exceptional is the first one, "The House of the Beata Virgo" by Steven Mohan, Jr. Mohan gives us a near future, in which it has become possible to change a person's DNA to exactly match someone else's. As you can imagine, this causes a lot of problems. The viewpoint character here is a woman who has had herself changed into Madonna (that is the former Louise Veronica Ciccone). She has just joined a house of prostitution filled with different versions of Madonna (you can imagine that would be a sizable number). But there is more to her than meets the eye (or anything else). Mohan comes up with a new idea & writes a good story about it. That's what science fiction is all about.
There are two stories that I would rate as very good. "Sunset" by Jay Caselberg is a chilling tale about colonists on a planet Benefis. Planetary conditions have made undesirable changes to the children that are born there. How they deal with it is both logical and nasty. "This, My Body" by Jeremiah Tolbert is a tale about a distinctly different religion in which one eats meals that are served on a priest's body and then you make love. There is a high ick factor here but it is an interesting story.
The other two stories are a little less interesting. "Garp and Geronamid" by Neal Asher is a wild tale about trying to bring a planet that is incredibly corrupt into civilization. A lot does happen here but somehow it failed to hold my interest. "Bird Songs at Eventide" by Nina Allan is a nice but slight tale about colonists observing a dragon like species on a new planet. Unfortunately, the tale goes nowhere.
Interzone also has other interesting features and reviews and is well worth the price if you want something different than normal fare.
(Source: TTA Press)