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Interzone - October 2005 Issue #200
TTA Press Zine  ISBN/ITEM#: 0264-3596
Date: October 2005 /

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Interzone Issue #200 - October 2005
Table of Contents: Intermission (Fiction): Strings by David Mace; Soft Apocalypse by Will McIntosh; Guadalupe and Hiernymous Bosch by Rudy Rucker; Saving Mars by Jason Stoddard; Third Day Lights by Alaya Dawn Johnson; Imagine by Edward Morris | Interface: Editorial & Next Issue; Reader's Poll; Ansible Link (David Langford's SF News) | Interlocutions: Mutant Popcorn (Nick Lowe on Films); Philip K. Dick (Andrew Hedgecock on new PKD biography, and related issues); Scores (John Clute on Books); Book Reviews

The latest issue of Interxone is #200 and that's quite a milestone. It has changed quite a bit from those first issues but the magazine is still a place where a very different kind of science fiction story can be found. The cover story in this issue is "Saving Mars" by Jason Stoddard, a novella and sequel to "Winning Mars" in issue #196. You don't have to have read the original story to appreciate this one. It alternates between several different people, all who want Mars to be able to thrive as an independent entity from a repressive government on Earth. Evan McMaster has the most active role allying himself with powerful businesses. His wife having died, Jason Fraser is just trying to make a better life for his daughter, Kaila. Jere Guttierez is trying to save his ailing father Ron. All make for a very good story.

Of the remaining stories, there is one that I thought excellent, "Soft Apocalypse" by Will McIntosh. Jasper lives in a near future where bio-terror, gas attacks and various incidents have become commonplace. After a bad breakup with his girlfriend, Dierdre, he tries a 'speed-dating' service. How he finds some measure of happiness will surprise you.

The other stories are all worth reading. In "Strings" by David Mace, an artificial man called Pinoke shows more humanity than the 'real boys.' "Guadalupe and Hiernymous Bosch" by Rudy Rucker is exactly the kind of wild ride that you expect from Rucker. Bosch is a character in the story & Guadalupe is a woman who becomes his lover. "Third Day Lights" by Alaya Dawn Johnson involves dimensional travel and the afterlife in a tale with very unusual characters. "Imagine" by Edward Morris is an alternate history tale in which Ronald Reagan had been assassinated by John Lennon on December 11, 1980. The only problem with this story is that the surrounding events are a bit implausible and may be the result of the author's ignorance of the American political system.

The magazine is filled out by various articles from a British perspective, all very interesting. Again. I recommend that you subscribe if you like something beyond traditional science fiction.

(Source: TTA Press)

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