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Interzone #201 - December 2006 by TTA Press
TTA Press zine  ISBN/ITEM#: 0264-3596
Date: December 2005 /

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Interzone - December 2005 - Issue 201 - ISSN 0264-3596

Table of Contents: Intermission: Cover Art - Leaving the Harbour by Fahrija Velic | Harsh Oases by Paul Di Filippo | Sheila by Lauren McLaughlin | After the Party (Part 1) by Richard Calder | Boy Twelve by Jessica Resiman | Wax by Elizabeth Bear | Interface: Editorial - Next Issue | Ansible Link by David Langford | Interlocutions: Mutant Popcorn by Nick Lowe | Magazines by David Mathew | Scores by John Clute | Book Reviews

The December 2005 issue of Interzone is a great one. One of the stories gets a great rating from me. "Harsh Oasis" by Paul Di Filippo is a tale set on an Earth of the future where 'splices' are individuals who have been created from combining the genes of humans and various animals. One who has educated himself and become a philosopher of sorts is Thomas Equinas. He is given the job by other splices to safeguard an egg who will be able to save them from extinction. He calls the egg "Swee'pea" and it is born and grows to adulthood in one year when it can fend for itself. In the process, we are taken on a tour of this future earth which is something that Di Filippo excels at.

The other stories get a very good rating from me. "Sheila" by Lauren McLaughlin tells of a future where AI's run things. One of them is called Sheila and has come to be worshipped by AI's and "meat" (humans). "Boy Twelve" by Jessica Resiman gives us a woman named Virtual Kana. Her and her partner, Darya, do various jobs from their ship on the planet Coreyal. Virtual's brother sends her a clone of an old lover of hers and thereby hangs our tale. The last story is a novelette "Wax" by Elizabeth Bear. This is set in an alternate universe and back in time. The setting is a New Amsterdam that is ruled by the British crown. Detective Crown Investigator Abigail Irene Garrett must find a murderer of a boy whose family has disappeared. The story involves vampires, witchcraft and political intrigue. We are promised another story in this setting and I will look forward to it. There is one other story in this issue, "After the Party" by Richard Calder but as this is Part 1 of a two-part story, I will wait until the second part is published to review it.

All in all this is a great issue, with the usual interesting media and review columns. I recommend it highly.

(Source: TTA Press)

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