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Interzone #202
TTA Press Zine  ISBN/ITEM#: 0264-3596
Date: February 2006 /

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Table of Contents: Reader's Poll * Ansible Link - David Langford's Regular Round Up of SF News & Gossip * Terry Pratchett: Snipe Hunting for Stewed Tomatoes - Interviewer: Michael Lohr * Gerry Anderson & Richard Morris: The Return of Captain Scarlett - Interviewer: Sandy Auden * Intermission (Fiction) Sundowner Sheila by F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre * The Microbe Conservation Project by Carlos Hernandez * The Unsolvable Deathtrap by Jack Mangan * After the Party (Part 2) by Richard Calder * The Last Reef by Gareth Lyn Powell * Mutant Popcorn - Nick Lowe's Regular Review of SF Films * Gamezone - Alan Fraser's Regular Review of Games * Mangazone - Sarah Ash's Regular Review of Manga / Scores - John Clute's Regular Book Review Column * Book Reviews * Coming Soon

Interzone is the best looking science fiction magazine out there and the stories match the attractiveness of the magazine. Issue #202 continues the great tradition of "Britain's Longest Running Science Fiction Magazine."

The lead story, "Sundowner Sheila" by F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre is the story from this issue that gets a rating of Great from me. I have been reading Froggy MacIntyre's stories since he was first published in Asimov's more than 20 years ago and this is the best one in years. It's set on the second planet in the Delta Pavonis star system, a mostly inhospitable one. The story take place in a part of the planet at which it is always noon and sundown never comes. The area is worked by two compozzies, artificially made men who have memories of many men who originally lived in Australia. The story is told through the eyes of Blodger, the brawn half of the team. His supervisor is Dicko who is the brain half although he's no rocket scientist. Into this company comes Sundowner Sheila a woman with talents of her own. It's a great story and the Aussie-like language used gives it a unique flavor. The story is so good that it alone is worth the price of the magazine. I will be considering it for a Hugo nomination next year.

The other stories got a Very Good from me and only add to the worth of this issue. "The Macrobe Conservation Project" by Carlos Hernandez is a dark little tale that starts out light as the adventures of a young boy on a space station. Things take a very different turn, however. "The Unsolvable Deathtrap" by Jack Mangan is a darkly amusing tale of a cabbie who always thinks the worst will happen. Eventually, he turns out to be right. "The Last Reef" by Gareth Lyn Powell is a stirring tale of a man sent to do a dirty job and how he deals with a very bad situation. The only remaining story is "After the Party" by Richard Calder but as this is Part Two of a three-part story, I will once again postpone reading and reviewing the story until the next issue when I can read the whole tale at once.

Once again, Interzone is well worth getting. Subscribe! Check out their website.

(Source: TTA Press)

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