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Interzone #203 - April 2006 by TTA Press
TTA Press Zine  ISBN/ITEM#: 0264-3596
Date: April 2006 /

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Interzone #203 - April 2006
Table of Contents: Fiction: The Furthest Schorr: 32 Fugues on the Paintings of Todd Schorr by Paul Di Filippo * Among the Living by Karen D. Fishler * After the Party (part 3 of 3) by Richard Calder * Ten With A Flag by Joseph Paul Haines * The American Dead by Jay Lake * Wane by Elizabeth Bear Interviews: Where the Wild Girls Are: K.J. Bishop interviewed by Richard Calder * The Voyage of Sable Keech: Neal Asher interviewed by Sandy Auden Non-fiction: Ansible Link by David Langford * Mutant Popcorn by Nick Lowe * Scores by John Clute * Book Reviews * Mangazone by Sarah Ash * Coming Soon: Neal Asher: The Voyage of the Sable Keech – Interviewer Sandy Auden

I always love it when an issue of Interzone comes in the mail. It's certainly the best looking science fiction magazine out there and, more importantly, the stories are of very high quality, too.

This issue has the last part of a three-part novella, "After the Party" by Richard Calder and I was very happy to finally have the completed story to read. This is a very erotic story set on a world named Babylon which has developed a religion and culture based on prostitution. A young woman of this world, named Cat, meets an intense man who is part of a cult opposed to hers. How they change each other makes for a rich tale that I will remember for a long time.

In "Among the Living" by Karen D. Fishler, an old man named Dake willingly leaves his wife and dog to become a soldier in a long-standing war. This is not easy for him and he is haunted by those he left behind. Another story I rated Very Good was "Ten With a Flag" by Joseph Paul Haines. In this future, unborn babies are rated for their future potential as are all who are alive. A young couple who are sixes is told their unborn son is a 10 but that something has caused a 'flag' to be assigned to him that gives them the option to terminate the pregnancy. How this plays out makes for a chilling tale. I also enjoyed "The Furthest Schorr: 32 Fugues Based on the Paintings of Todd Schorr" by Paul Di Filippo. This is 32 very short stories inspired by the paintings of Todd Schorr and are a lot of fun to read. Elizabeth Bear's "Wane" is an interesting detective tale set in an alternate America and featuring Detective Crown Investigator Abigail Irene Garrett who must solve the murder of the Lord Mayor's wife and avoid a political scandal. If I have one criticism, it's that the end was a little predictable.

The only disappointment was "The American Dead" by Jay Lake. It's a very slight, predictable story with not enough detail to really come together. Still, this does not mar the overall quality of the magazine which I heartily recommend you subscribe to! Check out their website.

(Source: TTA Press)

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