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Interzone #204 by Andy Cox (Editor)
TTA Press Zine  ISBN/ITEM#: 0264-3596
Date: June 2006 /

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Interzone #204 – June 2006
Table of Contents: Fiction: Longing for Langalana by Mercurio D. Rivera * The Song by Tim Akers * Palestina by Martin J. Gidron * The Rising Tide by C.A.L. * Summer's End by Jamie Barras * A Short History of the Dream Library by Elizabeth Hopkinson Interviews: John Picacio Interviewed by Steve Badrich * Mike Carey Interviewed by Stephanie Burgis * Toby Longworth Interviewed by Sandy Auden Non-fiction: Interface: Editorial: Not Quite Live From Eastercon * Ansible Link: Science Fiction News by David Langford * Mutant Popcorn: Films by Nick Lowe * Scores: Book Reviews by John Clute * Book Zone * Audio Zone: Space 1889

The latest issue of Interzone is as great as ever. One story got an Excellent from me and the rest I rated Very Good.

The best story is the first one "Longing for Langalana" by Mercurio D. Rivera. In it, we meet Shimera, a female member of the race known as the Wergen. When she was young the Wergen and the people of Earth had started a colonization project of the planet Langalana. The young Shimera falls in love with a Earth boy named Phineas. There is something about humans that makes the Wergen find them incredibly beautiful. The story about Shimera's doomed love is sad and touching.

The rest of the stories are all well worth reading, too. "The Song" by Tim Akers is the story of a man named Jacksom Tell who has heard "The Song" in his head all his life. He has become a great musician to try to duplicate it but has failed so far. He must now take desperate measures to achieve his goal. "Palestina" by Martin J. Gidron is an alternate history tale about a different fate for the Jews after World War II. There is no state of Israel and a new Diaspora is taking place. How this happened makes for a nice little story.

In "The Rising Tide" by C.A.L (all the name we are given), we see a future society in which a man named Rayleigh Marsonnet is hated by many people. The ruling society plans to isolate troublesome planets but things go awry. Marsonnet tries to play things both ways. "Summers End" by Jamie Barras is a brief tale in which aliens, called only "Hijackers", took over people's minds, moved them about and made vast changes to the planet. They are gone now, but what if they return? Finally, we have the winner of the James White Award, a short story called "A Brief History of the Dream Library" by Elizabeth Hopkinson. It's a wild story about a world where dreams could be recorded and borrowed by other people. This causes problems of a very familiar kind.

Once again, I recommend subscribing to this fine magazine. Check out their website.

(Source: TTA Press)

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