Interzone – Issue 211 – July-Aug 2007
by Andy Cox
Edited by Andy Cox
Cover Artist: Richard Marchand
Review by Sam Tomaino
TTA Press ISBN/ITEM#: 0264-3596
Date: 27 August 2007
Links: Magazine Website / Pub Info / Table of Contents /
The Jul-Aug 2007 issue of Interzone is another great one, continuing its 25th anniversary celebration. I found one story Excellent and the rest Very Good.
The Excellent story is "Knowledge" by Grace Dugan. Janine, a young college student starts seeing numbers appear over people's heads one day. They vary but many are over 20000 and all are taken to three decimal places. As she watches people, she sees the numbers reduce by one-thousandth. She times this to happen every 86 seconds. She wonders what happens when someone's number becomes zero. She soon finds out that they die. This causes her to change the way she lives in a wonderful story.
The other stories are well worth reading. Hernandez's "Exvisible" is the tale of a man coming to terms with the father who abandoned him as a child. Dad is back now and dying and asks the man to pay for a process by which he will be "reduced", his mind transferred to a hard drive. The man agrees and starts a process of finally getting to know his father. Aliette de Bodard's "Deer Flight" is a beautiful story of Lesper who has been waiting for the return of his wife. She was a deer woman who returned to her people. But he finds a young deer woman named Naraya who tells him of the death of his wife by the hunters of Lord Wustan. He now must find justice for the murder of his wife, but things are not that simple. Ahmed Khan actually gives us a complete story in one page with "Elevator Episodes in Seven Genres". Weaving through science fiction, fantasy, humor, mystery, mysticism and spirituality, horror, sex/romance and mainstream, we hear about Daniella, science teacher and divorcee who takes a space elevator to the moon.
The issue has an extended section on Michael Moorcock. This includes an interview, a section of a book about Mervyn Peake, the first few pages of a new novel and a short story set in Moorcock's Multiverse. The story, "The Affair of the Bassin les Hivers" involves the body of a young woman found in what used to be a notorious section of Paris. The problem is that, while she was found in 2006, she was murdered in the early 1800's. Commissaire Lapointe of the Surete du Temps Perdu investigates and a number of Moorcock's classic characters appear in a delightful story.