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Interzone – Issue 212 – Sep-Oct 2007 by Andy Cox
Edited by Andy Cox
Cover Artist: Osvaldo Gonzalez
Review by Sam Tomaino
TTA Press  ISBN/ITEM#: 0264-3596
Date: 26 October 2007

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The September/October 2007 issue of Interzone has edgy but good stories by Douglas Elliot Cohen, Gareth Lyn Powell, Beth Bernobich, Will McIntosh and Tom Akers. It also had the usual fine articles by David Langford, Nick Lowe, Tony Lee, John Clute and others.

I always enjoy the stories in Interzone and the September/October 2007 issue continues in that tradition. All the stories got a Very Good from me, even if I might question the ethics of the characters portrayed.

The fiction starts with an impressive debut by Douglas Elliot Cohen. "Feelings of the Flesh" seems to be set in a post-holocaust Earth where people live primitively and are menaced by mutants called the Aberrates who can steal your senses. The story starts like a sword and sorcery tale with a bounty hunter named Tarrik rescuing a young girl named Weyna from Tasters who steal that sense. She is the image of a dead lover who was killed by a powerful Aberrate named Oleitha. But the story takes an unexpected turn before the final battle. Next comes "Ack-Ack Macaque" by Gareth Lyn Powell. A man's former girlfriend created a web-based anime character who is a radioactive short-tailed monkey with the name "Ack-Ack Macaque". She leaves the man for another who can make money off this character but things don't go as planned.

Beth Bernobich's "A Handful of Pearls" starts out very innocuously with a man named Yan Dei part of a scientific expedition to an unusual island. But as the story goes on, we learn more and more about Yan and things take a very dark turn. I do not approve of the group of terrorists portrayed in "Jihad" by Will McIntosh but the author creates some interesting characters and situations to make this a good story. Last of all there is "The Algorithm" by Tim Akers. We are told that this is the fourth story set in the world of Veridon and the third to appear in Interzone. In this one, a young girl comes to the city and the followers of the Church of the Cog, a grand clockwork constantly maintained by Wrights and Elders. She has a disturbing message for them. How will they react?

Once again, Interzone shows itself to be the best science fiction magazine on the market.

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