Interzone – Issue 213 – Dec 2007
by Andy Cox (Editor)
Edited by Andy Cox
Cover Artist: Kenn Brown
Review by Sam Tomaino
TTA Press ISBN/ITEM#: 0264-3596
Date: 20 December 2007
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Interzone for December 2007 is another fine issue. It features stories by Chris Roberson, Benjamin Rosenbaum, John Phillip Olsen, Jason Stoddard, Steve Bein and Aliette de Bodard, all of which got a Very Good from me.
The issue begins with "Metal Dragon Year" by Chris Roberson. This is set in Roberson's Celestial Empire series. This is an empire centered in a China which is predominantly Muslim. Its chief rivals are the Mexic Dominion. Yusuf Ounaminou, a native of Tangier, heads the Empire's space program but has been running into problems including disastrous sabotage. Will he be successful? Benjamin Rosenbaum's "Molly and the Red Hat" is quite a different story. Molly is a five-year old girl who loves her red hat. She likes it even though her mother has bought her a nice new blue hat. But neither Molly nor the red hat is what they seem. Rosenbaum gives us a fine fantasy here. "The Men in the Attic" by John Phillip Olsen is meant to remind one of The Diary of Anne Frank but the men here are not in an actual attic. These men's personalities have been transferred into the brain of a man named Kyle and live in a place that looks like an attic. Kyle can visit them there. But things are getting more dangerous and spies are everywhere. What will happen to Kyle and his family?
Jason Stoddard shows us a future in "The Best of Your Life" in which one can live in a totally planned community. Frank has earned the right to choose this, but he soon finds that this doesn't live up to his expectations. Then, more problems ensue. Steve Bein's "Odin's Spear" is the story of two dedicated mountaineers, climbing the ultimate mountain on Jupiter's moon, Callisto. They have specialized equipment but things are still difficult and one of them has a secret. Last of all, Aliette de Bodard contributes "The Lost Xuyan Bride". Set in a near future, in which North America is fragmented and part of the continent is ruled by a China-like country named Xuya, this features a private detective named Brooks. He is hired to find a missing young girl. He story takes us on a tour of a very different society while he investigates her disappearance.
Once again, Interzone shows why it is the best magazine on the market.