Interzone – Issue 215 – April 2008
Edited by Andy Cox
Cover Artist: Darren Winter
Review by Sam Tomaino
TTA Press ISBN/ITEM#: 0264-3596
Date: 24 April 2008
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"The Endling" by Jamie Barras is set in a far future. Taylor Wright is a human reconstructed by an alien race called the Melzemi. Why? To deal with what seems to be another human destroying worlds. But what is really happening is much more complex than that in a fascinating story of aliens and humans.
Patrick Samphire's "Dragonfly Summer" is the story of four former friends, Paul, Sophie, Howie and Trish, who gather for the first time in 20 years. Howie and Sophie are haunted by dreams of the past and a mysterious windmill that seems to have never existed. The answer to the mystery of the dreams and the current lives of the four is revealed as the story progresses.
Greg Egan has two novelettes nominated for a Hugo this year and he gives us another fine one here in "Crystal Nights." Daniel wants to create artificial intelligence and has a powerful crystal which has a vast amount of memory. He and his chief engineer create a virtual world called Sapphire with beings called Phites and manipulate them with the savage use of evolutionary methods. As might be expected, things get a bit out of hand.
This seems to be the month for stories by Joy Marchand and this is one of three I review this month. "Holding Pattern" is set on a plane circling an airport because its landing gear is damaged. Nan is a stewardess; as her conversation with a strange passenger shows, this is not the first time this has happened.
Will McIntosh's "Street Hero" takes place in a future world ruined by plagues and other disasters. A young man named Kilo Orange is dissatisfied by his lot and wants to make a positive difference. Dire events help him find his calling. The issue concludes with another unique story from Rudy Rucker, "The Imitation Game." This one is set in Manchester, England, on June 7, 1954. The brilliant mathematician and cryptographer Alan Turing is waiting to meet his Greek lover. After a night of lovemaking, a disaster happens and Turing goes to great lengths to fool the historical record.
Once more, I highly recommend Interzone as a magazine you should be getting. Check out how at TTA Press.