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Interzone #225, December 2009

Interzone #225, December 2009
Interzone
Interzone, Britain's leading science-fiction and fantasy magazine, founded in 1982, has now reached 200 issues. Short-listed for the Hugo Award many years running, and a Hugo winner in 1995, it has a high reputation around the world.

Interzone has published short stories by many of the big names of the field, from Brian Aldiss and J.G. Ballard to Ian Watson and Gene Wolfe, but its particular strength has been in the nurturing of newer writers.

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One of the most popular magazines for mainstream fantasy and science fiction Interzone also has a great deal of extra filler information in the form of film reviews, book reviews, comical anecdotes and a two page history of movies.

The reader will be faced with Dave Langford's Ansible Link mentioning various snippets on the world of writing, publishing and the lives of writers in general. His brand of light humour is just enough to ease the reader into the magazine at the start. He discusses the finer points of gossip before getting into the seriousness of the stories and reviews. Dave's Ansible, originally being a one sheet fluorescent coloured newsletter that was mailed out to subscribers before he started his column here, will bring back fond memories for those who worked with him and also read it with appreciation. Notable aspects of this article are Conspiracy Corner, Publishers and Sinners, and wholly famous Thog's Masterclass -- this emphasises the funny as well as the peculiar sentences plucked from popular novels today. Be prepared for a stiff tickling of the funny bone.

Lazer Fodder is a study of all things Japanese by Tony Lee, editor of Pigasus Press. Ghost in the Shell and Big Man Japan, and the latest crazy sensation to hit our shores. Kitaro get the review treatment, going deep into the meaning of each movie and its effect on the viewers who enjoy being different. While most like their science fiction more traditional or modern, anime and Japanese cinema provide an alternative view of SF in its many forms from robots to mutated humans which make their movies so recognisable, the slapstick comedy, and over-the-top way they show their emotions in scenes is hilarious.

On a more serious note, Book Zone is where reviewers tell of the latest novels in science fiction and fantasy today.

Cover artist Adam Tredowski does a more than decent job of making the magazine a major selling point with his astonishing sepia toned piece showing a huge space craft that nearly obscures two standing figures, almost dwarfing them instantly due to its sheer size. Adam has an interview online about his inspirations in the art world and his influences at ttapress.com/interzone.

On a more serious note, Book Zone is where reviewers tell of the latest novels in science fiction and fantasy, where Mike Cobley, Peter Loftus and Maureen Kincaid-Speller reduce 200-plus page novels to two column paragraphs when they review the novels to hit the bookshelves. One that is the topic of interest is The Year's Best Science Fiction collection edited by Gardener Dozois that comes under scrutiny and acclaim as it is perfect for those who like their fiction in bite-size pieces between work breaks. It is mentioned how broad a genre science fiction is due to the certain well-known writers becoming popular with their own brand of fiction, and how some might discover that it is science fiction for the masses.

For those who are not interested in the reviews there are the stories, and vice versa, so everyone is catered to in this particular magazine.

Copyright © 2010 Sandra Scholes

Sandra writes for Active Anime, The Chronicle magazine, and FantasyBookReview and might at some point finish writing that fairy story she started a year ago.


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