Saturday, September 11, 2010

Introducing... Interzone



"Interzone magazine, which is now in its 28th year, has launched the careers of a great many SF and Fantasy writers. It is often shortlisted for awards and has won the Hugo and British Fantasy Awards. Interzone includes many features including interviews, news, and reviews. The magazine is currently published every other month and continues to publish some of the world's finest writers and most talented newcomers. Amongst those to have graced its pages are Brian Aldiss, Sarah Ash, Michael Moorcock, Bruce Sterling, William Gibson, M. John Harrison, Stephen Baxter, Iain M. Banks, J.G. Ballard, Kim Newman, Alastair Reynolds, Harlan Ellison, Greg Egan, Gwyneth Jones, Jonathan Lethem, Geoff Ryman, Rachel Pollack, Charles Stross, Jon Courtenay Grimwood, John Brunner, Paul McAuley, Ian R. MacLeod, Christopher Priest..." (from Fictionwise)

A few weeks ago, on a trip to a nearby town (one that has bookstores), I found not one, but two issues of a magazine called Interzone.

This was a remarkable find, actually. Why, you may ask..?

First of all, Interzone is UK magazine and this bookstore is in a small town in the middle of East Texas. I was rather surprised it was there and almost passed it by. If it wasn't for the second reason...

There were TWO consecutive issues! Take into account that the magazine is also bi-monthly and you have a near miracle that I dare not pass up.

The covers had already grabbed me and the $7.50 price-tag was not so bad considering most other mags are around $9.99.

So I snatched them up.

I really don't know what the deal is with me and British sci-fi. I can't quite put my finger on it but it is decidedly different. Not by much but just enough to be noticeable.

I had a talk with my co-worker about this the other day- our perceived differences between US and UK pop culture. One thing we both agreed on was that the US is all about image, style over substance and all that. While the UK was more about ideas and what's underneath the surface.

This was, of course, just a generic overview and not meaning to say that neither shows signs of works that contradict this. I'll have to go into more detail in another post as this will take us on another tangent.

Where were we..? Ah...

So I picked up the two issues of Interzone and while reading I found that the covers (by Warwick Fraser-Coombe) were two of a six-part bigger picture that would be the covers for all the issues of 2010.

Doing some looking at their website, I tracked down the previous two issues that would complete what has been released so far this year.

Interzone is a sci-fi/fantasy short-story magazine and also includes book, movie and dvd reviews. Readers of Analog or Asimov's Science-Fiction magazines will have an idea of what to expect.

Well... if it's printed in England and I was lucky to find copies here locally... and I had to go direct to the source to get back issues (which sell out pretty fast, I might add)... why am I bringing attention to it..?

Last night I discovered that you can buy pdf copies of the magazine through Fictionwise. Not only Interzone but also several other magazines, including Asimov and Analog.

And, yes, you guessed it. I'll be starting announcements of Interzone releases here as they pop up on Fictionwise.

Here's what they have of this year's issues, so far:

Interzone Science Fiction and Fantasy Magazine #226
COVER ART: Warwick Fraser-Coombe

STORIES:
INTO THE DEPTHS OF ILLUMINATED SEAS - Jason Sanford
Illustrator: Ben Baldwin
HIBAKUSHA - Tyler Keevil
Illustrator: Mark Pexton
IN THE HARSH GLOW OF ITS INCANDESCENT BEAUTY - Mercurio D. Rivera
Illustrator: Jim Burns
HUMAN ERROR - Jay Lake
Illustrator: Daniel Bristow-Bailey
AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN - Rachel Swirsky
AQUESTRIA - Stephen Gaskell
Illustrator: Jim Burnsxton

FEATURES:
EDITORIAL - A Testing Time for the Test of Time
ANSIBLE LINK - David Langford's News & Gossip
READERS' POLL - Vote for your favourite (and not so favourite) stories of 2009
BOOK ZONE - Various Book Reviews
LASER FODDER - Tony Lee's DVD/BD Reviews
MUTANT POPCORN - Nick Lowe's Film Reviews


Interzone Science Fiction and Fantasy Magazine #227
COVER ART: Warwick Fraser-Coombe

INTERFACE:
GUEST EDITORIAL - Chris Beckett
ANSIBLE LINK - David Langford's News & Gossip

FICTION:
THE HISTORY OF POLY-V - Jon Ingold
Illustrator: Robert Dunn
DANCE OF THE KAWKAWROONS - Mercurio D. Rivera
Illustrator: Jim Burns
CHIMBWI - Jim Hawkins
Illustrator: Ben Baldwin
FLYING IN THE FACE OF GOD - Nina Allan
Illustrator: Robert Dunn
JOHNNY'S NEW JOB - Chris Beckett
THE GLARE AND THE GLOW - Steve Rasnic Tem
Illustrator: Dave Senecal

REVIEWS:
BOOK ZONE - Connie Willis interviewed, Various Book Reviews
LASER FODDER - Tony Lee's DVD/Blu-ray Reviews
MUTANT POPCORN - Nick Lowe's Film Reviews


Interzone Science Fiction and Fantasy Magazine #228
COVER ART: Warwick Fraser-Coombe

INTERFACE:
EDITORIAL - Awards
ANSIBLE LINK - David Langford's News & Gossip

FICTION:
UNTIED STATES OF AMERICA - Mario Milosevic
Illustrator: Dave Senecal
IRON MONK - Melissa Yuan-Innes
Illustrator: Jim Burns
A PASSION FOR ART - David D. Levine
Illustrator: Mark Pexton
PLAGUE BIRDS - Jason Sanford
Illustrator: Darren Winter
OVER WATER - Jon Ingold
Illustrator: Richard Wagner

REVIEWS:
READERS' POLL - Martin McGrath delivers the results
BOOK ZONE - Gene Wolfe interviewed, Various Book Reviews
LASER FODDER - Tony Lee's DVD/BD Reviews
MUTANT POPCORN - Nick Lowe's Film Reviews


Each issue runs for about $5.00 which is a bit cheaper than buying the print copies. Not to mention the gas used to drive somewhere to find them or shipping costs.

I was a bit disappointed that there is a delay in releases there, however, as #230 has just been printed and I have a print version of #229 (one of the two I bought locally) and the newest release on Fictionwise is #228, which has a disclaimer that it was released less than 30 days ago. So we're looking at a big wait between print publication and pdf versions. Nevertheless, it's there, and that's something...

Here's a preview of what the next two issues look like, as well as a glance at how the covers will fit together.

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