Interzone 294 Edited by Gareth Jelley (Books 2023, 5) πŸ“š

    I posted a photo of this when it arrived, to show its new paperback-book format. It’s an issue of Interzone: it’s fine, but nothing in it was particularly outstanding. Several decent stories, an interview with Christopher Priest, the usual book and film reviews and ‘Ansible Link’, the cut-down version of Dave Langford’s Ansible newsletter(the mailing list of which, I realise as I type, I seem to have fallen off; I haven’t seen it in a few months).

    Interzone is worth getting to keep up to date with the scene, if nothing else.

    That all sounds bad. People worked hard on these stories. I think I just don’t really get on very well with short stories, something I’ve mentioned here before.

    Interzone Issue 292/293 Edited by Andy Cox (Books 2022, 17)

    Not strictly a book, but a double issue of a short-story magazine seems substantial enough to treat as one.

    I don’t know when the last issue came out, but I had actually forgotten that I still had a subscription. It was good to get this, not least because it’s going to be the last to be edited by Andy Cox and published by TTA Press β€” Interzone 2.0, we might call it, after the David Pringle years.

    From the next issue the editor will be Gareth Jelley, and the publisher MYY Press. The surprising thing about that is that the press is based in WrocΕ‚aw, in Poland. Which is odd because then, is it a British SF magazine anymore?

    That probably doesn’t matter, because of course it’s an international genre, and it’s not like they ever only published British writers. But still, quite a dramatic shift. It’ll be intersting to see how the magazine changes.

    I enjoyed this a lot. There was perhaps too much Alexander Glass1 β€” three stories and an interview β€” but I guess sometimes you have a special focus for an issue (or two). And they’re all good.

    Several of the stories suffer from something I’ve complained about before, which is to say, they don’t have endings. Or, put another way, the authors chose to end them at a point that I find unsatisfying; or I don’t understand why they chose to end there.

    But in this case, I don’t think any of the ending-choices let the stories down too. much.

    1. Who weirdly doesn’t seem to have a website. Or at least, I can’t find it, and it’s not linked from his Twitter, which is what I’ve linked to here. ↩︎