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Interzone 212: Charles Stross: Gareth Lyn Powell: Beth Bernobich: Will McIntosh: Tim Akers: Contents

interzone cover artwork issue 212 weird artwork cover science fiction scifi fantasy art artwork magazine coverInterzone 212 : Britain’s Longest Running Scifi & Fantasy Magazine
(Sept/Oct 2007) Due on Sale September 6 2007.

Read to the end for a subscription offer.

Cover Art: Science fiction imagery from a South American perspective by Argentine artist Osvaldo Gonzalez who now works from Florida.

Feelings of the Flesh Douglas Cohen’s novelette is this issue’s debut story. Its theme is the conflicts between desire and instinct for individuals, and society, when change is necessary. Douglas is single, almost 30, and has a BA in English from Hofstra University, Long Island. His day job in New York City involves organizing medical conferences for doctors, nurses, pharmacists, etc. He lives an approximate 40 minute rail commute away in Valley Stream, NY. This is his first published story. Illustrated by Warwick Fraser-Coombe

Ack-Ack Macaque is Gareth Lyn Powell’s second Interzone story and he has sold a novel and a collection on the strength of his first appearance last year. Illustrated by SMS.
On the strength of his original publication in Interzone Gareth has progressed to two book deals; one for a novel (Silversands - Pendragon Press due 2009) and the other for a collection of short stories (Distant Galaxies Colliding - Elastic Press due August 2008). This second story features a one-eyed, cigar-smoking monkey wreaking havoc in Gareth’s home city, Bristol. There’s an interview with Gareth here.

A Handful of Pearls by Beth Bernobich. Beth is new to Interzone but she is making a name in the US magazines. Illustrated by Jesse Speak.
Beth is an author, software engineer and mother of a teenage boy. She studied in Heidelberg and Virginia and now lives in Connecticut, PS will publish her novelette Ars Memoriae as a limited-edition chapbook in 2009 and she has featured in Asimovs Magazine and Strange Horizons.

Dada Jihad by Will McIntosh, author of Soft Apocalypse in IZ 200. Chris Nurse illustrates.

The Algorithm by Tim Akers. After Toke in IZ 210 comes Tim’s fourth Interzone story. Illustrated by Warwick Fraser-Coombe
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Eastenders And Coronation Street Meet Stargate Atlantis

Let’s Just Shuffle Up The Postbag, Reach In And See What We Pick Out:
(Picture Swap Shop, only in the 21st Century).

Here’s an interesting letter from Peter Rogers of Scunthorpe (location changed to protect the innocent):

He says: I keep telling the wife that Stargate and Atlantis are more real than Eastenders or Corrie but she will not have any of it. Perhaps we could meet half way and have a Stargate in Albert Square or have the cast of Walford eaten by a Wraith Invansion?

Either way at least she would get some sort of History lesson rather than just pure escapism.

We say: Peter, that’s true, very true.

Stargate excretes pure realism, whereas Eastenders and Corrie are but figments of someone’s deluded mind, portraying apparently real people in such a chaotic setting, with unrealistic storylines and baffling lingo, which teeters on the edge of being Ricki Lake.

Meeting halfway would be particularly thought provoking idea, especially if the cast in Walford are teleported away into oblivion. Or even teleported into Coronation Street - at least we’d only have one of them to watch.

Now that makes eighteen pence.

Another solution, would be to play all ten series of Stargate, for her, back to back, then top it off with Atlantis, repeat if necessary. Eventually she’ll come around to the idea that Stargate is more real, than boring, over the top soap operas.

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Dark Tales: Issue 10

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Reviewed By Gareth D. Jones

This is my first experience of Dark Tales, a glossy A5 magazine that’s filled, predictably, with stories of a dark slant. It advertises itself as a magazine of fantasy, horror and SF, but disappointingly for me contained little in the way of SF. Still, reviewers can’t be choosers, as the old saying goes.

Merlins Pool is a story about fishing by Trevor Hicks. That makes it sound dull. It’s actually very atmospheric and with a sense of the mysterious that makes it quite a satisfying read.

John Morgan’s Still Life is a very short piece that shows what lengths some people will go to for art. Like all good flash fiction it gets to the point quickly, and that point is nice and sharp.

Sophie Duffy’s heroine in Hot and Cold is a lonely woman haunted by memories of her twin sister who went missing on the way to school over 20 years earlier. Now an estate agent, she feels strangely drawn to a creepy old house. There’s a nice balance of suspense being built, then shaken off as the woman dismisses her fears, that build to an over all emotive tale.

In The Model Colin Leonard gives us another troubled artist. this one blind and under the seemingly beneficent influence of a mysterious woman who has served as his muse. The story is told from the artist’s viewpoint, rather cleverly considering his blindness, and you really come to appreciate his dark world. I may have missed something at the end though. Although it built to a dramatic climax, I didn’t quite see what it was. Ironically enough.
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Forgotten Worlds: Issue 9

forgotten worlds 7 issue artwork cover black white fantasy art scifi art workForgotten Worlds : Issue Nine

Reviewed By Gareth D. Jones

As the months passed and no further issues of Forgotten Worlds appeared I began to fear the worst. Then all of a sudden issue #9 arrived in the post, bringing another varied selection of stories that fill this 56 page A5 magazine to capacity.

We start the magazine with the entertaining Flotsam Jewel by Fraser Ronald, a story of mysterious jewels, wizards and guilds. What’s particularly interesting about this story is the setting in the floating suburb known as Flotsam – a shanty town of old boats and shacks built on rafts that constantly moves with the swell of the tide. The setting is an integral part of the story rather than just a gimmick and along with the well-developed central character it gives the whole story a solid basis.

The Box is a truly unnerving tale by Neil Davies, in which a desperate man with a secret decides his new neighbour’s large wooden box could be very useful. It’s very well written, building the suspense while also surprising you with unexpected developments.

There are some excellent concepts in Graeme S Huston’s The Unregistered Daydreamer: Bold technological concepts, a humorous relationship with an alien, nightmares breaking out into reality. It’s all tied together well, until the pacing picks up towards the end. I got the impression that had the piece been longer the ideas would have developed better, rather than the rushed impression that I was left with. The character of the unregistered daydreamer himself is a great idea though.
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A Vase Of Darkness: (Un Vaso di Buio): Italian Fantasy: Ernesto Mahieux, Manuel Basile

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In production from Pulsemedia situated in Reggio Nell’ Emilia, Italy, this enticing fantasy follows a small nine year old boy on his journey and destiny.

It is directed by Lazzaro M. Ferrari, written and produced by Tara Thomson and the executive producer is Roberto Ruini, founder of Pulsemedia. Director of photography is Tobia Sempi. It was shot on state of the art HD equipment and is currently about 12 minutes long.

The story is based on a Native American Legend, where an old man has stolen the night and placed it in a vase. The villagers bake under the sun all day and cannot sleep nor dream because night never comes. The boy goes on a journey with the horse and discovers his destiny/curse restoring the balance. The imagery is modern and surreal.

A Vase Of Darkness will have two versions; one all in Italian and one with English narration and English subtitles. It will be very easy to follow as there is very little dialogue.

In process is the cutting of the back stage interviews with the director, writer and other people involved in the project. Including the animal trainer who supplied the ‘fable like’ white snow pony that is used for a major part of the film, and the head of one of the largest and oldest factories in Europe, bombed for manufacturing war planes. The village looks like an abandoned village from the past and creates an ideal backdrop for the story. A scene includes a shot in the warehouse space which holds an enormous furnace which was used to melt metals.

The soundtrack was done by Massimo Zamboni of the former CCCP and CSI. The final publicity shot selection and captions will be finalized soon and I will put them up then.

Pulsemedia are a few weeks away from the final cut and final soundtrack, hoping to meet the deadline of August 31st ready for the Torino Film Festival (if they decide to enter). Eventually they hope to submit it to top Film Festivals around the world.

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