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Interzone Issue #198 - May/June 2005
Publisher ? TTA Press, 5 Martins Lane, Witchcam, Ely, Cambs CB6 2LB, UK ? zine  ISBN/ITEM#: 0264-3596
Date: May 2005 /

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Interzone Issue #198 - May/June 2005 - ISSN 0264-3596

Table of Contents New Fiction: Piccadilly Circus by Chris Beckett; Go Tell the Phoenicians by Matthew Hughes; Bastogne V.9 by Christopher East; The Court of the Beast-Emperor by John Aegard; The Clockwork Atom Bomb by Dominc Green - Features: Interface by David Mathew; Ansible Link by David Langford; Nights Plutonian Shore by Mike O'Driscoll; Interlocutions (Book Reviews); Mutant Popcorn by Nick Lowe

I am getting to like Interzone more with each issue and the May/June 2005 issue is the best yet. It has only five stories and three of them, I rate as exceptional!

"Go Tell the Phoenicians" by Matthew Hughes is a delightful tale about a man named Kandler who doesn't like his job of finding ways for Earth to exploit alien races. On K'fond, he encounters a race that looks very technologically advanced but leads nothing but a shallow life of sex and other fleshy pursuits. No, they are not Eloi but the explanation is a truly ingenious one. When he finds it, this gives Kandler a way out of his problem.

"Bastogne V.9" by Christopher East is from the point of view of Sergeant Glitch who is part of a VR recreation of World War II. He is aware of what he is and finds himself with a Private Brown, a real human who is experiencing this but is not aware that it?s a simulation. The third great story is "The Court of the Beast-Emperor" by John Aegard. A man named Evan wants to free the woman he loves from having to serve in combat. To do so, he must make an appeal to a judge called an Equitor. The truly unusual thing in this culture is that as the author puts it "the pain of the judged shall be on the judges and thus pain will be diminished." This makes for a truly unique tale.

The other stories are both very good. "Piccadilly Circus" by Chris Beckett is about a world in which there are very few physical people and most are virtuals called "consensuals". One old woman has an increasingly difficult time with this. In the "Clockwork Atom Bomb" by Dominic Green, a man must deal with a seriously dangerous weapon, a lot more dangerous than an atomic bomb.

With great other features, you should all be subscribing to this magazine.

(Source: Publisher ? TTA Press, 5 Martins Lane, Witchcam, Ely, Cambs CB6 2LB, UK ?

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