Interzone #269 –Mar/Apr 2017
Edited by Andy Cox
Cover Artist: Dave Senecal
Review by Sam Tomaino
TTA Press Magazine ISBN/ITEM#: 0264-3596
Date: 02 May 2017
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The March/April 2017 issue of Interzone #269 has arrived and it's a pretty good one.
The fiction begins with "The Influence Machine" by Sean McMullen. -+- In the London of 1899, Inspector Albert Grant is an Associate of the Royal College of Science. That makes him qualified to find out about the huge electrical machine invented by a lady named Lisa Elliot. She demonstrates it for him and he sees a London of 1899 with many futuristic machines. The device can see into an alternate Earth with science hundreds of years ahead. This proves to be a problem for The Powers That Be. Great story with engaging characters I hope to see again.
"A Death in the Wayward Drift" by Tim Akers -+- Castaa must make a journey to bury her brother Deshan and encounters a girl of the wood tribe. Not much here.
"Still Life with Falling Man" by Richard E. Gropp -+- Our narrator is involved with finding nexus points in which time slows down so as to be almost stopped. He is all too successful at finding one. Not very interesting.
"A Strange Kind of Beauty" by Christien Gholson -+- Heoli is an old woman of a nomadic tribe called the Scoryax Kahtt, after a desert carrion bird. She is a Vaithe, who find and translate prophecies. But when they enter the Acijua mountain range which had previously been called plague-ridden, she finds out about the true past. A story rich in detail.
The fiction concludes with "The Common Sea" by Steve Rasnic Tem. -+- In a future flooded Florida, Tom does the best he can for his wife, Jenny, who has dementia, and his daughter and grandson. A beautifully-written, very sad, story.