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Interzone #273 - Nov/Dec 2017
Edited by Andy Cox
Cover Artist: Dave Senecal
Review by Sam Tomaino
TTA Press Magazine (print/digital)  ISBN/ITEM#: 0264-3596
Date: 27 November 2017

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The Nov/Dec 2017 issue of Interzone #273 is here with stories by Laura Mauro, Rachael Cupp, Dan Grace, Erika Satifka, R. Boyczuk, and James White Award Winner Stewart Horn, along with the usual articles and features.

The Nov/Dec 2017 issue of Interzone #273 has arrived with some good stories.

The fiction begins with the novelette, "Looking for Laika" by Laura Mauro. -+- Pete is a twelve-year-old boy staying with his five-year-old sister, Beverly, with their grandparents in the 1980s. He is constantly worried about nuclear war and has made plans to survive it. Prompted by a mention by their grandfather, he tells her stories about Laika, the dog the Russians sent up into space. When Beverly finds a medallion on the beach with Russian writing on it, she knows that it's Laika's but Pete knows that's unlikely. The story takes a surprising turn from there and I won't spoil it. I will say that it's a great story about childhood and dreams and more than that.

"After the Titans" by Rachael Cupp -+- A young woman in some tribe looks back and remembers a man she calls Vine the mad shepherd, the father of her daughter, and how best to deal with what appear to be superior creatures. Okay.

"Fully Automated Nostalgia Capitalism" by Dan Grace -+- Our narrator lives in a future where things called "mites" keep them healthy even though they smoke and eat unhealthy foods. They re-enact clichéd bits from earlier times and everything is really controlled. Even dissent. But is something else happening? Grimly amusing.

"The Big So-So" by Erika Satifk -+- Sylvia lives on an Earth that had been invaded by aliens called the Cygnians. They had tested humans and chose some to take away with them to some sort of paradise. They had also drugged humans and left them in a sorry state that they were finally coming out of. But will the actions of Sylvia's friend, Dorcas, return humanity to a drugged-out existence? An unsettling tale.

"The Garden of Eating" by R. Boyczuk -+- Boy is told by Tutor that Amerigun must be destroyed. Boy is not so sure but does Tutor's bidding. But is Tutor to be trusted? Interesting. Nicely crafted.

The fiction concludes with the James White Award Winning Story, "The Morrigan" by Stewart Horn. -+- Barry, called Baz, is a teenager and part of a gang that defends their neighborhood in Glasgow. They are getting ready for a fight with a rival gang when a woman calling herself Morven (to Baz) arms them with swords and encourages them to fight to the death. When the battle starts something surprising happens. What was Morven really after? Great story with the perfect finish. I will look forward to future stories from Horn.

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