Interzone – Issue 210 – June 2007
by Andy Cox
Edited by Andy Cox
Cover Artist: Douglas A. Sirois
Review by Sam Tomaino
TTA Press ISBN/ITEM#: 0264-3596
Date: 24 May 2007
Links: Magazine Website / Pub Info / Table of Contents /
The June 2007 issue of Interzone is another good one with all the stories getting a Very Good from me. It's also got the usual great articles and artwork.
First up is "The Final Voyage of La Riaza" by Jayme Lynn Blaschke. This one is set in a system of worlds in which men travel through the air in ships that look like those that sailed the sea. Diego Brazos is first mate on La Riaza, part of the line is family owns. When the captain is killed in an attack by pirates, he must take command and show his mettle. This was a beautiful look at a world like ours was long ago but with some significant differences. Rachel Swirsky gives us a new take on an old expression in "Heartstrung". Pamela is a young girl who must undergo a rite of passage to adulthood. I don't want to spoil what the process is but this leaves her a different person. "Tearing Down Tuesday" by Steven Francis Murphy features a young boy whose only friend is a robot named Tuesday. But the robot is having trouble and he must help it somehow.
"Dr. Abernathy's Dream Theater" by David Ira Cleary takes place in some future baroque culture. Stavan is a writer that comes across a group of "sciencers" who attend a theater in which someone's dreams are read and interpreted. He participates in this process and it proves a life-changing experience. Tim Lees's "Preachers" is set in a post-apocalyptic world where old machines are slowly rusting away. The story is told from the viewpoint of a boy whose father is an traveling mechanic. Last, we have "Toke" by Tim Akers in which a bunch of young punks decide to kill a "scarecrow" a race of beings called the Guarana. It seems that they are made of some kind of weed that can be smoked for a great high. This turns out to be some bad stuff!
The usual great features are made even better by an interview with Harlan Ellison, talking about Theodore Sturgeon. Again, I recommend you subscribe.