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Interzone #257 Now on Sale

Saturday, April 4th, 2015 | Posted by John ONeill

Interzone 251-smallInterzone has an interesting approach to cover art. It commissions a single artist to do its covers for a full year. The 2015 cover artist is Martin Hanford, and so far I’ve really been enjoying his work. This issue has an intriguing sword & sorcery feel… although the central figure is in a space suit and strapped to a duck, which is admittedly a fresh theme for S&S (or any other genre I’m familiar with). Click the image at right for a closer look. We’ve showcased Martin’s work at Black Gate previously, most recently on the cover of Swords of Steel.

Interzone is the sister magazine of Black Static, both are published by TTA Press in the UK. The distinguished Andy Cox is the editor of both.

Interzone contains chiefly science fiction but, like Asimov’s SF here in the states, does publish the occasional fantasy piece. Issue #257 is cover-dated March/April, and contains the following fiction:

“A Murmuration” by Alastair Reynolds
“Songbird” by Fadzlishah Johanabas
“Brainwhales Are Stoners, Too” by Rich Larson
“The Worshipful Company of Milliners” by Tendai Huchu
“Blossoms Falling Down” by Aliya Whiteley

The non-fiction Interface section offers “Have Awards for Genre Short Fiction Had Their Day?” by Ian Sales, a review of the Sex Pistols biopic The Filth and The Fury by Jonathan McCalmont, a look at the work of Iris Murdoch by Nina Allan, David Langford’s Ansible Link, an interview with Aliya Whiteley, and a Reader’s Poll.

This issue also the regular columns: book reviews, Nick Lowe’s Mutant Popcorn film reviews, and Tony Lee’s DVD column, Laser Fodder. Issue 257 is nearly 100 pages and comes packed with fiction, columns, and top-notch art.

As usual, the design and interior art adds enormously to the professional look of the magazine. Here’s the table of contents.

Interzone 257 Contents

Here’s the opening spread for “A Murmuration” by Alastair Reynolds (illustrated by Wayne Haag).

Interzone 257 A Murmuration

And “The Worshipful Company of Milliners” by Tendai Huchu (illustration by Richard Wagner).

Interzone 257 The Worshipful Company of Milliners

And “Blossoms Falling Down” by Aliya Whiteley (illustration by Richard Wagner.)

Interzone 257 Blossoms Falling Down

Even the reviews look great. Here’s Tony Lee’s Laser Fodder column.

Interzone 257 Laser Fodder

As we’ve mentioned before, magazines like Interzone are completely dependent on fans and readers to keep them alive. I hope this one survives for a good long time — but it won’t without reader support. If it sounds intriguing, I hope you’ll consider buying an issue next time you find yourself browsing the magazine rack.

See more details and excerpts from issue 257 at the TTA website.

Interzone is edited by Andy Cox, and published by TTA Press. Issue #257 is cover-dated March-April 2015. It is 96 pages, priced at £4.99. The cover is by Martin Hanford. Copies are usually around $9.99 here in the US. A six-issue subscription is £27 (UK) and £33 in the US. Order right from the TTA Press website.

See all of our recent coverage of magazines here. We last covered Interzone with Issue 256.

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