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Interzone #260 Now on Sale

Friday, October 16th, 2015 | Posted by John ONeill

Interzone 290-smallThe September-October issue of Britain’s longest running science fiction and fantasy magazine is now on sale. The cover, by Martin Hanford, is titled “All Change.” (Click the image at right for a bigger version.)

This issue has fiction from John Shirley, Priya Sharma, Jeff Noon, C.A. Hawksmoor, and Christien Gholson. Here’s Lois Tilton at Locus Online on Jeff Noon’s “No Rez”:

An experimental piece in terms of typography and page layout, with several sections that resemble lines of verse… I don’t see much of this sort of thing these days, but I’m not surprised to find it coming from IZ, a zine that doesn’t stand still. This is a cyber future with the motto: “You are what you see.” Or, As you see the world, so you think about the world. But the only way everyone can see the world is pixelated, through implants, and in higher or lower resolution, with or without more vision-pops and ads, depending on how they can pay. Because Aiden is limited, when not on work-time, to low-rez, sometimes even when he closes his eyes, the dark starts breaking up. He has to wonder what he really looks like in the unmediated world, the zero-rez world, whether a girl might find him attractive. Then one day he happens on a mysterious black box that he isn’t supposed to have.

This sort of virtual world isn’t so new, but I’ve rarely seen it expressed with such insight and verve. There are genuinely poetic moments here, not simply apparent versification. This text would have been just about as effective if laid out on the page in a more conventional manner. – RECOMMENDED

Read Lois’ complete comments on the issue here.

Interzone #260 contains five stories:

“Weedkiller” by John Shirley
“Blonde” by Priya Sharma
“No Rez” by Jeff Noon
“Murder on the Laplacian Express” by C.A. Hawksmoor
“The Spin of Stars” by Christien Gholson

Non-fiction this issue includes “Where O Where Has My Hugo Gone?” by Ian Sales, on the 2015 Hugo boondoggle; Jonathan McCalmont’s Future Interrupted column, “How To Lose Friends and Objectify People;” Nina Allan’s Time Pieces, “The SF of U and Me;” plus David Langford’s Ansible Link, and the regular columns: book reviews, Nick Lowe’s Mutant Popcorn film reviews, and Tony Lee’s DVD column, Laser Fodder. Issue 260 is nearly 100 pages and packed with fiction, columns, and top-notch art.

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.

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

Interzone 260 Contents

Here’s the opening spread for “Weedkiller” by John Shirley (illustrated by Richard Wagner).

Interzone 260 John Shirley Weedkiller

And “No Rez” by Jeff Noon (illustrated by Dave Senecal).

Interzone 260 No Rez Jeff Noon

And “Murder on the Laplacian Express” by C.A. Hawksmoor (illustrated by Warwick Fraser-Coombe).

Interzone 260 Murder on the Laplacian Express C.A. Hawksmoor

And “The Spin of Stars” by Christien Gholson (illustrated by Richard Wagner).

Interzone 260 The Spin of Stars Christien Gholson

As usual, the reviews look great. Here’s part of Tony Lee’s Laser Fodder column.

Interzone 260 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 260 at the TTA website.

Interzone is edited by Andy Cox, and published by TTA Press. Issue #260 is cover-dated September-October. 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.

We last covered Interzone with Issue 259.

See our October Fantasy Magazine Rack here, and all of our recent magazine coverage here.


  1. I just noticed Priya Sharma’s name on the cover. She is an excellent up and coming horror writer. I wonder if her story here is more sci-fi or fantasy.

    Comment by James McGlothlin - October 16, 2015 2:26 pm

  2. Hi James,

    Good question. I don’t have a copy of the issue yet, and Tangent Online hasn’t reviewed it yet. But according to Lois Tilton at Locus Online, it sounds like a contemporary fantasy:

    “Updating the Rapunzel story in a world where naturally blonde hair is almost extinct, and accordingly valuable. Now, Rapunzel works in a bar, but once she was locked in an old mansion by a woman named Matilda, who stole her at birth, shut her away from the world, and sold her hair, which grew back overnight, to a wigmaker…

    The piece has all the essential elements of the fairy tale, yet the setting is almost entirely nonfantastic, except for the rapid regrowth of Rapunzel’s hair. The world isn’t contemporary but some alternate timeline in which the society has been devastated by war and is now struggling to achieve a return to normalcy. It might almost be considered science fiction. There’s the possibility for a slight confusion as the narrative flips back and forth from present to past, always in the present tense.”

    Comment by John ONeill - October 16, 2015 4:51 pm

  3. She is an excellent writer. I think she’s someone to really keep an eye on.

    Comment by James McGlothlin - October 16, 2015 8:37 pm

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