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Interzone 198, edited by Andy Cox Book Review | SFReader.com
Interzone 198, edited by Andy Cox Genre: Magazine Publisher: TTA Press Published: 2005 Review Posted: 2/18/2007 Reviewer Rating:
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Interzone 198, edited by Andy Cox
Book Review by Sheri Fresonke Harper
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Interzone Magazine is a UK publication of high quality science fiction and fantasy. The original art cover by Kenn Brown set the tone for this month's content, metallica faces and exploding minds in a futuristic setting.
Throughout the magazine, the reader encounters many well-drawn illustrations ranging in style from line drawings, personal photos, and graphic arts. A little vision aids never hurt. Especially when you read unique stories like the following:
"Piccadilly Circus" by Chris Beckett presents a real world occupied by elderly persons who live a life subsidiary to a virtual world. The conflict involves the rescue of one elderly woman who is unable to care for herself and provides a shift in how one views society.
"Go Tell the Phoenicians" by Matthew Hughes presents a mystery that involves tracking down the population on a planet that looks to be entirely pleasure loving. The hero figures there's something wrong and tracks down the rest of the population with a neat twist on Imperialism.
"Bastogne V.9" presents a virtual World War II game where the protagonist has a new unit member. Conflict comes from the new unit member who is a game player unknowing it's a game and capable of real sensation.
"The Court of the Beast Emperor" by Douglas Sirios starts with a man in love that endures great hardship to win her. It's a great psychological drama that conveys a sense of brain washing.
"The Clockwork Atom Bomb" by Dominic Green is set in a futuristic Congo where the hero finds a store of bombs. The protagonists quest to save the world from imminent destruction serves as showcase to a cultural clash.
In addition to stories, an article by Mike O'Driscoll is a humorous take on review writing, Rick Kleffel interviews Kazuo Ishiguro, and a variety of book and movie reviews, news and an editorial.
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