Post Number: 43
|Posted on Wednesday, June 25, 2008 - 09:34 am: |
Issue 217 brings a welcome returnee to Interzone’s pages: Paul McAuley, plus other stories from Karen Fishler, Paul G. Tremblay, Jason Sanford and Suzanne Palmer. Paul has at least 60 short stories to his credit and “Little Lost Robot” is his 17th in Interzone.
Fred Saberhagen’s Berserkers were mechanical intelligences intent on eliminating organic rivals from the galaxy. Fred’s future of humanity waging constant war with implacable robots came first (1963) but other SF authors, like Greg Benford, and Alastair Reynolds, followed making the idea a familiar trope of hard SF, even TV’s Star Trek used it in the ‘Doomsday Machine’ episode. Such stories usually reflect the embattled humans’ point of view but Paul takes the viewpoint of “one of the mechanical crusaders, a big space robot that’s suffering from mission creep.”
Other fiction in IZ 217
Africa is Karen Fishler’s third Interzone story. She started her writing career in The Third Alternative, TTA Press’s first magazine. Her stories have appeared in US magazines between times. http://www.infinityplus.co.uk/misc/kf.htm
illustrator: Paul Drummond
The Two-Headed Girl by Paul G. Tremblay, who is a prolific short fiction author and editor whose first novel, The Little Sleep, is forthcoming (February 2009) from Henry Holt.
Comus of Central Park is M.K. Hobson’s first appearance in Interzone but she has appeared in TTA’s Black Static and many other short story publications. Her website is http://demimonde.com/, she blogs at http://mkhobson.livejournal.com/ and lives in Oregon.
illustrator: Darren Winter
Concession Girl is Suzanne Palmer’s second Interzone story, ‘Spheres’ in 207 was her first. Suzanne has an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts, a wisteria vine named Cthulhu, and works in IT. She lives in New England and has a novel in process. http://www.zanzjan.net/writing/index.html
illustrator: Darren Winter http://www.theaoi.com/artist/darrenwinter/
The Ships like Clouds, Risen by their Rain is Jason Sanford’s Interzone debut but his ‘When Thorns Are The Tips Of Trees’ is slated for a future issue. Jason is editor of the online fiction magazine storySouth http://www.storysouth.com and the moving force behind the Million Writers Award which aims to showcase the year’s best online published stories. He whittled 2007’s 164 nominated ‘notable’ stories down to a short list of 10 and you can vote before July 17 from http://www.storysouth.com/millionwriters.html. Jason’s website is http://www.jasonsanford.com/.
illustrator: Vincent Chong http://www.vincentchong-art.co.uk/
Little Lost Robot, author Paul McAuley, illustrator: Paul Drummond http://www.pauldrummond.co.uk/illustration/