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Magazine review: Interzone #240

Interzone’s 240th issue contains a full interview of Nancy Kress, and five short stories.

I was particularly impressed by Vylar Kaftan‘s Seeking Captain Random. A comic book author notices an incongruous stranger in his dreams: the man doesn’t fit there, doesn’t do or say anything — he only offers him a beer, once, and later comes to deliver pizza (!). Intrigued, the author decides to track him down…

Ray Cluley‘s Bloodcloth takes place in an interesting universe — Germinal meets Hellraiser, if you will. The story’s horrific aspects are really well managed — though I’d like to know more about the cloth! 😉

Tracie Welser‘s A Body Without Fur also offered a very realistic and subtle treatment of the interactions between a group of explorers/colonists and the local (alien) population, refreshingly different from the “noble savage” theme that still taints mainstream SF like Avatar.

Overall a very good issue. To purchase or subscribe, it’s here…