Tuesday, January 3, 2017

2016 Interzone



A Strange Loop by T.R. Napper  Time: 32m (Novelette)  IssueInterzone 262
(SF) In a future Australia, Irving sells his memories for ready cash, hoping to put his life back together. To the extent he still remembers it.
All Your Cities I Will Burn by John Schoffstall  Time: 32m (Novelette)  IssueInterzone 265
(SF Apocalypse) The kilometer-wide asteroid didn't quite destroy civilization, but the things it brought with it just might finish it off.
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Breadcrumbs by Malcolm Devlin  Time: 25m (Novelette)  IssueInterzone 264
(Slipstream) While fourteen-year-old Ellie's parents are away, her world starts to change into something very strange.
Empty Planets by Rahul Kanakia  Time: 25m (Novelette)  IssueInterzone 262
(SF) In a future where most of the galaxy is run by "the Machine" for the benefit of those lucky enough to own shares, a young shareholder goes to school to learn how he can make a difference.
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Motherboard by Jeffrey Thomas  Time: 25m (Novelette)  IssueInterzone 263
(Magical Realism) Teenage Leep works making circuit boards somewhere in the third world. He's so awkward and quiet that people think he's crazy, but he sees a very different world.
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Sideways by Ray Cluley  Time: 35m (Novelette)  IssueInterzone 266
(SF/Horror) Tom and Sam were supersonic test pilots in the 1950s before Sam died flying a plane that could go “sideways.”
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Starlings by Tyler Keevil  Time: 47m (Novelette)  IssueInterzone 264
(Hard SF) The Phoenix project aims to send a group of enhanced children to another star before Earth becomes uninhabitable. Their mothers have a hard time letting them go.
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The Apologists by Tade Thompson  Time: 28m (Novelette)  IssueInterzone 266
(Post Apocalypse) The aliens who accidentally destroyed the human race employ the few survivors in an effort to rebuild London.
The End of Hope Street by Malcolm Devlin  Time: 44m (Novelette)  IssueInterzone 266
(Slipstream) When a house becomes unlivable, everyone inside dies, and no one can ever go in it again. On Hope Street, one by one, the houses are becoming unlivable.
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Short Story

A Man Of Modest Means by Robert Reed  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 265
(SF) A woman spends the night with a man who seems like no man she's ever met in this world.
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Alts by Harmony Neal1  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 267
(Transhuman SF) StateCorp has made a fortune creating modified humans with animal characteristics. They take care of failures like Cat, but at a price.
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Andromeda of the Skies by E. Catherine Tobler  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 263
(SF) When little Alice fell into the lake, she didn't die; she found herself held captive on a strange world in the Andromeda galaxy.
Belong by Suzanne Palmer  Time: 08m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 265
(Dystopia) Gwenna Thirty-Seven would do anything for the corporation, so it must be an error that her display is saying she's been rejected.
Circa Diem by Carole Johnstone  Time: 10m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 262
(SF Fantasy) When Earth's day changed to 96 hours, some adapted (with drugs) and some did not (with lights). Now they hate/fear each other. But two young people are curious.
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Dependent Assemblies by Philip A. Suggars  Time: 14m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 262
(Horror) In 1890's Argentina, Alfonso and Marcelo try to manufacture a child to call their own, even though it's illegal.
Dogfights in Olympus and Other Absences by Ryan Row1  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 267
(Military SF) Diego flies fighter missions above planet Olympus, and he's good at it. It's the rest of his life that sucks.
Extraterrestrial Folk Metal Fusion by Georgina Bruce  Time: 14m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 266
(SF) The alien transmission Professor Lovage detected has made her famous, but it isn’t attracting the kind of attention she actually wants.
Geologic by Ian Sales  Time: 10m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 262
(Hard SF) On 61 Virginis b, Keller endures the cold, the two gravities, and the poisonous air at 30-atmospheres to study the only alien artifact ever found by humans.
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Lifeboat by Rich Larson  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 264
(SF) In three days, the Synthetic Fleet arrives, and all the colonists on Lazy Susan will die. The narrator and his partner sell cryobeds to the highest bidders, but one lady has an unusual offer.
Lotto by Rich Larson  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 263
(SF) Every refugee in the camp has a lotto number, and if it hits, he/she gets to go to the Mars colony. Eighteen-year-old William passes the time trying to score with the girls.
Mars, Aphids, And Your Cheating Heart by James Van Pelt  Time: 11m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 264
(Psionic) A private detective watches a woman meeting a strange man at his house in the middle of the night.
My Generations Shall Praise by Samantha Henderson  Time: 18m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 267
(SF) A woman on death row is offered a fortune for her children if she'll let another woman take over her body.
Not Recommended for Guests of a Philosophically Uncertain Disposition by Michelle Ann King  Time: 08m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 263
(Magical Realism) Just outside Las Vegas, The Fracture is a place where reality itself seems to be broken. Damita manages the visitor center and gift shop.
On The Techno-Erotic Potential Of Donald Trump by Ken Hinckley  Time: 13m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 265
(SF Humor) A scientist investigates the emotional and sexual effect that viewing images of Donald Trump has on people
Rock, Paper, Incisors by David Cleden  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 267
(Fantasy Horror) The narrator resents being transformed into a monster to fight for her tribe, not least because she thinks they're screwing it up.
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Spine by Christopher Fowler  Time: 22m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 263
(Hard SF) A young marine scientist in a sleepy coastal California town investigates the death of a man apparently killed by jellyfish--even though the local varieties are all harmless.
Ten Confessions of Blue Mercury Addicts by Anna Spencer by Alexander Marsh Freed  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 263
(Science Fantasy) Anna investigates people addicted to a drug that slows down time so much that they can experience a year in the time it takes to fall from an airplane.
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The Eye Of Job by Dan Reade1  Time: 23m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 265
(SF) A military psychologist has an unhealthy obsession with a giant alien artifact that has destroyed the city of Omaha.
The Hunger of Auntie Tiger by Sarah Brooks  Time: 14m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 267
(SF) Two children play games amid the wreckage the Company left behind.
The Inside-Out by Andrew Kozma  Time: 15m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 265
(SF) Jamon and his friends explore an abandoned neighborhood on the Dyson sphere he and other humans have been relocated to.
The Tower Princesses by Gwendolyn Kiste2  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 264
(Slipstream) They live encased in mobile towers. The government requires schools to accept them, but the students and teachers ignore or harass them. Except for Mary.
The Water-Walls of Enceladus by Mercurio D. Rivera  Time: 20m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 262
(SF) A disfiguring illness drove Lilly to leave Earth and live in a community of aliens who think she's beautiful. Trouble is, they like her too much.
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Three Love Letters From an Unrepeatable Garden by Aliya Whiteley  Time: 08m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 266
(Modern Fantasy) A gardener writes to his love about the rare flower he cares for, which no one is allowed to smell.
You Make Pattaya by Rich Larson  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 267
(SF Thriller) The narrator is a con man in near-future Thailand, and he has a scheme that might net him enough to retire.

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