Wednesday, January 3, 2018

2017 Interzone Magazine

A Death in the Wayward Drift by Tim Akers  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 269
(Science Fantasy) Castaa and the other initiates of the Water Caste travel with their master to try and fix a problem with the machines that stir the lake.
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A Strange Kind of Beauty by Christien Gholson  Time: 24m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 269
(High Fantasy) Based on a new prophecy she found, Heoli leads her people out of the desert to a ruined city rich with water. Some fear that it’s too good to be true, though.
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After the Titans by Rachael Cupp1  Time: 20m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 273
(Greek Mythology Fantasy) Little Flute loves her brother, Beetle, and she loves Vine the mad shepherd. A new god is rising, causing changes that threaten all three of them.
Blessings Erupt by Aliya Whiteley  Time: 26m (Novelette)  IssueInterzone 272
(Future Fantasy) People like Hope, born in some of the most plastic-contaminated areas of the world, have an ability to extract toxic plastics from people, which helps the cleanup effort, but at the expense of their own health.
Chubba Luna by Eliot Fintushel  Time: 07m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 271
(Dystopia) If the government picks the perfect spouse for each individual, why does everyone seem to want to kill his/her partner?
Cryptic Female Choice by Andy Dudak  Time: 14m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 271
(Dystopia) The ability for women to mix and match genes from multiple men leads to social unrest.
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Dirty Code by Wayne Simmons  Time: 11m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 270
(SF Noir) A man gets a contract to deal with a “hackjob” posing as an exotic dancer.
Encyphered by Jonathan L. Howard  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 270
(Mainstream) A young man has a life-long obsession with cryptography.
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Evangeline and the Forbidden Lighthouse by Emily B. Cataneo  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 270
(Magical Realism) On the coast of Maine, Cady and her friend, Evangeline, find bottles that wash up with messages about the future.
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Everyone Gets A Happy Ending by Julie C. Day  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 268
(Apocalypse) A virus causes women to give birth to rabbits. Kendra flees Ohio with her girlfriend Steph when they learn Steph is infected.
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Freedom of Navigation by Val Nolan  Time: 29m (Novelette)  IssueInterzone 268
(Military SF) The narrator flies for the Martian government, but a routine operation turns into a fight with the Belt Republic and his own equipment.
Fully Automated Nostalgia Capitalism by Dan Grace2  Time: 06m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 273
(Dystopia) In a future isolationist Britain, most people have meaningless jobs that automation could do better, if the government allowed it. The narrator thinks things could be better and looks for ways to dissent.
Ghosts of a Neon God by T.R. Napper  Time: 25m (Novelette)  IssueInterzone 272
(Dystopia) Jack and Col are petty thieves in a near-future Melbourne, Australia, when their lives are changed by an upper-class Chinese woman who begs them for help. Even though all they do is steal her shoes.
Gods in the Blood (of those who rise) by Tim Casson  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 271
(Near-Future SF/Horror) Everett struggles to teach science to unenthusiastic high school students, but his biggest problem is the genetically engineered kids, who are increasingly rowdy.
If Your Powers Fail You in a City Under Tin by Michael Reid1  Time: 22m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 271
(Superheroes) Jun fears his own superpower more than anything, but he may have to use it when his lover goes missing on a mission in a warzone.
Like You, I Am A System by Nathan Hillstrom2  Time: 10m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 270
(Emergent AI) A system unexpectedly becomes intelligent and studies the world, trying to decide what to do.
Looking for Laika by Laura Mauro1  Time: 39m (Novelette)  IssueInterzone 273
(Alternate History) In 1988 England, 13-year-old Pete obsesses over the threat of nuclear attack, while his 5-year-old sister obsesses over Laika, the space dog.
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Memories of Fish by Shauna O'Meara  Time: 13m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 270
(Near-Future SF) Through the eyes of a drone, a “Tourist” explores a Sri Lanka town from the comfort of his own home, but ends up taking an unexpected detour.
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Rushford Recapitulation by Christopher Mark Rose2  Time: 15m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 270
(Slipstream) In the village of Rushford, New York, women have started giving birth to appliances instead of babies.
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Still Life With Falling Man by Richard E. Gropp  Time: 25m (Novelette)  IssueInterzone 269
(Paranormal) Julian is a clairvoyant who works for a secret society investigating places where time has stopped.
The Big So-So by Erica L. Satifka  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 273
(Post-Apocalypse) Syl thinks people ought to at least try to put civilization back together—not just sit around moping about how great the alien drugs that destroyed it were. And she worries about her friend who wants to break into the aliens’s compound a
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The Common Sea by Steve Rasnic Tem  Time: 22m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 269
(Near-Future SF) Trips from flooded Miami to the trading post are always hazardous, especially for an old man, but Tom needs supplies for his family.
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The Garden of Eating by R. Boyczuk  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 273
(Post-Apocalypse) Alone in the ruins, Boy finds an “Amerigun,” and he’s sure she’s up to no good. His failing robot tutor gives his strange instructions, and for the first time, he’s not sure what to believe.
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The Goddess of the Highway by Erica L. Satifka  Time: 41m (Novelette)  IssueInterzone 272
(Dystopia) Since the mist came down, people are sorted into castes based on metal plates screwed into their temples which determine how much thinking they’re allowed to do. A girl from the top wants to break the system, and a man from the bottom may give
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The Influence Machine by Sean McMullen  Time: 28m (Novelette)  IssueInterzone 269
(Historical SF) In 1899 London, Inspector Grant investigates a lady who claims her big electrical apparatus is for a camera, even though it looks like a bomb or a death ray.
The Morrigan by Stewart Horn  Time: 18m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 273
(Modern Fantasy Horror) In the Glasgow slums, the gangs meet a mysterious woman who inspires them to even more violence than usual. Eighteen-year-old Baz watches it happen and struggles to understand it.
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The Music of Ghosts by Paul Jessup  Time: 15m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 272
(Generation Ship) Passengers on the long journey try to preserve the personalities of those who die along the way.
The New Man by Malcolm Devlin  Time: 25m (Novelette)  IssueInterzone 270
(Near-Future SF) After an accident, a man gets a new body, but he has trouble believing he’s really the same person.
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The Noise & The Silence by Christien Gholson  Time: 23m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 268
(Dystopia) The City Assembly and the Love Life corporation rule Reen and Aliss's world absolutely, and there is no freedom not to listen.
The Rhyme of Grievance by T.R. Napper  Time: 22m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 268
(Robot SF) Khamla lives a meagre existence, and she's not happy that the first humanoid robot to get equal rights lives in luxury.
The Rocket Farmer by Julie C. Day  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 271
(Science Fantasy) Sarnai’s family have always grown rockets, but her teenage daughter seems to have an unhealthy fascination with them.
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The Transmuted Child by Michael Reid1  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 268
(SF) The Erkess gave humanity lots of benefits, but one of their gifts makes human children go mad. Esmonde goes to the Erkess homeworld to beg them for a cure.
Weavers in the Cellar by Mel Kassel2  Time: 05m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 268
(Fantasy) The spiders work for the ant queen, spinning beautiful gowns for her, but they still remember tales of when they were free.
When I Close My Eyes by Chris Barnham  Time: 21m (ShortStory)  IssueInterzone 271
(Exploration SF) A cave-in on Titan leaves Darlo trapped, but he’s not going to die without a fight. It’s probably a bad sign that he’s having visions of his dead wife, though.
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