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Author:  Andy [ Wed Apr 28, 2010 3:06 pm ]
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Cover Art:

This is the third panel of six connected images by Warwick Fraser-Coombe which at the end of the year will form a new, much larger image called Playground (Hide and Seek).


The Untied States of America by Mario Milosevic
illustrated by Dave Senecal

Five days ago: I sighted land off the eastern cliff. I was doing a standard search of the water, part of my job. I stood on the edge of the precipice of my home state of Washington, the water lapping at the rocks a couple of thousand feet below me, a thin line of white marking the shore line. There was a beach, of sorts, down there. I sometimes wanted to descend to it, but never had the nerve. It would be an epic rock climb, something I was too old for anyway. An old woman. Good only for looking out to sea.

Iron Monk by Melissa Yuan-Innes
illustrated by Jim Burns

“Are we going to die?” asked Little Tiger. He bounced on his toes and hesitated, knees bent, as the hook and eye soles of his boots nearly ripped free of the practice mat.

A Passion For Art by David D. Levine
illustrated by Mark Pexton

Tuesday is Free Day at the Art Institute of Chicago, and the revolving door never stops turning. The old black rubber seals on the door thump with a steady rhythm, like a giant heart, and each beat pumps more people into the dark and cool of the marble-floored lobby. Mothers pushing strollers; tourists in baseball caps; noisy gaggles of school kids. They stop for a moment, their eyes adjusting to the dark, then move to the information desk in the middle of the lobby to pick up a map or ask questions. They’re here out of some sense of duty; they feel they ought to see this stuff, or show it to their kids.

Plague Birds by Jason Sanford
illustrated by Darren Winter

All morning Cristina de Ane battled her mule as they plowed furrow after furrow of stinking black dirt. This was Crista’s first time working the wheat field since the attack and Eggbeater took full advantage of her injured body, continually stopping and starting, turning left or right, and destroying every attempt to plow a straight line.

Over Water by Jon Ingold
illustrated by Richard Wagner

This is how I tell my story first. Do you understand me? This is Hawnish. Long sounds and sharp Ss like the keel of a skiff pulled up over small stones. I tell in Hawnish first, always, to be certain that I have remembered it all and all in its proper places. A story is like a path of stepping stones, placed one after the next but never too far apart, to cross the gap from my life and yours.


Ansible Link by David Langford
news and obituaries

Readers' Poll
results supplied by Martin McGrath, plus reader comments

Book Zone by Jim Steel and the team
book reviews including The Sorcerer's House + Gene Wolfe interviewed by Paul Kincaid, Shine, Ghosts of Manhattan, Wolfsangel, He Walked Among Us, The Age of Zeus, Under Heaven, Shadow Prowler, Up Jim River

Laser Fodder by Tony Lee
DVD and Blu-ray reviews including Ghost Machine, George and the Dragon, The Men Who Stare at Goats, Avatar, Sherlock Holmes, Valhalla Rising, The Prisoner, BSG: The Plan, Mutants, The Road, Bangkok Adrenaline, Geisha Assassin, Raging Phoenix, Tai-Chi Master, plus easy to enter competitions to win the blu-ray editions of Valhalla Rising and The Road

Mutant Popcorn by Nick Lowe
winner of the BSFA Award for Non-Fiction!
Film reviews including Repo Men, Kick-Ass, Alice in Wonderland, Clash of the Titans, Legion, How to Train Your Dragon, The Lovely Bones, Solomon Kane

If you already have a subscription please don't forget to check the insert in the middle of IZ227 to see if it's due for renewal. If you don't yet have a subscription please consider it: click on the SHOP link above or RIGHT HERE.

Please also help spread the word about the magazine. Thank you for your support!

IZ228 will be out on May 7th or shortly thereafter. We hope you enjoy the issue and look forward to reading your comments here.

Author:  Ray [ Wed Apr 28, 2010 4:07 pm ]
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As usual, looking forward to it. Nice to see a human element on the cover now...

Author:  montsamu [ Fri May 07, 2010 1:49 pm ]
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The Gene Wolfe interview will probably be the first thing I read in the issue. Now begins the daily walk to the mailbox with increased anticipation, to end in further anticipation or disappointment.

Author:  Pete [ Fri May 14, 2010 1:27 pm ]
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Arrived in the Norfolk badlands today. And looks gorgeous, especially as you can now see how the cover 'jigsaw' is shaping up.

Author:  Tony [ Sat May 15, 2010 1:45 pm ]
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Delivered to Isle of Wight, today...

Just put ratings for DVD & blu-ray reviews on my blog at - ... odder.html

Author:  Roy [ Sat May 15, 2010 10:10 pm ]
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Arrived in Macclesfield today and MNM News on Mill Street have both IZ 228 and BS 16 in stock.

Author:  Tony [ Sun May 16, 2010 3:42 pm ]
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I liked Nick's "becomes a hero" critique of, well... everything he reviews this issue!

Author:  Lawrence Conquest [ Sun May 16, 2010 6:56 pm ]
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Some interesting similarities between 'Untied States of America' and 'Over Water', the pair of which were probably the highlights for me this issue.

Author:  Mike A [ Mon May 17, 2010 1:25 pm ]
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Landed in Sunny* Sussex this morning.

*Wet Sussex by this afternoon.

Author:  DennisB [ Mon May 17, 2010 2:40 pm ]
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Arrived today (in perfect condition, as usual) in SW France.

Author:  Andy [ Tue May 18, 2010 8:36 am ]
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First review I've seen (please beware of spoilers):

"Another weak issue."

Author:  Journeymouse [ Thu May 20, 2010 8:07 pm ]
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Arrived in the wilds of South Yorkshire on Tuesday - and I'm now sitting down to read it :)

Author:  Paul Woodward [ Thu May 20, 2010 11:15 pm ]
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Mine has arrived.

I think the colour does a lot for the reviews. In the sense that it makes them stand out.

Oh... I haven't read it yet but i'm going to!

Author:  Ray [ Fri May 21, 2010 7:47 am ]
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Had a flick through first and very excited to see a colour add for Crimewave: Ghosts. Can't wait...

Author:  Ali_L [ Fri May 21, 2010 8:09 am ]
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Gawd, yes, saw the Crimewave ad last night and it looks fabulous.

Just started reading IZ - great Ansible Link! But someone, please tell me Sigourney Weaver was joking when she said that about Avatar. Or being ironic. Or something....

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