Jim Burns is Interzone's 2013 cover artist. This is 'Gorgónavis'.
The Machinehouse Worker's Song by Steven J. Dines
illustrated by Wayne Haag
Back in the days when we were virtually elbow to elbow in the machinehouse, jagged edges were more numerous but more easily taken care of. If you stepped out of line, you were taken out of the shift. If you were taken out of the shift, you did not eat for two days and you did not drink for one. You did not get a bunk to sleep in either; you slept standing up. Jagged edges in the machinehouse did not stay jagged for long.
Triolet by Jess Hyslop
illustrated by David Gentry
An elderly lady lives at the end of our street. She has hair puffed out like a small white cloud and an air of dwindled grace. She wears bangles round her skinny wrists, floral skirts that reach to her ankles, shoes with Velcro fastenings. Her name is Mrs Entwistle. She grows poems.
Sentry Duty by Nigel Brown
illustrated by Wayne Haag
Something approached the human’s skycart. Ssthra held to her sentry post, ears fanned forward. For the moment, her hunger was forgotten: she took guarding the skycart seriously.
The Angel at the Heart of the Rain by Aliette de Bodard
illustrated by Richard Wagner
At first, you believe it is only a matter of time until your aunt joins you. You huddle in a small flat with your younger sister Huong and two other refugees, washing rice that smells only faintly of jasmine, cutting ginger that has grown hard and tasteless in the cupboards where it was hoarded like treasure – and you think of a home so far out of your reach it might be on another planet.
Thesea and Astaurius by Priya Sharma
illustrated by Martin Hanford
“Daddy, you’re telling it wrong.”
Thesea looks up at her husband and daughter.
“You tell it then,” he says to the child.
“King Minos prayed to Poseidon, who sent him a magic bull but Minos didn’t sacrifice it like he was supposed to, so Aphrodite made Minos’ wife fall in love with it.”
Only the gods inflict love as a punishment, Thesea thinks.
The Core by Lavie Tidhar
illustrated by Vincent Sammy
In the dark of night, Achimwene awakened. The faint light of Central Station crept into the room through the blinds. It cast a faint glow over the pillow cases and the white crumpled sheet and over the book placed face down on the table beside Achimwene’s side of the bed, a Bill Glimmung mystery, much worn and stained with age.
Cat World by Georgina Bruce
illustrated by Richard Wagner
My sister Oh and I go to the corner shop and buy a packet of Doctor Rain’s Travel Gum. Oh wants Cinnamon Sour, and I want Spearmint Buzz, but Oh wins because she’s older and it’s her money. We run out to the back of the yard. Oh runs with her hands in her pockets, one hand curled around the gum. I am never allowed to carry it because she says I might drop it, but I definitely wouldn’t. We go to the railway line, where the trains used to come down. There’s an overturned crate to sit on and a bit of plastic tarpaulin to haul over our heads. I say, let’s do it at the same time, don’t start without me. And Oh laughs and says everything with you is like that, you never want to do anything by yourself. But some people are just like that, so what are you going to do?
2012 James White Award Winner:
You First Meet the Devil at a Church Fete by Shannon Fay
Ansible Link by David Langford
news and obituaries
Readers' Poll Results by Martin McGrath
the most popular Interzone stories of 2012 plus readers' comments
Book Zone by Jack Deighton, Mathew S. Dent, Maureen Kincaid Speller, Duncan Lunan, Peter Loftus, Barbara Melville, Ian Sales, Peter Tennant, Jonathan McCalmont, Paul Graham Raven, Lawrence Osborn, Ian Hunter, Simon Marshall-Jones
book reviews including The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes (plus author interview by Maureen Kincaid Speller), Planesrunner by Ian McDonald, The Explorer by James Smythe, The Emperor of All Things by Paul Witcover, Herald of the Storm by Richard Ford, The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination edited by John Joseph Adams, Wool by Hugh Howey, Abarat: Absolute Midnight + Weaveworld: 25th Anniversary Edition by Clive Barker, The Best of All Possible Worlds by Karen Lord, Adam Robots by Adam Roberts, Dangerous Gifts by Gaie Sebold, Judge Dredd: Day of Chaos: The Fourth Faction by John Wagner/Ben Willsher/Staz Johnson/Colin MacNeil/Henry Flint, Osiris by E.J. Swift, and the start of Jonathan McClamont's new regular column Future Interrupted
Mutant Popcorn by Nick Lowe
film reviews including Upstream Color, The Host, Oblivion, Robot & Frank, Iron Man 3, GI Joe: Retaliation, Jack the Giant Slayer, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, Oz the Great and Powerful, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, Dark Skies, The Bay
Laser Fodder by Tony Lee
DVD and Blu-ray reviews including Journeyman, Life of Pi, Fringe, Dr Who and the Daleks, Daleks' Invasion Earth: 2150AD
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