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  • Writer's pictureMike O'Driscoll


The latest Interzone, and the first from MYY Press, edited by Gareth Jelley.

The UK's longest running Science Fiction magazine has a new issue out, the first under new publisher/editor Gareth Jelley's stewardship. #294 has new fiction from Philip Fracassi, Kat Clay, Daniel Bennett & Liviu Surugiu among others; interviews Cassandra Khaw by Lauro Mauro and with Christopher Priest by Paul Kincaid; Nick Lowe's long-running column of film criticism, and tons of book reviews from Alexander Glass, Philip Fracassi, Georgina Bruce, and my reviews of Ronald Malfi's novel Black Mouth and his collection of 4 novellas, Ghostwritten. The magazine comes in a new digest sized format, with full colour illustrations. It's a stylish, promising debut (revival?), and I wish it Jelley all the best with it.

It's hard to believe that the first issue appeared 41 years ago, back in 1982 under a collective editorship that included Colin Greenland, John Clute and David Pringle, before Pringle emerged as the main driving force for its first 193 issues. In that time it published established writers like JG Ballard, William Gibson, Iain M Banks, Christopher Priest, Thomas M. Disch, Tanith Lee, Jonathan Carroll and Geoff Ryman, as well as new writers like Eric Brown, Nicola Griffith, Greg Egan, Molly Brown, Richard Calder, Mary Gentle and Nicholas Royle, whose careers it help[ed to promote.

The First Issue of Interzone, Spring 1982

In 2004, from #194, following Pringle's resignation, Andy Cox's TTA Press took over the publication and editorial reins, changing the format a few times before settling on a more compact perfect bound format in 2012. Under Cox's editorship, Interzone continued to publish both new and established authors working in SF and fantasy, including Eugie Foster, Paul Di Filippo, Jason Sanford, Nina Allan, Elizabeth Bear, Val Nolan, Steve Rasnic Tem, James Sallis and Chris Beckett.

Interzone #194, the first under editor Andy Cox

Along the way Interzone garnered a Hugo award as best semiprozine in 1995, the British Fantasy Award for best magazine or periodical, numerous BSFA Awards for short fiction, and Nebula for best novella for Eugie Foster's Sinner, Baker, Fabulist, Priest; Red Mask, Black Mask, Gentleman, Beast.

Interzone also publishes new fiction in a digital edition here

Copies of the print magazine can be ordered direct from the publishers here.

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Mar 02, 2023

Thank you, Mike!

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