- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Voyager (6 Jan. 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0006482430
- ISBN-13: 978-0006482437
- Product Dimensions: 17.7 x 3.4 x 11.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,066,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Best of Interzone Paperback – 6 Jan 1997
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This collection of science fiction and fantasy stories have all appeared between the covers of "Interzone" and together span 100 issues of the magazine. It includes stories by J.G. Ballard, Bruce Sterling, Robert Silverberg, Greg Bear, Colin Greenland, William Gibson and Ian McDonald.
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THE BEST OF INTERZONE – A NEW ANTHOLOGY
Cyberpigs, reclusive astronauts, the USA under a military dictatorship, a drastic solution for the Welfare State…Just a few of the ideas in this stunning collection of the very best fiction from Hugo Award winning SF magazine 'Interzone'.
For years, 'Interzone' has published ground-breaking stories from around the world, discovering new authors and commissioning pieces from the giants of the genre. Now, the cream of the crop has been brought together under one cover with contributions from authors including:
Brian Aldiss, J G Ballard, Stephen Baxter
Eric Brown, Molly Brown, Thomas M Disch
Greg Egan, Nicola Griffith, Peter Hamilton
Graham Joyce, Garry Kilworth, David Langford
Kim Newman, Geoff Ryman, Brian Stableford
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Anyway, there are a great deal of stories here that really caught my interest and while it's not so much the "Best of Interzone" and more of an aliquot of where the 'zine stood in a specific period during the 1990's, it's pretty much essential stuff that reminds me a great deal of the stories you may have once found in that other great UKSF tradition New Worlds; why, there's even a submission form the late, great J.G. Ballard.
Good enough that I subscribe to Interzone on the strength of reading this compilation. How's that for money-where-my-mouth-is?
The stories in this volume date from the early to mid '90's and authors include J G Ballard and Brian Aldiss. A great variety of intelligent Science Fiction.
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Perhaps I was expecting too much but, for me at least, the book did not live up to expectations. Some of the stories were really good but too many were mediocre and one or two were very hard going.
The two stories that stood out the most were right at the end of the book. "Human Waste" by Mary Gentle and "Cyril the Cyberpig" by Eugene Byrne. These two tales could hardly be more different. The first was a ghastly reminder of the desire or perhaps even the need for cruelty that can drive humans. It reminded me very much of "All My Darling Daughters" by Connie Willis which you can find in the first of Ellen Datlow's "Alien Sex" anthologies. Eugene Byrne's tale on the other hand is a sort of "Robocop" satire which had me laughing out loud several times.
I rate this as three stars. It's worth it if you like shorter SF a lot but if you will only read one anthology this year, then you should really find a better one. A real "Best of Interzone" could have been much better than this.
Introduction by David Pringle
Mitochondrial Eve by Greg Egan
The Message from Mars by J. G. Ballard
The Sculptor by Garry Kilworth
The Allure by Richard Calder
Song of Bullfrogs, Cry of Geese by Nicola Griffith
Pigs, Mostly by Ian Lee
The Tourist by Paul Park
George and the Comet by Stephen Baxter
Warmth by Geoff Ryman
The Family Football by Ian R. MacLeod
Ahead! by Ian Watson
Bad Timing by Molly Brown
World Wars III by Paul Di Filippo
Bird on a Time Branch by Cherry Wilder
Norbert and the System by Timons Esaias
Sharp Tang by John Meaney
Off the Track by David Garnett
The Eye-Opener by Brian Aldiss
The Welfare Man by Chris Beckett
The Data Class by Ben Jeapes
Downtime in the MKCR by Eric Brown
Eat Reecebread by Graham Joyce and Peter F. Hamilton
The Unkindness of Ravens by Brian Stableford
The Man Who Read a Book by Thomas M. Disch
Slow News Day by Kim Newman
The Net of Babel by David Langford
A Ring of Green Fire by Sean McMullen
Human Waste by Mary Gentle
Cyril the Cyberpig by Eugene Byrne
This is a average anthology which provides a good intro to Brit Sci-Fi. Well, mainly Brit, anyway. My favorite story here is "Mitochondrial Eve" by Greg Egan, who is an Australian.
I got this book cheap, so I can't really complain.
The truth about British sci-fi is that it often puts American sci-fi to shame in the area of style. I found the stories in this work superbly written, whereas I often get sleepy slogging through Mr. Dozois tastes (because they're so consistent, so repetitive).
This collection has a lot of fresh ideas. 'Best of Interzone' is a great gift for a person you know who likes modern (short) fiction and wants to try, for the first time, "a little science fiction." It will offer a sublime feel for what authors with panache and a little articulate gab can do if they're motivated. High recommendations!