Today, two free IZ Digital stories:
‘Benji the Killbot’, Daniel Bennett’s story of a drone that’s lots its way (D.F. Lewis thought it was: ‘Suspenseful [and] breathtakingly nuttable’);
and ‘Joy’, Dale Smith’s story of a drone who is finding its way (Maria Haskins called it a ‘masterful piece of science fiction’).
You should find the EPUBs for the stories attached, in a zip file.
‘Benji the Killbot’ was first published as a digital exclusive with Interzone #294.
‘Joy’ was first published in IZ Digital.
Below are Martin Hanford’s fabulous original illustrations for those two stories:
Also this week, free to read in IZ Digital:
You can get an EPUB of this absolute gem, a story close to Adelehin Ijasan’s heart – and to mine also – by becoming an IZ Digital supporter for just one euro a month.
Enjoy the fiction. Thanks for reading.
Gareth Jelley, Editor & Publisher
Interzone & IZ Digital
‘Slowly the noses hove into view, and then the lips, the eye holes, the forehead, the chins. As the afternoon light waned, Alan saw the faces age, Zeno in the top pan, Alan on the bottom. They began as innocent babes, became pert boys, spotty youths, and finally grown men.
‘Ah, the pathos of biology’s irreversible computations, thought Alan, forcing a wry smile. But the orotund verbiage of academe did little to block the pain. Dear Zeno was dead. And Alan’s life as he’d known it was at an end, at age forty-one. He wept.’
— Rudy Rucker, TURING & BURROUGHS