A new story by Kate Orman, illustrated by Juliana Pinho, in IZ Digital; an Interzone Pod interview with Gareth L. Powell; and a special IZ Story Club meeting with Lavanya Lakshminarayan…
This week in IZ Digital: ‘Saltier’, a brilliant new story by Kate Orman – best known for her Doctor Who novels (most recently, The Dead Star, an audionovel from Big Finish) – with art by Juliana Pinho.
Read ‘Saltier’ for free online or become an IZ Digital supporter for just a euro a month to get an ebook edition.
This is Kate Orman’s second appearance in IZ. You can read her IZ debut, ‘The Bicycle Net’, in Interzone #146, the special 1999 Australian WorldCon issue of IZ edited by Paul Brazier.
Kate Orman is not the only Australian Interzone writer in IZ Digital this week: On Tuesday I also published Kat Clay’s review of T.R. Napper’s Aliens: Bishop. Kat Clay reviews regularly for IZ and she had a story in Interzone #294): ‘The Black Box Killer’; and T.R. Napper’s most recent IZ story was ‘Opium for Ezra’ in Interzone #276.
The latest episode of Interzone Pod features my interview with Gareth L. Powell, author of the British Science Fiction Award–winning Ack-Ack Macaque (the novel which started life as a short story first published in Interzone #212…), the critically acclaimed Embers of War series, the Continuance novels Stars and Bones and Descendant Machine, and numerous other books and short stories. Gareth talked about falling in love with science fiction, blowing up universes, building online communities, and what it is his books are about. He also passed on some important advice he once was given by a very special writer in an arty coffee house in Bristol…
Find that episode of the show at all the places people usually pod, or listen at the Interzone site.
That Gareth’s newsletter is much more regular than this one and features a mix of original fiction, writing advice, and thoughts on science fiction new and old. Subscribe at Subtack.
Next week, on 13 December, Lavanya Lakshminarayan, author of the mosaic novel The Ten Percent Thief (originally published as Analog/Virtual), will be hosting an IZ Story Club meeting with me. We’ll be discussing two fantastic stories Lavanya has chosen: one by Tashan Mehta and one by Indrapramit Das. These meetings are a lot of fun and free for Interzone subscribers and anyone with an IZ Digital Ko-fi membership; but places are limited, so book early if you’d like to take part.
You can buy The Ten Percent Thief wherever books are sold, or directly from Rebellion.
That’s all for this edition. Thanks for reading, and please send this on to anyone you think might be interested in IZ.
Gareth Jelley, Editor & Publisher
Interzone & IZ Digital
‘There was a satisfaction in being the strong one, the one looked to for reassurance. It buttressed her against the children’s need, the open sucking maw of it, the vortex she felt pulling at her when she remembered their dead eyes and swirling in her chest cavity when she thought too hard about the future.’
— J.L. George, ‘Crumbs’, New Welsh Reader #134