Interzone #295 // print

Interzone #295 features over 80,000 words of stories, essays, columns, and more.

September 2023

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Interzone publishes fantastika from all over the planet.

Interzone #295 features fiction by Seán Padraic Birnie, Rachael Cupp, Frank Dumas, Stephanie Lane Gage, Jendia Gammon, Ai Jiang, Jonathan Laidlow, Edward R. Morris, Nozaki Mado, Katie McIvor, H. Pueyo, Amal Singh, R.L. Summerling, Corey J. White, Aigner Loren Wilson; non-fiction by Gautam Bhatia, Alexander Glass, Kelly Jennings, Paul Kincaid, David Langford, Nick Lowe, Val Nolan, and Aliya Whiteley; and art by Carly A-F, Martin Hanford, Emma Howitt, Dante Luiz, Juliana Pinho, Vinayak Varma, and Richard Wagner.


Plague Dream by Seán Padraic Birnie // Heatwave languour in the century of plagues. It has been nine weeks, Maria thought, with sudden grief, since I last touched anyone, was last touched by anyone.

Significant Disruption by R.L. Summerling // There are severe delays to this morning’s service and the destination of your train has now changed. Lost time will not be compensated. Please await further announcements.

Easels by Amal Singh // After a tragedy, a mother finds ways to reconnect with her daughter. But the daughter is aloof, and wants to paint spiders…

O Sole Mio by Katie McIvor // Exhausted by the demands of motherhood, Beth finds herself intrigued by the ice cream van which regularly stops at her street, and which seems to promise innocence, freedom, and maybe even a way to rewrite time itself.

We Are A Little Hotel by Ai Jiang // At UM Hotel, we provide the best service, ranging from emotional and physical support, unconditional love and care, domestic upkeeping, and self-sacrifice.

Anomalous Instances of Black Ball Lightning in Daggett, Michigan by Stephanie Lane Gage // Observations of the luminous phenomenon known as “black ball lightning” are typically rare. However, in the peculiar case of Daggett (a town in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan) the overwhelming occurrence of such anomalies between the years of 1987 and 1989 begs further research.

Hollywood Animals by Corey J. White // When animators unionized, Hollywood found a new way to make monsters and aliens. Scott trains the genetically-engineered animals for film until realising the studio thinks him as expendable as his animals.

Glory Hounds by H. Pueyo // Magic disappeared from the land, forcing people to settle into quieter lives, but two men embark on a reckless journey to get their power back and save their animal companion.

Copper by Jendia Gammon // Keel Wiltshire isn’t dreaming: her house-bot, Copper, is undergoing a strange and unexpected transformation.

The Fifth Horizon by Nozaki Mado, translated from the Japanese by Cat Anderson // Genghis Khan, higher dimensions of the Mongolian steppe, and space-grassways to the stars…

The Lunar Asylum by Frank Dumas // On 16 July, 1869, we break the surly bonds of Earth and go where no one has gone before.

Supernaut by Edward R. Morris // A hapless schlub named Hugo Gernsback has an inexplicable, Amazing experience concerning the invention of the modern television, and a silver rocketship.

Notes From the Meeting of the First State Feder World Court: Walker Dairy, Freeville, NY, 198 Year One: Jessica Jane Pearson Vs. The Stranger Mr. Jacob Hampton by Rachael Cupp // After an unimaginable disaster, an isolated group of child survivors struggle to determine what justice should mean in their newly changed world.

Building Blocks by Aigner Loren Wilson // Homes on the moon and magical construction workers, self-identity and finding a place in a new land.

Strung Along in Seaforth by Jonathan Laidlow // Tobias dressed the shop dummy in the skin of his late father and then carefully pinched and pulled until it was smooth and tight.


An Interview with Agnes Gomillion by Gautam Bhatia

Book Reviews by Kelly Jennings, Paul Kincaid, and Alexander Glass

Climbing Stories by Aliya Whiteley

Mutant Popcorn by Nick Lowe

Ansible Link by David Langford

Folded Spaces by Val Nolan

Zelazny, from A to Z by Alexander Glass

Interzone is edited by Gareth Jelley.