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Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 102 (November 2018)

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LIGHTSPEED is an online science fiction and fantasy magazine. In its pages, you will find science fiction: from near-future, sociological soft SF, to far-future, star-spanning hard SF--and fantasy: from epic fantasy, sword-and-sorcery, and contemporary urban tales, to magical realism, science-fantasy, and folktales. This month's cover art is by Galen Dara, illustrating an LIGHTSPEED is an online science fiction and fantasy magazine. In its pages, you will find science fiction: from near-future, sociological soft SF, to far-future, star-spanning hard SF--and fantasy: from epic fantasy, sword-and-sorcery, and contemporary urban tales, to magical realism, science-fantasy, and folktales. This month's cover art is by Galen Dara, illustrating an original fantasy short story by Theodora Goss ("Queen Lily"). We also have new short fiction from Matthew Hughes ("Hapthorn's Last Case"), and fantasy reprints by Cadwell Turnbull ("Other Worlds and This One") and Sofia Samatar ("Meet Me In Iram"). We have original science fiction by Theodore McCombs ("Talk to Your Children about Two-Tongued Jeremy") and Stephen Graham Jones ("Moon Boys"), along with SF reprints by Charles Yu ("America: The Ride") and Maureen McHugh ("Oversite"). Our nonfiction team brings us our usual assortment of author spotlights, along with our book and media review columns. Our feature interview is with author Andy Duncan. For our e-book readers, this month's novella reprint is "Trinity," by Nancy Kress. We also have an excerpt from Molly Tanzer's new novel, CREATURES OF WANT AND RUIN.


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LIGHTSPEED is an online science fiction and fantasy magazine. In its pages, you will find science fiction: from near-future, sociological soft SF, to far-future, star-spanning hard SF--and fantasy: from epic fantasy, sword-and-sorcery, and contemporary urban tales, to magical realism, science-fantasy, and folktales. This month's cover art is by Galen Dara, illustrating an LIGHTSPEED is an online science fiction and fantasy magazine. In its pages, you will find science fiction: from near-future, sociological soft SF, to far-future, star-spanning hard SF--and fantasy: from epic fantasy, sword-and-sorcery, and contemporary urban tales, to magical realism, science-fantasy, and folktales. This month's cover art is by Galen Dara, illustrating an original fantasy short story by Theodora Goss ("Queen Lily"). We also have new short fiction from Matthew Hughes ("Hapthorn's Last Case"), and fantasy reprints by Cadwell Turnbull ("Other Worlds and This One") and Sofia Samatar ("Meet Me In Iram"). We have original science fiction by Theodore McCombs ("Talk to Your Children about Two-Tongued Jeremy") and Stephen Graham Jones ("Moon Boys"), along with SF reprints by Charles Yu ("America: The Ride") and Maureen McHugh ("Oversite"). Our nonfiction team brings us our usual assortment of author spotlights, along with our book and media review columns. Our feature interview is with author Andy Duncan. For our e-book readers, this month's novella reprint is "Trinity," by Nancy Kress. We also have an excerpt from Molly Tanzer's new novel, CREATURES OF WANT AND RUIN.

15 review for Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 102 (November 2018)

  1. 4 out of 5

    G33z3r

    I guess I'm a bit of a troglodyte these days. I like my stories with an actual, comprehensible narrative flow; I don't like a pile of angst (I have my own problems to deal with, and read for escape); and, I consider Literature, pronounced disdainfully with a capital "L", a pejorative. So this issue didn't have much of interest to me. "Hapthorn’s Last Case" by Matthew Hughes An entertaining story set in a future with lots of AI assistants has a Great Detective who was about to retire take on one mo I guess I'm a bit of a troglodyte these days. I like my stories with an actual, comprehensible narrative flow; I don't like a pile of angst (I have my own problems to deal with, and read for escape); and, I consider Literature, pronounced disdainfully with a capital "L", a pejorative. So this issue didn't have much of interest to me. "Hapthorn’s Last Case" by Matthew Hughes An entertaining story set in a future with lots of AI assistants has a Great Detective who was about to retire take on one more mystery on behalf of an acquaintance, only to become involved in an even bigger mystery. Enjoyable enough to be worth the read. ***1/2* "Talk to Your Children about Two-Tongued Jeremy" by Theodore McCombs The titular Jeremy is a lizard-avatar for a tutoring app that's a little too good at motivation. OK. *** "Trinity" by Nancy Kress A "scientific cult" is trying to contact God via drugs, sensory-deprivation chambers, and psychic links between twins (or, in this case, clones.) I usually enjoy Kress's stories, but this one, from 19, 83 didn't take me anywhere I was interested in. (At least it had an actual narrative.) **1/2* "Moonboys" by Stephen Graham Jones How to be angsty when your BFF gets killed by a random event. At least it was short. *1/2* "America: The Ride" by Charles Yu An allegory about life as a carnival ride that seems more like a train. As Ferris Bueller said, "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." ** "Oversite" by Maureen F. McHugh This whiny story on overprotective parenting has no scifi elements (oooh, there's a website.) * "Queen Lily" by Theodora Goss A mashup of Lewis Carroll fantasy with... something. Disappointed. I liked Goss's The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter, but I can't figure out the point of his story. * "Meet Me in Iram" by Sofia Samatar Another mashup of incomprehensiblity. Other Worlds and This One by Cadwell Turnbull Wallows in angst as man who can see alternate worlds finds them all equally miserable for multiple generations of drug addicts I didn't give a shit about. I liked his character's theory of collapsing quantum wave functions, though. *

  2. 5 out of 5

    Hannu Venesperä

  3. 4 out of 5

    Annette

  4. 5 out of 5

    Anthony

  5. 4 out of 5

    ghost

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sean Allphin

  7. 4 out of 5

    Maya Gu

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan

  9. 4 out of 5

    Paul

  10. 5 out of 5

    aNDreas Bolotă

  11. 4 out of 5

    Chris Hyde

  12. 4 out of 5

    Art

  13. 5 out of 5

    Slasha482

  14. 5 out of 5

    Russel

  15. 4 out of 5

    Miuna

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