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Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 103 (December 2018): Lightspeed Magazine, #103
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 108 (May 2019): Lightspeed Magazine, #108
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 100 (September 2018): Lightspeed Magazine, #100
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LIGHTSPEED is a digital 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.

 

Welcome to issue 170 of LIGHTSPEED! Both of our original short SF stories wrestle with meaning and expression. The first is Dominique Dickey's story "The Last Lucid Day," about a technology that gives people with dementia the capacity to know what their last lucid day will be. If you've had family members with this insidious condition, this story will both rip out your heart and give you a hug. Filip Hajdar Drnovsek Zorko's novelette "The Heist for the Soul of Humanity" pulls back its lens to focus on a humanity spread across solar systems, but still struggling to make art outside the grip of corporate giants. On top of the philosophical and sociological musings, this story offers up just what its title promises: a cunning heist adventure. In this month's flash fiction, we have an SF story in the guise of a writing advice column ("The Only Writing Advice You'll Ever Need to Survive Eldritch Horrors" by Aimee Pichi) and "The Aliens Said They Want to Party," a hilarious first contact piece by Joel W.D. Buxton. Of course we have two fantasy flash pieces, as well, including "Songs of the Sorrow of Thorns" from Amayah Perveen, and "A Guide on How to Meet the Deity of Many Faces" from Oyedotun Damilola Muees. Our fantasy short stories include "The Red Queen's Heart" by Vanessa Fogg, the story of a magical market and a powerful woman's purchases. Carrie Vaughn offers us "Between Above and Below," which puts a retired angel in the dangerous position of needing to care about a human.

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Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 103 (December 2018): Lightspeed Magazine, #103
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 108 (May 2019): Lightspeed Magazine, #108
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 100 (September 2018): Lightspeed Magazine, #100

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  • Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 100 (September 2018): Lightspeed Magazine, #100

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    Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 100 (September 2018): Lightspeed Magazine, #100
    Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 100 (September 2018): Lightspeed Magazine, #100

    LIGHTSPEED #1 was launched in June 2010, and now eight years later, we've reached a milestone: Issue 100. To celebrate, we're publishing a super-sized issue, with ten original stories--more than twice the amount of original fiction than usual--plus ten reprints and some special nonfiction to boot. And to make things even more commemorative, the vast majority of our fiction in this issue, both original and reprint, comes from our most frequently published fiction contributors—the LIGHTSPEEDiest writers to ever LIGHTSPEED. It's a distillation of what we're made of, and we're beyond excited to share it with all of you. Our cover art this month comes from Hugo award-winning artist (and fifty-three-time LIGHTSPEED illustrator) Galen Dara, illustrating new science fiction from Vylar Kaftan: "Her Monster, Whom She Loved." We also have new SF from Carrie Vaughn ("Harry and Marlowe and the Secret of Ahomana"), Adam-Troy Castro ("The Last to Matter"), Ken Liu ("The Explainer"), and Sofia Samatar ("Hard Mary"), plus reprints from A. Merc Rustad ("How to Become a Robot in 12 Easy Steps"), Charles Yu ("NPC"), Caroline M. Yoachim ("Stone Wall Truth"), An Owomoyela ("Travelling Into Nothing"), Seanan McGuire ("Frontier ABCs: The Life and Times of Charity Smith, Schoolteacher"), and David Barr Kirtley ("They Go Bump"). On the fantasy side of the ledger, we're featuring new work from Maria Dahvana Headley ("You Pretend Like You Never Met Me, and I'll Pretend Like I Never Met You"), Cadwell Turnbull ("Jump"), Genevieve Valentine ("Abandonware"), Sam J. Miller ("Conspicuous Plumage"), and Kat Howard ("A Brief Guide to the Seeking of Ghosts"), plus we have reprints from Yoon Ha Lee ("The Coin of Heart's Desire"), Theodora Goss ("Elena's Egg"), Charlie Jane Anders ("The Super Ultra Duchess of Fedora Forest"), and Jeremiah Tolbert ("The Girl with Sun in Her Head"). We've also got an array of nonfiction features, including a special celebration of our contributors' and staff members' favorite LIGHTSPEED stories of all-time, and then our novel excerpt this month is from Gene Doucette's THE SPACESHIP NEXT DOOR.

  • Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 103 (December 2018): Lightspeed Magazine, #103

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    Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 103 (December 2018): Lightspeed Magazine, #103
    Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 103 (December 2018): Lightspeed Magazine, #103

    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, our cover art comes from Marcel Mercado, illustrating the first story in a new series of fantasy shorts by Ashok K. Banker--"A Love Story Written on Water." Plus, we have a mouth-watering new short fantasy piece by Shaenon K. Garrity ("Grandma Novak's Famous Nut Roll"), and fantasy reprints by Adam-Troy Castro ("Of a Sweet Slow Dance in the Wake of Temporary Dogs") and Karen Lord ("The Counsellor Crow"). For science fiction, we have original shorts by Lizz Huerta ("Mouths") and Seanan McGuire ("Under the Sea of Stars"). We're also featuring SF reprints by Kim Stanley Robinson ("Remaking History") and Maurice Broaddus ("Vade Retro Satana"). All that, and of course we also have our usual assortment of author spotlights, along with our book and media review columns. For our ebook readers, we also have an ebook-exclusive novella reprint--"All the Flavors" by Ken Liu--and an excerpt from Mirah Bolender's debut novel, CITY OF BROKEN MAGIC.

  • Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 108 (May 2019): Lightspeed Magazine, #108

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    Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 108 (May 2019): Lightspeed Magazine, #108
    Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 108 (May 2019): Lightspeed Magazine, #108

    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. Usually, artwork is commissioned to illustrate a story, but we're turning things on their heads! Our cover this month is from the multi-award-winning artist Julie Dillon, and it served as the inspiration for Kathleen Kayembe's science fantasy novelette "The Ocean That Fades Into Sky." It's a tale that asks "What happens to the gods of a planet when human beings arrive to terraform it?" If you're a fan of superhero stories, you'll enjoy the new fantasy short from Adam-Troy Castro called "The Minor Superhero at Home, After His Series Ends." We also have fantasy reprints by Debbie Urbanski ("The Portal") and Kurt Fawver ("The Convexity of Our Youth"). Our first original SF short is set in a war-torn futuristic India. It's called "This Way to Paradise," by Rati Mehrotra. Our other piece of original science fiction--Matthew Kressel's "Truth Is Like the Sun"--looks at the effects of the first pop music concert broadcast from space. We're also reprinting science fiction by Max Gladstone ("The Iron Man") and Nancy Kress ("Cocoons"). Of course in the nonfiction department, we have our usual assortment of author spotlights. Our feature interview is with frequent LIGHTSPEED contributor Ashok K. Banker. We also have the latest installments in our book and media review columns. If you're an ebook reader, you'll get to enjoy an ebook-exclusive reprint of "Fallow" by Sofia Samatar, and an excerpt from AN ILLUSION OF THIEVES by Cate Glass.

  • Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 135 (August 2021): Lightspeed Magazine, #135

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    Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 135 (August 2021): Lightspeed Magazine, #135
    Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 135 (August 2021): Lightspeed Magazine, #135

    LIGHTSPEED is a digital 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.   Welcome to issue 135 of LIGHTSPEED! This month's science fiction originals include a cyberpunk-flavored tale of mind control from Andrea Chapela (translated by Emma Torzs): "Now You Feel It." If you are a fan of Oliver Twist (or if you grew up in the 1980s, Oliver and Company), then our SF short story "Anything Short of Death Is Survivable" (by David Anaxagoras) will leave you saying "Please sir. I want some more . . . dangerous space salvage missions and mistreated orphans." Nelly Geraldine Garcia Rosas takes you on a trip to Titan in her flash piece "Before the Haze Devours You." Our reprint this month is from Maurice Broaddus ("City of Refuge"). Our first full-length fantasy short (and at 10,000 words, this one's a novelette) is "Now You See Me" by Justin C. Key-the story of an art exhibit with powerful consequences. In "The Tale of Jaja and Canti," Tobi Ogundirian brings us the story of a boy created by magic and the mother he's always yearned to find. Our flash story this month is the very touching "My Sister Is a Scorpion" from Isabel Canas. And our fantasy reprint is Sheree Renee Thomas's "Ancestries." All that, and of course we also have our usual assortment of author spotlights, along with book reviews from our terrific review team. Our ebook readers will also enjoy an excerpt from THE ALL-CONSUMING WORLD by Cassandra Khaw from Erewhon Books.

  • Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 120 (May 2020): Lightspeed Magazine, #120

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    Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 120 (May 2020): Lightspeed Magazine, #120
    Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 120 (May 2020): Lightspeed Magazine, #120

    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.   Welcome to LIGHTSPEED's 120th issue. This month's cover is from Galen Dara, illustrating a new science fiction short by Adam-Troy Castro. If you've ever wondered how a time traveler would see your personal problems, be sure to read Castro's new "The Time Traveler's Advice to the Lovelorn." Ada Hoffmann has created a future where AIs are gods and angels are cyborgs in "Melting Like Metal." We also have SF reprints by Alex Irvine ("One Hundred Sentences About the City of the Future") and Charlie Jane Anders ("Rager in Space"). Millie Ho spins a story of fire, rebirth, and love in her new fantasy short "The Fenghuang." Alexander Weinstein also tackles issues of the heart in his new "Destinations of Love." Our fantasy reprints are from Carmen Maria Machado ("I Bury Myself") and C. Robert Cargill ("We Are Where the Nightmares Go"). All that, and of course we also have our usual assortment of author spotlights, along with our book and media review columns. Our feature interview is with Stephen Graham Jones. Our ebook readers will also enjoy a book excerpt from Molly Tanzer's CREATURES OF CHARM AND HUNGER.

  • Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 107 (April 2019): Lightspeed Magazine, #107

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    Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 107 (April 2019): Lightspeed Magazine, #107
    Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 107 (April 2019): Lightspeed Magazine, #107

    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. Ever wonder what it would be like if archaeology could skip digging in the dirt and just go straight to excavating time? Caroline M. Yoachim explores just this idea in her new short story "The Archronology of Love." Our cover art this month, from Reiko Murakami, illustrates this story. Our other original SF short is by Matthew Corradi ("Gundark Island, or Tars Tarkas Needs Your Help"), taking us adventuring with a group of boys and their very interesting companion. You can also enjoy SF reprints by Cory Doctorow ("To Market, To Market: The Branding of Billy Bailey") and Michael Swanwick ("The She-Wolf's Hidden Grin"). Ashok K. Banker's Legends of the Burnt Empire series comes to an explosive conclusion in "The Seeds of War," a new story about Vrath and the terrible repercussions of his vows. Shweta Adhyam takes a look at the pros and cons of prophecy in her new story "A Conch-Shell's Notes." We also have fantasy reprints by Carmen Maria Machado ("Blur") and Carrie Vaughn ("The Lady of Shalott"). All that, and of course we also have our usual assortment of author spotlights, along with our book and media review columns. We also have an interview with Rebecca Roanhorse. For our ebook readers, we also have a reprint of the novella "The Speed of Belief," by Robert Reed. You can also enjoy an excerpt from the novel UPON A BURNING THRONE, by Ashok K. Banker.

  • Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 101 (October 2018): Lightspeed Magazine, #101

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    Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 101 (October 2018): Lightspeed Magazine, #101
    Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 101 (October 2018): Lightspeed Magazine, #101

    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, our cover art is by Reiko Murakami, illustrating new science fiction from Dale Bailey ("The Horror of Party Beach"). We also have new SF from Molly Tanzer ("The Real YouTM"), along with SF reprints by Adrienne Celt ("Big Boss Bitch") and Jack Skillingstead ("Tribute"). Our original fantasy shorts are by Cameron Van Sant ("Super-Luminous Spiral") and Mel Kassel ("Ten Deals with the Indigo Snake"). We also have fantasy reprints by Silvia Moreno-Garcia ("Kaleidoscope") and Alex Irvine ("The Dream Curator"). All that, and of course we also have our usual assortment of author spotlights, along with our book and media review columns. We also have a feature interview with author Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah. Our e-book exclusive novella reprint is "Investments" by Walter Jon Williams. Ebook readers can also enjoy an extract from Dale Bailey's new novel IN THE NIGHT WOOD.

  • Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 104 (January 2019): Lightspeed Magazine, #104

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    Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 104 (January 2019): Lightspeed Magazine, #104
    Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 104 (January 2019): Lightspeed Magazine, #104

    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, our cover art comes from Reiko Murakami, illustrating a brand-new short story set in A. Merc Rustad's Sun Lords of the Principality series: "With Teeth Unmake the Sun." Our other original science fiction story, "Midway," by Tony Ballantyne, is about living life as an intergalactic wanderer. We also have SF reprints by Roger Zelazny ("The Engine at Heartspring's Center") and Sarah Micklem ("The Book Collector"). Our original fantasy stories include the second installment of Ashok K. Banker's Legends of the Burnt Empire series--and if family sagas are for you, you definitely won't want to miss this new story, "Son of Water and Fire." Meg Elison digs into family drama, too, in our second fantasy original, "Endor House," which is one witchy reporter's attempt to tell the story of a family of magical innovators. We also have fantasy reprints by Emily B. Cataneo ("The Emerald Coat and Other Wishes") and E. Lily Yu ("The Pilgrim and the Angel"). Our nonfiction lovers will enjoy our usual assortment of author spotlights, along with our book and media review columns. We're also excited to bring you a feature interview with Henry Lien, who is not only creating inspiring fantasy fiction for younger readers, but who once served as LIGHTSPEED's art director. We couldn't be happier for his success! For our ebook readers, we have an ebook-exclusive reprint of the fantasy novella "What There Was to See," by Maria Dahvana Headley, and an excerpt from Charlie Jane Anders' new novel, THE CITY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT.

  • Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 109 (June 2019): Lightspeed Magazine, #109

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    Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 109 (June 2019): Lightspeed Magazine, #109
    Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 109 (June 2019): Lightspeed Magazine, #109

    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 Deji Bryce Olukotun serves up a complicated story of morality, justice and interstellar cannibalism in "Between the Dark and the Dark." In her new SF tale "The Harvest of a Half-Known Life", G.V. Anderson creates a post-apocalyptic world where knowledge is precious, but so is your hair and skin. We also have SF reprints by Ken Liu ("An Advanced Reader's Picture Book of Comparative Cognition") and Yoon Ha Lee ("Warhosts"). Isabel Cañas knits fantasy and romance in "The Weight of a Thousand Needles," and Caspian Gray's "Unpublished Gay Cancer Survivor Memoir" adds magic to an unpromising millenial's life. Our fantasy reprints are from the legendary Karen Joy Fowler ("The Last Worders") and Ellen Kushner ("When Two Swordsmen Meet"). All that, and of course we also have our usual assortment of author spotlights, along with our book and media review columns. We'll also have an interview with debut novelist--and frequent LIGHTSPEED contributor--Cadwell Turnbull. Our ebook readers will enjoy an ebook-exclusive reprint of the novella "Dust to Dust," by Tochi Onyebuchi. We also have a pair of excerpts this month: one from Bryan Camp's new novel GATHER THE FORTUNES, and one from Peter Cawdron's book REENTRY.

  • Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 122 (July 2020): Lightspeed Magazine, #122

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    Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 122 (July 2020): Lightspeed Magazine, #122
    Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 122 (July 2020): Lightspeed Magazine, #122

    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. Welcome to LIGHTSPEED's 122nd issue! Our cover art this month is from Galen Dara, illustrating our first original fantasy short of the month: "Baba Yaga and the Seven Hills," by Kristina Ten. Is there a place for a centuries-old Russian witch in San Francisco? You'd be surprised! Mari Ness takes us to Neverland in her piratical tale of "Great Gerta and the Mermaid." Plus, we have fantasy reprints by Benjamin Rosenbaum ("A Siege of Cranes") and Kiini Ibura Salaam ("Rosamojo"). During lockdown, it was hard not to think in terms of apocalypses. Things were so strange, so upended and lonely, that it seemed like the end of, if not the world, normal life. Luckily for us, apocalypse is always on Adam-Troy Castro's mind. He's given us a new story about different kinds of apocalypses in "The End of The World Measured in Values of N." Ray Nayler returns with an SF original ("The Swallows of the Storm") about a scientist researching an inexplicable phenomenon. We also have reprints by Tochi Onyebuchi ("Zen and the Art of an Android Beatdown, or Cecile Meets a Boxer: A Love Story") and Annalee Newitz ("The Blue Fairy's Manifesto"). Our nonfiction team brings our usual assortment of author spotlights, along with our book and media review columns. Our feature interview is with Alaya Dawn Johnson. Our ebook readers will also enjoy an excerpt from Ryan Van Loan's debut novel, THE SIN IN THE STEEL.

  • Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 105 (February 2019): Lightspeed Magazine, #105

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    Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 105 (February 2019): Lightspeed Magazine, #105
    Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 105 (February 2019): Lightspeed Magazine, #105

    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, Matthew Baker looks beyond ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK to imagine the future of corrections. Is his idea better than our current prison system? Decide for yourself after you read "Life Sentence." If you like your science fiction with a steampunk flavor, we're happy to share "Harry and Marlowe and the Disinclined Laboratory," the latest installment in Carrie Vaughn's The Aetherian Revolution series. We also have SF reprints from Elizabeth Bear ("Okay, Glory") and Gord Sellar ("The Incursus by Asimov-NN#71"). Our fantasy selections start off with an original take on Canadian folklore from KT Bryski: "Ti-Jean's Last Adventure, as Told to Raccoon," a tale of trickster versus trickster. The saga of Vrath and Sha'ant continues in the newest installment of Ashok K. Banker's Legends of the Burnt Empire, "The Terrible Oath." We also have fantasy reprints by Crystal Koo ("The Perpetual Day") and Dennis Danvers ("Healing Benjamin"). Our nonfiction lovers will enjoy our usual assortment of author spotlights, along with our book and media review columns. We also have an interview with author Lilliam Rivera. For our ebook readers, we have an ebook-exclusive reprint of Kat Howard's novella "Hath No Fury." Our book excerpt is from Micah Dean Hicks' new novel, BREAK THE BODIES, HAUNT THE BONES.

  • Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 127 (December 2020): Lightspeed Magazine, #127

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    Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 127 (December 2020): Lightspeed Magazine, #127
    Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 127 (December 2020): Lightspeed Magazine, #127

    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.   Welcome to LIGHTSPEED's 127th issue! Our first piece of original science fiction is a deep dive into pop culture that will have you rethinking your relationship with advertising: "You Mind Is the Superfund Site," by writing duo Andrew Dana Hudson and C.Y. Ballard. Ben H. Winters brings us a twisted little piece of double-speak in his new story "PARTY TIME!" We also have SF reprints by Jennifer Marie Brisset ("The Executioner") and S.L. Huang ("The Woman Who Destroyed Us"). Our first piece of original fantasy this month is by Kali Wallace ("The Salt Warrior"), the story of a woman surviving her society . . . and its destruction. Plus, P H Lee is back with an original fairy tale: "Ann-of-Rags." We also have reprints by Maurice Broaddus ("Ah Been Buked") and Sofia Samatar ("An Account of the Land of Witches"). All that, and of course we also have our usual assortment of author spotlights, along with our book and media review columns. Our feature interview is with E. Lily Yu. Our ebook readers will also enjoy an excerpt from Sam J. Miller's new novel THE BLADE BETWEEN.

  • Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 110 (July 2019): Lightspeed Magazine, #110

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    Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 110 (July 2019): Lightspeed Magazine, #110
    Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 110 (July 2019): Lightspeed Magazine, #110

    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 features artwork from Sam Schechter, illustrating a brand-new science fiction story by Violet Allen ("The Null Space Conundrum"). This story is a wild adventure that's just as colorful as its artwork! Also, if you're the type of person who ever wondered what happened to the golf balls Alan Shepard smacked around on the moon, our new story from Andrew Penn Romine ("Miles and Miles and Miles") might hold an answer. We also have SF reprints by Karen Lord ("The Mysteries") and Indrapramit Das ("The Moon Is Not A Battlefield"). Our first original fantasy story this month, "Ahura Yazda, The Great Extraordinary" by Senaa Ahmad, gives us to some fantastical creatures . . . trying to make a quiet life in Canada's farm country. We also have some salty new fiction from Adam-Troy Castro ("Sand Castles"), as well as fantasy reprints by J. Anderson Coats ("Mother Carey's Table") and Micah Dean Hicks ("Song Beneath the City"). All that, and of course we also have our usual assortment of author spotlights, along with our book and media review columns. For our ebook readers, we also have and an excerpt from Sarah Gailey's new novel, Magic for Liars.

  • Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 113 (October 2019): Lightspeed Magazine, #113

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    Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 113 (October 2019): Lightspeed Magazine, #113
    Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 113 (October 2019): Lightspeed Magazine, #113

    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. Welcome to LLIGHTSPEED's 113th issue! This month's first original short story comes from E. Lily Yu--and it's a classic tale of a naïve prince, a scheming queen, and a good-hearted cook. So where do the deer come in? You'll have to read "The Valley of Wounded Deer" to find out. Our other original fantasy short ("Windrose in Scarlet") is by Isabel Yap, who plaits two well-known fairy tales into a brand-new story. We also have fantasy reprints by Kai Ashante Wilson ("«Légendaire.»") and Ken Liu ("The Hidden Girl"). Our science fiction shorts include an original story by Eli Brown, "Nesting Habits of Enceladan Jade Beetles," which takes us on a scientific expedition to icy Enceladus. Once you defrost from that chilly read, warm up with Ray Nayler's new short, "The Death of Fire Station 10," a thoughtful muse on intelligence in all its forms. We also have SF reprints by Sam J. Miller ("The Beasts We Want to Be") and WC Dunlap ("Revival"). Of course we also have our usual assortment of author spotlights, book and media review columns, and a feature interview with Valerie Valdes. Our ebook readers will also enjoy an excerpt from Cixin Liu's new novel, SUPERNOVA ERA.

  • Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 116 (January 2020): Lightspeed Magazine, #116

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    Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 116 (January 2020): Lightspeed Magazine, #116
    Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 116 (January 2020): Lightspeed Magazine, #116

    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. Welcome to LIGHTSPEED's 116th issue! This month, both our SF originals wrestle with alternate realities. In "The Men Who Change the World," writer Christopher East creates an alternate Earth with peace, prosperity...and a mysterious corporate entity that's more than it seems. In our second original short, "She'd Never Had a Name Before," J.R. Dawson gives her main character the opportunity to meet the sister she never got to grow up with. Will blood prove thicker than dimensionality? We also have SF reprints by duo Jason M. Hough & Ramez Naam ("All Together Now") and N.K. Jemisin ("The Ones Who Stay and Fight"). Our original fantasy shorts explore some very unusual travel destinations. First, we have a story by Alexander Weinstein called "Destinations of Joy," which will make you wish you could hop on a plane headed straight into Alexander's imagination. Then we have a new story by long-time LIGHTSPEED contributor Adam-Troy Castro: "Fortune's Final Hand," which takes us to a gambling town that makes Las Vegas look pretty boring by comparison. Plus, we have fantasy reprints by Kij Johnson ("Story Kit") and M. Rickert ("Holiday"). Our feature interview this month is with author Tochi Onyebuchi. We also have our usual assortment of author spotlights, along with our book and media review columns. For our ebook readers, we also have an excerpt from Sarah Kozloff's A QUEEN IN HIDING.

  • Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 102 (November 2018): Lightspeed Magazine, #102

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    Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 102 (November 2018): Lightspeed Magazine, #102
    Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 102 (November 2018): Lightspeed Magazine, #102

    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.

  • Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 119 (April 2020): Lightspeed Magazine, #119

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    Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 119 (April 2020): Lightspeed Magazine, #119
    Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 119 (April 2020): Lightspeed Magazine, #119

    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.   Welcome to LIGHTSPEED's 119th issue. We're really excited to share "The Least of These," a brand-new short by Veronica Roth! We also have a snapshot of what creativity will look like in the future in Andrew Dana Hudson's new short, "Voice of Their Generation." Our SF reprints are by Yoon Ha Lee ("Always the Harvest") and Vandana Singh ("A Subtle Web"). Our new fantasy short by Celeste Rita Baker ("Glass Bottle Dancer") might make you appreciate the insects in your world just a little bit more. Rati Mehrotra writes about love, loss, and witchcraft in a new short called "The Witch Speaks." We also have fantasy reprints by Caleb Wilson ("Bow Down Before the Snail King!") and Fred Van Lente ("Neversleeps"). Of course we also have our usual assortment of author spotlights, along with our book and media review columns. Our feature interview will be with Katie M. Flynn. Our ebook readers will also enjoy an excerpt from the aforementioned Veronica Roth's new novel, CHOSEN ONES.

  • Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 117 (February 2020): Lightspeed Magazine, #117

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    Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 117 (February 2020): Lightspeed Magazine, #117
    Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 117 (February 2020): Lightspeed Magazine, #117

    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. Welcome to LIGHTSPEED's 117th issue! Our first SF short of the issue ("How We Burn," by Brenda Peynado) takes us into a future where helicopter parents have gone way too far. How are kids supposed to rebel when they have the expectations of four generations weighing on their shoulders? Then we swoop a little bit closer to our own future in JT Petty's "The Gamecocks," which explores what will happen to America's working class once self-driving vehicles become commonplace. We also have SF reprints by Victor LaValle ("Ark of Light") and Maria Romasco-Moore ("Dying Light"). The multi-award-winning Kij Johnson brings us a brand new fantasy short from the perspective of a bird: "Noah's Raven." You might remember Alexander Weinstein's travel guides from last month's "Destinations of Joy." Well, for every great travel adventure, there's an equally terrible one, and this month he's bringing us a new short called "Toxic Destinations." You might want to cancel your magical plane tickets! We also have fantasy reprints by Daniel José Older ("A Stranger at the Bochinche") and Theodora Goss ("A Statement in the Case"). Our interview this month is with author Nino Cipri, discussing all things labor union and IKEA (yes, IKEA). Of course we also have our usual assortment of author spotlights, along with our book and media review columns. Our ebook readers will also enjoy an excerpt