Lightspeed #80 - January 2017
Edited by John Joseph Adams
Cover Artist: Galen Dara
Review by Sam Tomaino
Date: 28 January 2017
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Here's the 80th issue of Lightspeed, the online magazine, You can find the issue and how to pay for it (or not) at their website (see link at the top of this review). Here are my reviews of the original stories.
The first original science fiction story is "The Whole Crew Hates Me" by Adam-Troy Castro. -+- Our narrator is part of a crew transporting cryogenically-frozen colonists on a twelve-year trip. The problem is that they all hate him and have made his life Hell. His response to this is surprising. Another perfect little story from one of the best.
The second original science fiction story is "Nine-Tenths of the Law" by Molly Tanzer. -+- Donna's husband, Jared, works at Denver International Airport. After an odd workplace accident, she finds him acting strangely. Turns out he's sharing his body with an alien named Glreerak as part of a top-secret experiment. She finds she likes Glreerak better. Good story.
The first original fantasy story is "Seven Salt Tears" by Kat Howard. -+- Mara's mother tells the tales of the sea, of selkies and mermaids. Mara feels a connection to the sea that she does not understand until she turns 18. Beautiful and poignant.
The second original fantasy story is "The West Topeka Triangle" by Jeremiah Tolbert. -+- Jason has a theory about why his classmates are disappearing. He thinks it's something like the Bermuda Triangle. He finds himself standing up to a bully and his cruel stepdad. What is really going on his world? Not much of an ending.
That's the latest issue of Lightspeed. You can access the stories for free. Check out their website and support them, if you want to, in some way.