Lightspeed #82 - March 2017
Edited by John Joseph Adams
Cover Artist: Reiko Murakami
Review by Sam Tomaino
Date: 28 March 2017
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Here's the 82nd issue of Lightspeed, the online magazine. You can find the issue and how to pay (or not) for it at their website (see link at the top of this review0. Here are my reviews of the original stories.
The first science fiction story is "The Worldless" by Indrapramit Das. -+- NuTay and Satlyt are dunysar, worldless humans who have been bred to work on the way stations between planets. They are not allowed to leave and have only seen pictures of Earth. But they want to see it for real. Nicely done. Good little story.
The second science fiction story is "Death Every Seventy-Two Minutes" by Adam-Troy Castro. -+- Negelein has visions of dying in bizarre accidents every seventy-two minutes. What is going on? The people he consults hypothesize that he is having visions of himself in alternate universes. They want him to come back for more study. Great little story that you have to have the proper sense of humor for.
The first fantasy story is "The Stone Lover" by Marta Randall. -+- When the good King Agathon dies, his horrible wife Queen Phyrra takes over. She commands a special sculpture from the artist Kyros. She cares for nothing but herself and her stone lover and ignores the people and the gods. Bad idea. Great story. It's been too long since I have read anything by Ms. Randall. I'll have to remedy that.
The second fantasy story is "Soccer Fields and Frozen Lakes" by Greg Kurzawa. -+- This is a series of letters from a man named Chris who is something called a "hybrid" and has been declared not human by the Bureau of Lineage Affairs. This means his sons are not human either. His wife is human but this is not good enough. Time has passed and it seems he was on a not-quite frozen lake with his sons and they drowned. Now he goes back every year on the anniversary of that event to see if his sons will come back. Sad, poignant story but I would have liked a little explanation as to what a "hybrid" is.
Thatís 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.