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Lightspeed #89 - October 2017
Edited by John Joseph Adams
Cover Artist: Reiko Murakami
Lightspeed eMagazine  
Date: 30 October 2017

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Here's the 89th issue of Lightspeed with stories by A. Merc Rustad, Hugh Howey, Aliette de Bodard, Adam-Troy Castro, Sofia Samatar, Jeremiah Tolbert, and Rachel Swirsky, along with other features.

Here's the 89th issue of Lightspeed, the online magazine. You can find the issue and how to pay (or not) for it at their website (link at the top of this review). Here are my reviews of the original stories.

The first original science fiction story is "Longing for Stars Once Lost" by A. Merc Rustad. -+- Kitshan's ship is disabled on a planet and must find a way off it. He finds another creature that he helps and finds a more important destiny. Good story.

The second original science fiction story is "What I Told My Little Girl About the Aliens Preparing to Grind Us Into Hamburgers by Adam-Troy Castro. A father explains something very difficult to his four-year-old daughter. Beautifully done.

The two-part original fantasy story, a novella, is "The Dragon of Dread Peak" by Jeremiah Tolbert. -+- This is a sequel to "The Cavern of the Screaming Eye" in the October 2016 issue. Our narrator, Ivan (nickname "Flip"), tells us that his after-school job is "closing trans-dimensional portals into pocket-worlds full of dangerous monsters and traps". He and his team had good initial success in that previous story. They had been running "low threat level, poorly synced dungeons as practice" and had problems. The latest run had ended in a disaster like the previous six. In this story, they have to steal something from a dragon. When that fails and his friend is a prisoner, Flip, with the help of The Thing Between, must learn to use a secret power he did not know he had. And he finds out something about his missing brother, Rash. I liked this a lot, even more than the first story. Can't wait for the next one.

A 2017 reprint fantasy story, which I will review, is "Becoming" by Rachel Swirsky. Morgan becomes a vampire and that's just the beginning of her becomings. Amusing.

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.

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