Lightspeed #90 - November 2017
Edited by John Joseph Adams
Cover Artist: Galen Dara
Review by Sam Tomaino
Date: 28 November 2017
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Here's the 90th 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 review). Here are my reviews of the original stories.
The first original science fiction story is "A Vortal in Midtown" by Ashok K. Banker. -+- A vortal (vertically integrated portal) opens up in the heart of Manhattan about six feet above the ground. It's only microscopic at first but starts to grow. It kills a bird, then a person driving a car and the car hits two more people killing them. A woman named Susan gets her hand stuck in it and a policewoman does the same. It begins to get into their minds. What can they do? Interesting idea with good characters.
The second original science fiction story is "Cake Baby (A Kango and Sharon Adventure)" by Charlie Jane Anders. -+- Kango, Sharon, Jara and Noreen (the ship's computer) figure out a scheme to steal radiation-resistant baby DNA and make them money to pay off the debt on their ship. Things do not go as planned in this wildly amusing adventure.
The first original fantasy story is "The Faerie Tree" by Kathleen Kayembe. -+- Marianne does not like the "beanpole" that got her sister pregnant and married her. When her parents disappear mysteriously at night, she is convinced that he killed them. She knows that the "faerie tree" in the yard has powerful magic and that her grandmother paid a terrible price for a wish from the fairies. What deal can she make? Good fantasy with a really good sense of place.
The second original fantasy story is "A Wound Like an Unplowed Field" by Max Wynne. -+- A witch finds a wounded soldier with an arrow in his leg. She can't pull it out because he would bleed to death. Leaving the arrow in has strange consequences and a solution. Nicely done.
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.