Lightspeed #92 - January 2018
Edited by John Joseph Adams
Cover Artist: Alan Bao
Review by Sam Tomaino
Date: 26 January 2018
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Here's the 92nd issue of Lightspeed, the online magazine. You can find the issue and how to pay (or not) for it at their website. Here are my reviews of the original stories.
The first original science fiction story is "The Streets of Babel" by Adam-Troy Castro. -+- A man who lives out in the open with only his spear is captured by a city who forces him into a pointless life for months. He eventually finds out what it wants from him. Nightmarish. Great story which certainly works as an allegory for life.
The second original science fiction story is "The Eyes of the Flood" by Susan Jane Bigelow. -+- The "you" in this story is the survivor of a nuclear war and its aftermath of plague and environmental disaster. Her family is dead but she survives, although she has changed. But what has she become? Good story. Well told.
The first original fantasy story is "The Substance of Our Lives, the Accidents of Our Births" by Josť Pablo Iriarte. -+- Jamie is sixteen-years-old and is biologically a boy, but identifying as a girl. But there is more to her than that. She remembers past lives in which she was male and female. A man in his 60s moves into her trailer park with his family. He is a convicted murderer who has served his time. Jamie realizes that he is the man convicted of murdering, Janie, one of her past selves 40 years ago. She knows that he is innocent and decides to do something about it. Good portrayal of Jamie and what she is experiencing along with telling a good story besides that.
The second original fantasy story is "The Court Magician" by Sarah Pinsker. -+- A boy is taught magic tricks to perform in the streets of the city and then is taught a magic word to become court magician and make the Regent's problems disappear. But he always loses something, frequently a body part. He finally asks "Why?" A nicely told fairy tale.
That's the latest issue of Lightspeed. You can access the stories for free. Check out their website (see link at the top of this review) and support them, if you want to, in some way.