Lightspeed #12 - May 2011
Edited by John Joseph Adams
Cover Artist: Julie Dillon
Review by Sam Tomaino
Date: 26 May 2011 / Pub Info / Table of Contents /
Here's the twelfth issue of Lightspeed a new online magazine with stories by Eric Gregory, Tessa Mellas, Nancy Kress, and Alastair Reynolds along with Author Spotlights on all of them, and non-fiction articles by Dr. Pamela Gay, Evil Monkey, and Laura Waterstripe, along with Genevieve Valentine's Feature Interview with Jill Tarter, SETI Director
Here is the twelfth issue of Lightspeed, the new online magazine. You can find the issue and how to pay (or not) for it at www.lightspeedmagazine.com.
The fiction begins with an original story, "The Harrowers" by Eric Gregory. This takes place in a zombie apocalypse future. Ezekel and Xin help a young man who calls himself P.K. who is looking for his father, lost in the wilds of North Carolina where he was preaching to zombies and then killing them (or releasing their souls). Eventually Ez and Xin find out more of what is going on in this okay story.
Next, is a reprint, "Bibi From Jupiter" by Tessa Mellas (originally published in StoryQuarterly in 2007). Angela has a what is very much a typical roommate problem for your average college freshman. Her roommate is different. She's an asexual alien from Jupiter. This results in different phases she hates Bibi for a while but, then, gets to like her. This was another “okay” story. I doubt it needed to be reprinted.
Then, it's another original, "Eliot Wrote" by Nancy Kress. Eliot's father is a mathematician who has gone a little "funny". He is convinced he saw the image of Zeus on a strawberry toaster pastry and it shook the roots of his world. He became violent and was institutionalized. All this is hard on Eliot in this unusual, but well-written story.
The fiction concludes with another reprint, "Scales" by Alastair Reynolds (originally published in The Guardian in 2009). Nico signs up to fight the lizards who launched an unprovoked attack on Earth colonies on Mars and the Moon. They've also driven humanity underground. Of course, things are not that simple. Reynolds does a very good job of showing how things can change in war.
The twelfth issue of Lightspeed was a pretty good one. I do recommend that you check out their web site at www.lightspeedmagazine.com and support them in some way.