Lightspeed #16 - September 2011
by John Joseph Adams
Edited by John Joseph Adams
Cover Artist: Grzegorz Rutkowski
Review by Sam Tomaino
Lightspeed Online Magazine
Date: 27 September 2011
Links: Lightspeed Magazine / Pub Info / Table of Contents /
Here is the sixteenth issue of Lightspeed, the new online magazine. You can find the issue and how to pay (or not) for it at www.lightspeedmagazine.com. Beginning with the August issue, I instituted a policy of only reviewing original stories. As usual, this magazine has two.
"Join" by Liz Coleman features Derek, a man who has returned to Earth caring for Ngoraich, a baby of the alien race called the Phoeng. They have stopped at Phobos and Deimos on a journey to a place they call the Fountains of God that will take them many years. Derek and Ngoraich are linked and she is absorbing his experiences and memories. These will also make the journey of the Phoeng. Liz Coleman tells they story about Derek and his relationship with his family and how his mother accepts a very unusual grandchild.
In "Thief of Futures" by D. Thomas Minton, our narrator, Eshram Kingston, has been offered a job by a rich man named Naajy Padwal. He wants Eshram to acquire a future for him, the future of a little boy. Trying to make things right for his young daughter, he accepts the job. His wife, Bao, had her future stolen and had wound up dead. He does not want the same thing to happen to his daughter. As one might expect, there is more going on and Eshram must do what he has to do for his daughter. Minton writes a good little story here.
The sixteenth issue of Lightspeed was another good one. I do recommend that you check out their web site at www.lightspeedmagazine.com and support them in some way.