Lightspeed #18 - November 2011
Edited by John Joseph Adams
Cover Artist: Elena Bespalova
Review by Sam Tomaino
Lightspeed Online Magazine
Date: 29 November 2011
Links: Lightspeed Magazine / Pub Info / Table of Contents /
Here is the eighteenth 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.
"How Maartje and Uppinder Terraformed Mars (Marsmen Trad.)" by Lisa Nohealani Morton. Ravenna tells us how the arrival of her parents changed the planet Mars. It's all done like a fable and quite delightful to read.
The "Houses" in Mark Pantoja's story are intelligent ones in a world in which the humans have disappeared. We are not told how. The Houses use androids to get around. Our narrator House likes to keep things nice in case the owners return. A bear broke in and did some damage. He is going to use the android to do repairs. We meet other Houses and learn that some are developing personalities and starting to lead their own lives. This is Pantoja's first published story and it will be interesting to see how his career develops.
The eighteenth issue of Lightspeed had some good stories. I do recommend that you check out their web site and support them in some way.