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Lightspeed #57 - February 2015
Edited by John Joseph Adams
Cover Artist: Julie Dillon
Review by Sam Tomaino
Lightspeed eZine / Magazine  
Date: 26 February 2015

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Here's the 57th issue of Lightspeed with stories by Brooke Bolander, John Kessel, Caroline M. Yoachim, David Barr Kirtley, Mary Rickert, Maria Dahvana Headley, Adam-Troy Castro, and Will Kaufman, along with Author Spotlights on all of them (and Artist Spotlight on cover artist Julie Dillon), along with other features.

Here's the 57th 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 "And You Shall Know Her By The Trail of Dead" by Brooke Bolander, a novelette. -+- Rack and Rhye are two cyborgs that meet and fall in love. Rhye, the female, is the more hardass of the two and is put to the test when Rack is put out of commission. This just goes too long.

The second original science fiction story is "Red Planet" by Caroline M. Yoachim. -+- Tara was born blind but has been a successful biology student. She feels she doesn't need to see but agrees to an operation which would allow her to see so she can go to Mars. This one gets a bit strident in its viewpoint. I just don't buy the point of view that not being able to see is OK.

The first original fantasy story is "And the Winners Shall Be Swept Out to Sea" by Maria Dahvana Headley. -+- Our narrator is some sort of water elemental in love with a human who is struggling with depression. For some reason, a local beach has a festival each year when the one with the most to lose gets swept out to sea. That happened to the elemental's lover and she deeply misses him. Not much to appeal to me here.

The second original fantasy story is "Things You Can Buy for a Penny" by Will Kaufman. -+- A nice little fairy tale about people who go to a well and summon the "wet gentleman" in it with a penny. He offers them things which they refuse and grants what they wish, for better or worse. Perfect little story,

This was issue 57 of Lightspeed. You can access the stories for free. Check out their website and support them, if you want to, in some way.

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