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Lightspeed #59 - April 2015
Edited by John Joseph Adams
Cover Artist: Elena Bespalova
Review by Sam Tomaino
Date: 29 April 2015

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Here's the Fifty-Ninth issue of Lightspeed, with stories by Kat Howard, Carolyn Ives Gilman, Jason Gurley, John Barnes, Sonya Taafe, Joseph Allen Hill, Ken Liu, and Dale Bailey, with Author Spotlights on all of them (and Artist Spotlight on cover artist Elena Bespalova), along with other features.

Here's the 59th issue of Lightspeed, the online magazine. You can find the issue and how to pay (or not) for it at Here are my reviews of the original stories and a 2015 reprint.

The first original science fiction story is "The Universe Sung in Stars" by Kat Howard. -+- In a world in which people adopt pocket universes, wear them in their hair and nurture them, Vera is attached to a dying white star and is warned not to expose it to a new pocket universe. She does anyway. Strange but beautiful story.

The second original science fiction story is "Quiet Town" by Jason Gurley. Bev just has her son Benji in her life and Ezze, an annoying elderly neighbor. She ignores the water rising until she can do that no longer. Not a plausible story.

The first original fantasy story is "We'll Be Together Forever" by Joseph Allen Hill. -+- Audrey and Anthony have been together for two years without any kind of commitment. Things are a bit sour between them, so they try something to spice up their lives. Well, it has a profound effect on them and brings them, together forever, but not how you'd expect. Wonderfully strange!

The second original fantasy story is "The Ministry of the Eye" by Dale Bailey. -+- Alexander Gerst works in the city of Acheron. This is a grim, grey dystopian future. The only bright spots in his life are his wife and son. He works for the Ministry of Iron, putting color-coded cards into slots, a job he got by consigning his brother to the fires. But, one day, he sees a flash of color and begins to change. We know things won't go well. But you won't believe how nasty it is. Unremittingly nasty and grim, but effectively told.

This was issue 59 of Lightspeed. You can access the stories for free. Check out their web site at their website (see link at the top of this review) and support them, if you want to, in some way.

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