Lightspeed #62 - July 2015
Edited by John Joseph Adams
Cover Artist: Euclase
Review by Sam Tomaino
Date: 29 July 2015
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Here's the Sixty-Second 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 "Crazy Rhythm" by Carrie Vaughan -+- Historical piece set in Hollywood in the early 20s. Margie Stewart is assistant to a tyrannical director making a movie about the war. He asks Peter Jeffries, the new carpenter/mechanic, an English war veteran, to build him ten tanks for a spectacular battle scene. Jeffries tells Margie that these war movies don't show how things really were. He sets out to rectify that for a wonderfully spectacular ending. Lot's of fun!
The second original science fiction story is "Violation of the TrueNet Security Act" by Taiyo Fuji (Translated by Jim Hubbert) -+- Minami works at eliminating "zombie code" from the old, obsolete Internet. One night, he comes across an old program that he actually wrote, still running. This sets up a very geeky cyber adventure. Pretty good.
The only original fantasy story (presented in two parts) is "Saltwater Railroad" by Andrea Hairston -+- Sometime before the Civil War, a group of refugees live on an island off the coast of Georgia. They could be invaded at any time. Their leader is a woman named Miz Delia. A woman calling herself Rainbow washes ashore and takes an active part in the island's defense. Interesting locale but not really much of a story.
This was issue 62 of Lightspeed. You can access the stories for free. Check out their website and support them, if you want to, in some way.