Lightspeed #63 - August 2015
Edited by John Joseph Adams
Cover Artist: Reiko Murakami
Review by Sam Tomaino
Date: 29 August 2015
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Here's the 63rd issue of Lightspeed, the online magazine. You can find the issue and how to pay (or not) for it at their website. Here are my reviews of the original stories.
The first original science fiction story is "The Smog Society" by Chen Qiufan (Translated by Ken Liu and Carmen Yiling Yab). -+- Lao Sun is a member of the Smog Society and monitors smog levels in different parts of the city. The smog is so thick it has a psychological effect as well as a physical one. But it's more complex than that. It seems the depression of the people causes more smog. Lao Sun's wife had left him and his is a lonely life. What can he do about that and the smog? Nicely done, bittersweet tale.
The second original science fiction story is "And We Were Left Darkling" by Sarah Pinsker. -+- Our narrator and her wife, Taya, have wanted a baby but could not afford the process. She dreams that she has a baby and that has an effect on her. She sees many times in the child's life. Then, the baby disappears from her dreams. She finds on-line many others who have had the same experience. A group of babies, one of whom she knows is hers appear on a beach in California and our narrator and many others go to claim their babies. What will happen when they get them? Interesting but more fantasy than science fiction.
The first original fantasy story is "Given the Advantage of the Blade" by Genevieve Valentine. The maidens and the evil queens and witches in a knife battle royale. Spectacular.
The second original fantasy story is "Ghosts of Home" by Sam J. Miller. Agnes has a job visiting homes that the bank she works for have foreclosed upon. She brings oranges to the household spirits. She becomes involved with one of them named Micah and that changes her quite a bit. Very good.
This was issue 63 of Lightspeed. You can access the stories for free. Check out their web site and support them, if you want to, in some way.