Lightspeed #64 - September 2015
Edited by John Joseph Adams
Cover Artist: Craig Shields
Review by Sam Tomaino
Lightspeed eZine / Print / eBook
Date: 29 September 2015
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Here's the 64th 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 "Seven Wonders of a Once and Future World" by Caroline M. Yoachim. -+- Mei/Prime is, at first, earthbound, but then finds a way to tour the universe seeing wonders like: The Colossus of Mars, The Lighthouse of Europa, The Hanging Gardens of Beta Hydri, The Mausoleim at HD 40307 g, The Temple of Artemis at 59 Virginis, the Statue of the Sky God at Pegasi b, and The Great Pyramid of Gliese 221. Lots of nice description but not much story.
The second original science fiction story is "All in a Hot and Copper Sky" by Megan Arkenberg. -+- Thirty years ago, Dolores, our letter-writing narrator and her love Socorro, were involved in a project meant to replicate a Mars Colony that could not get help from Earth for two years. A biosphere had been set up but the doors sealed. Then, people start dying and other are ill. Socorro took matters in her own hands, killing people to get the override and went to prison for it, where she died. Now, the same kind of project is being revived and our narrator is not to keen about it. But mostly this is a bittersweet love story, well-told.
The first original fantasy story is "The Ninth Seduction" by Sean McMullen. -+- There is war between the mortals and the Fae. The use of guns and gunpowder gives mortals the edge. But the goblins quickly learn their ways and Farie is changed forever. Rich fantasy.
The second original fantasy story is "Werewolf Loves Mermaid" by Heather Lindsley. -+- This love story between a werewolf and a mermaid should be a lot funnier. I kept waiting to be charmed by it. I wasn't.
This was issue 64th of Lightspeed. You can access the stories for free. Check out their website and support them, if you want to, in some way.