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Lightspeed #65 - October 2015
Edited by John Joseph Adams
Cover Artist: Blaithiel
Review by Sam Tomaino
Date: 28 October 2015

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Here's the 65th issue of Lightspeed, with stories by Maria Dahvana Headley, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Gregory Benford, An Owomoyela, Delia Sherman, Kevin Brockmeier, Emil Ostrovski, and Nike Sulway, with Author Spotlights on all of them as well as other features.

Here's the 65th 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 "Solder and Seam" by Maria Dahvana Headley. -+- On an Earth largely abandoned, our lead character builds a wooden white whale in the middle of a wheatfield. We find out he's a former revolutionary and we find out something even stranger. It's not enough to really make this story interesting.

The second original science fiction story is "Children of Dagon" by Adrian Tchaikovsky. -+- When the world floods, genetically-engineered aquatic people invade the low-lying areas. Not much here.

The first original fantasy story is "Tragic Business" by Emil Ostrovski -+- Evan starts out as an apple in love with a hummingbird. That does not work out and he requests reincarnation. On an on, one unrequited love after the other. Amusing.

The second original fantasy story is "The Karen Joy Fowler Book Club" by Nike Sulway. -+- Clara is worried about being extinct as her daughter, Alice, is not having children. She has a good friend, Belle, in the same position. Both have ex-husbands and they find themselves drawn to each other. The author, Karen Joy Fowler, makes a cameo appearance and the title is a reference to her The Jane Austen Book Club, Clara has also written a short story similar to Tom Godwin's "The Cold Equations". Maybe it's just because I'm an ignorant male, but this story did not speak to me at all. I don't even see why it's called a fantasy.

This was issue 65 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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