Lightspeed #67 - December 2015
Edited by John Joseph Adams
Cover Artist: James Ng
Review by Sam Tomaino
Date: 29 December 2015
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Here's the 67th 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 "Tomorrow When We See the Sun" by A. Merc Rustad. -+- The important event in history is this: "The Decommission (event): as a measure of good faith upon the signing of the peace treaty between the Seven Sun Lords, each god decommissioned and executed one thousand of their most powerful warships. Each ship and its pilot self-destructed within an uninhabited system of choice and were granted honor in the eyes of the Seven Suns." But there are those who will not go gentle into that dark night. They are called wolflords and they are considered traitors. They are captured and executed by the creature known as Mere. It does its job and is put back into hibernation. The last wolflord is executed and Mere is again in hibernation. It is revived by a woman calling herself Century. She says she created Mere and invites it to go away with her. The whole premise just does not interest me. So why should I care about Mere?
The second original science fiction story is "Beneath the Silent Stars" by Aidan Doyle. -+- Fifty-five years ago, the ship known as the Mariposa X destroyed the hyperspace gate, cutting off humanity with the rest of civilization. Since then, it has destroyed any ship that approached it. Now, it has requested Jean-Paul who is a verifier for the Bibliotheque Galactique to approach it. Jean-Paul's father had served on the Mariposa X, so he goes, along with his partner, Parveen, a summarizer. The ship tells Jean-Paul important news. Should he share it with humanity? Story was just okay.
The first original fantasy story is "Tea Time" by Rachel Swirsky. -+- The Mad Hatter and the March Hare of Wonderland fame are very close. Some nice nonsense including several reasons why a raven is like a writing desk.
The second original fantasy story is "Ex Libris Noctis" by Jay Lake. -+- Beatrice is trying to get to the funeral of her father. She begins flying. She winds up in a library where the books lead her to memories of her father. Quite nightmarish.
This was issue 67 of Lightspeed. You can access the stories for free. Check out their website and support them, if you want to, in some way.