Lightspeed #71 - April 2016
Edited by John Joseph Adams
Cover Artist: Sam Shechter
Review by Sam Tomaino
Date: 26 April 2016
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Here's the 71st of Lightspeed, the online magazine. You can find the issue and how to pay (or not) for it on 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 "Origin Story" by Carrie Vaughan. -+- Mary is a successful dressmaker in Commerce City, in which superheroes and supervillains are an everyday occurrence. She is in a bank when it is robbed by Techhunter, who, even though he is masked, she realizes is her high school boyfriend, Jason. He recognizes her and pretends to take her hostage and they catch up on the last eight years. Nicely done and good detail on the lead characters. This is part of the universe of her novel After the Golden Age which I'd like to read.
The second original science fiction story is "The Birth Will Take Place on a Mutually Acceptable Research Vessel" by Matthew Bailey. -+- The "You" of this story is a human woman who fell in love with a Thark male and is pregnant with his baby. This is the first human-Thark hybrid and both races are arguing about it. When D-Day comes, the birth happens and things are resolved in a beautiful way. Great story.
The first original fantasy story is "Dragon Brides" by Nghi Vo. -+- Our narrator had been taken by a dragon when she was fifteen and lived with him and his hoard for a year. She was rescued by a man who slew the dragon. He took her back to her father, the king. They married and eventually ruled as King and Queen but had no children of their own. Now, forty years later, she has returned to the dragon's lair and learns things from touching the hoard, but that is not the end of the story. Very good little fantasy.
The second original fantasy story "The Knobby Giraffe" by Rudy Rucker. -+- Irit is working on her doctoral thesis in physics and wants to develop "The Monadrule--a formula that generates our world from a parameter named secretcode". She does and changes her world. Trippy but entertaining.
This was issue 71 of Lightspeed. You can access the stories for free. Check out their website and support them, if you want to, in some way.