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Lightspeed #72 - May 2016
Edited by John Joseph Adams
Cover Artist: Goņi Montes
Review by Sam Tomaino
Lightspeed  ISBN/ITEM#: LIGHTSPD201605
Date: 27 May 2016

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Here's the Seventy-Second issue of Lightspeed, with stories by An Owomoyela, Haris A. Durrani, Mari Ness, Tora Greve, Tim Pratt, Seanan McGuire, Elizabeth Hand and Wole Talabi, with Author Spotlights on all of them along with other features.

Here's the Seventy-Second of Lightspeed, the online magazine. You can find the issue and how to pay (or not) for it at Here are my reviews of the original stories.

The first original science fiction story is "Three Points Masculine" by An Owomoyela. In a near future, soldier fighting urban rioting deal with gender assessment issues. OK.

The second original science fiction story is "Deathlight" by Mari Ness. Els and Dun, on a drop mission have had an accident, lost their fuel and are stranded in space near a nebula. They are on low energy and have been drifting. When an obviously manufactured metal craft appears in their view screen, they see the possibility that it might contains something they can use to get moving again. But what they find has a deep impression on Els and requires other action. OK.

The first original fantasy story is "The Jaws That Bite, the Claws That Catch" by Seanan McGuire. In Wonderland. Our narrator leaves the Tulgey Wood to travel to the City of Hearts to rescue her youngest sister from the Queen of Hearts, who thinks she is the Alice. The title is a clue to the end of the story but that does not detract from it. Well done!

The second original fantasy story is "Wednesday's Story" by Wole Talabi. Wednesday and her six siblings tell many stories. She tries to intervene but it doesn't work out. A lot going on here, but it doesn't come together for me.

This was issue 72 of Lightspeed. You can access the stories for free. Check out their web site at and support them, if you want to, in some way.

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