Lightspeed #73 - June 2016
Edited by John Joseph Adams
Cover Artist: Christopher Park
Review by Sam Tomaino
Date: 29 June 2016
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Here's the 73rd issue of Lightspeed the online magazine, the "People of Colo(u)r Destroy Science Fiction!" Special Issue. You can find the issue and how to pay (or not) for it at their website. Here are my reviews of the original stories.
"A Good Home" by Karin Lowachee -+- Tawn is a disabled veteran who has taken in a war android he calls Mark. It's hard at first to reach him and having to deal with people's prejudices, but there is something they understand about each other. It all makes for a good story.
"Salto Mortal" by Nick T. Chan -+- Marquetta had left Mexico, just before it was invaded by the aliens she calls naguals. Contact with Mexico was cut off and a wall was built. It is thought all the Mexicans are dead. But on the run from her abusive husband, Paul, Marquetta meets a nagual and finds out differently. Nice metaphors in this story. Well done.
"The Red Thread" by Sofia Samatar -+- Sahra is a young girl writing to someone she calls Fox. She tells him about her wanderings with her mother as part of the Movement, a group of nomads. Pretty good.
"Wilson's Singularity" by Terence Taylor -+- Forty years ago, Wilson and a computer called Unity changed the world to a socialist utopia. It was not a bloodless coup. Wilson's husband, Jim, feels differently about the outcome. Who is right? Will it last? The issues here are given something of a fair hearing and what will happen in the future is left to the reader.
"Fifty Shades of Grays" by Steven Barnes -+- Carver and Rhonda are given a big job by the President of the United States: make amoeba-like aliens sexually attractive to humans. They would gives great tech and long lives. They succeed but there is a horrible price to pay. Good story but a bit of a downer.
These are the Flash Fiction stories:
"Four and Twenty Blackbirds" by JY Yang -+- Jiawen's pregnancy is complicated. A unique vision.
"Other Metamorphoses" by Fabio Fernandes -+- Clever play on Franz Kafka, in a couple of ways.
"Hiranyaqarbha" by Kevin Jared Hosein -+- Balgobin finds what looks like a golden pool. It kills his friend Yadav. Will it engulf the world? Good story.
"Binaries" by S.B. Divya -+- A group of entries in the life of our narrator from Year 1 to Year 1024 which marks a poignant return to childhood.
"An Offertory to Our Drowned Gods" by Teresa Naval -+- Johnnyboy is a young girl, calling herself that after the name on the shirt she wore. She lives in a world that has had more than forty days and nights of rain. Well characterized.
This was issue 73rd issue of Lightspeed. You can access the stories for free. Check out their website and support them, if you want to, in some way.