Lightspeed #75 - August 2016
Edited by John Joseph Adams
Cover Artist: Elizabeth Leggett
Review by Sam Tomaino
Date: 28 August 2016
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Here's the 75th 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 science fiction story is "Those Brighter Stars" by Mercurio D. Rivera. -+- Ava has a condition which makes her extremely empathetic towards animals. When she was a child, this caused her to be misdiagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder which caused her mother to abandon her and her father when she was six years old. Now, with aliens coming to Earth, her abilities have been enhanced so that she might be able to read them. But her exclusive attention to focus on this, alienates her from her daughter. All this, as well as the actual contact with the aliens is told as a letter to her estranged mother. Well-told tale.
The second science fiction story is "Taste the Singularity at the Food Truck Circus" by Jeremiah Tolbert. -+- In a near-future Kansas City, Missouri, in which coastal areas have become flooded due to global warming, Nico, an accountant, checks out local food trucks with the help of Alberto, an old friend. Bizarre new kinds of foods abound making this a delight to read for all of us who love to eat.
The first fantasy story is "The Assassin's Secret" by Adam-Troy Castro. -+- This is more like an essay on The World's Greatest Assassin. We are told that he was the model for Jules Verne's Nemo, which makes him very old. He is in sole possession of a "medicinal herb that accounts for his longevity". We learn about the place that he lives, how he deals with the petitioners who ask for his services, how he performs them (or doesn't), and who the petitioners are (countries, corporations, crime organizations, ordinary people, etc.). Lastly, we learn his secret. It's a good one and a good ending for this great story, told really well. Even though it tells about killing people, it is a great joy to read. I liked this a lot.
The second fantasy story is "The Siren Son" by Tristina Wright. -+- Neal, the Siren Son, and Killian, the Dragon Son, fall in live and through that the rift between their people is closed. Beautifully written.
This was issue 75 of Lightspeed. You can access the stories for free. Check out their website (see link at the top of this review) and support them, if you want to, in some way.