Lightspeed #76 - September 2016
Edited by John Joseph Adams
Cover Artist: Reiko Murakami
Review by Sam Tomaino
Lightspeed eMagazine / Magazine
Date: 28 September 2016
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Here's the 76th 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 science fiction story is "The Lives of Riley" by Sean Williams. -+- Riley is on the run. The Peacekeepers have found out that he hacked his personal d-mat machine to create sixteen duplicates of himself. He must get himself and all of them to safety. Nice twist in this one!
The second science fiction story is "Unauthorized Access" by An Owomoyela. -+- Aedo Liang has just got out of prison for hacking the Energy Division. So what does she do next? Get involved with an Energy Division employee wanting to get at the bottom of something nefarious. She gets deeper in and must start running. This seems like just the beginning of a story, but I do want to read more.
The first fantasy story is "See the Unseeable, Know the Unknowable" by Maria Dahvana Headley. -+- A woman calling herself Wren has run away from something she did wrong. She is only accompanied by her cat, Susurrus. The place she has come to has a very special attraction but to say more would be to spoil it. I'd just say that this was an absolutely beautiful story. The discussion about it mentions Ray Bradbury and it is definitely evocative of him.
The second fantasy story is "Crocodile Tears" by Jaymee Goh. -+- Our narrator is a crocodile who seeks out a wealthy man named Si Tenggang. He tells him two stories, one about the love of a grandmother, the other about the callousness of a son. Another perfect little story with a very satisfying ending.
This was issue #76 of Lightspeed. You can access the stories for free. Check out their website and support them, if you want to, in some way.