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Lightspeed #77 - October 2016
Edited by John Joseph Adams
Cover Artist: Sam Schechter
Review by Sam Tomaino
Date: 28 October 2016

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Here's the Seventy-Seventh issue of Lightspeed, with stories by Karen Joy Fowler, Stephen S. Power, Fran Wilde, Mary Anne Mohanraj, Jeremiah Tolbert, Aliette de Bodard, Kat Howard and Will Kaufman, with Author Spotlights on all of them, along with other features.

Here's the 77th 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 "Fade to Red: Three Interviews About Sebold's Mars Trilogy" by Stephen S. Power. -+- Three interviews about three films, made over a long time period about discovering alien life on Mars. Different way to tell a story.

The second science fiction story is "Plea" by Mary Anne Mohanraj. -+- On the planet Eris, Gwen and Rose and their children have been modified to live in the water. But unmodified humans are harassing them and they must ask for refuge from the native Erisians. But that's not easy. Good story.

The first fantasy story is "The Cavern of the Screaming Eye" by Jeremiah Tolbert. -+- Ivan is approached by Jimmy, a new kid in school, who is into d-space games. Ivan hasn't actually played them but his older brother had been one of the aces until he went missing in one and is presumed dead. Ivan goes along with Jimmy and they meet others in what is supposed to be a nonlethal game. Characters are well-developed. Pretty good story, although I'm not much into gaming.

The second fantasy story is "The Key to St. Medusa's" by Kat Howard. -+- A young witch finds a way to stop a Bluebeard-type serial killer. Good story.

This was issue 77 of Lightspeed. You can access the stories for free. Check out their website and support them, if you want to, in some way.

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