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Lightspeed #78 - November 2016
Edited by John Joseph Adams
Cover Artist: Reiko Murkami
Review by Sam Tomaino
Lightspeed eMagazine  
Date: 28 November 2016

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Here's the 78th issue of Lightspeed, with stories by Chris Kluwe, Lavie Tidhar, Alyssa Wong, Mary Robinette Kowal, Alex Jeffers, J.B. Park, Helena Bell, and Catherynne M. Valente, with Author Spotlights on six of them, along with other features.

Here's the 78th 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 "Dinosaur Killers" by Chris Kluwe. -+- Future War. Told in a sparse, disjointed style that makes it more horrific. Okay.

The second science fiction story is "Natural Skin" by Alyssa Wong. -+- In a near-future Chinatown of Toronto, Liin goes out at night and leaves her pretty sister, Xuemei. Her sister thinks that with their father away, Liin is going to get more plastic surgery, but she has other business on her mind. Good sense of locale in what is really a chilling little horror story.

The first fantasy story is "Shooting Gallery" by J.B. Park. -+- Paul and his mother don't have a lot of money, so he makes good cash letting people shoot him in the chest. It's all right. He's already dead. Another good horror story.

The second fantasy story is "I've Come to Marry the Princess" by Helena Bell. -+- Jack has, it seems, been at an endless summer camp for six years and three weeks and his friend, Nancy, is upset with him because he wasn't there to perform the play I've Come to Marry the Princess with her at the talent show. His excuse is that his dragon egg was hatching. Story jumps all over the place and does not come to much of a conclusion, but it is pretty amusing.

This was issue 78 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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