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Lightspeed #79 - December 2016
Edited by John Joseph Adams
Cover Artist: Lovely Creatures Studio
Review by Sam Tomaino
Lightspeed eMagazine  ISBN/ITEM#: LIGHTSPD201612
Date: 30 December 2016

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Here's the 79th issue of Lightspeed with stories by Rich Larson, Margo Lanagan, Joseph Allen Hill, Christie Yant, William Alexander, Carlie St. George, Shweta Narayan, and Charles Payseur, with Author Spotlights on all of them, along with other features.

Here's the 79th of Lightspeed the online magazine. You can find the issue and how to pay (or not) at their website (see link at the top of this review). Here are my reviews of the original stories.

The first science fiction story "The Cyborg, the Tinman, the Merchant of Death" by Rich Larson. -+- Private Berenson is assigned to Incisive Maneuvers, commanded by Petty Officer Cox, a cyborg. The Tinman, as he is called has had a lot of kills but the rest of his squad gets killed, sometimes because he kills them, except for Berenson. Just did not ring true and the end was not satisfactory.

The second science fiction story is "The Venus Effect" by Joseph Allen Hill. -+- A series of stories all but the last ends with an African-American name Apollo (more or less) getting shot and killed by a policeman. The last story turns things around. I know the author is making a point here, but still find the whole thing tedious after a while.

The first fantasy story is "Every Day Is the Full Moon" by Carlie St. George. -+- Our narrator is a typical teenager with a lot of angst but everyone in her town is something supernatural. Her mother is a valkyrie, her father a werewolf, her best friend a faerie, etc. By the end she finds her niche. Wildly wonderful tale!

The second fantasy story is "The Death of Paul Bunyan" by Charles Payseur. -+- The author mixes the legend of Paul Bunyan and the real-life person of Johnny Appleseed. His real name was John Chapman, by the way. I do not approve of his treatment of either one of them.

That's the latest issue 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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