Lightspeed #83 - April 2017
Edited by John Joseph Adams
Cover Artist: Odera Igbokwe
Review by Sam Tomaino
Date: 02 May 2017
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Here's the 83rd issue of Lightspeed, the online magazine, You can find the issue and how to pay for it (or not) at their website (see link at top of this review). Here are my reviews of the original stories.
The first science fiction story is "Infinite Love Engine" by Joseph Allen Hill. -+- "Aria Astra—Stellar Champion of the Star Supremacy, Wielder of the Sister Ray, Spacetrotting Coolgal, and Humanity's Last Hope" must find a way to defeat Zarzak a being forcing love on the universe. A wild story but gets a bit lost in the hipster voice the author uses.
The second science fiction story is "Seven Permutations of My Daughter" by Lina Rather. -+- Sarah is looking at an alternate universe where her daughter is alive and happy. This causes some problems with her partner, Dahlia. It ends the only way it could. Sad and poignant.
The first fantasy story is "Remote Presence" by Susan Palwick. -+- Wim works as a chaplain in a hospital and is also responsible for helping spirits to move on and not haunt the hospital. Maisie is a sweet-natured spirit and wants to help the sick. Unfortunately, government inspectors are coming and they don't like ghosts. What can Win do? Nice story with likable people.
The second fantasy story is "Maybe Look Up" by Jess Barber. -+- Our narrator looks back on how he might have improved his life. Not all that interesting.
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.