Lightspeed #87 - August 2017
Edited by John Joseph Adams
Cover Artist: Reiko Murakami
Review by Sam Tomaino
Date: 30 August 2017
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Here's the 87th issue of Lightspeed, the online magazine. You can find the issue and how to pay (or not) for it at their website. Here are my reviews of the original stories.
The first science fiction story is "Tongue" by Ashok. K. Banker. -+- Our narrator is Revathi, a young woman who married at age nine to be with her husband on this asteroid. She is utterly devoted to him. She has given up almost everything for him. This one has a real chill to it. Very well done.
The second science fiction story is "An Inflexible Truth" by Christopher East. -+- Roland works for the Neutral News Institute as an editor. When his friend Troy, one of the reporters, disappears in the Southwest, he goes out to a ruined Las Vegas to investigate. He finds something, just not a whole lot. Story was just too vague.
The first fantasy story is "The Shining Hills" by Susan Palwick. -+- Niff, short for Jennifer, is hiking up a place called Arthur's Seat in Scotland. She is following the call of the faerie lights. A policeman named Shamus tries to stop her, and at least treats her to burgers. They tell each other their stories and they go back up Arthur's Seat. Touching, nice little fantasy.
The second fantasy story is "Ink" by Bruce McAllister. -+- David is a boy with a severe form of hemophilia and must be very careful. His father is in the U.S. Army and is stationed in various places where David spends his time collecting things. When his father is stationed in a small town in Italy, he starts collecting stamps. A kind old woman in a villa gives him a box of old letters and cards with stamps on them. Soon after, David's life changes. His hemophilia goes away. Many years later he examines the box of old letters and cards and learns much. A beautiful, magical story.
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.