Lightspeed #91 - December 2017
Edited by John Joseph Adams
Cover Artist: Christopher Park
Review by Sam Tomaino
Date: 30 December 2017
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Here's the 91st 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 original science fiction story is "The Greatest One-Star Restaurant in the Whole Quadrant" by Rachael K. Jones. -+- A group of cyborgs steal a ship and try to hide that fact. So when humans ask them for certain kinds of food, they have to get the meat from somewhere. So they literally cannibalize themselves. At first, they just want to get away. But then, they want to improve their restaurant ratings. Great dark humor.
The second original science fiction story is "A Third of the Stars of Heaven" by Cadwell Turnbull. -+- Henrietta is an old woman with deep religious convictions. She is told by her doctor that she has cervical cancer but they have a treatment given to humanity by the aliens called the Ynaa. Henrietta refuses the treatment. A flashback to her childhood tells us why. Nice detail here. A story well-told.
The first original fantasy story is "The House at the End of the Lane Is Dreaming" by A. Merc Rustad. A series of scenarios about Alex, her sister, her family and an important book. I won't spoil what is happening but this was just not to my taste.
The second original fantasy story is "You Will Never Know What Opens" by Mari Ness. -+- The You of this story lives in a house that has many doors in it that lead to alternate worlds, many of them dangerous. You finds a way to live with that. Fun 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.