Science Fiction & Fantasy

THE ROBOTS OF GOTHAM

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Nonfiction

Nonfiction

Neurotransmitters: God’s Way of Getting You High

Considering that the human brain comes equipped with the desire as well as all the necessary neurological equipment to get us high, it’s not surprising that ever since humanity began, we’ve been searching out creative ways of doing so.

Author Spotlight

Author Spotlight: Susan Palwick

Rural isolation lends itself to clandestine activities; so does Nevada’s laissez-faire brand of rugged individualism. Were I writing the story now, I’d have to explain why Welly’s selling pot instead of meth.

Nonfiction

The Future’s So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades: Guessing the Aesthetics of Tomorrow’s Social Media

Social networking has become one of the most widespread phenomena of the last decade. It’s already revolutionized advertising, customer service, and the news. It’s not going anywhere.

Author Spotlight

Author Spotlight: Corey Mariani

The reason I am not depressed when I look around and see only selfish behavior. I don’t want to hurt you or anyone else because it would hurt me to do so. I think it’s better than altruism.

Editorial

Editorial, January 2011

Welcome to issue eight of Lightspeed! On tap this month… Fiction: “Postings from an Amorous Tomorrow,” by Corey Mariani, “Cucumber Gravy” by Susan Palwick, “Black Fire” by Tanith Lee, “The Elephants of Poznan” by Orson Scott Card. Nonfiction: “The Future’s So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades,” by Genevieve Valentine, “Neurotransmitters: God’s Way of Getting You High” by Christopher Sedia, “Feature Interview: The Redemption of Paolo Bacigalupi” by Christie Yant, and “Five Animals That Will Take Over the World After We Eradicate Ourselves” by Jeremiah Tolbert.

Artist Showcase

Artist Spotlight: Marcin Jakubowski

Digital painting gives me possibilities and freedom that I wouldn’t have in traditional media. It’s easy to experiment and trying different things without destroying whole work which is extremely important for self-taught individual.

Nonfiction

Linguistic Expectations

Languages simply differ from one another, in ways both great and small. If you’re a linguist, it’s part of what attracts you to the field. And if you’re not…it can be confusing.

Author Spotlight

Author Spotlight: Ursula K. Le Guin

Some of the more intelligent speculations about their silence are in the story, shortly before the Sayings of the Elder: that they don’t speak because they are listening; because they are hiding something.

Nonfiction

Five Upcoming Plagues (We’re Doomed)

Of course, now we’re living in an era of face transplants, flu vaccines, and bionic lungs, and can develop a cure for bird flu practically in real time; so…we’re in the clear, right?

Author Spotlight

Author Spotlight: David Tallerman

This society has eradicated illness, and most people, of course, see that as a good thing. But the more you fix things, the more you have to watch to make sure they don’t start falling apart again.