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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.

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.

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.

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.

Nonfiction

Interview: Greg Bear

Hugo and Nebula Award winning author, Greg Bear, has authored over forty books, including Quantico, Darwin’s Children, and The Forge of God. His latest novel is Hull Zero Three, and Halo: Cryptum is due out in January.

Author Spotlight

Author Spotlight: Kristine Kathryn Rusch

I became a history major just after Vietnam to understand why humans went to war in the first place. I never really did figure that out, but it led to a lifelong obsession.

Nonfiction

Black Holes: Starving and Misunderstood

The Earth’s pull—even a pea-sized Earth’s pull—on the moon only depends on mass. In making the Earth into a black hole, all we changed was the radius. The Moon never has, and never will, care about the Earth’s size.