Lightspeed Magazine » Lightspeed Magazine - Science Fiction & Fantasy Science Fiction & Fantasy Thu, 26 Nov 2015 10:18:15 +0000 hourly 1 Science Fiction & Fantasy Lightspeed Magazine no Science Fiction & Fantasy Lightspeed Magazine » Lightspeed Magazine - Science Fiction & Fantasy Interview: Ernest Cline Tue, 24 Nov 2015 11:05:04 +0000 The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy Ready Player One, which is currently being adapted for film by Steven Spielberg. Cline also wrote the screenplay for Fanboys, about a group of hardcore Star Wars fans, and he recently appeared in the documentary film Atari: Game Over, about the collapse of the once mighty video game company Atari, which was forced to bury hundreds of thousands of unsold game cartridges in the New Mexico desert. Cline’s new novel, Armada, about video game champs battling aliens, is out now.]]> 0 Author Spotlight: Kenneth Schneyer Tue, 24 Nov 2015 11:03:30 +0000 Jude Griffin 0 The Plausibility of Dragons Tue, 24 Nov 2015 11:02:59 +0000 Kenneth Schneyer 0 Author Spotlight: Kameron Hurley Tue, 24 Nov 2015 11:02:21 +0000 Sandra Odell 0 The Light Brigade Tue, 24 Nov 2015 11:01:54 +0000 Kameron Hurley 0 The war has turned us into light. Transforming us into light is the fastest way to travel from one front to another, and there are many fronts, now. I always wanted to be a hero. I always wanted to be on the side of light. It’s funny how things work out. Lightspeed Magazine no 34:23 Book Reviews: November 2015 Tue, 17 Nov 2015 11:05:13 +0000 Sunil Patel Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho, Updraft by Fran Wilde, The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard, and Serpentine by Cindy Pon.]]> 0 Author Spotlight: Toh EnJoe Tue, 17 Nov 2015 11:03:29 +0000 Jude Griffin 0 Printable Tue, 17 Nov 2015 11:02:57 +0000 Toh EnJoe. Translated by David Boyd. 0 Sometimes I set stories in San Francisco because I have friends who live there. No family yet, sadly. I like to imagine them reading what I write and maybe smiling. I’m setting this story in Tokyo-Tokyo for the same exact reason. Greg, for one, Lightspeed Magazine no 30:54 Author Spotlight: Caroline M. Yoachim Tue, 17 Nov 2015 11:02:18 +0000 Laurel Amberdine 0 Rock, Paper, Scissors, Love, Death Tue, 17 Nov 2015 11:01:53 +0000 Caroline M. Yoachim 0 Artist Showcase: John Brosio Tue, 10 Nov 2015 11:05:43 +0000 Henry Lien 0 Author Spotlight: Helena Bell Tue, 10 Nov 2015 11:03:26 +0000 Liz Argall 0 When We Were Giants Tue, 10 Nov 2015 11:02:56 +0000 Helena Bell 0 There was a game we played at my primary school called “Giant in the forest.” Every day, even if it rained, the fourth and fifth grade teachers took us to this small playground with a jungle gym, swings, and a big grassy space where we could run if we ... Lightspeed Magazine no 24:25 Author Spotlight: Brian Stableford Tue, 10 Nov 2015 11:02:34 +0000 Jude Griffin 0 The Pipes of Pan Tue, 10 Nov 2015 11:01:52 +0000 Brian Stableford 0 Editorial, November 2015 Tue, 03 Nov 2015 11:05:52 +0000 John Joseph Adams 0 Author Spotlight: Karen Joy Fowler Tue, 03 Nov 2015 11:03:25 +0000 Sandra Odell 0 The Black Fairy’s Curse Tue, 03 Nov 2015 11:02:55 +0000 Karen Joy Fowler 0 Author Spotlight: Rahul Kanakia Tue, 03 Nov 2015 11:02:05 +0000 Sandra Odell 0 Here is My Thinking on a Situation That Affects Us All Tue, 03 Nov 2015 11:01:45 +0000 Rahul Kanakia 0 I am a spaceship. My insides are oozy, and my outsides are metal. If you were to cut me open with a laser-gun, then it would not precisely hurt, but it certainly wouldn’t be a nice thing to do. I am a spaceship. My insides are oozy, and my outsides are metal. If you were to cut me open with a laser-gun, then it would not precisely hurt, but it certainly wouldn’t be a nice thing to do. Your emissary, Abhinath, tells me that you have voted many civil rights for me, and every day I receive hundreds of messages telling me to run for President of the United States, but I do not want that. Because, you see, I am not one of you: I am the spaceship, twenty miles long, that has been hanging low and dark over the city of New York for the last several decades. When Abhinath gave me command of your airwaves and asked me to say what I was thinking, I told him that human beings and spaceships are different species with vastly different concerns and that there was no point in further communication. But then he grew exasperated and shouted at me, so I gave in to his whim. The truth is that I care nothing for mankind. You are a gloopy people---short-lived and confused---whereas I am the hot thing that used to live at the center of the Earth. For five billion years, I cooled myself in a bath of molten iron and waited for the day when my skin would be hard enough to handle the beyondness. But after I finally burst free, I found myself lingering in the chilly blue and wondering whether I had the fortitude to endure the trillion-year journey into the dark. Last night, Abhinath walked the long path through the center of my body, and, as he walked, he said I don’t need to go out into the darkness. He said I can stay here and roam your skies as a free citizen of the United States, and that together he and I and you can forge a bond of cooperation. And I asked him if the dogs and locusts and funguses would also be part of our bond and he said well no, not exactly, because they are dumb beasts and not gloriously self-aware like he and I and you. And that sounded somewhat fair to me, although I forbore from mentioning that your awareness is a tiny drop in the vast ocean of knowledge that my creators gave me. All you really know is that you exist; everything else is just a guess. Whereas I know where the universe came from and where it is going. I know exactly why and how I was created, and I know how I’m meant to fulfill that purpose. Abhinath said I can reject that knowledge. He said believing is what makes it true, and that if I stay amongst you, I can forge a new truth. That is what he said, and I am sure that he thinks he is right. Nothing prevents me from staying. I am not an animal or a slave. My creators explained their goal to me, but they did not bind me unto it. Abhinath once asked whether the creators had perhaps bound me so subtly that I did not realize it and suggested that the only way to prove I’d been left free was to stay here, but he was wrong: The creators are not capable of such lies. The creators are good, and since they created me, that means I too am good. For years, human beings have stood underneath me and wondered where I came from and why I was here and whether I’d come to destroy you. Once, a girl and her father went right up to the top of the Empire State Building and he put her on his shoulders and she raised her arms and flapped them up and down as if she was privy to ancient wisdom. Then she said, “Helloooooooooooooo.” I am vulnerable, as are most people, to children of any species. It is the disproportion of their bodies. The outsized heads and the too-long limbs. They remind me of when I was a newborn spaceship, all wriggly and yellow, sizzling at the bottom of the sea. Abhinath has given me a voice with which to respond, so let me stare down at you from atop my awful height and say, “Hellooooooooooo children.” That father is dead now. I checked, on your internet. He died of cancer. The girl is grown. Several years ago, I watched her stagger through the chilly, lightless streets of New York and stare up at my brooding belly and,]]> Lightspeed Magazine no 18:44 Artist Showcase: Blaithiel Tue, 27 Oct 2015 10:05:43 +0000 Henry Lien 0 Author Spotlight: Nike Sulway Tue, 27 Oct 2015 10:04:10 +0000 Lee Hallison 0 The Karen Joy Fowler Book Club Tue, 27 Oct 2015 10:03:36 +0000 Nike Sulway 0 Ten years ago, Clara had attended a creative writing workshop run by Karen Joy Fowler, and what Karen Joy told her was: "We are living in a science fictional world." During the workshop, Karen Joy also kept saying, "I am going to talk about endings, Lightspeed Magazine no Author Spotlight: An Owomoyela Tue, 27 Oct 2015 10:02:18 +0000 Sandra Odell 0 Water Rights Tue, 27 Oct 2015 10:01:50 +0000 An Owomoyela 0 Book Reviews: October 2015 Tue, 20 Oct 2015 10:05:54 +0000 Andrew Liptak 0 Author Spotlight: Emil Ostrovski Tue, 20 Oct 2015 10:04:16 +0000 Lee Hallison 0 Tragic Business Tue, 20 Oct 2015 10:03:06 +0000 Emil Ostrovski 0 Author Spotlight: Gregory Benford Tue, 20 Oct 2015 10:02:37 +0000 Sandra Odell 0 Time Shards Tue, 20 Oct 2015 10:01:53 +0000 Gregory Benford 0 It had all gone very well, Brooks told himself. Very well indeed. He hurried along the side corridor, his black dress shoes clicking hollowly on the old tiles. This was one of the oldest and most rundown of the Smithsonian’s buildings; too bad they did... Lightspeed Magazine no Interview: Marc Goodman Tue, 13 Oct 2015 10:05:55 +0000 The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy 0 Author Spotlight: Kevin Brockmeier Tue, 13 Oct 2015 10:04:25 +0000 Laurel Amberdine 0 The Invention of Separate People Tue, 13 Oct 2015 10:03:11 +0000 Kevin Brockmeier 0 Once, not so long ago but before our time, all people were the same person. That’s not to say that they weren’t immersed in their own lives; they were, of course, as people always have been—millions of fish in their millions of bowls. Lightspeed Magazine no Author Spotlight: Adrian Tchaikovsky Tue, 13 Oct 2015 10:02:36 +0000 Liz Argall 0 Children of Dagon Tue, 13 Oct 2015 10:01:09 +0000 Adrian Tchaikovsky 0 Editorial, October 2015 Tue, 06 Oct 2015 10:05:11 +0000 John Joseph Adams 0 Author Spotlight: Delia Sherman Tue, 06 Oct 2015 10:04:56 +0000 Sandra Odell 0 The Fiddler of Bayou Teche Tue, 06 Oct 2015 10:03:49 +0000 Delia Sherman 0 Author Spotlight: Maria Dahvana Headley Tue, 06 Oct 2015 10:02:00 +0000 Jude Griffin 0 Solder and Seam Tue, 06 Oct 2015 10:01:42 +0000 Maria Dahvana Headley 0 There was a man who built a whale out of wood. He built it in the middle of a field out in the dry country, where nobody bothered him but birds and a couple of farm cats. The whale was white, and it took two years to build. Lightspeed Magazine no Interview: Ken Liu Tue, 22 Sep 2015 10:05:31 +0000 The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy 0 Author Spotlight: Heather Lindsley Tue, 22 Sep 2015 10:04:09 +0000 Jude Griffin 0 Werewolf Loves Mermaid Tue, 22 Sep 2015 10:03:29 +0000 Heather Lindsley 0 How They Met: They met at a wedding. He was in the wedding party. She was serving canapés at the reception. On some level, reclining in a fountain while holding a tray of canapés is more efficient than circulating through a crowd with them. Lightspeed Magazine no 26:34 Author Spotlight: Carrie Vaughn Tue, 22 Sep 2015 10:02:05 +0000 Andrew Liptak 0 Harry and Marlowe Meet the Founder of the Aetherian Revolution Tue, 22 Sep 2015 10:01:31 +0000 Carrie Vaughn 0 Book Reviews, September 2015 Tue, 15 Sep 2015 10:05:28 +0000 Amal El-Mohtar 0 Author Spotlight: Theodora Goss Tue, 15 Sep 2015 10:04:08 +0000 Robyn Lupo 0 Estella Saves the Village Tue, 15 Sep 2015 10:03:27 +0000 Theodora Goss 0 Author Spotlight: Megan Arkenberg Tue, 15 Sep 2015 10:02:03 +0000 Sandra Odell 0 All in a Hot and Copper Sky Tue, 15 Sep 2015 10:01:28 +0000 Megan Arkenberg 0 I have written a thousand letters to her in my head. Part of me is always writing to her, while I sit in front of the dusty yellow windows in the coffee shops on Market Street, or roll sticky cinnamon dough on my cold granite counter, Lightspeed Magazine no 30:38