http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/itunes-rss/ Lightspeed MagazineLightspeed Magazine - Science Fiction & Fantasy http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com Science Fiction & Fantasy Tue, 09 Feb 2016 11:05:41 +0000 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.2 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.2 Science Fiction & Fantasy Lightspeed Magazine - Science Fiction & Fantasy no Science Fiction & Fantasy Lightspeed Magazine - Science Fiction & Fantasy http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com Television Review: The Expanse http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/television-review-the-expanse/ http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/television-review-the-expanse/#respond Tue, 09 Feb 2016 11:05:41 +0000 The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/?p=16183 http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/television-review-the-expanse/feed/ 0 Author Spotlight: Jeremiah Tolbert http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/author-spotlight-jeremiah-tolbert-4/ http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/author-spotlight-jeremiah-tolbert-4/#respond Tue, 09 Feb 2016 11:03:39 +0000 Sandra Odell http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/?p=16156 http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/author-spotlight-jeremiah-tolbert-4/feed/ 0 Author Spotlight: Samuel Peralta http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/author-spotlight-samuel-peralta/ http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/author-spotlight-samuel-peralta/#respond Tue, 09 Feb 2016 11:02:41 +0000 Robyn Lupo http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/?p=16157 http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/author-spotlight-samuel-peralta/feed/ 0 Not by Wardrobe, Tornado, or Looking Glass http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/not-by-wardrobe-tornado-or-looking-glass/ http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/not-by-wardrobe-tornado-or-looking-glass/#respond Tue, 09 Feb 2016 11:02:35 +0000 Jeremiah Tolbert http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/?p=16211 finally it?]]> http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/not-by-wardrobe-tornado-or-looking-glass/feed/ 0 The scent of fresh lilacs and the boom of a cannon shot muffled by distance prefaced the arrival of the rabbit hole. Louisa jerked upright in her seat, and her book fell from her lap to slap against the cold pavement of the station floor. Lightspeed Magazine - Science Fiction & Fantasy no Hereafter http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/hereafter/ http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/hereafter/#respond Tue, 09 Feb 2016 11:01:43 +0000 Samuel Peralta http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/?p=16202 http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/hereafter/feed/ 0 Editorial, February 2016 http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/editorial-february-2016/ http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/editorial-february-2016/#respond Tue, 02 Feb 2016 11:05:48 +0000 John Joseph Adams http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/?p=16179 http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/editorial-february-2016/feed/ 0 Author Spotlight: Rachel Swirsky http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/author-spotlight-rachel-swirsky-3/ http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/author-spotlight-rachel-swirsky-3/#respond Tue, 02 Feb 2016 11:03:36 +0000 Jude Griffin http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/?p=16154 http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/author-spotlight-rachel-swirsky-3/feed/ 0 Author Spotlight: Rachael K. Jones http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/author-spotlight-rachael-k-jones/ http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/author-spotlight-rachael-k-jones/#respond Tue, 02 Feb 2016 11:02:39 +0000 Laurel Amberdine http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/?p=16155 http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/author-spotlight-rachael-k-jones/feed/ 0 Monstrous Embrace http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/monstrous-embrace/ http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/monstrous-embrace/#respond Tue, 02 Feb 2016 11:02:34 +0000 Rachel Swirsky http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/?p=16210 http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/monstrous-embrace/feed/ 0 Charlotte Incorporated http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/charlotte-incorporated/ http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/charlotte-incorporated/#respond Tue, 02 Feb 2016 11:01:43 +0000 Rachael K. Jones http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/?p=16201 Incorporated Incorporated, Modern Anatomy, and Shoulders, Knees, & Toes. She weighs the merits of femur length and belly fat, redundant kidneys, attached earlobes, and pronated feet. Most people buy pre-configured corpi with symmetrical faces and standard organ kits, but she wants a custom build. Something completely unique. ]]> http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/charlotte-incorporated/feed/ 0 At night she pores over the corpus catalogues online: Incorporated Incorporated, Modern Anatomy, and Shoulders, Knees, & Toes. She weighs the merits of femur length and belly fat, redundant kidneys, attached earlobes, and pronated feet. At night she pores over the corpus catalogues online: Incorporated Incorporated, Modern Anatomy, and Shoulders, Knees, & Toes. She weighs the merits of femur length and belly fat, redundant kidneys, attached earlobes, and pronated feet. Most people buy pre-configured corpi with symmetrical faces and standard organ kits, but she wants a custom build. Something completely unique. After work, she boots up the design software and fiddles with the sliders: thickening toes, brightening the little white crescent moons at the base of the nails, narrowing the Eustachian tubes, darkening the delicate tissues around the areolae and lips. She sorts through hardware and software options, laying tendons and tear ducts and lymphatic nets until her design is perfect. On weekdays, she soothes angry customers at the Terrold Telecom Call Center. Each morning, Mr. Dalton, her smug, incorporated boss, installs her into a generic company corpus called Hank. She knows the corpus is male not from genitalia---the company is too cheap to buy more than the torso and head---but from the thickened vocal folds. “Male voices inspire more confidence than female ones, Hank. Basic psychology,” Mr. Dalton explains. Privately she calls herself Charlotte, but she can’t correct him. Technically, only corpi have names, and Charlotte is just a brain in a jar. Mr. Dalton’s corpus is one of Incorporated Incorporated’s standard office jobs, customized with dark brown hair, a goatee, and stylish myopia paired with chrome glasses. But Charlotte recognizes the telltale patella shape and distinctive chest-to-hips ratio. His face is symmetrical, and his navel smooth. He didn’t even bother with nipples. Generic. Uninspired. Lazy. When no one is watching her at work, she stimulates each of Hank’s cranial nerves in turn. On her command, he pouts, weeps, and sneezes at the cubicle wall. Mr. Dalton insists that she grin on the job. “Customers can hear the smile in your voice, Hank,” he reminds her, but Charlotte’s favorite expression is the frown, especially deep scowls that yank the brows together and downward into a sharp gulch. When she is incorporated, she’ll frown all the time, and no one will be able to tell her no. Someday. If her coworkers are bothered by any of this too, they don’t say so. During lunch, they gather in the break room for gossip while grazing their corpi on company-brand nutri-kibble. Hank doesn’t have taste buds installed, so Charlotte makes him bolt down his kibble quickly while the others chitchat. Iain has unlatched his corpus’s scalp to lave the dangling filaments of his cauda equina in a cup of nutrifluid as his corpus eats. An unfamiliar female corpus slides into the seat next to Charlotte and opens a brown sack. “So, what do you think, Hank? How’s my new look?” Charlotte takes in the dark thicket of eyebrow hair over deep brown eyes, the skillful grey streaked through long black hair. It is the port wine stain on her left forearm that gives it away. “Shanti?” asks Charlotte. Shanti’s new corpus bobs her head. “Yup.” “When did you get incorporated?” It makes no sense to Charlotte. Just last Friday, they were commiserating over how much a custom corpus cost, and how hard it was to save anything on their salary. Shanti winks a well-lashed eye with epicanthic folds crisp as hospital sheets. “It’s a secret. I’ve found a shortcut, perhaps. It’s a little bit black market, but if you want . . .” She unfolds a cheese sandwich from her paper sack and nibbles the brown crust. Charlotte can’t help but envy those gleaming bicuspids and chemoreceptors. Hank gnaws kibble with the solid ceramic plate that passes for teeth. “No, thank you,” Charlotte says firmly, feeding Hank another bite of flavorless kibble. As tempting as it sounds, she knows better than to take short cuts on anything so important as her future. • • • • At the end of the workday,]]> Lightspeed Magazine - Science Fiction & Fantasy no Interview: J. Michael Straczynski http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/interview-j-michael-straczynski/ http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/interview-j-michael-straczynski/#respond Tue, 26 Jan 2016 11:05:38 +0000 The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/?p=15969 Babylon 5, for which he wrote almost a hundred scripts, and he also has countless other writing credits for various TV shows, comic books, feature films, cartoons, books, and articles. Together with the Wachowskis, he co-created the Netflix original series Sense8, which we reviewed in episode 157 and which was just renewed for a second season.]]> http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/interview-j-michael-straczynski/feed/ 0 La Lune T’attend http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/la-lune-tattend/ http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/la-lune-tattend/#respond Tue, 26 Jan 2016 11:02:38 +0000 Peter S. Beagle http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/?p=15945 http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/la-lune-tattend/feed/ 0 Author Spotlight: Keith Brooke and Eric Brown http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/author-spotlight-keith-brooke-and-eric-brown/ http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/author-spotlight-keith-brooke-and-eric-brown/#respond Tue, 26 Jan 2016 11:02:01 +0000 Jude Griffin http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/?p=15910 http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/author-spotlight-keith-brooke-and-eric-brown/feed/ 0 Beyond the Heliopause http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/beyond-the-heliopause/ http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/beyond-the-heliopause/#respond Tue, 26 Jan 2016 11:01:42 +0000 Keith Brooke and Eric Brown http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/?p=15949 http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/beyond-the-heliopause/feed/ 0 As soon as the recorded message pinged in her peripheral vision, she accepted and listened to the call on her cochlear implant. “Suzanne, I need to see you. It’s urgent. I . . . well, I’ll tell you when I see you. All my love.” Lightspeed Magazine - Science Fiction & Fantasy no 27:01 Book Reviews: January 2016 http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/book-reviews-jan-2016/ http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/book-reviews-jan-2016/#respond Tue, 19 Jan 2016 11:05:37 +0000 Andrew Liptak http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/?p=15968 Lightspeed, we’re going to take a look at each of the installments of the Red Trilogy---The Red: First Light, The Trials, and Going Dark.]]> http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/book-reviews-jan-2016/feed/ 0 Author Spotlight: Kat Howard http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/author-spotlight-kat-howard-7/ http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/author-spotlight-kat-howard-7/#respond Tue, 19 Jan 2016 11:03:59 +0000 Robyn Lupo and Liz Argall http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/?p=15907 http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/author-spotlight-kat-howard-7/feed/ 0 Maiden, Hunter, Beast http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/maiden-hunter-beast/ http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/maiden-hunter-beast/#respond Tue, 19 Jan 2016 11:02:39 +0000 Kat Howard http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/?p=15946 http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/maiden-hunter-beast/feed/ 0 She had never intended to be a nineteen-year-old virgin. She wasn’t opposed to the idea of sex, didn’t think the simple act of having sex with someone had to be a big deal, and sure, she went to Mass and knew what the priests taught, Lightspeed Magazine - Science Fiction & Fantasy no 20:37 Author Spotlight: Jason Gurley http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/author-spotlight-jason-gurley-2/ http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/author-spotlight-jason-gurley-2/#respond Tue, 19 Jan 2016 11:02:05 +0000 Sandra Odell http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/?p=15914 http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/author-spotlight-jason-gurley-2/feed/ 0 The Dark Age http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/the-dark-age/ http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/the-dark-age/#respond Tue, 19 Jan 2016 11:01:43 +0000 Jason Gurley http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/?p=15950 http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/the-dark-age/feed/ 0 Movie Review: Star Wars: The Force Awakens http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/movie-review-star-wars-the-force-awakens/ http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/movie-review-star-wars-the-force-awakens/#respond Tue, 12 Jan 2016 11:05:37 +0000 Carrie Vaughn http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/?p=15967 http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/movie-review-star-wars-the-force-awakens/feed/ 0 Author Spotlight: Leena Krohn http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/author-spotlight-leena-krohn/ http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/author-spotlight-leena-krohn/#respond Tue, 12 Jan 2016 11:03:00 +0000 Robyn Lupo http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/?p=15908 http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/author-spotlight-leena-krohn/feed/ 0 Gorgonoids http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/gorgonoids/ http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/gorgonoids/#respond Tue, 12 Jan 2016 11:02:40 +0000 Leena Krohn. Translated by Hildi Hawkins. http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/?p=15947 http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/gorgonoids/feed/ 0 Author Spotlight: JY Yang http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/author-spotlight-jy-yang/ http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/author-spotlight-jy-yang/#respond Tue, 12 Jan 2016 11:02:04 +0000 Sandra Odell http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/?p=15913 http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/author-spotlight-jy-yang/feed/ 0 Secondhand Bodies http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/secondhand-bodies/ http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/secondhand-bodies/#respond Tue, 12 Jan 2016 11:01:43 +0000 JY Yang http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/?p=15951 http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/secondhand-bodies/feed/ 0 “Admit it, the only option left for that body is getting rid of it.” Cousin Aloysius says this as he sprawls uninvited along the length of my bed, and I hate him for that. Lightspeed Magazine - Science Fiction & Fantasy no 20:54 Editorial, January 2016 http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/editorial-jan-2016/ http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/editorial-jan-2016/#respond Tue, 05 Jan 2016 11:05:35 +0000 John Joseph Adams http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/?p=15966 http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/editorial-jan-2016/feed/ 0 Author Spotlight: Will McIntosh http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/author-spotlight-will-mcintosh-3/ http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/author-spotlight-will-mcintosh-3/#respond Tue, 05 Jan 2016 11:03:01 +0000 Laurel Amberdine http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/?p=15909 http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/author-spotlight-will-mcintosh-3/feed/ 0 The Savannah Liars Tour http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/the-savannah-liars-tour/ http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/the-savannah-liars-tour/#respond Tue, 05 Jan 2016 11:02:40 +0000 Will McIntosh http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/?p=15948 http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/the-savannah-liars-tour/feed/ 0 My essence, my soul, whatever you wanted to call it, burst into that place beyond places. After dozens of trips, the ecstasy of the reverse-explosion was as intense as the first time. My essence, my soul, whatever you wanted to call it, burst into that place beyond places. After dozens of trips, the ecstasy of the reverse-explosion was as intense as the first time. I was in downtown Savannah in Chippewa Square. Streaks of perfect lemon-yellow sunlight peeked through a canopy of live oaks. Cars and tour buses glided past, silent, spewing zero pollution because they didn’t exist. Most were cruising several feet above the ground. I caught sight of Delilah running across the street toward me, her feet flying wildly as only Delilah’s could, and felt a rush of pure, unfiltered, unqualified, innocent, overwhelming love. You never love someone the way you do when you’re twenty. When you fall in love at thirty, or forty, your past comes with you---your broken hearts and shattered illusions---and there’s just so much of it, so many additives and preservatives mixed in that your emotions are never as pure as they were when you were twenty. Delilah rushed to hug me, her eyes bright. She still looked twenty. Always twenty. And when I was with her, I was twenty, too. “Hey, you,” she said. I was tingling, full to overflowing with Delilah. I wondered if this time my hour would feel like five minutes, or a week. Time dropped through a maze here; there was no telling how quickly or slowly it might pass. “You’ve got to hear this new song,” I said as we separated. “From a new band. They played The Bastille last week.” The Bastille had closed eight years earlier, but I liked to use locations Delilah knew. “It’s good? Let’s hear it.” I’d been listening to the CD every day so I’d be able to recreate it almost perfectly from memory, moving the music from my mind into the streets of our Savannah. It wasn’t what Savannah looked like now, or even what it had looked like when Delilah died; it was the Savannah we created when we were together here. A tour trolley came around the corner. I wasn’t surprised to see it was Delilah’s trolley, the one she’d died in. • • • • The woman standing at the front of the trolley, clutching a steel pole to avoid being thrown when the trolley made turns, was grinning like she knew a secret---a secret that could burst the world open at the seams and have everyone dancing in the streets and hugging strangers. She seemed far too young to know such a secret. The trolley was passing a beautiful old home---a mansion, really. The bright new banner draped along the length of the interior of the old trolley, the one that read Savannah Liars Tour, flapped in the breeze coming through the open front of the trolley. The woman pointed at the mansion. “That lovely house was built by Savannah’s founder, a Viking named Erik, who was driven from the city when Europeans arrived, outraged to find the Vikings had gotten there first.” Laughter from the passengers, mostly tourists from out of town. Delilah’s job was to tell outrageous lies, to make them up on the spot as the trolley threaded the squares of Savannah’s Historic District. It was obvious she loved her job, and was perfect for it. I was not a tourist. I lived in a tiny apartment on Whittaker Street, a student at the Savannah College of Art and Design. I was also in a band. Drums. We played the Bastille frequently. I took the Savannah Liars Tour every day, so I knew better than anyone that Delilah never told the same lie twice. I was in love with her long before I ever mustered the nerve to speak to her. • • • • “Ben? Wake up, Ben. Come on.” I opened my eyes and tried to breathe, but I couldn’t, because my lungs were filled with fluid. I could hear the dribbling of the fluid draining through the tube clenched between my chattering teeth. The cold went straight to my bones, like fish hooks made of ice. If entering the afterlife was like a thousand simultaneous orgasms, returning from cryogenic sleep was a hell unimaginable to those who had never experienced it. ]]> Lightspeed Magazine - Science Fiction & Fantasy no 30:22 Author Spotlight: Kate Bachus http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/author-spotlight-kate-bachus/ http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/author-spotlight-kate-bachus/#respond Tue, 05 Jan 2016 11:02:03 +0000 Sandra Odell http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/?p=15911 http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/author-spotlight-kate-bachus/feed/ 0 Pinono Deep http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/pinono-deep/ http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/pinono-deep/#respond Tue, 05 Jan 2016 11:01:45 +0000 Kate Bachus http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/?p=15952 http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/pinono-deep/feed/ 0 Interview: Andy Weir http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/interview-andy-weir/ http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/interview-andy-weir/#respond Tue, 22 Dec 2015 11:05:39 +0000 The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/?p=15799 http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/interview-andy-weir/feed/ 0 Author Spotlight: Charlie Jane Anders http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/author-spotlight-charlie-jane-anders-4/ http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/author-spotlight-charlie-jane-anders-4/#respond Tue, 22 Dec 2015 11:02:43 +0000 Robyn Lupo http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/?p=15764 http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/author-spotlight-charlie-jane-anders-4/feed/ 0 Ex Libris Noctis http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/ex-libris-noctis/ http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/ex-libris-noctis/#respond Tue, 22 Dec 2015 11:02:31 +0000 Jay Lake http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/?p=15791 http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/ex-libris-noctis/feed/ 0 Beatrice’s heart skipped and skipped again, the tiny pistons clattering in their brassbound prison. Her ribs ached, and there were narrow darts of pain throughout her chest. She was dying. Lightspeed Magazine - Science Fiction & Fantasy no 57:49 The Time Travel Club http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/the-time-travel-club/ http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/the-time-travel-club/#respond Tue, 22 Dec 2015 11:01:30 +0000 Charlie Jane Anders http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/?p=15779 http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/the-time-travel-club/feed/ 0 Book Reviews: December 2015 http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/book-reviews-december-2015/ http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/book-reviews-december-2015/#respond Tue, 15 Dec 2015 11:05:41 +0000 Amal El-Mohtar http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/?p=15800 Radiance, by Catherynne M. Valente, The Buried Giant, by Kazuo Ishiguro, and Bone Swans, by C. S. E. Cooney.]]> http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/book-reviews-december-2015/feed/ 0 Author Spotlight: Mark Rigney http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/author-spotlight-mark-rigney/ http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/author-spotlight-mark-rigney/#respond Tue, 15 Dec 2015 11:03:47 +0000 Lee Hallison http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/?p=15765 http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/author-spotlight-mark-rigney/feed/ 0 Author Spotlight: Aidan Doyle http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/author-spotlight-aidan-doyle-2/ http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/author-spotlight-aidan-doyle-2/#respond Tue, 15 Dec 2015 11:02:48 +0000 Sandra Odell http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/?p=15766 http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/author-spotlight-aidan-doyle-2/feed/ 0 Portfolio http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/portfolio/ http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/portfolio/#respond Tue, 15 Dec 2015 11:02:20 +0000 Mark Rigney http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/?p=15792 http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/portfolio/feed/ 0 Beneath the Silent Stars http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/beneath-the-silent-stars/ http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/beneath-the-silent-stars/#respond Tue, 15 Dec 2015 11:01:31 +0000 Aidan Doyle http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/?p=15780 http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/beneath-the-silent-stars/feed/ 0 Jean-Paul crawled out of storage and stretched his arms and legs. He avoided going into storage whenever he could help it, but the ship had insisted this time. “Hello, Jean-Paul,” Unattributed Source said. “I woke you as soon as we arrived within visua... Lightspeed Magazine - Science Fiction & Fantasy no 28:53 Artist Showcase: James Ng http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/artist-showcase-james-ng/ http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/artist-showcase-james-ng/#respond Tue, 08 Dec 2015 11:05:39 +0000 Henry Lien http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/?p=15808 http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/artist-showcase-james-ng/feed/ 0 Author Spotlight: Rachel Swirsky http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/author-spotlight-rachel-swirsky-2/ http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/author-spotlight-rachel-swirsky-2/#respond Tue, 08 Dec 2015 11:03:48 +0000 Liz Argall http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/?p=15767 Alice in Wonderland, which I’d watch over and over.]]> http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/author-spotlight-rachel-swirsky-2/feed/ 0 Author Spotlight: Hugh Howey http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/author-spotlight-hugh-howey-2/ http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/author-spotlight-hugh-howey-2/#respond Tue, 08 Dec 2015 11:02:49 +0000 Sandra Odell http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/?p=15768 http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/author-spotlight-hugh-howey-2/feed/ 0 Tea Time http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/tea-time/ http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/tea-time/#respond Tue, 08 Dec 2015 11:02:20 +0000 Rachel Swirsky http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/?p=15793 http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/tea-time/feed/ 0 Begin at the beginning: His many hats. Felt derbies in charcoal and camel and black. Sporting caps and straw boaters. Gibuses covered in corded silk for nights at the theatre. Domed bowlers with dashingly narrow brims. The ratty purple silk top hat, Lightspeed Magazine - Science Fiction & Fantasy no 37:06 Beacon 23: Little Noises http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/beacon-23-little-noises/ http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/beacon-23-little-noises/#respond Tue, 08 Dec 2015 11:01:31 +0000 Hugh Howey http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/?p=15781 http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/beacon-23-little-noises/feed/ 0 Editorial, December 2015 http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/editorial-december-2015/ http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/editorial-december-2015/#respond Tue, 01 Dec 2015 11:05:41 +0000 John Joseph Adams http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/?p=15801 http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/editorial-december-2015/feed/ 0 Author Spotlight: Richard Parks http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/author-spotlight-richard-parks-2/ http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/author-spotlight-richard-parks-2/#respond Tue, 01 Dec 2015 11:03:50 +0000 Laurel Amberdine http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/?p=15769 http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/author-spotlight-richard-parks-2/feed/ 0 Author Spotlight: A. Merc Rustad http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/author-spotlight-a-merc-rustad/ http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/author-spotlight-a-merc-rustad/#respond Tue, 01 Dec 2015 11:02:51 +0000 Lee Hallison http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/?p=15770 http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/author-spotlight-a-merc-rustad/feed/ 0 The Queen’s Reason http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/the-queens-reason/ http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/the-queens-reason/#respond Tue, 01 Dec 2015 11:02:21 +0000 Richard Parks http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/?p=15794 http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/the-queens-reason/feed/ 0 Tomorrow When We See the Sun http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/tomorrow-when-we-see-the-sun/ http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/tomorrow-when-we-see-the-sun/#respond Tue, 01 Dec 2015 11:01:32 +0000 A. Merc Rustad http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/?p=15782 http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/tomorrow-when-we-see-the-sun/feed/ 0 Wolflord (title): nomadic, nameless survivors of destroyed warships; those who did not accept ritual immolation during the Decommission. No allegiance to the Principality; outlaws. The antiquated title is self-taken from the first deserter, I. The last wolflord will be executed on the cusp of the new solar year. II. Wolflord (title): nomadic, nameless survivors of destroyed warships; those who did not accept ritual immolation during the Decommission. No allegiance to the Principality; outlaws. The antiquated title is self-taken from the first deserter, whose name and memory were erased upon execution; precise origin unknown. • • • • Released from its stasis, Mere stretches and glides through the wide atrium wreathed in bionic roses and silk banners. It pauses at the gates that hang perpetually open on the Courts of Tranquility. The sensory matrix on the threshold purrs against its consciousness in greeting. “What awaits this it?” Mere asks the threshold. The last wolflord. A great victory. Mere feels nothing at the announcement, as it should. It is not allowed emotion. It parades to the pool, proud-arched spine and lifted jaw; autonomous machine-flesh granted scraps of self and mind. (In the glued and stapled seams, it has painted its own awareness. A taste for Zhouderrian wines fermented in the aftermath of white dwarf stars; the poetry of Li Sin, disfavored master of nanite-barbed words; desire stacked like coiled DNA strands, a tower of cards; a voice etched from grave-silence and forgotten pauses between peace and war. It displays none of itself, for it has also learned fear: It can be taken apart and erased if it deviates from its scripted role.) Mere crouches at the pool’s lip. Once its function is complete, it will be returned to stasis. Mere dreads its inevitable sleep. From this vantage, it surveys the Courts of Tranquility, the synaptic-like rainfall of light along the membranous domed ceiling, the living heartbeat of the tamed planet carved and grown to a million fine-tuned specifications and indulgences. And those within, oh yes, it has seen these courtiers often: ---nobles in redolent synth armor; generals and admirals decked in finest military dress; pilots, their faces replaced with the mindscreens of their ships--- ---an eleven-souled sorcerer who drinks the breath of his favorite nemesis, their words twined together as they spar with tongue and gaze, neither ever ready to destroy the other (for then the fun would end)--- ---the Gold Sun Lord, resplendent armored god, ensconced in a hover-throne that drifts about the Courts, omnipresent and untouchable--- And below, in the oblong pool where Mere has spent half of its conscious existence, the last wolflord is bound wrist and ankle, suspended in water as every ancillary world watches the feed. There will be no backup made of the wolflord’s mind, no funerary rites in the Archives of Heaven. Treason unto the Principality is not suffered lightly. The Arbiter of the Suns steps forward and lifts reedy, sulfur-scorched hands. Smoke-cured breath fills ordained words with harmonies and atonal bass-clef chords. “You are summoned here, dearly condemned . . .” Mere unbends its body, muscle and ligament stretched along metal bones, and glides into the pool, water slicing to either side of its midriff. It cradles the disgraced wolflord’s head in one splayed hand. The other, fingers knife-tipped, rests along the condemned’s throat. Unseen, Mere spools neuron-thin tendrils into the base of the wolflord’s spine and siphons away pain and fear. The wolflord’s body slackens in synthesized, unwanted calm. “Why do this?” the wolflord grinds out, words blocked by auditory and visual firewalls. None in the Courts of Tranquility will witness a criminal’s last words. By protocol, Mere is granted the same erasure. It could scream and curse, and no one would hear (except its keepers, silent beneath the pool and always watching). “It is civilized,” Mere says with a mocking smile. “No.” The wolflord struggles to speak. “You. Why do you . . . obey, Mere . . .” Mere has never heard its name,]]> Lightspeed Magazine - Science Fiction & Fantasy no 57:38 Interview: Ernest Cline http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/interview-ernest-cline/ http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/interview-ernest-cline/#respond Tue, 24 Nov 2015 11:05:04 +0000 The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/?p=15567 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.]]> http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/interview-ernest-cline/feed/ 0 Author Spotlight: Kenneth Schneyer http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/author-spotlight-kenneth-schneyer/ http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/author-spotlight-kenneth-schneyer/#respond Tue, 24 Nov 2015 11:03:30 +0000 Jude Griffin http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/?p=15557 http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/author-spotlight-kenneth-schneyer/feed/ 0