Science Fiction & Fantasy





Parasitic Puppet-Masters

Parasites are masters of chemical warfare. To bypass their hosts’ many defense mechanisms, they have developed an amazing array of chemicals that can change and influence all kinds of body parts: Even brains.

Author Spotlight

Author Spotlight: An Omomoyela

The more information comes to light about how the Vosth behave and why, the less it makes sense, and the more questions there are demanding to be answered. And it’s hard to resist the call of an unanswered question.

Artist Showcase

Artist Spotlight: Chris Moore

The thing that appeals to me about SF is that to a large extent it allows you to be self-indulgent, and to give expression to your fantasies, which is very rewarding.


Editorial, April 2011

Welcome to issue eleven of Lightspeed! On tap this month… Fiction: “All That Touches the Air” by An Owomoyela, “Maneki Neko” by Bruce Sterling,”Mama, We are Zhenya, Your Son” by Tom Crosshill, “Velvet Fields” by Anne McCaffrey. Nonfiction: “Parasitic Puppetmasters” by Wendy Wagner, “TANSTAAFL: There Ain’t No Such Thing as a Free Lunch” by Jeff Lester, “The Many Worlds Interpretation Theory: Having Your Cake and Eating it Two, and Three, and Four…” by Brad Deutsch, “Feature Interview: Elizabeth Bear” by Erin Stocks.


Immortal Jellyfish and Transhuman You

Ah, immortality: the ever-elusive dream of both utopians and transhumanists. To us, death is a necessary evil, but to many organisms, plants and fungi that form clonal colonies, it’s but a technicality.

Author Spotlight

Author Spotlight: Robert Reed

Memory is suspect, but I did suffer the image of a woman leaving a room and then not returning for a great long while. I think I was watching TV. Maybe something on the screen triggered the image.


Retro Robots on the Battlefield

Battlefield robots are armed, intelligent, and poised to change the face of modern warfare. At least, that’s what the pundits have been repeating for the last decade.

Author Spotlight

Author Spotlight: Nnedi Okorafor

The current situation in Nigeria is highly volatile. There are militants in the delta region who are kidnapping and sometimes killing oil workers, they are blowing up pipelines and assassinating officials. This kind of situation cannot last long. Change is inevitable.


Interview: Walter Jon Williams

Science fiction certainly encourages the asking of the big questions: Who are we, what makes us human, what is our purpose, what is our destiny.

Author Spotlight

Author Spotlight: Stephen Baxter

Exploring our cosmic context is a major purpose of SF, I’d say. But in fiction you do need to find an intimate human story to tell!