Science Fiction & Fantasy





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!

Artist Showcase

Artist Spotlight: Donato Giancola

“Highrises” was created as an illustration to accompany a Ray Bradbury article regarding the future of Space Exploration and appeared in a seemingly uncanny place for science fiction in 2000, Playboy Magazine.


You Never Get a Seventh Chance to Make a First Impression: An Awkward History of Our Space Transmissions

Ever since humanity has been able to launch projectiles into space, a major priority has been to communicate with any alien life forms that might come across this space detritus and wonder who shot a space probe right into their upper atmosphere.

Author Spotlight

Author Spotlight: Maggie Clark

I envisioned a species that had no evolutionary imperative towards competitive behaviors, and as such thrived on constant, snail’s-pace communication routines that similarly kept all members of any given community bonded at all times.


Editorial, March 2011

Welcome to issue ten of Lightspeed! On tap this month… Fiction: “Saying the Names” by Maggie Clark, “Gossamer” by Stephen Baxter, “Spider the Artist” by Nnedi Okorafor, and “Woman Leaves Room” by Robert Reed. Nonfiction: “You Never Get a Seventh Chance to Make a First Impression: An Awkward History of Our Space Transmissions” by Genevieve Valentine, “Feature Interview: Walter Jon Williams” by Chris Moriarty, “Retro Robots on the Battlefield” by Daniel H. Wilson, and “Immortal Jellyfish and Transhuman You” by Ekaterina Sedia.


Colonizing the Solar System in Four Easy Steps

With that spark of manifest destiny helping to illuminate your path, there is no stopping you from pulling up stakes and heading out to any of the nearby worlds that are so seemingly destitute of life as we know it that they are practically begging to be colonized.

Author Spotlight

Author Spotlight: James Patrick Kelly

I decided to make it clear that one of the reasons why anyone would go to space, given that living there would lop years off one’s life span, is that life on Earth is much less attractive in the world of the story than it is in our world.


Where’s My Holovision?

We’re not talking the fake 3D you saw in your ViewMaster toy, in comic books you read with red and green glasses, or at late-night horror movies. Leith and Upatnieks made holograms that projected light into space so you could look around it.

Author Spotlight

Author Spotlight: Ken Liu

I do think that children are especially hard on their parents. My theory is that because we are so similar to our parents, we see their weaknesses as magnified versions of our own failings (and hints that we may turn into versions of our parents some day).