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LIGHTSPEED is an online science fiction and fantasy magazine. In its pages, you will find science fiction: from near-future, sociological soft SF, to far-future, star-spanning hard SF--and fantasy: from epic fantasy, sword-and-sorcery, and contemporary urban tales, to magical realism, science-fantasy, and folktales. This month, we have original science fiction by Daniel J LIGHTSPEED is an online science fiction and fantasy magazine. In its pages, you will find science fiction: from near-future, sociological soft SF, to far-future, star-spanning hard SF--and fantasy: from epic fantasy, sword-and-sorcery, and contemporary urban tales, to magical realism, science-fantasy, and folktales. This month, we have original science fiction by Daniel José Older ("Dust") and Marie Vibbert ("Jupiter Wrestlerama"), along with SF reprints by Zoran Živković ("The Puzzle") and Rebecca Ore ("Scarey Rose in Deep History"). Plus, we have original fantasy by Steve Hockensmith ("The Herd") and Megan Kurashige ("The Quality of Descent"), and fantasy reprints by Kelly Link ("Water Off a Black Dog's Back") and Ysabeau S. Wilce ("The Biography of a Bouncing Boy Terror!"). All that, and of course we also have our usual assortment of author and artist spotlights, along with feature interviews with bestselling author James S. A. Corey and physicist Lawrence Krauss. For our ebook readers, our ebook-exclusive novella reprint is "Jesus and the Eightfold Path" by Lavie Tidhar. For novel excerpts this month, we've got a sneak peek at Paolo Bacigalupi's new novel, THE DOUBT FACTORY, along with an excerpt from ANCILLARY SWORD -- Ann Leckie's sequel to her Nebula, Clarke, and Hugo award-winning debut novel ANCILLARY JUSTICE. Plus, we have an excerpt from the new Wild Cards mosaic novel, WILD CARDS: LOWBALL, from contributor Carrie Vaughn.


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LIGHTSPEED is an online science fiction and fantasy magazine. In its pages, you will find science fiction: from near-future, sociological soft SF, to far-future, star-spanning hard SF--and fantasy: from epic fantasy, sword-and-sorcery, and contemporary urban tales, to magical realism, science-fantasy, and folktales. This month, we have original science fiction by Daniel J LIGHTSPEED is an online science fiction and fantasy magazine. In its pages, you will find science fiction: from near-future, sociological soft SF, to far-future, star-spanning hard SF--and fantasy: from epic fantasy, sword-and-sorcery, and contemporary urban tales, to magical realism, science-fantasy, and folktales. This month, we have original science fiction by Daniel José Older ("Dust") and Marie Vibbert ("Jupiter Wrestlerama"), along with SF reprints by Zoran Živković ("The Puzzle") and Rebecca Ore ("Scarey Rose in Deep History"). Plus, we have original fantasy by Steve Hockensmith ("The Herd") and Megan Kurashige ("The Quality of Descent"), and fantasy reprints by Kelly Link ("Water Off a Black Dog's Back") and Ysabeau S. Wilce ("The Biography of a Bouncing Boy Terror!"). All that, and of course we also have our usual assortment of author and artist spotlights, along with feature interviews with bestselling author James S. A. Corey and physicist Lawrence Krauss. For our ebook readers, our ebook-exclusive novella reprint is "Jesus and the Eightfold Path" by Lavie Tidhar. For novel excerpts this month, we've got a sneak peek at Paolo Bacigalupi's new novel, THE DOUBT FACTORY, along with an excerpt from ANCILLARY SWORD -- Ann Leckie's sequel to her Nebula, Clarke, and Hugo award-winning debut novel ANCILLARY JUSTICE. Plus, we have an excerpt from the new Wild Cards mosaic novel, WILD CARDS: LOWBALL, from contributor Carrie Vaughn.

45 review for Lightspeed Magazine, October 2014

  1. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Really loved the original SF this month; the fantasy was good but didn't blow me away. Original SF: "Dust" by Daniel José Older - Workers in revolt on an asteroid, manipulative corporate interests, a genderqueer protagonist. I want to read more of this stuff. "Jupiter Wrestlerama" by Marie Vibbert - Murder on a space station, the sad lives of the people stuck there. Ditto. Original fantasy: "The Herd" by Steve Hockensmith - Weird Western? Strange tale set in a mysterious town that's hard to leave. "Th Really loved the original SF this month; the fantasy was good but didn't blow me away. Original SF: "Dust" by Daniel José Older - Workers in revolt on an asteroid, manipulative corporate interests, a genderqueer protagonist. I want to read more of this stuff. "Jupiter Wrestlerama" by Marie Vibbert - Murder on a space station, the sad lives of the people stuck there. Ditto. Original fantasy: "The Herd" by Steve Hockensmith - Weird Western? Strange tale set in a mysterious town that's hard to leave. "The Quality of Descent" by Megan Kurashige - Girl with wings, not quite sure about this one.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Esther

    I simply did not enjoy this edition. Not sure why. The novel excerpts were one exception and the interview with one half of James S.A. Corey. But that came right at the end and so didn't right my rather dismal experience of this edition. But I suppose that happens sometimes. Hopefully, November will be better. The sole exception in terms of the stories themselves was the reprint of "The Puzzle" by Zoran Živkovic. I enjoyed it so much that I have determined to track down more work by this author. I simply did not enjoy this edition. Not sure why. The novel excerpts were one exception and the interview with one half of James S.A. Corey. But that came right at the end and so didn't right my rather dismal experience of this edition. But I suppose that happens sometimes. Hopefully, November will be better. The sole exception in terms of the stories themselves was the reprint of "The Puzzle" by Zoran Živkovic. I enjoyed it so much that I have determined to track down more work by this author. So not totally dismal in the end...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Casey

    "Dust" 3 stars Set on an asteroid in what appears to be a mining community, the main character lives one day as a female, and the next a male, always switching. She/he has no understanding of why this is happening. Unlike the typical trope in which a gender switching character becomes highly feminized or masculine, both genders represented the same character very consistently. I would like to read more about this character and the setting. "Scarey Rose in Deep History" 1 star The characters can see "Dust" 3 stars Set on an asteroid in what appears to be a mining community, the main character lives one day as a female, and the next a male, always switching. She/he has no understanding of why this is happening. Unlike the typical trope in which a gender switching character becomes highly feminized or masculine, both genders represented the same character very consistently. I would like to read more about this character and the setting. "Scarey Rose in Deep History" 1 star The characters can see back in time with a device, although it only lets them see visual, with no audio. They look back to the Civil War to understand more of their family history. I wasn't so interested in the subject matter. "Jupiter Wrestlerama" 3 stars A noir-like story on a space station with wrestlers. It focuses on the theme of enclosure, whether that be space or social status. I liked how the characters weren't the traditional ones found in sci-fi. "The Puzzle" 2 stars I found the protagonist to be bland. It was more of a literature story rather than sci-fi/fantasy, although it had the theme of first contact. "Water Off a Black Dog's Back" 3 stars The fake noses of the father were the best part in this story! He had them attached to his glasses, and they were made of all different sorts of materials, one for every mood. This is a magical realism/horror story, but it is underdeveloped. Carroll meets the family of Rachel, his girlfriend, and finds her parents to be very odd. "The Herd" 3 stars Cowherders get caught in a storm and end up in a mysterious town. There is a parallel between the traditional herd of cows, and that of humans. I would have liked some more backstory. I am not so much into Westerns. "The Biography of a Bouncing Boy Terror" 3 stars The imagery was really great. A young boy buys magical red boots, instead of food for his poor, hungry family. It is a very short story, and is like a fairytale. The voice and writing style are different, but I liked the creativity, and it added to the story positively and made the world more believable. "The Quality of Descent" 3 stars I connected with the writing of the story. I wasn't so interested in the characters, but I found it to be engaging. Main character meets a girl with wings, and he wonders if they are real. She performs at a magic show. Theme of real vs. fake. "Jesus and the Eightfold Path" 4 stars A really interesting take on the life of Jesus. I thought it could get corny, but it never ended up that way. The three wise men are actually the three Chinese characters from Journey to the West, Monkey, Pig, and Sandy. They believe Jesus to be the Tripitaka, follow him throughout his life, and teach him the Eightfold Path as well as some kung fu! The three also get into a lot of bar brawls as well. There is a scene when Jesus is a boy, and he and Cleopatra have a kung fu battle with local thugs. I found the story to be highly entertaining while remaining thoughtful. I am not religious, but I think the author wove in the normal story of Jesus well with his own take. Oh yeah, and John the Baptist is a water demon in this take.

  4. 4 out of 5

    G33z3r

    Not really an issue with much I enjoyed. Way too many head scratchers for my taste. The exception was "The Quality of Descent", easily my favorite, a contemporary fantasy about a guy who meets an unusual gal. It's told with charm and wit. **** "Jupiter Wrestlerama" was a space sci-fi story I at least found comprehensible. There's been a murder, and girlfriend wants answers. *** "The Herd" was a fantasy Western (I think; horses and marshals, anyway.) It was okay, at least I grokked the ending. *** " Not really an issue with much I enjoyed. Way too many head scratchers for my taste. The exception was "The Quality of Descent", easily my favorite, a contemporary fantasy about a guy who meets an unusual gal. It's told with charm and wit. **** "Jupiter Wrestlerama" was a space sci-fi story I at least found comprehensible. There's been a murder, and girlfriend wants answers. *** "The Herd" was a fantasy Western (I think; horses and marshals, anyway.) It was okay, at least I grokked the ending. *** "The Biography of a Bouncing Boy Terror!" is a Springheeled Jack origin story, as fantasy rather than steampunk, with a wee bit of Jack and Beanstalk mixed in. Short & cute, at least. *** Doesn't anyone write stories with comprehensible endings anymore? I didn't really get "The Puzzle"'s ending, but Mr. Adam wasn't interesting enough character, a retired old geezer, that at least the trip to the end wasn't a total waste. *** "Scarey Rose in Deep History" is a time viewing story (the Light of Other Days), but if it had a point, I didn't get it. * "Dust" is one of those fantasy stories masquerading as sci-fi (it has asteroid miners, how can it not be sci-fi? When asteroid miners communicate telepathically with the asteroid.) Anyway, the story was so-so and the characters boring, meh. ** "Water Off a Black Dog's Back" was a contemporary fantasy that totally lost me. It was a long way too read tend up just saying, WTF? *

  5. 5 out of 5

    Keith

    Mr. Adams is a retired SETI researcher. He has a set routine for each day of the week. For example, on Wednesdays he goes to the zoo. He gets annoyed at things that upset his daily routine. One day some music in the park upsets him. However, he decides to listen. Inspired he goes home and paints. He then paints in the park every Saturday as he listens to the music. But he and other people wonder, what is he painting ...?

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    Not as strong a collection of stories as some other issues, but still some very interesting ones. I enjoyed "Dust" and "The Biography of a Bouncing Boy Terror!" the most. I couldn't make it through the novella, it just didn't catch my interest and dragged. Not as strong a collection of stories as some other issues, but still some very interesting ones. I enjoyed "Dust" and "The Biography of a Bouncing Boy Terror!" the most. I couldn't make it through the novella, it just didn't catch my interest and dragged.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kaleb

    Damn, this man can write!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Leilah

    Absolutely gorgeous.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tor Wigmostad

  10. 5 out of 5

    Hilliary

  11. 4 out of 5

    Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali

  12. 4 out of 5

    Michael Lloyd-Billington

  13. 5 out of 5

    Karl Forlev

  14. 5 out of 5

    Niranjan Dalaya

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cqwang

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sara

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kris

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mord

  19. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

  20. 5 out of 5

    Joy

  21. 5 out of 5

    Anthony

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

  23. 4 out of 5

    Chris Hyde

  24. 5 out of 5

    Temi

  25. 5 out of 5

    luis angel guzman carpio

  26. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Nelson

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Gill

  28. 5 out of 5

    Johnathan

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy Szal

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rob Port

  31. 5 out of 5

    Erin (PT)

  32. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

  33. 5 out of 5

    Shawn

  34. 5 out of 5

    Ross

  35. 5 out of 5

    Ari

  36. 5 out of 5

    Mathew

  37. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

  38. 4 out of 5

    Marie

  39. 4 out of 5

    James

  40. 4 out of 5

    Jess

  41. 5 out of 5

    Chris Pimlott

  42. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Cluess

  43. 4 out of 5

    Haizle The Princess

  44. 5 out of 5

    Cate

  45. 5 out of 5

    Scott M Sizer

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