Sunday, July 25, 2010

"Lightspeed", #1 (June 2010) (ed John Joseph Adams) (magazine, free): Annotated table of contents & review

Cover image of Lightspeed magazine, June 2010 issue
Whole magazine is online - 4 stories + some other stuff. ToC below only includes fiction, & links online copies of individual stories.

Kirtley's story is pretty good. McDevitt's develops suspense well but has a dud ending. Vaughn's is a decent enough read, particularly later parts, if you like emotional stories. Last one is readable, but I would rather skip it.

Table of contents (4 stories, best first).

My rating is in brackets. Link on author yields more of author's fiction. Link on story title goes to my post on individual story, if there is one.
  1. David Barr Kirtley's "Cats in Victory" (A); download: Religious crusaders spare world's last living "animals" lives.
  2. Jack McDevitt's "The Cassandra Project" (B); download: Discovery of an alien artifact on moon.
  3. Carrie Vaughn's "Amaryllis" (B); download: New kind of family arrangements in a scarcity society, & where bearing a child without permit is a very serious crime.
  4. Vylar Kaftan's "I'm Alive, I Love You, I'll See You in Reno" (B); download: A love story that's a bit too science fictional for my taste.
    A man & a woman. Next door neighbors. Forever in love, never really meeting. A lot of cosmic & relativity adjectives thrown in in the descriptions.

    In some ways, it's just a review of many popular sf tropes - time dilation during near
    light speed travel, & what the traveler will find back on earth on return, hibernation to survive to medical treatment in far future, mind uploading, ...
Related: Fiction originally published in 2010; best of 2010.