Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 37 (June 2013)

Lightspeed is a technology fiction and myth journal. In its pages, you'll find technological know-how fiction: from near-future, sociological gentle SF, to far-future, star-spanning demanding SF—and myth: from epic fable, sword-and-sorcery, and modern city stories, to magical realism, science-fantasy, and folktales. No topic is off-limits, and we motivate our writers to take possibilities with their fiction and push the envelope.

This month, now we have unique fable through Megan Arkenberg (“The Huntsman”) and Christopher Barzak (“Paranormal Romance”), in addition to fable reprints by way of Theodora Goss (“Princess Lucinda and the Hound of the Moon”) and from Shawn Speakman’s new all-star charity anthology, Unfettered, we have now a brand new tale from Carrie Vaughn (“Game of Chance”). Plus, we have now unique SF by way of Sarah gray (“The Ballad of Marisol Brook”) and Sylvia Spruck Wrigley (“Alive, Alive Oh”), and SF reprints via Paul Park (“Get a Grip”) and Ken Liu’s present Hugo Award finalist (“Mono no aware”). and naturally we now have our ordinary collection of writer and artist spotlights, in addition to function interviews with bestselling authors Nalo Hopkinson and Robert J. Sawyer. For our publication readers, our ebook-featured novella is “The Fool’s Tale” by means of L. Timmel Duchamp, and the featured novel excerpt is from Abaddon’s Gate through James S. A. Corey.

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