Lightspeed Magazine Issue 116 January 2020
CONTENTS Science Fiction Stories"The Men Who Change the World" by Christopher East"All Together, Now" by Jason Hough and Ramez Naam "She’d Never Had a Name Before" by J.R. Dawson "The Ones Who Stay and Fight" by N.K. Jemisin Fantasy Stories"Story Kit" by Kij Johnson"Destinations of Joy" by Alexander Weinstein"Holiday" by M. Rickert "Fortune’s Final Hand" by Adam-Troy CastroEXCERPTS A Queen in Hiding by Sarah Kozloff

Lightspeed Magazine Issue 116 January 2020 Details

TitleLightspeed Magazine Issue 116 January 2020
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 1st, 2020
PublisherJohn Joseph Adams
Rating
GenreFantasy, Science Fiction, Anthologies

Lightspeed Magazine Issue 116 January 2020 Review

  • G33z3r
    January 1, 1970
    OK Issue"The Men Who Change the World" by Christopher EastInteresting mystery, as corporate drone is approached by a stranger at a party and given a way to look at the world and his internationally ubiquitous giant corporation differently. Whatever's going on, there's a supernatural mystery hidden with. "All Together, Now" by Jason Hough and Ramez Naam Future war vs AI mecha is not what it seems, as it follows some of Naam's familiar themes. Good enough."She’d Never Had a Name Before" by J.R. OK Issue"The Men Who Change the World" by Christopher EastInteresting mystery, as corporate drone is approached by a stranger at a party and given a way to look at the world and his internationally ubiquitous giant corporation differently. Whatever's going on, there's a supernatural mystery hidden with. "All Together, Now" by Jason Hough and Ramez Naam Future war vs AI mecha is not what it seems, as it follows some of Naam's familiar themes. Good enough."She’d Never Had a Name Before" by J.R. Dawson Quite short story about lost sisters from different timelines meeting, comparing notes on what they imagined a sister would be like. "The Ones Who Stay and Fight" by N.K. Jemisin Mostly a description of a dystopian utopia (or utopian dystopia). Thoughtful reprint in which Jemisin directly asks, what's wrong with this picture?"Story Kit" by Kij JohnsonAn angsty story of a break-up is only fantasy in that it refers to a lot of Greek myths as analogies. Structured as a discourse on constructing a plot. Interesting structure, but sadly, angst not my thing."Destinations of Joy" by Alexander WeinsteinA tourist guide to the newly discovered 8th continent discusses a couple of societies, with emphasis on Quality of Life (aka, "Joy".)"Fortune’s Final Hand" by Adam-Troy CastroStrange story of a casino where one wagers memories."Holiday" by M. Rickert Ghost story.
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  • Ben
    January 1, 1970
    As to be expected with a periodical, some good, some bad! Lightspeed is always more good than bad (which is why I keep reading it), and this issue is solidly middle of the pack. Authors to look out for featured in this issue are NK Jemisin for her "The Ones Who Stay and Fight", and Adam-Troy Castro for "Fortune's Final Hand". Both fantastic pieces with truly unique and engaging plots. Really underwhelmed by "The Men Who Change The World" and "She'd Never Had A Name Before". Authors certainly As to be expected with a periodical, some good, some bad! Lightspeed is always more good than bad (which is why I keep reading it), and this issue is solidly middle of the pack. Authors to look out for featured in this issue are NK Jemisin for her "The Ones Who Stay and Fight", and Adam-Troy Castro for "Fortune's Final Hand". Both fantastic pieces with truly unique and engaging plots. Really underwhelmed by "The Men Who Change The World" and "She'd Never Had A Name Before". Authors certainly showed promise, but these could use improvement."All Together, Now" was a pretty solid military Scifi battle, but nothing mind-blowing."Holiday" was a neat idea, just not quite enough to keep it going. I'm coming back to "The Ones Who Stay and Fight" because it's just too good. I'm going to be thinking about that one for a while. This issue is honestly worth reading for that story alone.The excerpt from A Queen in Hiding was good, enough to interest me in reading the rest of the book, but again, nothing really mind-blowing.
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  • Paul
    January 1, 1970
    Recommended story: She'd Never Had a Name Before by J.R. DawsonScience Fiction Stories"The Men Who Change the World" by Christopher EastA man becomes a spy and infiltrates a mega-corporation for their secrets. Pretty good!"All Together, Now" by Jason Hough and Ramez Naamreprint - A soldier attempts to destroy a huge mech that is destroying Atlanta. It was OK"She’d Never Had a Name Before" by J.R. DawsonMy favorite story of the month. A girl meets her sister that died from an alternate world. Recommended story: She'd Never Had a Name Before by J.R. DawsonScience Fiction Stories"The Men Who Change the World" by Christopher EastA man becomes a spy and infiltrates a mega-corporation for their secrets. Pretty good!"All Together, Now" by Jason Hough and Ramez Naamreprint - A soldier attempts to destroy a huge mech that is destroying Atlanta. It was OK"She’d Never Had a Name Before" by J.R. DawsonMy favorite story of the month. A girl meets her sister that died from an alternate world. Excellent!"The Ones Who Stay and Fight" by N.K. Jemisinreprint - Jemisin channels Le Guin in this Omelas like storyFantasy Stories"Story Kit" by Kij Johnsonreprint - Kij continues to go over my head."Destinations of Joy" by Alexander WeinsteinA new continent is found in the Pacific Ocean. Meh."Holiday" by M. Rickert A really disturbing story about a man doing research on the deaths of young girls. Definitely seemed more like a horror story to me."Fortune’s Final Hand" by Adam-Troy Castro This casino allows you to trade your memories, gain other people's memories, all while gambling. I might of miss the nuances in this one.
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  • Mere Rain
    January 1, 1970
    Read from this issue:"Story Kit" by Kij Johnson Are grammar and syntax correct? Is there enough setting? Were the senses engaged? Is this the best start to the story? Does it end too soon/too late/too abruptly? Are the characters realistic? Is the story from the right point of view? What is the theme? What is the subtext?• • • •The story betrays us all.I spend the entire night rewriting, changing things around, hoping for a better result. The story doesn’t do what I wish. Dido always dies. The Read from this issue:"Story Kit" by Kij Johnson Are grammar and syntax correct? Is there enough setting? Were the senses engaged? Is this the best start to the story? Does it end too soon/too late/too abruptly? Are the characters realistic? Is the story from the right point of view? What is the theme? What is the subtext?• • • •The story betrays us all.I spend the entire night rewriting, changing things around, hoping for a better result. The story doesn’t do what I wish. Dido always dies. The writer always finds herself alone, a flute made of a woman’s bones.Plan to read also:N.K. Jemisin, “The Ones Who Stay and Fight”M. Rickert, “Holiday”
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  • abby
    January 1, 1970
    The Men Who Change the World by Christopher East: 2/5All Together, Now by Jason Hough and Ramez Naam: 3/5She'd Never Had a Name Before by J.R. Dawson: 2/5The Ones Who Stay and Fight by N.K. Jemisin: 5/5Story Kit by Kij Johnson: 3/5Destinations of Joy by Alexander Weinstein: 2/5Holiday by M. Rickert: 1/5 (Seriously, this should have had a content warning on it; I can't believe there wasn't)Fortune's Final Hand by Adam-Troy Castro: 3/5Average rating: 2.625, but I'm rounding down to a 2/5 just The Men Who Change the World by Christopher East: 2/5All Together, Now by Jason Hough and Ramez Naam: 3/5She'd Never Had a Name Before by J.R. Dawson: 2/5The Ones Who Stay and Fight by N.K. Jemisin: 5/5Story Kit by Kij Johnson: 3/5Destinations of Joy by Alexander Weinstein: 2/5Holiday by M. Rickert: 1/5 (Seriously, this should have had a content warning on it; I can't believe there wasn't)Fortune's Final Hand by Adam-Troy Castro: 3/5Average rating: 2.625, but I'm rounding down to a 2/5 just because that one story made me feel so fucking gross afterwards.
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