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.
Welcome to LIGHTSPEED's 123rd issue! Our first SF short this month is a story about love, loss, and religion from Matthew Kressel ("Still You Linger, Like Soot in the Air"). Katherine Crighton writes about the residents of a generation ship who have lost touch with their history in her new short "Sing in Me, Muse." We also have SF reprints by Caroline M. Yoachim ("The Shadow Prison Experiment") and Sam J. Miller ("My Base Pair"). Benjamin Rosenbaum brings us our first piece of original fantasy this month in a new fable of witches, djinn, and different perspectives: "All Those Guardians of Order and Clarity, None of Them Can Abide a Free Witch." KT Bryski's story "The Bone-Stag Walks" is a new kind of fairy tale, complete with troubled siblings, snow, and discomforting forest animals. Our fantasy reprints this month are by Eden Royce ("Miss Beulah's Braiding and Life Changing Salon") and Carrie Vaughn ("The Huntsman and the Beast"). Our nonfiction team brings us our usual assortment of author spotlights, along with our book and media review columns. This month's feature interview is with Andrea Hairston.