Tuesday, January 3, 2017

2016 Lightspeed



Digital Medicine by Brian K. Hudson1  Time: 26m (Novelette)  IssueLightspeed 73
(Mainstream) A young Cherokee girl on probation for hacking is given community service helping a Cherokee elder, who shows a keen interest in hacking.
Fifty Shades Of Grays by Steven Barnes  Time: 37m (Novelette)  IssueLightspeed 73
(SF) The end of the world starts when an ambitious marketing guy gets a cryptic assignment to create an ad campaign to "make ugly sexy."
Firebird by Isha Karki1  Time: 28m (Novelette)  IssueLightspeed 73
(Military SF) As a rare immigrant trainee, Percy needs to prove herself to her instructors at the Academy. What they have in mind for her is challenging indeed.
Omoshango by Dayo Ntwari1  Time: 31m (Novelette)  IssueLightspeed 73
(Science Fantasy) A Nigerian program to develop people who can fly encounters opposition.
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Salto Mortal by Nick T. Chan  Time: 27m (Novelette)  IssueLightspeed 73
(Near-Future SF) In El Paso, Mary flees her abusive husband and runs into one of the space aliens who have destroyed Mexico.
(Near-future SF) Bay lives alone and subsists off things that wash ashore from cruise ships and such. Then Gabby washes up, alive, and complicates her life.
(Near-Future SF) Nico's boring life as an accountant changes when he meets an old friend who's involved with the illegal food scene in Kansas City.
The Cavern of the Screaming Eyes by Jeremiah Tolbert  Time: 30m (Novelette)  IssueLightspeed 77
(Portal Fantasy; Dungeonspace) Teenage Ivan lost his brother in d-Space, but his new friend Domino is eager to explore a dungeon that's supposed to be safe.
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The Venus Effect by Joseph Allen Hill2  Time: 30m (Novelette)  IssueLightspeed 79
(Metafiction) A black author accepts  the challenge of writing a black SF hero, but the police just keep shooting him.
The War Of Heroes by Kameron Hurley  Time: 28m (Novelette)  IssueLightspeed 75
(SF) The "Heroes" are gradually destroying Yousra's world, but she finds a way to use a castrated prisoner to fight back.
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Unauthorized Access by An Owomoyela  Time: 34m (Novelette)  IssueLightspeed 76
(Hacker SF) Fresh out of prison for hacking, Aedo gets a request to do an even bigger hack. But why does Energy Davison want to hack its own systems?

Short Story

5×5 by Jilly Dreadful2  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 74
(YA SF) Two kids get together at a summer science camp after one tricks the other into eating her "psychic ice cream" which causes people to read minds.
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A Good Home by Karin Lowachee  Time: 22m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 73
(SF) A disabled human veteran takes in a disabled AI veteran. The AI doesn't talk anymore due to trauma, but Tawn tries to get through to it, even though his mother thinks it's dangerous.
A Handful Of Dal by Naru Dames Sundar2  Time: 04m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 73
(SF Epic) When Raj leaves Earth on the generation ship, Yatra, someone gives him a recipe to remind him and his descendants where they came from.
An Offertory To Our Drowned Gods by Teresa Naval1  Time: 04m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 73
(Apocalyptic SF) The water keeps rising, and Johnnyboy and her father flee to higher ground.
As Long As It Takes To Make The World by Gabriela Santiago2  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 73
(Slice of Life SF) Somewhere between the stars, the people from The Whole World that was scratch out a living in a small place they call The Land.
Beyond the Heliopause by Keith Brooke and Eric Brown  Time: 15m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 68
(SF) Suzanne's worries about her aging father are interrupted by her ex-husband, who left her two years ago to go explore the frontier of the solar system.
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Binaries by S.B. Divya  Time: 03m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 73
(SF) The narrator describes his life in exponential steps.
Breathe Deep, Breathe Free by Jennifer Marie Brissett  Time: 02m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 73
(SF) Gas leaking from a deep well is slowly asphyxiating everyone in a community, and two boys discuss what they can do about it.
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Charlotte Incorporated by Rachael K. Jones  Time: 11m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 69
(Science Fantasy) Charlotte is tired of being a disembodied brain; she wants a real body of her own, as soon as she can afford it.
Chocolate Milkshake Number 314 by Caroline M. Yoachim  Time: 02m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 73
(SF) With nothing to do but wait until the black hole eats their ship in 628 days, Carlos decides to program the replicator to create a chocolate milkshake.
Crocodile Tears by Jaymee Goh  Time: 06m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 76
(Fable) A crocodile visits a man whose ambitions have led him far away from home and family.
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Deathlight by Mari Ness  Time: 18m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 72
(SF) Stranded in a nebula, Els and Dun struggle to survive as their remaining fuel gradually runs out. But they're not alone in the nebula.
Depot 256 by Lisa Allen-Agostini  Time: 09m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 73
(Near-future SF) A young orphan girl and her friend dream of escaping from a future Trinidad, ruined by climate change, where food and water are scarce.
Dinosaur Killers by Chris Kluwe2  Time: 05m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 78
(Apocalypse) The war between the governments on Earth and the corporate habitats in orbit isn't going to end well.
Dragon Brides by Nghi Vo  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 71
(Fantasy) She was 15 when a dragon abducted her. 16 when a prince rescued her and married her. Now she's 55, returning to the cave where she was held.
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Every Day Is the Full Moon by Carlie St. George  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 79
(Slipstream) B's werewolf dad beats her, but what really gets her down is she hasn't become supernatural like her friends have.
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(SF) Across twenty years, a director made three films about a remarkable discovery on Mars.
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Four And Twenty Blackbirds by JY Yang  Time: 05m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 73
(SF) Jiawen and Richard have a single hope for their unborn child; they want it to be human.
Hiranyagarbha by Kevin Jared Hosein1  Time: 05m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 73
(Horror) In Trinidad, a swamp fisherman finds a  pile of dead animals, all with a thin coating of what looks like gold on them.
I've Come to Marry the Princess by Helena Bell  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 78
(Slipstream) Jack has been stranded at summer camp for seven years, since his parents keep forgetting to pick him up. On the bright side, his dragon egg is about to hatch.
Magnifica Angelica Superable by Rochita Loenen-Ruiz  Time: 08m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 74
(Modern Fantasy) After a long absence, a god descends to earth and begins her program of renewal by evicting the customers from a restaurant.
Maiden, Hunter, Beast by Kat Howard  Time: 08m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 68
(Urban Fantasy) A virgin girl thinks she sees a unicorn--and a woman hunting it.
Michael Doesn't Hate His Mother by Marie Vibbert  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 70
(SF) Michael and Julie, kids with no parents, are cared for by a mechanical "mother." Trouble is, the machine is having problems, and no one will believe them.
Morning Cravings by Nin Harris2  Time: 04m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 73
(Magical SF) Derthye is a human who likes eggs. Her husband is a Barlishya, who is forbidden from eating eggs. This presents a problem.
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Natural Skin by Alyssa Wong  Time: 13m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 78
(Horror) In near-future Toronto, a young Chinese-Canadian girl sneaks out to seek the services of an illegal underground surgeon.
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(Portal Fantasy) Rabbit holes open at random, summoning people to fairy-tale universes where they are the heroes. Louisa keeps waiting for one to open for her.
Origin Story by Carrie Vaughn  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 71
(Superhero) Mary hasn't seen her ex-boyfriend in eight years, but when she witnesses super-villain "Techhunter" robbing a bank, she sees a strong resemblance.
Other Metamorphoses by FΓ‘bio Fernandes  Time: 01m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 73
(SF) Gregor is a dream traveler trying to get his original body back.
Plea by Mary Anne Mohanraj  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 77
(SF) Baseline humans on Eris are fighting modified ones. The natives will accept some refugees, but Gwen is afraid her family won't pass inspection.
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RedKing by Craig DeLancey  Time: 20m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 70
(Hard SF) In an near future when everyone has brain implants, a computer virus can be a health issue. Especially when it turns users into killers.
Secondhand Bodies by JY Yang  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 68
(SF) Agatha wants a svelte replacement for her plump body, but since she can't get one grown in a reasonable time, she looks into an illegal swap.
(Modern Fantasy) A circus comes to town, but the tickets are for fifty years ago or fifty years from now.
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Shooting Gallery by J.B. Park  Time: 09m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 78
(Horror) Teenage zombie raises money by letting his friends shoot him in the chest.
Some Pebbles In The Palm by Kenneth Schneyer  Time: 09m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 74
(Essay) How to make an SF protagonist interesting.
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Sparks Fly by Rich Larson  Time: 11m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 70
(Slipstream) Electricity does strange things around Arthur, especially when he gets excited. He's excited about Christina, so their first date is going to be a real adventure.
Starfish by Karin Tidbeck  Time: 06m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 69
(Fantasy) Kim takes a cruise in icy northern waters to help her recovery, but she can't shake the feeling that what she really needs is another world entirely.
The Assassin's Secret by Adam-Troy Castro  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 75
(Fantasy Humor) The world's greatest assassin sits in his lair, waiting for people to come to him to beg his assistance.
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The Birth Will Take Place on a Mutually Acceptable Research Vessel by Matthew Bailey1  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 71
(SF) You're having a baby. The first Human-Tharkan hybrid. And everyone wants into the act--including both governments.
(Military SF) Private Berenson is nervous about serving with the Space Navy's only cybernetic soldier, since ordinary troops around him die like flies.
The Death of Paul Bunyan by Charles Payseur2  Time: 09m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 79
(Slipstream) Johnny Appleseed and Paul Bunyan broke up years ago, but he still gets called in to answer questions about his death.
(Fantasy) The narrator's sister has been kidnapped from the Tulgey wood, and she makes a dangerous journey across Wonderland to try to rescue her and return home alive.
The Key to St. Medusa's by Kat Howard  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 77
(Fantasy Horror) Despite her parents' best efforts, Agatha was born to be a witch, and eventually they turned her over to St. Medusa's school.
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The Knobby Giraffe by Rudy Rucker  Time: 11m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 71
(Hard SF) Irit wants to do her Ph.D. thesis on quantum physics and the mind. She lost her girlfriend four months ago, but she thinks there may be a way to change reality.
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The Lives of Riley by Sean Williams  Time: 05m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 76
(SF) Riley hacked his personal teleporter to make illegal copies of himself. The police have found him out, and he's trying to lead all 17 of him to safety.
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The One Who Isn't by Ted Kosmatka  Time: 14m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 74
(SF) A woman appears to be helping a child recover from some form of brain damage. His perceptions and memory are off, but something is off about her too.
The Peacemaker by T.S. Bazelli  Time: 04m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 73
(Apocalyptic SF) Despite the war, the peacekeeping robots keep trying to do their jobs. The people responsible--not so much.
The Red Thread by Sofia Samatar  Time: 10m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 73
(Post Apocalypse) An Arab-American girl and her mother wander the Dakotas while the girl tries to get in touch with a boy she once knew.
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The Savannah Liars Tour by Will McIntosh  Time: 13m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 68
(Modern Fantasy) In the near future, Ben uses cryosleep for a side-effect: while he's under, he can meet his dead wife. Trouble is, he has a new wife.
The Siren Son by Tristina Wright1  Time: 21m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 75
(Fantasy) Neal and Killian are young lovers. Together they think they can keep the dragons from destroying the world.
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Those Brighter Stars by Mercurio D. Rivera  Time: 20m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 75
(Psionic SF) Ava recounts the visit of the "Needlers" to Earth and her part in the attempts to communicate with the aliens.
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Three Points Masculine by An Owomoyela  Time: 20m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 72
(Military SF) On top of fighting against an anarchist revolution, a soldier copes with what he's sure is a man pretending to be a woman in the Women's Volunteer Corps.
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Wednesday's Story by Wole Talabi1  Time: 22m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 72
(Fairytale Fantasy) A member of a group of powerful beings who make stories real tells us the truth about Solomon Grundy and why he had to die.
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(SF Humor) A choose-your-own-adventure story in which you navigate the clinic on a space station full of aliens.
Wilson's Singularity by Terence Taylor  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 73
(Dystopian SF) Around 2070, Wilson prepares to give a speech on the 40th anniversary of the Unity system he designed, which changed the world forever.

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