Wednesday, January 3, 2018

2017 Lightspeed Magazine

(Historical Fantasy) Miss Scales supplies her shop from Keswick’s, but today they’ve sent her a new account representative, and he’s really the salesman from Hell.
A Third of the Stars of Heaven by Cadwell Turnbull1  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 91
(SF) Henrietta has inoperable cancer, but she rejects the medical treatments the aliens are offering.
A Touch of Heart by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro and Adam-Troy Castro  Time: 15m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 86
(Chinese Historical Fantasy) Dou hates his neighbor because Gan’s farm flourishes while his own languishes. Enough to seek out the Black Touch.
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A Vortal in Midtown by Ashok K. Banker  Time: 28m (Novelette)  IssueLightspeed 90
(SF Horror) A tiny spherical gateway into another reality opens in Manhattan, and it causes chaos as it sucks things in and grows.
A Wound Like an Unplowed Field by Max Wynne1  Time: 06m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 90
(Fantasy Horror) In which a witch offers to save the life of a wounded soldier, but she takes her time with it.
An Ever-Expanding Flash of Light by Timothy Mudie  Time: 15m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 88
(SF Epic) Tone’s wife has terminal cancer, and to get the money to pay to freeze her until there’s a cure, he signs up on a starship that won’t be back for centuries.
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An Inflexible Truth by Christopher East  Time: 28m (Novelette)  IssueLightspeed 87
(Climate SF) After his teammate disappears in the ruins of Las Vegas, a newsman goes to investigate—even though he has a desk job and has never been in the field before.
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Becoming by Rachel Swirsky  Time: 06m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 89
(Slipstream Humor) Megan has learned that being a vampire sucks, but it turns out there are worse things to be.
(SF Humor) To avoid having their spaceship repossessed, Kango and Sharon go on a dangerous mission to infiltrate a cult and steal DNA from their children.
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Crossing the Threshold by Pat Murphy  Time: 13m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 85
(Contemporary Fantasy) Helping an old man get over a chain-link fence leads the narrator into the world of the occult.
Death Every Seventy-Two Minutes by Adam-Troy Castro  Time: 08m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 82
(Horror) Every 72 minutes, Negelein has a vision of his own death. They don’t hurt him, but they’re so vivid, they’re ruining his life.
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How to Find a Portal by Debbie Urbanski  Time: 22m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 86
(Portal Fantasy) Her parents warn her about the people in white vans who take little children to portal worlds, but the narrator really, really wants to go.
Infinite Love Engine by Joseph Allen Hill  Time: 23m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 83
(Science Fantasy) Aria just has a few days to save the whole universe from being swallowed up by Zarzak, the infinite love machine.
Ink by Bruce McAllister  Time: 14m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 87
(Modern Fantasy) A young hemophiliac American boy in Italy visits a creepy old house to try to get old stamps for his collection.
(Afterlife Fantasy) James really enjoys Heaven, but he wonders why he can’t find his wife and kids anywhere.
(Superheroes) Ice Sickle joined the Excaliburs to fight evil, but Sin-Master may be her match.
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Longing for Stars Once Lost by A. Merc Rustad  Time: 15m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 89
(Space Opera; Sun Lords of the Principality) Stuck on an inhospitable planet with his enemies closing in and his spaceship in dire need of repairs, Kitshan finds an unlikely source of help.
Love Engine Optimization by Matthew Kressel  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 85
(Near-Future SF)  Sam is a talented hacker who extracts Jane’s personal info in order to seduce her.
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Marcel Proust, Incorporated by Scott Dalrymple  Time: 13m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 85
(Near-Future SF) Users who stop taking a memory enhancement drug end up losing everything they learned on it, making it possible for banks to repossess someone’s education.
Maybe Look Up by Jess Barber  Time: 09m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 83
(Time Travel) You get one chance to go back in time and spend 30 minutes trying to fix the worst mistake you ever made. Which one will you pick?
Mix Tapes From Dead Boys by E. Catherine Tobler  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 86
(Surreal SF) Hadly explores an old derelict spaceship that orbits Neptune. It ought to be inert, but somehow something still functions.
Nine-Tenths of the Law by Molly Tanzer  Time: 20m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 80
(SF) Donna’s cold and distant husband has an industrial accident the day she planned to leave him, so she stays to nurse him back to health. After that, he’s different—in ways she likes.
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Octopus vs. Bear by Kendra Fortmeyer1  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 84
(Modern Fantasy) Unexpectedly, you woke up female this morning, in someone else's body. Now you have to decide what to do about it.
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Probably Still the Chosen One by Kelly Barnhill  Time: 22m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 81
(Portal Fantasy) Corinna was eleven when her magical journey to the Land of Nibiru ended with her returning to her kitchen at home. Now she’s waiting for her friends to return for her. Probably.
Remote Presence by Susan Palwick  Time: 33m (Novelette)  IssueLightspeed 83
(Modern Fantasy) Chaplin Win is in trouble for letting an unauthorized ghost talk with hospital patients, and inspectors are coming tomorrow.
Seven Permutations of My Daughter by Lina Rather1  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 83
(Multiverse) Sarah travels the multiverse looking for a reality where her daughter isn’t a drug addict.
Seven Salt Tears by Kat Howard  Time: 08m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 80
(Fantasy) As a girl, Mara learned that you need to cry seven tears into the sea to summon a selkie. She’s always felt more a sea creature than a land creature anyway.
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Shoggoths in Traffic by Tobias S. Buckell  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 88
(Lovecraftian Horror) The narrator and his friend are racing towards Florida running away from the drug dealer they repossessed it from. But something worse is waiting in front of them.
(Old West Fantasy) Six-gun rides into Dead Gulch and finds the townspeople don’t like “her kind,” but they have a mission for her: to kill the Dead Coon Trashgang.
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Soccer Fields and Frozen Lakes by Greg Kurzawa  Time: 22m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 82
(Near-future SFF) After the government rules he isn't really human, Chris loses his human wife and hybrid kids.
The Day the Wizards Came by Rachel Swirsky  Time: 07m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 90
(Alternate History Fantasy) On 9/11, a squad of wizards from the UK appears and uses magic to prevent most of the carnage.
The Dragon of Dread Peak by Jeremiah Tolbert  Time: 1h:19m (Novella)  IssueLightspeed 89
(YA Portal Fantasy; Dungeonspace) Flip and his teenage friends accept a dangerous mission to steal from a dragon. They’re really too green to attempt this, the dragon is very old and powerful, and they’re falling behind on their trigonometry homework.
The Faerie Tree by Kathleen Kayembe1  Time: 20m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 90
(Modern Fantasy Horror) Only Marianne can see that her new brother-in-law is a horror, and although she knows she can summon the faeries to get rid of him, she also knows the price will be very high.
(SF Horror) A group of runaway cyborgs has to prepare meals for unknowing human ships or else blow their cover. But they’re short on one critical ingredient.
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The Heart's Cartography by Susan Jane Bigelow  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 84
(Time Travel) The time travelers across the road think they’re being clever, but Jade’s family spotted them right away. Even so, they’ve got a daughter her age, and she wants to make friends.
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(SFF) Alex’s town is being attacked by aliens, and she needs to save it somehow.
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The Last Cheng Beng Gift by Jaymee Goh  Time: 10m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 88
(Fantasy) It pleases Mrs. Lim that her children keep sending her gifts even ten years after her death, but her daughter’s gifts aren’t always appropriate.
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The Last Garden by Jack Skillingstead  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 81
(Post-Apocalypse) Casey’s only companion on the Airforce base is a robot, which is determined to protect her. That includes keeping her from investigating frozen clones that might survive in a distant vault.
The Law of Conservation of Data by John Grant  Time: 32m (Novelette)  IssueLightspeed 86
(Far-Future SF) Five sex partners decide to explore the remains of a casino that was pushed into a black hole an eon ago.
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The Shining Hills by Susan Palwick  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 87
(Urban Fantasy) Some nights shining lights appear atop hills in urban areas, and people who walk into them disappear—some say to fairyland. A cop who thinks otherwise tries to talk a young woman out of trying it.
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The Stone Lover by Marta Randall  Time: 05m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 82
(Fantasy Erotica) The new queen wants a beautiful male statue carved to satisfy her desires.
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The West Topeka Triangle by Jeremiah Tolbert  Time: 28m (Novelette)  IssueLightspeed 80
(Horror) Jason struggles with a bully in elementary school, a stepdad who hates him, and he thinks the local equivalent of the Bermuda Triangle is causing local kids to disappear.
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The Whole Crew Hates Me by Adam-Troy Castro  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 80
(SF) Two years into a twelve-year voyage, Morgan copes with the fact that the rest of the waking crew despises him and can’t tell him why.
The Worldless by Indrapramit Das  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 82
(Offworld SF) The Dunyshar are stranded on an outpost, but NuTay dreams of going home to Earth.
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This Is for You by Bruce McAllister  Time: 04m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 84
(SF) He spent his childhood on another planet, but he’s trying to fit into highschool on Earth, and he really wants a girl.
Tongue by Ashok K. Banker  Time: 08m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 87
(SF Horror) Married at age 10, she was determined to do anything to support her husband. No matter what.
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Ugo by Giovanni De Feo1  Time: 24m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 88
(SFF) Ugo can “remember” things from the future, which he shares with Cynthia—including the fact that she’ll be his wife someday.
(SF Horror) The narrator’s four-year-old asks uncomfortable questions about the holocaust that awaits the human race in just a few weeks.
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World of the Three by Shweta Narayan  Time: 31m (Novelette)  IssueLightspeed 85
(Tamil Historical Clockwork Fantasy) A mother tells her children the story of a famous Tamil king who was a clockwork mechanism.
You Will Never Know What Opens by Mari Ness  Time: 06m (ShortStory)  IssueLightspeed 91
(Portal Fantasy) Your house is full of doors to other worlds, and you can’t keep yourself from exploring them—even though they’re dangerous.

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