Lightspeed Magazine, June 2016: People of Colo(u)r Destroy Science Fiction! Special Issue (Lightspeed Magazine, Issue #73)
The People of Colo(u)r Destroy Science Fiction! special issue exists to relieve a ...more
I'm consciously challenging myself to read more diversely, and I have been much more successful with this goal in short fiction than in novels, probably because of A) volume and B) economics. It's very hard to get hold of a variety of diverse SFF novels here in the U.S. Midwest. But a few magazines are doing great work - Lightspeed, Clarkesworld, Uncanny, Strange Horizons - that bring me a few diverse stories every month.
I'm so lily-white it hurts. I've already had the lifelong privilege of...more
Sensitive and relevant story about a disabled vet who agrees to take in another disabled, traumatized vet for home care. It's part of a new program to try to relieve severe overcrowding at the VA. After all, who's more suited to understanding the traumas and challenges than another vet? The catch here is that the vet needing care is actually an android. However, that doesn't really make a difference to the story, in that it still captures the very real issues ...more
Surprisingly to me (and Contrary to my usual bookish instincts) many of my favourites were those that only touched on the science fictional and were really just amazing character pieces.
So I am once again looking forward to the next destroy series, for everyone else, pick this up. Great value ...more
"Empire Star" by Samuel R. Delaney probably hit the highest point for me, a novella-length that was just sheer perfection, but there were so many freaking excellent stories in this.
Highlights for me among the new fiction included:
- Nick T. Chan's "Salto Mortal"
- Brian K. Hudson's "Digital Medicine"
- Terence Taylor's ...more
Intros - 3 stars Kind of a weak beginning I thought, but maybe I was just eager to get to the stories this time. The essays ...more
Notes on favorite stories, authors to check out, etc.
Original Short Fiction
"A Good Home" by Karin Lowachee
"Salto Mortal" by Nick T. Chan
"Digital Medicine" by Brian K. Hudson
Already reading Terence Taylor
"Fifty Shades of Grays" by Stephen Barnes
"Omoshango" by Dayo Ntwari
"Firebird by IshaIsha Karki
"As Long As It Takes To Make The World" by Gabriela Santiago (https://twitter.com/lifeonearth89) (http://writing-relatedactivities.tumb...)
Lightspeed delivers an amazing anthology from a great selection of diverse authors from a wide array of backgrounds and experiences.
Each story was a wonderful delight to read each and every story and then to read the author interviews to learn more about them. The nonfiction articles and book reviews were an excellent addition as were the book reprints. All of the essays were incredibly touching looks at the ...more
Some of my favorites:
A Good Home, Karen Lowachee
Salto Mortal, Nick T Chan
Firebird, Isha Karki
The Peacemaker, TS Bazelli
A Handful of Dal, Naru Dames Sundar -- This one made me cry and sigh with envy that I hadn't thought of ...more
My first foray into the Destroy series, and far from my last.
(I donated to the Kickstarter for this.)
And the content is exquisite. I stopped after the first four stories and thought, "Wait, doesn't every anthology have at least one dud story?" Well, there was one that didn't quite work for me, but it was just one in a cornucopia of the best dang stuff. Gabriela Santiago's "As ...more
I did live ratings as I read the ...more
I quite enjoyed the whole collection, though since this anthology includes 26 separate pieces of fiction, I figure it would be tedious or superficial to review all of them. Instead, I'll highlight a few of my favourites; as for the rest, I can say confidently that none of the stories were bad, and they're all worth ...more
Unfortunately, the book started to sag after the first few stories, for me anyway. And I thought one or two went on way too long. I thought it picked up again in the essay portion. I've never been a fan of essays but this might have ...more
Positive: My favourite story was Firebird, of which I am dying for more, even if I'll never get it. Other favourites were The Red Thread (which was so interesting), Wilson's Singularity (which made my heart hurt), Fifty Shades of Grays (which made me laugh), As Long as It Takes to Make the World (which was beautifully written), and Delhi (which made me cry).
Negative: This anthology was really great, with only two or three stories that I didn't enjoy. The ones I didn't like were because they ...more