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Lightspeed Magazine, September 2016

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Short Stories - Science Fiction
"Power Couple (Or 'Love Never Sleeps')" by Charlie Jane Anders (reprint)
"The Lives of Riley" by Sean Williams
"Ernesto" by Alec Nevala-Lee (reprint)
"Unauthorized Access" by An Owomoyela

Short Stories - Fantasy
"See The Unseeable, Know The Unknowable" by Maria Dahvana Headley
"The Wilderness Within" by Tim Pratt (reprint)
"Crocodile Tears"
Kindle Edition, 269 pages
Published August 31st 2016 by John Joseph Adams
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
This is an average mix of online SFF stories for me.

2.5 stars for "The Wilderness Within" by Tim Pratt, review first posted on Fantasy Literature:

Helena, who is recovering from a bad breakup with her girlfriend, looks out the window of her San Francisco apartment one morning and is astonished to see a smoking volcano blocking her view. She screams (frightening her cat) and turns on the news to see what is going on … and there is no mention of the volcano at all. When she goes to the local coffe
Rachel (Kalanadi)
Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: magazines
Most disappointing issue in a while. Too bad!

"Power Couple (or 'Love Never Sleeps')" by Charlie Jane Anders
2* - Poorly thought out.

"The Lives of Riley" by Sean Williams
2.5* - Listened to the podcast version. It was OK, but unmemorable.

"Ernesto" by Alec Nevala-Lee
3.5* - Ernest Hemingway in an SF story? Yup! Pretty interesting.

"Unauthorized Access" by An Owomoyela
4* - LOVE An's work. This story was great. I thought it ended a little abruptly, but it was so interesting up until that point.

"See the
Solid collection of stories.

"Unauthorized Access" by An Owomoyela –
An intriguing near future story of a novice hacker who lucks into some scandalous information, then get sent to jail for revealing it. On release, discovers a reputation leads to yet more chances to unearth scandalous information. Hacker clearly in too deep for skillz, but carries on in future dystopia where truth is treason. Interesting partly because none of the scandals aren't earth-shattering. Has an exciting edge to the stor
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Power Couple (Or “Love Never Sleeps”)
Charlie Jane Anders
Well. A wonderfully told story, I don't want to spoil it. 7/10.

The Lives of Riley
Sean Williams
A guy has made duplicates of himself and he and his copies are being chased after by Peacekeepers. Seemed more like an excerpt or aborted attempt of a longer story. 6/10.

Alec Nevala-Lee
Two men, the writer Ernesto and a companion whose name I don't think we learn, investigate cases of stigmata and cancer remission all linked to the tomb
Feb 10, 2017 rated it liked it
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The standout of the issue for me was the Owomoyela, which sent me straight off to the author spotlight to learn whether they have more in that world (yep - in Lightspeed 51). The story ends too abruptly, but I'll look forward to more. I appreciate the spotlights for more information about the stories that strike a chord.
Joanna Chaplin
Sep 09, 2016 rated it liked it
None of the stories in this issue resonated with me strongly. My favorite is probably "Unauthorized Access" by An Owomoyela. Although the main character is not very good with spoken communication, preferring text. She spends the story forced to speak badly and beating herself up mentally for it.
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John Joseph Adams is the series editor of BEST AMERICAN SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY. He is also the bestselling editor of many other anthologies, such as ROBOT UPRISINGS, DEAD MAN'S HAND, BRAVE NEW WORLDS,WASTELANDS, and THE LIVING DEAD. Recent and forthcoming books include WHAT THE #@&% IS THAT?, OPERATION ARCANA, PRESS START TO PLAY, LOOSED UPON THE WORLD, and THE APOCALYPSE TRIPTYCH (cons ...more