Lightspeed Magazine, February 2013by John Joseph Adams, Tad Williams, Lois McMaster Bujold, Genevieve Valentine
In this month's issue, we have original
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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.
In this month's issue, we have original science fiction by C.C. Finlay ("The Infill Trait") and Carrie Vaughn ("Harry and Marlowe Escape the Mechanical Siege of Paris"), and SF reprints by Robert Reed ("Eight Episodes") and Maureen F. McHugh ("Interview: On Any Given Day").
Plus, we have original fantasy by Genevieve Valentine ("Abyssus Abyssum Invocat") and M. Bennardo ("The Herons of Mer de l'Ouest"), along with fantasy reprints by Marly Youmans ("Prologomenon to the Adventures of Ch’lde Phoenix") and John Crowley ("Exogamy").
We also have our usual assortment of author and artist spotlights, and feature interviews with bestselling authors Lois McMaster Bujold and Steven Erikson. And for our ebook readers, our ebook-exclusive content this month is: the novella "The Happiest Dead Boy in the World" by Tad Williams; an excerpt of the new novel The Best of All Possible Worlds by Karen Lord; and a special feature article by Jamie Todd Rubin, "Hat Tip to the Masters: Homage in Science Fiction."
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Most of this is derivative at best, incomprehensible at worst. The so-called interviews are so fawning as to be useless. The fact that all these authors are selling well shows how low the bar is set. Waste of money.