LIGHTSPEED is a digital 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.
Welcome to issue 134 of LIGHTSPEED! Our first piece of flash is the graffiti-flavored fantasy piece "How to Become an Ancestor" by Nicole D. Sconiers. Our SF flash story is the very unsettling "No Lies Detected" by Russell Nichols. Our full-length science fiction shorts include two short stories that feature recreation with an SFnal flavor. Everdeen Mason gives us the next mind-body health craze in her story "Miss the Zen but Miss You More." We also have a story of time-traveling tourism called "A Smell of Jet Fuel" from repeat contributor Andrew Dana Hudson. Our SF reprint is from the multi-award-winning author Stephen Graham Jones ("To Jump Is to Fall"). Our original fantasy shorts both feature wings-but have their own very interesting perspective on them. Rachel Swirsky returns to our pages with a feathered coming of age story ("Innocent Bird"). Lulu Kadhim turns to the world of insects in her story "Amber Dark and Sickly Sweet." Our fantasy reprint is by Cadwell Turnbull ("Shock of Birth"). In our nonfiction department, we've got some great mini-interviews with our authors, and of course our book reviewers have been reading their eyes out. Our ebook readers will get an excerpt from Shelley Parker-Chan's new novel SHE WHO BECAME THE SUN.