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.
Welcome to LIGHTSPEED's 126th issue! We're breaking with our usual schedule to serialize a novelette of quantum trouble: "Schrodinger's Catastrophe" by Gene Doucette. You won't want to miss either installment! We also have SF reprints by Dominica Phetteplace ("Seven Ways to Fall in Love with an Astronaut") and Jake Kerr ("Three Speeches About Billy Granger"). Our first original fantasy short this month is from Kat Howard ("The Lachrymist"), which explores the meanings of memory and mourning. On a less tearful note, Rati Mehrotra brings us a story straight from the World Tree itself ("Magnificent Maurice, or the Flowers of Immortality"). Much has been spoken about this legendary tree, but this story asks the important question: Who protects the tree from pests? We also have fantasy reprints by Molly Tanzer ("Le Cygne Baiseur") and Alberto Yanez ("Burn the Ships"). Of course our nonfiction team has put together our usual assortment of author spotlights, and book and media review columns. Our feature interview is with Usman T. Malik. Our ebook readers will also enjoy an excerpt from Nicole Glover's debut fantasy novel, THE CONDUCTORS.