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 120th issue. This month's cover is from Galen Dara, illustrating a new science fiction short by Adam-Troy Castro. If you've ever wondered how a time traveler would see your personal problems, be sure to read Castro's new "The Time Traveler's Advice to the Lovelorn." Ada Hoffmann has created a future where AIs are gods and angels are cyborgs in "Melting Like Metal." We also have SF reprints by Alex Irvine ("One Hundred Sentences About the City of the Future") and Charlie Jane Anders ("Rager in Space"). Millie Ho spins a story of fire, rebirth, and love in her new fantasy short "The Fenghuang." Alexander Weinstein also tackles issues of the heart in his new "Destinations of Love." Our fantasy reprints are from Carmen Maria Machado ("I Bury Myself") and C. Robert Cargill ("We Are Where the Nightmares Go"). All that, and of course we also have our usual assortment of author spotlights, along with our book and media review columns. Our feature interview is with Stephen Graham Jones. Our ebook readers will also enjoy a book excerpt from Molly Tanzer's CREATURES OF CHARM AND HUNGER.