Anyone read this?

I see that the first omnibus of the on-line SF mag LIGHTSPEED YEAR ONE is to be available November 12. I’m wondering if anyone has read any or all of this on line? I’m tempted to buy it, but for me, right now it’s a pig in a poke.

Table of Contents:

“I’m Alive, I Love You, I’ll See You in Reno” by Vylar Kaftan
“The Cassandra Project” by Jack McDevitt
“Cats in Victory” by David Barr Kirtley
“Amaryllis” by Carrie Vaughn
“No Time Like the Present” by Carol Emshwiller
“Manumission” by Tobias S. Buckell
“The Zeppelin Conductors’ Society Annual Gentlemen’s Ball” by Genevieve Valentine
“…For a Single Yesterday” by George R. R. Martin
“How to Become a Mars Overlord” by Catherynne M. Valente
“Patient Zero” by Tananarive Due
“Arvies” by Adam-Troy Castro
“More Than the Sum of His Parts” by Joe Haldeman
“Flower, Mercy, Needle, Chain” by Yoon Ha Lee
“The Long Chase” by Geoffrey A. Landis
“Amid the Words of War” by Cat Rambo
“Travelers” by Robert Silverberg
“Hindsight” by Sarah Langan
“Tight Little Stitches in a Dead Man’s Back” by Joe R. Lansdale
“The Taste of Starlight” by John R. Fultz
“Beachworld” by Stephen King
“Standard Loneliness Package” by Charles Yu
“Faces in Revolving Souls” by Caitlin R. Kiernan
“Hwang’s Billion Brilliant Daughters” by Alice Sola Kim
“Ej-Es” by Nancy Kress
“In-Fall” by Ted Kosmatka
“The Observer” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
“Jenny’s Sick” by David Tallerman
“The Silence of the Asonu” by Ursula K. Le Guin
“Postings from an Amorous Tomorrow” by Corey Mariani
“Cucumber Gravy” by Susan Palwick
“Black Fire” by Tanith Lee
“The Elephants of Poznan” by Orson Scott Card
“Long Enough And Just So Long” by Cat Rambo
“The Passenger” by Julie E. Czerneda
“Simulacrum” by Ken Liu
“Breakaway, Backdown” by James Patrick Kelly
“Saying the Names” by Maggie Clark
“Gossamer” by Stephen Baxter
“Spider the Artist” by Nnedi Okorafor
“Woman Leaves Room” by Robert Reed
“All That Touches the Air” by An Owomoyela
“Maneki Neko” by Bruce Sterling
“Mama, We are Zhenya, Your Son” by Tom Crosshill
“Velvet Fields” by Anne McCaffrey
“The Harrowers” by Eric Gregory
“Bibi From Jupiter” by Tessa Mellas
“Eliot Wrote” by Nancy Kress
“Scales” by Alastair Reynolds

Your opinions requested, on the line-up of authors even if you haven’t read the stories. I’ll admit to not being familiar with many of them.

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10 Responses to Anyone read this?

  1. Bill Crider says:

    Lots of excellent writers on that list

  2. Patti Abbott says:

    Sounds good but not enough of a fan of sf to buy it.

  3. Cap'n Bob says:

    What does it cost? Worth a shot for $2.99.

  4. Frank Denton says:

    Seems like there are enough name authors there to make it worth a squint. Unless one already has a house full of books. Now who would that be?

  5. Todd Mason says:

    Yes, it’s a pretty impressive list of contributors…and Alice Sola Kim, for example, with one story has proved that she’s a better writer than OC Card, as he’s proved entirely too often.

  6. Todd Mason says:

    The magazine mixes reprints and new stories, and I see Adams has included a fair amount of the reprints here, such as the Lansdale and the GRR Martin…

  7. I’d give it a look just for the Alastair Reynolds work. Todd’s right about OC Card.

  8. Richard says:

    It’s about $11 bucks, Bob. Remember, it’s ink-on-paper.

    Frank, that would be both of us, and a whole lot of other people who read this blog!

    Todd, I agree about Card too, so that makes at least three of us. I think Songmaster may be the best non-Ender book he wrote.

  9. Todd Mason says:

    And since I didn’t name the Kim story I liked so much (“The Other Graces”), I pull this from her website: http://alicesolakim.com/publications/

    Publications [apparently all her fiction so far--TM]

    Short Fiction:

    “Hwang’s Billion Brilliant Daughters” (Lightspeed, November 2010)
    “The Other Graces” (Asimov’s Science Fiction, July 2010)
    “Beautiful White Bodies” (Part I & Part II, Strange Horizons, December 2009)
    “We Love Deena” (Strange Horizons, February 2008)
    “The Night and Day War” (Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet #21, November 2007)
    “The Mom Walk: A Story in Five Stories” (Rabid Transit #5, 2006)

  10. Todd Mason says:

    And I hope you saw my description of how I don’t think I have it in for Campbell, but for Campbell idolatry. You loved ASTOUNDING when you started reading it…I certainly liked GALAXY when I started reading the new issues, with the first issue edited by John J. Pierce, from late ’77…but I think we can both safely say we’ve had better reading experiences since (would you say the 1959 issues were the equal of the, say, 1943 issues?).

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