Lightspeed Magazine, June 2014 (Women Destroy Science Fiction special issue) (Volume 49)

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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. This month, we present our special anniversary issue, Women Destroy Science Fiction!, an all-science fiction extravaganza entirely written—and edited!—by women. Guest-edited by long-time LIGHTSPEED assistant editor Christie Yant, our Women Destroy Science Fiction! Issue contains eleven all-new, original science fiction short stories, plus four short story reprints, a novella reprint, and for the first time ever, an array of fifteen flash fiction stories. In addition to all that goodness, we also have more than two dozen personal essays by women talking about their experiences reading and writing science fiction, plus seven in-depth nonfiction articles. Here’s what we’ve got lined up for you in this special issue: Original science fiction by Seanan McGuire, N.K. Jemisin, Charlie Jane Anders, Maria Dahvana Headley, Amal El-Mohtar, Kris Millering, Heather Clitheroe, Rhonda Eikamp, Gabriella Stalker, Elizabeth Porter Birdsall, and K.C. Norton. Original flash fiction by Carrie Vaughn, Ellen Denham, Samantha Murray, Holly Schofield, Cathy Humble, Emily Fox, Tina Connolly, Effie Seiberg, Marina J. Lostetter, Rhiannon Rasmussen, Sarah Pinsker, Kim Winternheimer, Anaid Perez, Katherine Crighton, and Vanessa Torline. Reprints by Alice Sheldon (a/k/a James Tiptree, Jr.), Eleanor Arnason, Maria Romasco Moore, Tananarive Due, and a novella reprint by Maureen F. McHugh. Nonfiction articles by Pat Murphy, Stina Leicht, Tracie Welser, plus a roundtable interview by Mary Robinette Kowal with Ursula K. Le Guin, Pat Cadigan, Ellen Datlow, and Nancy Kress, and a feature interview with comic book writer Kelly Sue DeConnick by Jennifer Willis. Our cover for this issue is brand-new art from Galen Dara, who also conducted our artist showcase interview this month. Personal Essays by Seanan McGuire, E. Catherine Tobler, Brooke Bolander, Marissa Lingen, Sylvia Spruck Wrigley, O.J. Cade, Anne Charnock, Cheryl Morgan, Pat Murphy, Sheila Finch, Kat Howard, Amy Sterling Casil, Nancy Jane Moore, Liz Argall, Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, Anaea Lay, Helena Bell, Stina Leicht, Jude Griffin, Gail Marsella, DeAnna Knippling, Georgina Kamsika, Sandra Wickham, Kristi Charish, Rachel Swirsky, Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff, Juliette Wade, and Kameron Hurley.

Product Details

  • Series: Lightspeed Magazine
  • Paperback: 488 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1499508344
  • ISBN-13: 978-1499508345
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds

Customer Reviews

Let the destruction commence!

14 people found this helpful.
 on June 11, 2014
By FrejaFolkvangar
I was excited about this project from its earliest days on Kickstarter and just got my copy yesterday. It’s so much bigger than I realized. Between the original stories, the flash fictions, the reprints, and the fascinating essays (I mean it! Read them! Even if you’re an intro/essay skimmer), this meaty tome will keep readers busy and may just even out the gender ratio on their bookshelf to boot. Women have been writing sci-fi since the very first proto-sci-fi story was penned by seventeen-year-old Frankenstein author Mary Shelley. It’s time to recognize those contributions and shake up the space age sausage fest that is modern sci-fi.

So good I rant about it

5 people found this helpful.
 on July 2, 2014
By Susan Jane
Wow o Wow! This is a big chunk of science fiction. That it all women authors is even better. Everything from all slices of the science fiction universe: hardware, speculative science, space ships, aliens, the bad guys, the good guys, tons of we have no idea, cultural conflict, psychological nightmares, language problems, and a few explosions for good measure. And it’s all beautifully put together without heavy editing or limitations. More people need to find this book and be so delighted that they buy some for gifts and a few anonymous “SO THERE!” Saying women can’t write science fiction is the same thing as saying we are “only” good enough to pop out babies. If you can’t deal with it go back to your cave and your palieo diet, and leave the world to those who are writing the real future.

superior story telling

7 people found this helpful.
 on June 14, 2014
By Allison E. Henle
A great mix of original and reprinted short fiction, plus essays. Recommended to everyone who enjoys science fiction at shorter lengths,

Outstanding–I loved the Audible version so much I bought the book …

 on February 10, 2016
By Dreamspinner
Outstanding–I loved the Audible version so much I bought the book so I could relish even more in the rich, smart, and broad varied content. Highly recommended.

Great SciFi!

 on October 13, 2014
By Clyde
Very good SciFi. I wasn’t looking for women authors in particular, but just excellent SciFi. That’s what I found. I can’t say that I noticed very much in there that I could point to and say that it particularly came from a woman’s point of view, but that’s probably a good thing. It’s all great SciFi and highly recommended.

Loved this collection of fiction and non-fiction and all manner …

2 people found this helpful.
 on August 12, 2014
By Bevula
Loved this collection of fiction and non-fiction and all manner of greatness from some of the bad-ass women of sci-fi!


One person found this helpful.
 on September 10, 2014
By Lynn Emery
The stories are different, wonderful, thought provoking, scary, touching and all kinds of awesomeness imaginable. I’ve rediscovered my love of script short stories.

Tops for new stories and new authors

 on September 10, 2014
By D. Kittrell
A wonderful “themed” issue of Lightspeed — all female authors and editors. Fun collection with some gems from Seanan McGuire and Tannarive Due. Plus dozens of new authors! Can’t wait to see Women Destroy Fantasy!

What a great read!

 on March 22, 2016
By RJ Scholz
Strong stories all around. What a great read!

Good Stories

 on July 16, 2015
By K. Schweighauser
Great stories and interesting articles. If every issues is this good I will have to subscribe!

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