This month’s Lightspeed stories move from a longer novelette to a shorter one and then to a short story and a shorter one. The last two avoid direct narrative and the first and last (arguably) avoid genre commitments. Coincidentally or not, the issue’s best tale is the second, which is a science fiction narrative, though even it doesn’t stick the landing.
Here on Featured Futures, I’ve updated “Collated Contents of the Year’s Bests (2018 Stories, Links)” with the contents of Horton’s annual [edit: and Guran’s]. Elsewhere:
- Black Gate » Cirsova Announces Leigh Brackett’s The Illustrated Stark.
- Chinese censors incinerate entire run of a kickstarted Call of Cthulhu RPG sourcebook / Boing Boing. Thanks to Ansible‘s April issue for the story. (I may yet get around to writing about this more generally.)
- The Allure of ‘Alien’: 40 Years Later, It’s Still One of the Best Sci-Fi Movies Ever Made | Space.
- Fandom Harvest. The May issue of Ansible, in addition to the regular presentations of some hilarious gems appreciated by Thog, the jaw-dropping ignorance that persists (apparently eternally) regarding SF, and other elements of interest, informs us that a volume of the late, great editor Terry Carr’s fanwriting is available for a free (donations welcome) download.
- Cats Recognize Their Own Names–Even If They Choose to Ignore Them – Scientific American.
- SF and Nonsense: Really dark. (As always, a miscellany of great science links.)
- The History Blog » Nile shipwreck proves Herodotus account. Herodotus rocks. (Thucydides does too, of course, but a lot of people malign Herodotus. Take that!)
- The History Blog » 10-foot statue of Trajan found in Laodicea.
- The History Blog » Face-to-face with a Neolithic dog.
Calvin and Hobbes. (If you’ve missed them, don’t forget to check out all the things that have been reprinted since the last “Links” post, including the great insect collection project. the hiccup incident, and moments with Spaceman Spiff and Stupendous Man!)
- The Cult To Celebrate 30th Anniversary Of ‘Sonic Temple’ With Special Los Angeles Concert In June – Blabbermouth.net.
Here’s a somewhat unusual round-robin review:
(Stories reviewed by Mike Wyant, Jr., Jason McGregor, and Victoria Silverwolf)
- “Painless” by Rich Larson (science fictional short story)