Every month Lightspeed Magazine features all kinds of science fiction: from near-future, sociological soft sf, to far-future, star-spanning hard sf, and anything and everything in between.
In “The Harrowers,” author Eric Gregory gives us the story of Ez, who believes far more in bullets than blessings in fighting the dead, but who agrees to take a preacher’s kid outside the safety of the cities anyway—for a price.
Having an exotic, desirable roommate can make any college freshman miserable, but when your roommate is from another planet it makes things even more complicated. Tessa Mellas tells us all about it in “Bibi From Jupiter.”
Nancy Kress brings us a near-future story, “Eliot Wrote.” Eliot’s genius father sees a vision of ineffable truth in a toaster pastry, and refuses to have the memory erased, despite the damage it’s done to them both.
“Scales” by Alastair Reynolds, master of space opera, takes his first foray into military SF . . . with stunning results.