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Lightspeed Magazine, 2012 Ebook Sampler

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.

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Lightspeed, which launched in June 2010, originally published only science fiction, but in January 2012, we merged with our sister publication, Fantasy Magazine, and we now publish an equal amount of fantasy and science fiction. To help celebrate the merger, we are releasing this free ebook sampler to spread the word about our new direction.

This sampler features stories and nonfiction originally published in Lightspeed and Fantasy in 2011. It includes the same amount and diversity of content that you’d find in a typical issue of Lightspeed under our new format, so reading this sampler is basically just like reading an issue of the magazine itself.

Starting in January 2012, in every issue of Lightspeed our readers will also enjoy an ebook-exclusive novella. This is a brand-new feature, so to make this sampler as much like a regular issue of Lightspeed as possible, we are including our two longest stories published in 2011, “The Old Equations” by Jake Kerr and “House of Gears” by Jonathan L. Howard as between the two of them, they add up to a novella-length story.

This sampler also includes the following.

Science Fiction:

“Snapshots I Brought Back From the Black Hole” by K. C. Ball
“Simulacrum” by Ken Liu
“Eliot Wrote” by Nancy Kress
“Woman Leaves Room” by Robert Reed


“Lessons From a Clockwork Queen” by Megan Arkenberg
“The Devil in Gaylord’s Creek” by Sarah Monette
“The Sandal-Bride” by Genevieve Valentine
“The Wolves of Brooklyn” by Catherynne M. Valente

Plus: author spotlights, an artist showcase, and interviews with bestselling authors Mary Roach and Charlaine Harris.

2 Responses to “Lightspeed Magazine, 2012 Ebook Sampler”

  1. Thaddeus602 says:

    So I am using paypal and they won’t let me buy something for $0.00…..not sure how else I get this other than having to buy something else with it. Not exactly free then is it? Any thoughts?

    Loyal and usually happy weightless books customer,

  2. Gavin says:

    Hi Thaddeus,

    Sorry about the confusion—and thanks for asking, always happy to help. This book doesn’t need to be added to your cart: you can download it right from the links on the page. I’ve moved them up the page and made them bright red—although knowing myself I would probably still be able to miss them!


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