End Game

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This month’s Lightspeed has an excellent slow apocalypse story from Nancy Kress, “End Game,” that was originally published in Asimov’s but I didn’t read it until she sent the manuscript for Fountain of Age to us at Small Beer Press. Nancy’s long been one of the bright lights of science fiction and she is having a great year with her novella After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall picking up both the Nebula and Locus and being nominated for nearly every other award it could be.

If you haven’t read her, “End Game” is a good place to start:

Allen Dodson was sitting in seventh-grade math class, staring at the back of Peggy Corcoran’s head, when he had the insight that changed the world. First his own world and then, eventually, like dominos toppling in predestined rhythm, everybody else’s, until nothing could ever be the same again. Although we didn’t, of course, know that back then….

Read the rest in Lightspeed.

Lightspeed Magazine Issue 39 cover Fountain of Age

Lightspeed Magazine Issue 39

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Original fantasy: Ken Liu (“The Litigation Master and the Monkey King”) and Cory Skerry (“Breathless in the Deep”), along with fantasy reprints by Marc Laidlaw (“Catamounts”) and Angela Slatter (“Brisneyland by Night”).

Original science fiction: Yoon Ha Lee (“The Knight of Chains, the Deuce of Stars”) and Sean Williams (“Face Value”) and SF reprints by Alastair Reynolds (“At Budokan”) and Nancy Kress (“End Game”).

Feature Interviews: Alaya Dawn Johnson and bestselling YA author Rick Yancey.

Ebook exclusive novella: “The Gorgon in the Cupboard” by Patricia McKillip and excerpts from BLOOD OF TYRANTS, the penultimate volume in the acclaimed Temeraire series by bestselling author Naomi Novik and KINGMAKER by Christian Cantrell.

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