LIGHTSPEED MAGAZINE - Science Fiction and Fantasy Story Podcast (Sci-Fi | Audiobook | Short Stories)
By John Joseph Adams and Stefan Rudnicki (Skyboat Media | Geek's Guide to the Galaxy | Nightmare Magazine)
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Edited by bestselling anthologist John Joseph Adams, LIGHTSPEED is a Hugo Award-winning, critically-acclaimed digital magazine. In its pages, you'll find science fiction from near-future stories and sociological SF to far-future, star-spanning SF. Plus there's fantasy from epic sword-and-sorcery and contemporary urban tales to magical realism, science-fantasy, and folk tales. Each month, LIGHTSPEED brings you a mix of originals and reprints featuring a variety of authors, from the bestsellers and award-winners you already know to the best now voices you haven't heard yet. When you read LIGHTSPEED, you'll see where science fiction and fantasy have come from, where they are now, and where they're going. The LIGHTSPEED podcast, produced by Grammy Award-winning narrator and producer Stefan Rudnicki of Skyboat Media, is presented four times a month, featuring original audio fiction and classic reprints.
||KT Bryski | Ti-Jean’s Last Adventure, as Told to Raccoon||Fantasy||2/14/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Matthew Baker | Life Sentence||Science Fiction||2/7/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Meg Elison | Endor House||Fantasy||1/24/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Tony Ballantyne | Midway||Science Fiction||1/17/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Ashok K. Banker | Son of Water and Fire||Fantasy||1/10/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||A. Merc Rustad | With Teeth Unmake the Sun||Science Fiction||1/3/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Seanan McGuire | Under the Sea of Stars||Science Fiction||12/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Shaenon K. Garrity | Grandma Novak’s Famous Nut Roll||Fantasy||12/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Lizz Huerta | Mouths||Science Fiction||12/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Ashok K. Banker | A Love Story Written on Water||Fantasy||12/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Stephen Graham Jones | Moonboys||Science Fiction||11/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Matthew Hughes | Hapthorn’s Last Case||Fantasy||11/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Theodore McCombs | Talk to Your Children About Two-Tongued Jeremy||Science Fiction||11/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Theodora Goss | Queen Lily||Fantasy||11/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Mel Kassel | Ten Deals with the Indigo Snake||Fantasy||10/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Molly Tanzer | The Real You™||Science Fiction||10/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Cameron Van Sant | Super-Luminous Spiral||Fantasy||10/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Dale Bailey | The Horror of Party Beach||Science Fiction||10/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Maria Dahvana Headley | You Pretend Like You Never Met Me, and I’ll Pretend Like I Never Met You||Fantasy||9/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Yoon Ha Lee | The Coin of Heart’s Desire||Fantasy||9/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Adam-Troy Castro | The Last to Matter||Science Fiction||9/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Cadwell Turnbull | Jump||Fantasy||9/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Vylar Kaftan | Her Monster, Whom She Loved||Science Fiction||9/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Kate Elliott | A Compendium of Architecture and the Science of Building||Fantasy||8/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Alex Irvine | The Atonement Path||Science Fiction||8/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Manuel Gonzales | Scavenge, Rustic Hounds!||Fantasy||8/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Sarah Grey | A Bond as Deep as Starlit Seas||Science Fiction||8/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Kyle Muntz | Wild Bill’s Last Stand||Fantasy||7/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Adam-Troy Castro | Greetings, Humanity! Welcome To Your Choice Of Species!||Science Fiction||7/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||G. V. Anderson | Waterbirds||Science Fiction||7/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Good when it's good...
Despite the fantastic cadre of narrators, Lightspeed needs to connect with more fans online and fewer in Brooklyn. Angst-ridden, esoteric, and more-and-more often sanctimonious, the stories selected are infrequently fun, seldom funny, and rarely pass as SF by more than the barest margins. 'I'm on a spaceship, sigh, I'll remember how life was in 2014...' is a not infrequent theme in one guise or another.
All that said, these folks are doing immaculate work in an income-free art form with all the authors who'll consent to have their material used. So, they deserve a few blades of hay taken off their camels.
But please, enough with the stark, grey, sermonizing stories. I don't need ray guns and aliens, but surely we can strike more of a balance, no?
From Galactic sector QQ7, I remain yours truly, Admiral Snkkt-rah of the Hakkk-Tak empire (Mrs.)
One of the top 5 podcasts around.
First, Kate Baker is a phenomenal editor and director, along with Neil Clarke, and their army of conservators.
Second, the stories are tip-top. TIP. TOP.
It's not hard hard sci fi, it's a mix of sci-fi, fantasy, and speculative fiction. Amazing stories.
Third, Kate Baker. (Who just had surgery - Get well, Kate!)
I listen to these podcasts to escape reality, to be entertained, to relax. Lately the stories have been getting political correct and preachy. The last episode made mention of micro aggressions, gender bias and other SJW topics that I am trying to escape. I enjoy the stories, they are entertaining, but it might be time to move on.