March 26, 2012
BOOKS: Lightspeed: Year One, John Joseph Adams (ed.)
Lightspeed is an online science fiction magazine, and this is a collection of the 48 short stories published during its first year. It's a mixture of originals and reprints, and editor John Joseph Adams's taste matches mine remarkably well; there are only one or two outright clunkers in the collection, and a surprisingly high numbers of really good stories. Authors are a mix of respected veterans -- Orson Scott Card, George R.R. Martin, Stephen King, Nancy Kress -- and quickly rising stars like Catherynne Valente, Charles Yu, and Nnedi Okorafor. If I enjoyed reading online at any length, this collection would have me subscribing to Lightspeed, and I'm eagerly looking forward to next year's volume.