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2015 Stories 179 - 190

This is the second of three entries reviewing the June 2015 issue of Lightspeed Magazine, the special "Queers Destroy Science Fiction" issue. All of the content is by creators that identify somewhere on the "queer" spectrum (gay, lesbian, bi, trans*, gender-fluid, etc). This first entry reviews the original flash fiction section, edited by Sigrid Ellis. (Full disclosure: as always, I was a proofreader for the issue, and also have a personal essay included.)

179. MELIORATION by E. Saxy  The narrator's classmate creates a device to steal words from a bully's language. Interesting take on censorship, free speech, and how far we might take it given the technology.

180. RUBBING IS RACING by Charles Payseur  The narrator is involved in a race to beat, and survive, the end of the world. Fast and action-packed.

181. HELPING HAND by Claudine Griggs  Solo space shuttle operator Alexandria faces death when a meteorite severs her link to her shuttle and strands her floating. Another really claustrophobic story, even as set in the wide expanse of extra-orbital space.

182. THE LAMB CHOPS by Stephen Cox  A spoiled dinner is at the heart of relationship problems between a human and an alien. It's the little things sometimes that set us off or keep us steady.

183. MAMA by Eliza Gauger  Intriguing description of a vast space entity's personality.

184. BUCKET LIST FOUND IN THE LOCKER OF MADDIE PRICE, AGE 14, WRITTEN TWO WEEKS BEFORE THE GREAT UPLIFTING OF ALL MANKIND by Erika L. Satifka  Story of a first relationship amid a world-changing event, told in list form. Very moving.

185. DEEP/DARK SPACE by Gabriella Friesen  Spacecraft crew member hears a dog barking in outer space -- or does she?

186. A BRIEF HISTORY OF WHALING WITH REMARKS UPON ANCIENT PRACTICES by Gabby Reed  Told in the form of a welcoming speech to new whalers ready to operate in interstellar waters. Interesting look at the way language morphs and changes over time (the whales are not what we currently know them to be).

187. NOTHING GOES TO WASTE by Shannon Peavey  Internal monologue of physical disassociation, or is it really a slow alien abduction, one body part at a time? Both interpretations are viable.

188. IN THE DAWNS BETWEEN HOURS by Sarah Pinsker  Tess invents a time machine to take her from 1942 to 2015, where life for gays and lesbians must be better -- but then she journeys through a good chunk of her life a day at a time, until she hits a breaking point. As always, Pinsker's character work is terrific.

189. INCREASING POLICE VISIBILITY by Bogi Takacs  The two protagonists deal with politicians' ideas to increase police visibility by increasing/improving scanning for aliens. Very topical, very authentic characterization

190. LETTER FROM AN ARTIST TO A THOUSAND FUTURE VERSIONS OF HER WIFE by JY Yang  The lover left behind on Earth writes a letter to the bodiless partner traveling in a "mindship" to the stars. Stunning and beautiful in its brevity.

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