June 2016 Lightspeed Magazine, the People of Colo(u)r Destroy Science Fiction Issue, is Now Available

June 2016 Lightspeed Magazine, the People of Colo(u)r Destroy Science Fiction Issue, is Now Available

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Lightspeed has produced some really exceptional special issues over the last few years, including the groundbreaking Women Destroy Science Fiction and Queers Destroy Science Fiction issues. June sees the People of Colo(u)r Destroy Science Fiction special issue, weighing in at a massive 464 pages. It was funded by a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign that wrapped up on February 20, and is guest-edited by Nalo Hopkinson and Kristine Ong Muslim (original short fiction), Nisi Shawl (reprints), Grace L. Dillon (nonfiction), and Sunil Patel (personal essays).

Even folks who didn’t contribute to the Kickstarter get to share in the benefits, as much of this issue’s massive payload of fiction is already up and freely available at the Lightspeed website — including brand new stories by Sofia Samatar, John Chu, JY Yang, S.B. Divya, and many others. But that’s not all…there’s also a rich assortment of paid content — including original fiction, a novella, flash fiction, reprints, and much more — available to backers, and anyone who purchases the digital edition for just $3.99. This issue is also available in a special trade paperback edition, with all the bonus content, for $17.99.

Here’s the complete Table of Contents.


A Good Home” by Karin Lowachee
Salto Mortal” by Nick T. Chan
People of Colo(u)r Destroy Flash Fiction! by Berit Ellingsen
Four and Twenty Blackbirds” by JY Yang
Other Metamorphoses” by Fabio Fernandes
Hiranyagarbha” by Kevin Jared Hosein
Binaries” by S.B. Divya
An Offertory to Our Drowned Gods” by Teresa Naval
Double Time” by John Chu
The Red Thread” by Sofia Samatar
Wilson’s Singularity” by Terence Taylor
“Fifty Shades of Grays” by Steven Barnes (available June 28)
“Delhi” by Vandana Singh (available June 28)


The People of Colo(u)r Destroy Science Fiction! Manifesto, by POC Destroy Science Fiction! Editors
Doing Dhalgren, by Terence Taylor
Book Reviews: June 2016, by Sunil Patel
The Thunderbird’s Path: Indigenous Seeds of Science Fiction, by Misha Nogha (available June 28)


ORIGINAL SHORT STORY: “Depot 256” by Lisa Allen-Agostini
ORIGINAL SHORT STORY: “Omoshango” by Dayo Ntwari
ORIGINAL SHORT STORY: “Digital Medicine” by Brian K. Hudson
ORIGINAL SHORT STORY: “As Long as It Takes to Make the World” by Gabriela Santiago
ORIGINAL SHORT STORY: “Firebird” by Isha Karki
CLASSIC SHORT STORY: “The Evening and the Morning and the Night” by Octavia E. Butler
CLASSIC SHORT STORY: “1965” by Edmée Pardo (author) & Lesly Betancourt-González (translator)
NOVELLA: Empire Star by Samuel R. Delany
ORIGINAL FLASH STORY: “Morning Cravings” by Nin Harris
ORIGINAL FLASH STORY: “Breathe Deep, Breathe Free” by Jennifer Marie Brissett
ORIGINAL FLASH STORY: “The Peacemaker” by T. S. Bazelli
ORIGINAL FLASH STORY: “Chocolate Milkshake Number 314” by Caroline M. Yoachim
ORIGINAL FLASH STORY: “A Handful of Dal” by Naru Dames Sundar
ARTICLE: “Music Medicine” by Zainab Amadahy
ARTICLE: “Because Some of Us Survived” by Samantha L. Taylor
INTERVIEW: Daniel H. Wilson by Grace L. Dillon

Read the complete online contents of the June issue (issue #73) of Lightspeed here, and see a handy summary of all the Lightspeed and Nightmare special issues here.

The cover art this issue is by Christopher Park.

Lightspeed is edited by John Joseph Adams. Most of the content is available free online; individual issues are available in multiple digital formats for $3.99. 6-month subscriptions are just $17.94 ($6 off the cover price), or $35.88 for 12 months ($12 off the cover price). The June issue, weighing in at 464 pages, is also available in trade paperback for $17.99. Purchase copies and sample free content at the website.

We last covered Lightspeed with Issue 72, May 2016.

Check out Lightspeed‘s sister magazine Nightmare, also edited by John Joseph Adams.

See our June Fantasy Magazine Rack here, and all of our recent Magazine coverage here.

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