It's launch day for new science fiction magazine LightspeedS

Indie SF publisher Prime Books is publishing a new online magazine of science fiction and essays called Lightspeed. Edited by John Joseph Adams, formerly of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Lightspeed aims to "push the envelope." Now you can read it!

Every week, Lightspeed will publish a free story online, along with essays that explore themes related to the stories. For today's launch, the magazine is featuring Vylar Kaftan's story "I'm Alive, I Love You, I'll See You In Reno." (Read it for free here, or listen to a podcast of it.) Future weeks will bring short work from Carol Emshwiller, Adam-Troy Castro, Alice Sola Kim, and Genevieve Valentine. I was lucky enough to hear Kim and Valentine read their Lightspeed stories over the weekend at WisCon, and trust me, you are in for some serious awesomeness.

Writes Adams in the inaugural issue:

Lightspeed is a new online magazine that will focus exclusively on science fiction. Here you can expect to see all types of science fiction, from near-future, sociological soft sf, to far-future, star-spanning hard sf, and anything and everything in between. No subject will be considered off-limits, and we encourage our writers to take chances with their fiction and push the envelope. We will bring you a mix of originals and reprints, and will be featuring a variety of authors-from the bestsellers and award-winners you already know to the best new voices you haven't heard of yet. So when you read Lightspeed, my hope is that you'll see where science fiction comes from, where it is now, and where it's going.

I can't wait to see more. Don't forget that you can also buy the magazine in a handy ebook format every month, and get all 4 stories before they hit the web. Or you can wait until the end of the year, when Prime will publish the stories in book form.

via Lightspeed