This is what it would really look like to travel at near-lightspeed

It's one of the most iconic images in all of science fiction: the stretching of stars as a ship makes the jump to lightspeed. But as a group of physics students at the University of Leicester has revealed, it wouldn't actually look like this. Instead, and assuming a ship could travel at nearly the speed of light, a… » 1/15/13 8:00am 1/15/13 8:00am

An art colony in Montana that's haunted by aliens

Lightspeed recently republished a classic story by Carolyn Ives Gilman, "Frost Painting," about a mysterious art colony in Montana that the locals say is inhabited by aliens — or maybe humans who have become alien. It's also the tragic, wistful story of an art critic who falls in love with an artist whose greatest… » 6/17/11 2:41pm 6/17/11 2:41pm