Help crowdfund an anthology of fictional Kickstarter campaigns!

There's something inherently a bit weird about Kickstarter campaigns, where someone puts a very personal goal on the Internet and hopes to make a polished enough pitch to get your money. So a brand new anthology project, of science-fictional Kickstarter campaigns, is just taking that strangeness to its logical extreme. » 10/21/13 11:02am 10/21/13 11:02am

A Man and his Virtual Dragon, Against All the Malicious Code in the…

Being a non-player character in someone else's virtual world can be a pain — especially when some of the monsters won't stay dead. Tobias Buckell's story "A Game of Rats and Dragon," published in Lightspeed Magazine, takes a lot of the cliches of augmented reality and virtual gaming, and adds a really neat spin — what if … » 11/29/12 4:20pm 11/29/12 4:20pm

Ursula K. Le Guin has a brand new reason to be scared of immortality

You probably already think you know why immortality is a bad idea — after all, Torchwood just got done showing us, and there's a whole complicated computer model of why immortality would suck. But trust Ursula K. Le Guin to make immortality seem terrifying all over again. » 9/27/11 5:40pm 9/27/11 5:40pm

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 works … » 6/17/11 2:41pm 6/17/11 2:41pm