Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 49 (June 2014)

It can be stated that ladies invented technological know-how fiction; in any case, Mary Shelley’s FRANKENSTEIN is taken into account via many to be the 1st technological know-how fiction novel. but a few readers appear to have this humorous concept that ladies don’t—or can’t—write technology fiction. a few have even long gone as far as to accuse girls of *destroying* technology fiction with their lady cooties. so as to support end up how foolish that idea is, LIGHTSPEED’s June 2014 issue—our fourth anniversary issue—is a girls ruin technological know-how Fiction! exact factor and has a visitor editor on the helm. the problem positive factors unique fiction by way of Seanan McGuire, N.K. Jemisin, Carrie Vaughn, Tina Connolly, Heather Clitheroe, and lots of extra. Plus, there's marvelous nonfiction from Pat Murphy, Mary Kowal, and different gifted girls.

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He’ll come back. Staring into Neecy’s anguish, for the first time, I understood everything. I understood what a glistening opportunity had stirred Denise’s soul when she’d realized her salvation had arrived courtesy of science: a legal procedure to extract a nucleus from a single cell, implant it into an egg, and enable her to give new birth to any living person who consented—even to herself. She could take an inventory of everything that had gone wrong, systematically fix it all, and see what would blossom this time.

I hoped I wouldn’t see the man disassembling the robot in a later video. The next several videos were in an outdoor garden, in different seasons. The camera patrolled around the tomatoes. Sometimes they hung heavy and ripe from climbing vines, and other times they would barely be hard green buds. Every so often the camera would go back up to the house and look through the back door, like it was waiting for a glimpse of the playing kids. Sometimes, the man would shoo it away. I scanned through these pretty quickly.

And how Neecy could be so much smarter than I was—the best reader, speller, and multiplier in the entire fourth grade—and still manage to get so many F’s because she just wouldn’t sit still and do her homework. And the thing that puzzled me most of all was why, as cute as Neecy was, she seemed to be ashamed to show her face to anyone unless she was going to bed with a boy, which was the only time she ever seemed to think she was beautiful. She had to go to the doctor to get abortion pills three times before she graduated from high school.

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