This Week on LIGHTSPEED: "A Pilgrim's Guide to the Lighthouse of Quvenle the Seer" + "The Diamond Girl" + TV Review

Published on 2018-06-21

A Pilgrim’s Guide to the Lighthouse of Quvenle the Seer by Lina Rather

EXCERPT: Your guidebook says: Do not ask which ships the lighthouse guides. It’s the same old joke everyone makes when they come, and the sisters who care for their prophetess Quvenle will not laugh. The other pilgrims will not laugh. You will not feel any less uncomfortable, and you’ll feel silly for selling your house and all the memories left inside to buy your passage. To reach the edge of known space, you have shed it all.

The Diamond Girl by Courtney Bird

EXCERPT: In your version of the story, the girl is a junkie. She is seventeen, standing on the side of the road with a garbage bag at her feet, and in the bag, she has a teddy bear and a box of Girl Scout cookies she stole from her niece. Her arm is outstretched, palm facing the sky. She’s hitchhiking but not with her thumb. It looks like she’s asking the sky for rain. When a car pulls alongside her, it’s the mother’s boyfriend and he says, Hey, sugar. She begins to run.

Media Review: June 2018 by Violet Allen

This month, Violet Allen reviews Netflix’s technothriller series Altered Carbon.