This Week on LIGHTSPEED: "Talk to Your Children About Two-Tongued Jeremy" + "Other Worlds and This One" + Book Reviews

Published on 2018-11-08

Talk to Your Children About Two-Tongued Jeremy by Theodore McCombs

EXCERPT: His name was Two-Tongued Jeremy; he was a monitor lizard with a forked tongue, thick glasses, and a wild, wagging smile meant to convince children that learning could be fun, too. He came highly rated. He updated automatically. When our promising children propped their tablets against their stacks of textbooks, their glazy angelic eyes took on that ferocious determination we liked to see in ourselves.

Other Worlds and This One by Cadwell Turnbull

EXCERPT: When I finally visit Hugh Everett, it’s 1982. We sit down and pahnah pours himself a glass of sherry and lights a cig before asking me about the purpose of my visit. We’re in Hugh’s bedroom. He’s sitting on his bed, in full suit and tie, taking deep drags from his cigarette. I take a seat in a chair next to the window. I tell him I want to hear about his theory. This isn’t true. I know his theory well.

Book Reviews: November 2018 by LaShawn M. Wanak

In this month’s column, LaShawn M. Wanak reviews Empire of Sand, by Tasha Suri; How to Fracture a Fairy Tale, by Jane Yolen; and The Future is Female anthology (edited by Lisa Yaszek).