This Week on LIGHTSPEED: "We Will Be All Right" + "Night Journey of the Dragon-Horse" + Book Reviews

Published on 2018-05-10

"We Will Be All Right" by Carolyn Ives Gilman

EXCERPT: Tomorrow is Easter, and I will have to welcome into my home the woman who is going to murder my son. I need to prepare side dishes in advance. Take a heaping bowl of injustice, mash it to a pulp, season with tears of rage, bake, and serve in a dish speckled with four-leaf clovers. The question is, should I put the rat poison in hers alone, or would it be better for all of us to go together?

"Night Journey of the Dragon-Horse" by Xia Jia (translated by Ken Liu)

EXCERPT: The dragon-horse awakens in moonlight. Drops of cold dew drip onto his forehead, where they meander down the curve of his steel nose. Plink. He struggles to open his eyes, rusted eyelids grinding against eyelashes. A pair of silvery specks reflects from those giant, dark red pupils. At first, he thinks it’s the moon, but a careful examination reveals it to be a clump of white flowers blooming vibrantly in a crack in the cement, irrigated by the dew dripping from his nose.

Book Reviews: May 2018 by LaShawn M. Wanak

This month LaShawn M. Wanak reviews Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, Armistice by Lara Elena Donnelly, and I Met a Traveller in an Antique Land by Connie Willis.