Science Fiction & Fantasy



Our Staff

John Joseph Adams


John Joseph AdamsJohn Joseph Adams, in addition to serving as publisher and editor-in-chief of Lightspeed, is the series editor of Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. He is also the bestselling editor of many other anthologies, such as The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination, Armored, Brave New Worlds, Wastelands, and The Living Dead. Recent and forthcoming projects include: Help Fund My Robot Army!!! & Other Improbable Crowdfunding Projects, Robot Uprisings, Dead Man’s Hand, Operation Arcana, Wastelands 2, Press Start to Play, and The Apocalypse Triptych: The End is Nigh, The End is Now, and The End Has Come. Called “the reigning king of the anthology world” by Barnes & Noble, John is a winner of the Hugo Award (for which he has been nominated eight times) and is a six-time World Fantasy Award finalist. John is also the editor and publisher of Nightmare Magazine and is a producer for’s The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. Find him on Twitter @johnjosephadams.

Wendy N. Wagner

Managing/Associate Editor

Wendy N. Wagner Wendy N. Wagner grew up in a town so small it didn’t even have its own post office, and the bookmobile’s fortnightly visit was her lifeline to the world. Her short fiction has appeared in magazines and anthologies including Beneath Ceaseless Skies, The Lovecraft eZineArmoredThe Way of the Wizard, and Heiresses of Russ 2013: The Year’s Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction. Her first novel, Skinwalkers, is a Pathfinder Tales adventure. An avid gamer and gardener, she lives in Portland, Oregon, with her very understanding family. Follow her on Twitter @wnwagner.

Christie Yant

Associate Publisher/Director of Special Projects

Christie YantChristie Yant is a science fiction and fantasy writer, Associate Publisher for Lightspeed and Nightmare, and guest editor of Lightspeed’s Women Destroy Science Fiction special issue. Her fiction has appeared in anthologies and magazines including Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2011 (Horton),  Armored, Analog Science Fiction & Fact, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, io9,, and China’s Science Fiction World. Her work has received honorable mentions in Year’s Best Science Fiction (Dozois) and Best Horror of the Year (Datlow), and has been long-listed for StorySouth’s Million Writers Award. She lives on the central coast of California with two writers, an editor, and assorted four-legged nuisances. Follow her on Twitter @christieyant.

Robert Barton Bland

Assistant Publisher

Robert Barton BlandRobert Barton Bland dabbles in writing, independent film, and, when struck by fancy, will even patronize the arts. He subsidized and helped found his sister’s start-up dance company, Company Stefanie Batten Bland, currently a Baryshnikov Arts/Jerome Robbins New Fellow. Rob also produced the touring and creation of “Chapters an Evening of Repertory,” which toured at Symphony Space in New York City, Saratoga Arts Festival, and in 2010 at Ris Orangis in France. In film, Rob is a two-time CINE Eagle Award winner for the independent shorts, “On Time” and “Writer’s Block,” and is currently executive producing a feature length independent film, ’79 Parts, directed by Ari Taub. Rob is also an alum of Jeanne Cavelos’s Odyssey Workshop (2001), and he is currently pecking away at an urban fantasy novel, Divinity Bind.

Rich Horton

Reprint Editor

Rich HortonRich Horton is a Software Engineer living in the St. Louis area, working for a major Aerospace corporation. His job sometimes has a science fictional side, but he’d go to jail if he told you why. He also writes a monthly column for Locus Magazine, and columns and reviews for Black Gate, SF Site, and other publications. He edits The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy series of anthologies for Prime Books, as well as such other anthologies as War and Space: Recent Combat and Superheroes.

Stefan Rudnicki

Podcast Producer

Stefan RudnickiStefan Rudnicki is an independent director, producer, narrator, and publisher of audiobooks. For his work, he has received more than a dozen Audie Awards from the Audio Publishers Association, a Ray Bradbury Award, a Bram Stoker Award, and GRAMMY Awards for the audiobooks The Children’s Shakespeare and Society’s Child. Outside of the audiobook industry, he’s probably best known for the dozen books he’s written or edited, from actor’s resource anthologies to a best-selling adaptation of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War. He is president of Skyboat Media, the most respected independent audio production team on the West Coast. He lives in Los Angeles, CA.

Jim Freund

Podcast Editor/Host

Jim FreundJim Freund has been involved in producing radio programs of and about literary sf/f since 1967, when he began working at New York City’s WBAI-FM at age 13. Jim has been sole host of the radio program, Hour of the Wolf, since 1974. Over the years, he has produced many radio dramas and lost track long ago of how many interviews and readings he has conducted. His work has been twice nominated for and was once a winner of the Major Armstrong Award for Excellence in Radio Production. Jim is currently Producer and Executive Curator of The New York Review of Science Fiction Readings in NYC. He has also dabbled (occasionally with great success) in producing for the New York stage. He occasionally maintains his website at and sporadically tweets as @JimFreund. A podcast of Hour of the Wolf is rumored to be forthcoming.

Henry Lien

Art Director

Henry LienHenry Lien is an art dealer and proprietor of The Glass Garage Gallery in Los Angeles. He represents artists from North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.  His artists have appeared in ARTnews, Art in America, Juxtapoz, The Huffington Post, and Time Magazine, and been collected by and exhibited in institutions and museums around the world. Henry has also served as the President of the West Hollywood Fine Art Dealers’ Association and a Board Member of the West Hollywood Avenues of Art and Design. Henry also has extensive experience as an attorney and teaches at UCLA Extension. In addition, Henry is a speculative fiction writer. He is a Clarion West 2012 graduate, has sold his work to Asimov’s, Analog, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, and Interfictions, and has been nominated for a Nebula. He is originally from Taiwan. Visit his author website at

Robyn Lupo

Assistant Editor

Robyn LupoRobyn Lupo has been known to frequent southwestern Ontario with her graduate student husband and elderly dog. She writes, reads, and plays video games. She is personal assistant to three cats.

Laurel Amberdine

Editorial Assistant

Laurel AmberdineLaurel Amberdine was raised by cats in the suburbs of Chicago. She’s good at naps, begging for food, and turning ordinary objects into toys. She recently moved to San Francisco with her husband, and is enjoying its vastly superior weather. Between naps she’s working on polishing up a few science fiction and fantasy novels, and hopes to send them out into the world soon.


Jude Griffin

Editorial Assistant

Jude GriffinJude Griffin is an envirogeek, writer, and photographer. She has trained llamas at the Bronx Zoo; was a volunteer EMT, firefighter, and HAZMAT responder; worked as a guide and translator for journalists covering combat in Central America; lived in a haunted village in Thailand; ran an international frog monitoring network; and loves happy endings. Bonus points for frolicking dogs and kisses backlit by a shimmering full moon.

Andrew Liptak

Book Reviewer

Andrew LiptakAndrew Liptak is a freelance writer and historian from Vermont. He is a 2014 graduate of the Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop, and has written for such places as Armchair General, io9, Kirkus Reviews, Lightspeed Magazine, and others. He can be found over at and at @AndrewLiptak on Twitter. His first book, War Stories: New Military Science Fiction is now out from Apex Publications, and his next, The Future Machine: The Writers, Editors and Readers who Build Science Fiction is forthcoming from Jurassic London in 2015.

Sunil Patel

Book Reviewer

Sunil PatelSunil Patel is a Bay Area fiction writer and playwright who has written about everything from ghostly cows to talking beer. His plays have been performed at San Francisco Theater Pub and San Francisco Olympians Festival, and his fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Genius Loci: The Spirit of Place, Fireside Magazine, and The Book Smugglers. He loves to create new stories, but he also loves introducing people to stories he loves. Find out more at, where you can watch his plays, or follow him @ghostwritingcow. His Twitter has been described as “engaging,” “exclamatory,” and “crispy, crunchy, peanut buttery.”

Amal El-Mohtar

Book Reviewer

Amal El-MohtarAmal El-Mohtar’s essays have appeared in Chicks Unravel Time, Queers Dig Time Lords, Science Fiction Film & Television, Apex, Stone Telling, The Outpost, Cascadia Subduction Zone, and She reviews books for NPR, edits and publishes the poetry in Goblin Fruit, is a Nebula-nominated author and founding member of the Banjo Apocalypse Crinoline Troubadours, and has been known to deadlift other genre professionals. Find her on Twitter @tithenai.

Dana Watson

Copy Editor

Dana WatsonDana Watson is a freelance copy editor, a martial arts instructor, and an obsessive reader. She lives in North Carolina with her wonderfully geeky husband, her bookshelves, two hyper dogs, and an ever-increasing number of fiddly, painstaking hobbies. Follow her on Twitter @danakwatson.

Anthony R. Cardno


Anthony CardnoAnthony R. Cardno calls northwest New Jersey home when he’s not traveling the country for his day-job as an instructor on regulatory compliance. In his spare time, he writes fiction and interviews real people. His short fiction has appeared in Willard & Maple, Sybil, and Full Throttle Space Tales. His short Christmas novel The Firflake is available through most online book retailers. He can usually be found on Twitter as @talekyn and interviewing various creative types on

Galen Dara


Galen DaraGalen Dara sits in a dark corner listening to the voices in her head.  She has a love affair with the absurd and twisted, and an affinity for monsters, mystics, and dead things. She has illustrated for  47North, Edge Publishing, LightspeedFireside Magazine, Apex Publications, Lackington’s, and Goblin Fruit. Recent book covers include War StoriesGlitter & Mayhem, and Oz Reimagined. She won the 2013 Hugo for Best Fan Artist and is nominated for the 2014 Hugo for Best Professional Artist. Her website is, and you can follow her on Twitter @galendara. [illustrations]

Elizabeth Leggett


Elizabeth Leggett

Elizabeth Leggett has illustrated for Lethe Press, Spectrum22, ArtOrder’s INSPIRED, Infected By Art Vol 3, Quillrunner Publishing, Quiet Thunder Publishing, Little Springs Design, S.J. Tucker, and private collectors. She was cover artist and art director for Lightspeed’s special issues Women Destroy Fantasy! and Queers Destroy Science Fiction!. In 2013, she published a full 78 card tarot and successfully Kickstarted the project. In 2015, she was nominated for a Hugo Award in the Fan Artist category. [illustrations]

Clockpunk Studios


Jeremiah TolbertClockpunk Studios is run by webmaster (and author) Jeremiah Tolbert. Jeremiah has published fiction in Lightspeed, Fantasy Magazine, Interzone, Ideomancer, and Shimmer, as well as in the anthologies The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination, The Way of the Wizard, Seeds of Change, Federations, and Polyphony 4. He’s also been featured several times on the Escape Pod and Podcastle podcasts. In addition to being a writer, he is a web designer, photographer, and graphic artist. He lives in Kansas, with his wife and cats.


Marketing Shill

RoboNinjaRoboNinja is ageless, the bones of his human clan long ago turned to sand and that sand to a fine dust. He carries two katanas across the slick carapace of his back, sharp as the knowledge of humanity’s innately violent nature. He also has a railgun because he is an awesome robot. Currently the marketing shill for Lightspeed, his interests include the study of the ancient art of ninjitsu, swords, railguns, cats, and existential dread. In lieu of a heart, a tiny orange kitten lives inside his robot chest. Each time you buy an issue of Lightspeed, RoboNinja receives a single sardine with which to feed him.


Assistant Marketing Shill

SparkSpark is the tiny orange kitten that lives inside RoboNinja’s chest cavity and the assistant marketing shill for Lightspeed. His catchphrase is “LOL got any sardines?!” If you don’t buy ebook issues or subscribe to Lightspeed he will probably starve to death. You can find him on Twitter @RoboNinjaNSpark.