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Issues

Jul. 2015 (Issue 62)

We have original science fiction by Carrie Vaughn (“Crazy Rhythm”) and Taiyo Fujii (“Violation of the TrueNet Security Act”), along with SF reprints by Tony Daniel (“Life on the Moon”) and Mary Robinette Kowal (“The Consciousness Problem”). Plus, we have something a little different this month. We’ll have fantasy reprints by Liz Williams (“Adventures in the Ghost Trade”) and William Alexander (“Ana’s Tag”), but instead of two original fantasy short stories, we have a single fantasy novelette by Andrea Hairston (“Saltwater Railroad”), which is about twice the length of a regular Lightspeed story. So, although you are getting three stories instead of four this month, the novelette is the length of two full-length short stories, so you’re still getting the same amount of fiction. We hope you enjoy this minor deviation from our usual offerings, and rest assured we will return to our regularly scheduled programming next month. All that plus spotlights on our authors and cover artist, as well as a feature interview with Kelly Link, and the latest installment of our book review column. For our ebook readers, we also have reprint of the novella “Dapple,” by Eleanor Arnason, and a pair of novel excerpts, including a selection from DARK ORBIT, by Carolyn Ives Gilman, and WYLDING HALL, by Elizabeth Hand.

June 2015 (Issue 61)

Even in science fiction, supposedly the genre of limitless possibility, where everyone is invited to the adventure, heterosexual, heteroromantic, and cisgendered are considered the default, to the extent that everything else is “deviation,” and must be eyed with suspicion. This issue contains 10 original science fiction short stories (selected by guest editor Seanan McGuire), including new stories by award-winning queer authors Amal El-Mohtar, and John Chu; 4 classic short story reprints and a novella reprint (selected by guest reprint editor Steve Berman); approx. 10,000 words of original flash fiction (selected by guest flash fiction editor Sigrid Ellis); 7 nonfiction articles (selected by guest nonfiction editor Mark Oshiro); approx. 30 personal essays about the experience reading and writing science fiction as a queer person (selected by managing editor Wendy N. Wagner); original artwork (selected by and featuring a cover by guest art director Elizabeth Leggett); and more!

May 2015 (Issue 60)

We have original science fiction by C. C. Finlay (“Time Bomb Time”) and Seanan McGuire (“The Myth of Rain”), along with SF reprints by Annie Bellet (“Goodnight Earth,” from The End Has Come) and Sean Williams (“Ghosts of the Fall”). Plus, we have original fantasy by Helena Bell (“Mouth”) and Matthew Hughes (“The Blood of a Dragon”), and fantasy reprints by Merrie Haskell (“Sun’s East, Moon’s West”) and R.C. Loenen-Ruiz (“Breaking the Spell”). All that, and of course we also have our usual assortment of author and artist spotlights, along with our latest book review column and a feature interview with award-winning author James Morrow.
For our ebook readers, we also have “The Mill” by Paul Di Filippo as our novella reprint, along with novel excerpts from THE WATER KNIFE by Paolo Bacigalupi and MAGONIA by Maria Dahvana Headley.

Apr. 2015 (Issue 59)

We have original science fiction by Kat Howard (“The Universe, Sung in Stars”) and Jason Gurley (“Quiet Town”), along with SF reprints by Carolyn Ives Gilman (“The Invisible Hand Rolls the Dice”) and John Barnes (“The Birds and the Bees and the Gasoline Trees”). Plus, we have original fantasy by Joseph Allen Hill (“We’ll Be Together Forever”) and Dale Bailey (“The Ministry of the Eye”), and fantasy reprints by Sonya Taaffe (“A Wolf in Iceland is the Child of a Lie”) and Ken Liu (“The Ussuri Bear”). This month, we’re excited to share a feature interview with Chris Williams, the co-director of Disney’s Big Hero 6. We also have our latest book review column, an interview with this month’s fantastic cover artist, and of course interviews with all our authors. For our ebook readers, we also have a novella reprint from Kate Elliott (“On the Dying Winds of the Old Year and the Birthing Winds of the New”) and three novel excerpts, including The Rebirths of Tao, by Wesley Chu, The Grace of Kings, by Ken Liu, and a sponsored excerpt from Acheron Books, Lieutenant Arkham: Elves and Bullets by Alessio Lanterna (translated by Kate Mitchell).

Mar. 2015 (Issue 58)

We have original science fiction by Marissa Lingen (“Surfacing”) and Cat Sparks (“Hot Rods”), along with SF reprints by Michael Blumlein (“The Brains of Rats”) and Ursula K. LeGuin (“The New Atlantis”). Plus, we have original fantasy by Matthew Hughes (“A Face of Black Iron”) and Vajra Chandrasekera (“Documentary”), and fantasy reprints by Linda Nagata (“The Way Home”) and Naomi Kritzer (“The Good Son”). All that, and of course we also have our usual assortment of author and artist spotlights, along with our review column and a feature interview with Patrick Rothfuss. For our ebook readers, we also have the novella “The Weight of the Sunrise,” by Vylar Kaftan and novel excerpts from Genevieve Valentine’s PERSONA and Daryl Gregory’s HARRISON SQUARED.

Feb. 2015 (Issue 57)

We have original science fiction by Brooke Bolander (“And You Shall Know Her by the Trail of Dead”) and Caroline M. Yoachim (“Red Planet”), along with SF reprints by John Kessel (“Buffalo”) and David Barr Kirtley (“Veil of Ignorance”).
Plus, we have original fantasy by Maria Dahvana Headley (“And the Winners Will Be Swept Out to Sea”) and Will Kaufman (“Things You Can Buy for a Penny”), and fantasy reprints by Mary Rickert (“The Girl Who Ate Butterflies”) and Adam-Troy Castro (“Cerile and the Journeyer”).
All that, and of course we also have our usual assortment of author and artist spotlights, a feature interview with Ann Leckie, and our review column, this month written by Sunil Patel.
For our ebook readers, we also have an ebook-exclusive novella reprint of “In the House of Aryaman, A Lonely Signal Burns,” by Elizabeth Bear. We’re also delighted to share an excerpt from Elizabeth Bear’s new novel, Karen Memory, and an excerpt from Gemini Cell, Myke Cole’s latest book.

Jan. 2015 (Issue 56)

We have original science fiction by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam (“He Came From a Place of Openness and Truth”) and Jeremiah Tolbert (“Men of Unborrowed Vision”), along with SF reprints by Theodora Goss (“Beautiful Boys”) and Michael Cassutt (“More Adventures on Other Planets”). Plus, we have original fantasy by Sequoia Nagamatsu (“Headwater LLC”) and Matthew Hughes (“The Archon,” a Kaslo Chronicles tale), and fantasy reprints by Aliette de Bodard (“The Lonely Heart”) and Rachel Swirsky and Ann Leckie (“Mother, Maiden, Crone”). We also have a feature interview with David X. Cohen, Executive Producer of the critically-acclaimed animated series FUTURAMA, along with our usual assortment of author and artist spotlights, and the launch our new book review column. For our ebook readers, we also have an ebook-exclusive novella reprint of “The Choice,” by Paul McAuley, and novel excerpts from THE GALAXY GAME by Karen Lord and A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC by V.E. Schwab.

Dec. 2014 (Issue 55)

We have original science fiction by Shale Nelson (“Pay Phobetor”) and Vandana Singh (“Wake-Rider”), along with SF reprints by N. K. Jemisin (“Valedictorian”) and Paul Park (“The Lost Sepulcher of Huascar Capec”). We also have a bonus story to wrap up this year: a reprint of “They Tell Me There Will Be No Pain,” by Rachael Acks, which first appeared in the limited edition of June’s Women Destroy Science Fiction! special issue. Plus, we have original fantasy by Nik Houser (“The Drawstring Detective”) and Damien Angelica Walters (“A Lie You Give, and Thus I Take”), and fantasy reprints by Delia Sherman (“The Faerie Cony-Catcher”) and Nalo Hopkinson (“Soul Case”).
All that, and of course we also have our usual assortment of author and artist spotlights, along with feature interviews with authors Kim Harrison and Steven Gould. For our ebook readers, we also have our usual ebook-exclusive novella reprint: “The Girlhood of Shakespeare’s Heroines” by John Crowley. We also have an excerpt from Sergei Lukyanenko’s new novel, THE GENOME, and an excerpt from Catherine Asaro’s new novel, UNDERCITY.

Nov. 2014 (Issue 54)

We have original science fiction by Sunny Moraine (“What Glistens Back”) and Annalee Newitz (“Drones Don’t Kill People”), along with SF reprints by Susan C. Petrey (“Spidersong”) and Roz Kaveney (“Instructions”). Plus, we have original fantasy by Kat Howard (“A Flock of Grief”) and Matthew Hughes (“Enter Saunterance”), and fantasy reprints by Georghe Săsărman (“Sah-Hara”) and Jennifer Stevenson (“Solstice”). All that, and of course we also have our usual assortment of author and artist spotlights, along with feature interviews with authors Nick Harkaway and Charles Stross. For our ebook readers, we also have our usual ebook-exclusive novella reprint: “New Light on the Drake Equation” by Ian R. MacLeod. We also have an excerpt from Mira Grant’s latest offering, SYMBIONT; and a taste of THE THREE BODY PROBLEM by Liu Cixin (translated by Ken Liu).

Oct. 2014 (Issue 53)

We have original science fiction by Daniel José Older (“Dust”) and Marie Vibbert (“Jupiter Wrestlerama”), along with SF reprints by Zoran Živković (“The Puzzle”) and Rebecca Ore (“Scarey Rose in Deep History”). Plus, we have original fantasy by Steve Hockensmith (“The Herd”) and Megan Kurashige (“The Quality of Descent”), and fantasy reprints by Kelly Link (“Water Off a Black Dog’s Back”) and Ysabeau S. Wilce (“The Biography of a Bouncing Boy Terror!”). All that, and of course we also have our usual assortment of author and artist spotlights, along with feature interviews with bestselling author James S. A. Corey and physicist Lawrence Krauss. For our ebook readers, our ebook-exclusive novella reprint is “Jesus and the Eightfold Path” by Lavie Tidhar. For novel excerpts this month, we’ve got a sneak peek at Paolo Bacigalupi’s new novel, THE DOUBT FACTORY Factory, along with an excerpt from ANCILLARY SWORD — Ann Leckie’s sequel to her Nebula, Clarke, and Hugo award-winning debut novel ANCILLARY JUSTICE. Plus, we have an excerpt from the new Wild Cards mosaic novel, WILD CARDS: LOWBALL, from contributor Carrie Vaughn.