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Issues

Dec. 2018 (Issue 103)

This month, our cover art comes from Marcel Mercado, illustrating the first story in a new series of fantasy shorts by Ashok K. Banker—“A Love Story Written on Water.” Plus, we have a mouth-watering new short fantasy piece by Shaenon K. Garrity (“Grandma Novak’s Famous Nut Roll”), and fantasy reprints by Adam-Troy Castro (“Of a Sweet Slow Dance in the Wake of Temporary Dogs”) and Karen Lord (“The Counsellor Crow”). For science fiction, we have original shorts by Lizz Huerta (“Mouths”) and Seanan McGuire (“Under the Sea of Stars”). We’re also featuring SF reprints by Kim Stanley Robinson (“Remaking History”) and Roger Zelazny (“The Engine at Heartspring’s Center”). All that, and of course we also have our usual assortment of author spotlights, along with our book and media review columns. For our ebook readers, we also have an ebook-exclusive novella reprint—“All the Flavors” by Ken Liu—and an excerpt from Mirah Bolender’s debut novel, City of Broken Magic.

Nov. 2018 (Issue 102)

This month’s cover art is by Galen Dara, illustrating an original fantasy short story by Theodora Goss (“Queen Lily”). We also have new short fiction from Matthew Hughes (“Hapthorn’s Last Case”), and fantasy reprints by Cadwell Turnbull (“Other Worlds and This One”) and Sofia Samatar (“Meet Me In Iram”). We have original science fiction by Theodore McCombs (“Talk to Your Children about Two-Tongued Jeremy”) and Stephen Graham Jones (“Moon Boys”), along with SF reprints by Charles Yu (“America: The Ride”) and Maureen McHugh (“Oversite”). Our nonfiction team brings us our usual assortment of author spotlights, along with our book and media review columns. Our feature interview is with author Andy Duncan. For our e-book readers, this month’s novella reprint will be “Trinity,” by Nancy Kress. We also have an excerpt from Molly Tanzer’s new novel, Creatures of Want and Ruin.

Oct. 2018 (Issue 101)

This month, our cover art is by Reiko Murakami, illustrating new science fiction from Dale Bailey (“The Horror of Party Beach”). We also have new SF from Molly Tanzer (“The Real You™”), along with SF reprints by Adrienne Celt (“Big Boss Bitch”) and Jack Skillingstead (“Tribute”). Our original fantasy shorts are by Cameron Van Sant (“Super-Luminous Spiral”) and Melanie Kassel (“Ten Deals with the Indigo Snake”). We also have fantasy reprints by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (“Kaleidoscope”) and Alex Irvine (“The Dream Curator”). All that, and of course we also have our usual assortment of author spotlights, along with our book and media review columns. We also have a feature interview with author Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah. Our e-book exclusive novella reprint is “Investments” by Walter Jon Williams. Ebook readers can also enjoy an extract from Dale Bailey’s new novel In the Night Wood.

Sep. 2018 (Issue 100)

LIGHTSPEED #1 was launched in June 2010, and now eight years later, we’ve reached a milestone: Issue 100. To celebrate, we’re publishing a super-sized issue, with ten original stories–more than twice the amount of original fiction than usual–plus ten reprints and some special nonfiction to boot. And to make things even more commemorative, the vast majority of our fiction in this issue, both original and reprint, comes from our most frequently published fiction contributors: the LIGHTSPEEDiest writers to ever LIGHTSPEED. It’s a distillation of what we’re made of, and we’re beyond excited to share it with all of you. 

Our cover art this month comes from Hugo award-winning artist (and fifty-three-time LIGHTSPEED illustrator) Galen Dara, illustrating new science fiction from Vylar Kaftan: “Her Monster, Whom She Loved.” We also have new SF from Carrie Vaughn (“Harry and Marlowe and the Secret of Ahomana”), Adam-Troy Castro (“The Last to Matter”), Ken Liu (“The Explainer”), and Sofia Samatar (“Hard Mary”), plus reprints from A. Merc Rustad (“How to Become a Robot in 12 Easy Steps”), Charles Yu (“NPC”), Caroline M. Yoachim (“Stone Wall Truth”), An Owomoyela (“Travelling Into Nothing”), Seanan McGuire (“Frontier ABCs: The Life and Times of Charity Smith, Schoolteacher”), and David Barr Kirtley (“They Go Bump”). 

On the fantasy side of the ledger, we’re featuring new work from Maria Dahvana Headley (“You Pretend Like You Never Met Me, and I’ll Pretend Like I Never Met You”), Cadwell Turnbull (“Jump”), Genevieve Valentine (“Abandonware”), Sam J. Miller (“Conspicuous Plumage”), and Kat Howard (“A Brief Guide to the Seeking of Ghosts”), plus we have reprints from Yoon Ha Lee (“The Coin of Heart’s Desire”), Theodora Goss (“Elena’s Egg”), Charlie Jane Anders (“The Super Ultra Duchess of Fedora Forest”), and Jeremiah Tolbert (“The Girl with Sun in Her Head”). 

We’ve also got an array of nonfiction features, including a special celebration of our contributors’ and staff members’ favorite LIGHTSPEED stories of all-time, and then our novel excerpt this month is from Gene Doucette’s THE SPACESHIP NEXT DOOR.

Aug. 2018 (Issue 99)

Our cover story this month is an original science fiction short by Sarah Grey (“A Bond as Deep as Starlit Seas”), illustrated by Waiji Choo. We also have original SF from Alex Irvine (“The Atonement Path”), along with SF reprints by Bruce McAllister (“Angels”) and Dominica Phetteplace (“Project Extropy”). Plus, we have original fantasy by Manuel Gonzales (“Scavenge, Rustic Hounds!”) and Kate Elliott (“A Compendium of Architecture and the Science of Building”), and fantasy reprints by Sheree Renée Thomas (“Treesong”) and Dennis Danvers (“Here’s What I Know”). All that, and of course we also have our usual assortment of author spotlights, along with our book and media review columns. For our ebook readers, we also have the ebook-exclusive reprint of the SF novella “Native Seeds,” by Catherine Wells. Our book excerpt this month comes from Sam Hawke’s debut novel, City of Lies.

July 2018 (Issue 98)

This month’s cover art is by Saleha Chowdhury, illustrating a brand-new fantasy story by James Beamon (“A Song of Home, the Organ Grinds”). We also have a fantasy original from Kyle Muntz (“Wild Bill’s Last Stand”), and fantasy reprints by Genevieve Valentine (“Aberration”) and Naomi Novik (“Castle Coeurlieu”). Our science fiction originals this month are by G.V. Anderson (“Waterbirds”) and Adam-Troy Castro (“Greetings, Humanity! Welcome To Your Choice of Species!”). We’re reprinting SF by Jay Lake (“Permanent Fatal Errors”) and Caroline M. Yoachim (“The Right Place to Start a Family”). All that, and of course we also have our usual assortment of author spotlights, along with our book and media review columns. For our ebook readers, we also have a reprint of Kathleen Ann Goonan’s SF novella “The Tale of the Alcubierre Horse.” We’ll also have an exclusive excerpt from Wild Dead, a new novel from Carrie Vaughn.

June 2018 (Issue 97)

This month’s cover art is by Reiko Murakami, illustrating an original science fiction story by A. Merc Rustad and Ada Hoffman (“I Sing Against the Silent Sun”). We also have an original SF piece by Lina Rather (“A Pilgrim’s Guide to the Lighthouse of Quvenle the Seer”), along with SF reprints by Russell Nichols (“Tie Goes to the Runner”) and James Cambias (“Contractual Obligation”). Plus, we have original fantasy by Ashok K. Banker (“The Quiltbag”) and Emma Törzs (“From the Root”), and fantasy reprints by Micah Dean Hicks (“The Carpenter and the Beast of Teeth”) and Courtney Bird (“The Diamond Girl”). All that, and of course we also have our usual assortment of author spotlights, along with our book and media review columns. For our ebook readers, we also have an ebook-exclusive reprint of the fantasy novella “There’s a Hole in October” by Todd McAulty. We also have excerpts from Meet Me in the Strange, a new novel by Leander Watts, and the novel The Robots of Gotham by Todd McAulty.

May 2018 (Issue 96)

This month’s cover art is by Galen Dara, illustrating the original fantasy short “Godmeat,” by Martin Cahill. We also have an original fantasy short story from Kodiak Julian (“Our Side of the Door”), and fantasy reprints by Xia Jia (“Night Journey of the Dragon-Horse”) and John Grant (“His Artist Wife”). Our science fiction originals include work by Carolyn Ives Gilman (“We Will Be All Right”) and Jane Lindskold (“A Green Moon Problem”), plus we have SF reprints by Tobias S. Buckell (“Sunset”) and David Brin (“The Crystal Spheres”). All that, and of course we also have our usual assortment of author spotlights, an interview with author (and repeat Lightspeed contributor!) Sam J. Miller, along with our book and media review columns. For our ebook readers, we also have an ebook-exclusive novella reprint (“Great Work of Time,” by John Crowley), an excerpt from Emily Devenport’s new novel Medusa Uploaded, and bonus excerpt from Now We Can See the Moon, by Berit Ellingsen.

Apr. 2018 (Issue 95)

Our cover art this month is from Elizabeth Leggett, illustrating an original science fiction short by Will McIntosh (“What is Eve?”). We also have new work from Timothy Mudie (“The Elephants’ Crematorium”), along with SF reprints by Steven Barnes (“Mozart on the Kalahari”) and Mary Anne Mohanraj (“Webs”). Plus, we have original fantasy by Adam-Troy Castro (“A Place Without Portals”) and Ruth Joffre (“Nitrate Nocturnes”), and fantasy reprints by Carmen Maria Machado (“The Old Women Who Were Skinned”) and Ken Liu (“The Snow Train”). All that, and of course we have our usual assortment of author spotlights, along with our book and media review columns. We also have a feature interview with Angus McIntyre. For our ebook readers, we also have our usual ebook-exclusive novella reprint (“Lazy Dog Out,” by Suzanne Palmer), and an excerpt from Bryan Camp’s new novel, The City of Lost Fortunes.

Mar. 2018 (Issue 94)

Our cover art this month comes from Reiko Murakami, illustrating an original science fiction short by Bryan Camp (“The Independence Patch”). We also have fresh new work from Ken Liu (“Cosmic Spring”), along with SF reprints by A. Merc Rustad (“Brightened Star, Ascending Dawn”) and N.K. Jemisin (“The Effluent Engine”). Plus, we have original fantasy by Beesan Odeh (“Al-Kahf”) and Cassandra Khaw and A. Maus (“You Do Nothing But Freefall”), and fantasy reprints by Jeremiah Tolbert (“The Dreamers of Alamoi”) and Xia Jia (“Night Journey of the Dragon-Horse”). All that, and of course we also have our usual assortment of author spotlights, along with our book and media review columns. We’ll also be interviewing Na’amen Golbert Tilahun. For our ebook readers, we also have our usual ebook-exclusive novella reprint (“The Proving Ground,” by Alec Nevala-Lee) and an excerpt from Tessa Gratton’s debut fantasy novel, The Queens of Innis Lear.