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Issues

Apr. 2019 (Issue 107)

We have original science fiction by Caroline M. Yoachim (“The Archronology of Love”) and Matthew Corradi (“Gundark Island, or Tars Tarkas Needs Your Help”), along with SF reprints by Cory Doctorow (“To Market, To Market: The Branding of Billy Bailey”) and Michael Swanwick (“The She-Wolf’s Hidden Grin”). Plus, we have original fantasy by Ashok K. Banker (“The Seeds of War”) and Shweta Adhyam (“A Conch-Shell’s Notes”), and fantasy reprints by Carmen Maria Machado (“Blur”) and Carrie Vaughn (“The Lady of Shalott”). 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 an interview with Rebecca Roanhorse. For our ebook readers, we are reprinting the novella “The Speed of Belief,” by Robert Reed. You can also enjoy an excerpt from the novel Upon a Burning Throne by Ashok K. Banker.

Mar. 2019 (Issue 106)

We have original science fiction by Carolyn Ives Gilman (“On the Shores of Ligeia”) and Woody Dismukes (“My Children’s Home”), along with SF reprints by Violet Allen (“The Synapse Will Free Us From Ourselves”) and Charlie Jane Anders (“A Temporary Embarrassment in Spacetime”). Plus, we have original fantasy by Maria Romasco Moore (“Self Storage Starts with the Heart”) and Ashok K. Banker (“A Problem of Progeny”), and fantasy reprints by Richard Kadrey (“Ambitious Boys Like You”) and Kat Howard (“Those Are Pearls”). 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 have an ebook-exclusive reprint of the SF novella “Of Love and Other Monsters,” by Vandana Singh, and an excerpt from Arkady Martine’s new novel, A Memory Called Empire.

Feb. 2019 (Issue 105)

We have original science fiction by Matthew Baker (“Life Sentence”) and Carrie Vaughn (“Harry and Marlowe and the Disinclined Laboratory”), along with SF reprints by Charlie Jane Anders (“A Temporary Embarrassment in Spacetime”) and Gord Sellar (“The Incursus by Asimov-NN#71”). Plus, we have original fantasy by KT Bryski (“Ti-Jean’s Last Adventure, as Told to Raccoon”) and Ashok K. Banker (“The Terrible Oath”), and fantasy reprints by Crystal Koo (“The Perpetual Day”) and Dennis Danvers (“Healing Benjamin”). 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 have an ebook-exclusive reprint of Kat Howard’s novella “Hath No Fury.” We also have an excerpt from Break the Bodies, Haunt the Bones, a new novel by Micah Dean Hicks.

Jan. 2019 (Issue 104)

This month, our cover art comes from Reiko Murakami, illustrating a brand-new short story set in A. Merc Rustad’s Sun Lords of the Principality series: “With Teeth Unmake the Sun.” Our other original science fiction story, “Midway,” by Tony Ballantyne, is about living life as an intergalactic wanderer. We also have SF reprints by Roger Zelazny (“The Engine at Heartspring’s Center”) and Sarah Micklem (“The Book Collector”). Our original fantasy stories include the second installment of Ashok K. Banker’s Legends of the Burnt Empire series—and if family sagas are for you, you definitely won’t want to miss this new story, “Son of Water and Fire.” Meg Elison digs into family drama, too, in our second fantasy original, “Endor House,” which is one witchy reporter’s attempt to tell the story of a family of magical innovators. We also have fantasy reprints by Emily B. Cataneo (“The Emerald Coat and Other Wishes”) and E. Lily Yu (“The Pilgrim and the Angel”). Our nonfiction lovers will enjoy our usual assortment of author spotlights, along with our book and media review columns. We’re also excited to bring you a feature interview with Henry Lien, who is not only creating inspiring fantasy fiction for younger readers, but who once served as Lightspeed’s art director. We couldn’t be happier for his success! For our ebook readers, we have an ebook-exclusive reprint of the fantasy novella “What There Was to See,” by Maria Dahvana Headley, and an excerpt from Charlie Jane Anders’ new novel, The City in the Middle of the Night.

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.