Our cover this month is from the multi-award-winning artist Julie Dillon, and it served as the inspiration for Kathleen Kayembe’s science fantasy novelette “The Ocean That Fades Into Sky.” We also have a new fantasy short from Adam-Troy Castro called “The Minor Superhero at Home, After His Series Ends,” and reprints by Debbie Urbanski (“The Portal”) and Kurt Fawver (“The Convexity of Our Youth”). Our original SF shorts are Rati Mehrotra (“This Way to Paradise”) and Matthew Kressel (“Truth Is Like the Sun”). Our SF reprints are from Max Gladstone (“The Iron Man”) and Nancy Kress (“Cocoons”). In the nonfiction department, we have our usual assortment of author spotlights. Our feature interview is with frequent Lightspeed contributor Ashok K. Banker. We also have the latest installments in our book and media review columns. And if you’re an ebook reader, you’ll get to enjoy an ebook-exclusive reprint of “Fallow” by Sofia Samatar, and an excerpt from An Illusion of Thieves by Cate Glass.