Lightspeed: Edited by John Joseph Adams




About the Special Issue Staff

Seanan McGuire, Guest Editor-in-Chief & Original Fiction Editor

Seanan McGuire (who also writes as Mira Grant) is the bestselling author of more than a dozen novels, with her latest releases being Symbiont, Midnight Blue-Light Special, The Winter Long, Half-Off Ragnarok, and Sparrow Hill Road. She is a ten-time finalist for the Hugo Award, as well as the 2010 winner of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Her short fiction has appeared in the magazines Lightspeed, Apex, Fantasy, and Nightmare and in numerous anthologies, including Robot Uprisings, The End is Nigh, Wastelands 2, Glitter & Mayhem, Dead Man’s Hand, Games Creatures Play, and The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination, among others. She is a regular blogger and dissector of media, and one of the contributors to the Hugo Award-winning podcast SF Squeecast. Find her on Twitter @seananmcguire.

Steve Berman, Reprint Editor

Steve Berman has edited more than thirty anthologies, including the Shirley Jackson Award finalist, Where Thy Dark Eye Glances: Queering Edgar Allan Poe and the annual series Wilde Stories: The Year’s Best Gay Speculative Fiction, which has been a two-time finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. His gay YA novel, Vintage, was a finalist for the Andre Norton Award. He founded Lethe Press, one of the larger LGBT publishers, in 2001. He resides in New Jersey, the only state in the Union with an official devil.

Sigrid Ellis, Flash Fiction Editor

Sigrid Ellis is co-editor of the Hugo-nominated Queers Dig Time Lords and Chicks Dig Comics anthologies. She edits the best-selling Pretty Deadly from Image Comics and edited the Hugo-nominated Apex Magazine in 2014. She lives with her partner, their two homeschooled children, her partner’s boyfriend, and a host of vertebrate and invertebrate pets in Saint Paul, MN.

Mark Oshiro, Nonfiction Editor

What if you could re-live the experience of reading a book (or watching a show) for the first time? Mark Oshiro provides just such a thing on a daily basis on Mark Reads and Mark Watches, where he chronicles his unspoiled journey through various television and book series. He mixes textual analysis, confessional blogging, and humor to analyze fiction that usually makes him cry and yell on camera. He’s been nominated for a Hugo in the Fan Writer category in 2013 and 2014 for his work, and he’s nearly done with his first novel.

Wendy N. Wagner, Managing Editor

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 eZine, Armored, The 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.

Paul Boehmer, Podcast Producer

Paul Boehmer attended his first Shakespearean play while in high school; he knew then that he was destined to become the classically trained actor he is today. Graduating with a Masters Degree, Paul was cast as Hamlet by the very stage actor who inspired his career path. A nod from the Universe he’d chosen aright! Paul has worked on Broadway and extensively in Regional Theatre; coinciding with another of his passions, science fiction, Paul has been cast in various roles in many episodes of Star Trek. Paul’s love of literature and learning led him by nature to his work as a narrator for Books on Tape, his latest endeavour. Paul is married to the love of his life, Offir, and they live in Los Angeles with their two midnight-rambling tomcats, Dread and David.

Cecil Baldwin, Podcast Host

Cecil Baldwin is the narrator of the hit podcast Welcome To Night Vale. He is an active ensemble member of the New York Neo-Futurists, creating original work for the long-running show Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind. Cecil has also performed at The Shakespeare Theatre DC, Studio Theatre (including the world premier production of Neil Labute’s Autobahn), The Kennedy Center, The National Players, LaMaMa E.T.C., Emerging Artists Theatre, The Assembly, Rorschach Theatre and at the Upright Citizens Brigade. Film credits include The Fool in Lear with Paul Sorvino, Open Cam, and sundry national commercials.

Arley Sorg, Assistant Editor

Arley Sorg grew up in England, Hawaii and Colorado. He went to Pitzer College and studied Asian Religions. He lives in Oakland, and most often writes in local coffee shops. He has a number of short stories out at various markets and is hammering out a novel. A 2014 Odyssey Writing Workshop graduate, he works at Locus Magazine. He’s soldering together a novel, has thrown a few short stories into orbit, and hopes to launch more.

Patricia Pace, Assistant Editor

Patricia Pace is one of those badass librarians. You know the kind, with the books and the hair and the technology and all the know-how. She can fish, play the clarinet, identify a compound sentence, and do macrame. She’s an asexual who likes whiskey and she has cool tattoos. (See, that was a compound sentence right there.) She looks after a library, her dogs, her family, her podfics, and at least one wayward fiddler.

Sandra Odell, Assistant & Author Spotlights Editor

Sandra Odell is a forty-seven-year old, happily married mother of two, an avid reader, compulsive writer, and rabid chocoholic. Her work has appeared in such venues as Jim Baen’s UNIVERSE, Daily Science Fiction, Crossed Genres, Pseudopod, and The Drabblecast. She is hard at work plotting her second novel or world domination. Whichever comes first.

Jill Seidenstein, Author Spotlight Interviewer

Jill Seidenstein contains multitudes. In addition to the above, she is a librarian, writer, yogini, traveler, and photographer. She enjoys tea in the coffee-obsessed city of Seattle. You can find her nattering about all of these things on Twitter as @outseide.

Rahul Kanakia, Author Spotlight Interviewer

Rahul Kanakia’s first book, a contemporary young adult novel called Enter Title Here, is coming out from Disney-Hyperion in August ’16. Additionally, his stories have appeared or are forthcoming Clarkesworld, The Indiana Review, Apex, and Nature. He holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Johns Hopkins and a B.A. in Economics from Stanford, and he used to work in the field of international development. Originally from Washington, D.C., Rahul now lives in Berkeley. If you want to know more you can visit his blog at or follow him on Twitter at

Robyn Lupo, Author Spotlight Interviewer

Robyn Lupo has been known to lurk around Southwestern Ontario, complaining about the weather. She helped destroy flash-sized science fiction in 2013 and hopes to wreck poetry for decent people everywhere soon.

Elizabeth Leggett, Art Director & Cover Artist

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. She has her fingers crossed!

C. Bedford, Illustrator

Born and raised in Queens, NYC. Bedford has also spent time in the country side of North Carolina and suburbs of Pennsylvania before their great migration to the UK. Drawn to the androgynous male, Bedford often tries to paint varying features of men they believe are present but rarely portrayed. They do their best to capture qualities of masculine people we are told they don’t possess or not allowed to have in order to maintain masculinity. C. Bedford hopes to return to and finish their comic Andro✰! and to continue trying to make awesome art.

Paige Braddock, Illustrator

Paige Braddock is the Creative Director at Charles M. Schulz’s Studio in California. Braddock is the creator of the long running, Eisner nominated series, Jane’s World, and co-creator of The Martian Confederacy. Recently she released a new graphic novel for kids titled Stinky Cecil. She worked as an illustrator for The Chicago Tribune and The Atlanta Constitution, before accepting her current position. More about her work can be found at

Isabel Collier, Illustrator

Isabel “Talin” Collier has been working as a character designer and concept artist for two decades now, primarily designing miniature figures to be used in tabletop games. When not engaged in that, she does music, puppetry, acting, and just about every other creative thing in the world, shamelessly squandering her degree in Fine Arts. Her other mutant abilities include the ability to converse with dogs.

Odera Igbokwe, Illustrator

Odera Igbokwe is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, where they earned their BFA in Illustration. At Brown University, Odera studied movement-theater and west African dance with New Works/World Traditions. As an illustrator, Odera loves to explore storytelling through character archetypes, afro-diasporic mythologies, movement, and magical girl transformation sequences. Some of Odera’s recent projects include work with Gallery 1988, Fantasy Flight Games, D∆WN, and the personal collections for Beyoncé Knowles, Solange Knowles, and Oumou Sangare. Follow Odera by checking out or

Steen, Illustrator

Steen is a transplant illustrator who lives and works out of Queens, NY. She is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts, with a degree in illustration. In addition to her ink work, she enjoys succulent gardening, bird watching, and reading. More of her work can be found at or

Orion Zangara, Illustrator

Orion Zangara is an illustrator, comic book artist, and aspiring author who lives in the Washington, D.C. metro area. He is a graduate of The Kubert School, an art trade school with a concentration in sequential art, founded by his grandfather, Joe Kubert. He hopes to someday create dark fantasy tales in both pictures and prose. And he finds it very strange describing himself in the third person. Visit his website at

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Additional Special Issue Staff

We made every effort to involve queer production staff whenever possible, but, as with the Women Destroy projects, we involved some allies on the production side of things. (Note: Copy Editing, though it has “Editing” right in the name, is actually a production job. Similarly, Audio Editing is a production task as well.)


John Joseph Adams (ally)

Audio Editors

Jim Freund (ally)
Jack Kincaid (ally)

Copy Editors

Amanda Vail
Gabriella Stalker
Sonya Taaffe
Wendy N. Wagner


Andy Sima (ally)
Anthony R. Cardno
Melissa V. Hofelich (ally)
Hannah Huber (ally)
Rachael K. Jones (ally)
Zoe Kaplan
Kevin McNeil (ally)
Lianna Palkovick (ally)

Submissions Readers

Lisa N. Morton
Merav Hoffman
Robyn Lupo

Book Production & Layout

Michael Lee (ally)

Cover Design

Henry Lien

Crowdfunding Logo Design

Julia Sevin

The Editors

Lightspeed Magazine is edited and published by John Joseph Adams, with Wendy N. Wagner, Rich Horton, and a team of dedicated staff. See our Staff page for more information.