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Editorial, April 2017

Welcome to issue eighty-three of Lightspeed!

We have original science fiction by Joseph Allen Hill (“Infinite Love Engine”) and Lina Rather (“Seven Permutations of My Daughter”), along with SF reprints by Paul Park (“If Lions Could Speak: Imagining the Alien”) and Nancy Kress (“Someone to Watch Over Me”).

Plus, we have original fantasy by Susan Palwick (“Remote Presence”) and Jess Barber (“Maybe Look Up”), and fantasy reprints by Genevieve Valentine (“Familiaris”) and Charles Yu (“Bookkeeper, Narrator, Gunslinger”).

All that, and of course we also have our usual assortment of author spotlights, along with our book and media review columns, and a feature interview with Aliette de Bodard.

For our ebook readers, we also have a reprint of Michelle West’s “The Memory of Stone” and an excerpt of Skullsworn by Brian Staveley (forthcoming from Tor Books).

Our cover this month is by Odera Igbokwe, illustrating “Infinite Love Engine” by Joseph Allen Hill.

Coming Soon: Cosmic Powers

Speaking of Joseph Allen Hill—his story, “Infinite Love Engine,” also appears this month in my new anthology, Cosmic Powers, which will be available from Saga Press on April 18. It’s a collection of epic-scale science fiction, inspired by movies like Guardians of the Galaxy and Star Wars, featuring brand-new stories from Dan Abnett, Jack Campbell, Linda Nagata, Seanan McGuire, Alan Dean Foster, Charlie Jane Anders, Kameron Hurley, and many others. To learn more, or to pre-order, visit johnjosephadams.com/cosmic.

Awards News

In case you missed the news, the first of the major awards have announced their lists of finalists for last year’s work, and we’re pleased to announce that “Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea” by Sarah Pinsker and “Welcome to the Medical Clinic at the Interplanetary Relay Station│Hours Since the Last Patient Death: 0” by Caroline M. Yoachim are finalists for the Nebula Award this year. Congrats to Sarah and Caroline and to everyone else on the Nebula ballot! That brings Lightspeed’s lifetime Nebula nomination total to eighteen since we launched in June 2010. We’ve currently lost sixteen in a row, so here’s hoping Sarah and/or Caroline breaks the streak! You can find the full slate of nominees at sfwa.org. The Nebulas will be presented at the 2017 Nebula Awards Conference, held this year in Pittsburgh, PA, May 18-21.

“The Bad Hour” by Christopher Golden, from my horror anthology co-edited with Douglas Cohen, What the #@&% is That?, made the final ballot of the Bram Stoker Awards, so big congrats to Christopher for that honor. You can find the full slate of what made the final ballot at horror.org. The Stoker Awards will be presented at StokerCon 2017, which is being held in Long Beach, CA, April 27-30.

In art award news: Galen Dara’s illustration of Kat Howard’s story “Seven Salt Tears” (Lightspeed, Jan. 2017) has been nominated for the Spectrum 24 Awards. Congrats to Galen and all of the other nominees! You can see the full list of nominated works at fleskpublications.com.

Locus Recommended Reading List / Locus Awards Voting

Locus Magazine released their annual recommended reading list, and we’re pleased to report Lightspeed has fifteen stories on the list, Nightmare has five stories, and my anthology What the #@&% is That? has two stories:

  • “I Was a Teenage Werewolf” Dale Bailey (Nightmare)
  • “Fifty Shades of Grays” Steven Barnes (Lightspeed)
  • “Salto Mortal” Nick T. Chan (Lightspeed)
  • “Ghost Pressure” Gemma Files (What the #@&% Is That?)
  • “Little Widow” Maria Dahvana Headley (Nightmare / What the #@&% Is That?)
  • “Red Dirt Witch” N.K. Jemisin (Fantasy)
  • “The One Who Isn’t” Ted Kosmatka (Lightspeed)
  • “The Finest, Fullest Flowering” Marc Laidlaw (Nightmare)
  • “Sparks Fly” Rich Larson (Lightspeed)
  • “A Good Home” Karin Lowachee (Lightspeed)
  • “Those Brighter Stars” Mercurio D. Rivera (Lightspeed)
  • “Angel, Monster, Man” Sam J. Miller (Nightmare)
  • “Unauthorized Access” An Owomoyela (Lightspeed)
  • “The Red Thread” Sofia Samatar (Lightspeed)
  • “Vulcanization” Nisi Shawl (Nightmare)
  • “Wednesday’s Story” Wole Talabi (Lightspeed)
  • “Dragon Brides” Nghi Vo (Lightspeed)
  • “Secondhand Bodies” JY Yang (Lightspeed)
  • “Welcome to the Medical Clinic at the Interplanetary Relay Station | Hours Since the Last Patient Death: 0” Caroline M. Yoachim (Lightspeed)

Congratulations to our authors, and to everyone who made the list!

The release of the Recommended Reading List also means that voting for the Locus Awards is now open. Anyone is eligible to vote. Visit locusmag.com to cast a ballot or learn more. Voting closes April 15, 2017.

Locus Feature

Speaking of Locus, in their March 2017 issue, there’s a long feature interview with yours truly, in which I discuss my origins as an editor, editing my first anthologies, launching Lightspeed and John Joseph Adams Books, and all manner of things. (Surprisingly, I somehow got through the whole thing without once mentioning death metal.) If you’d like to check it out, you’ll need to buy the issue, but they’ve got some extended excerpts up on their website. To investigate either option, visit locusmag.com.

Best-of-the-Year Reprints

Several stories from LightspeedNightmare, and the Destroy special issues have also been selected for reprint in several best-of-the-year volumes. They’re listed below, with the original venue and then the best-of-the-year editor(s)’s name following in parenthesis:

  1. “RedKing” by Craig DeLancey (Lightspeed | Horton, Dozois)
  2. “I’ve Come to Marry the Princess” by Helena Bell (Lightspeed | Horton)
  3. “A Good Home” by Karin Lowachee (Lightspeed | Clarke)
  4. “Those Brighter Stars” by Mercurio R. Rivera (Lightspeed | Dozois)
  5. “Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea” by Sarah Pinsker (Lightspeed | Clarke)
  6. “The Jaws That Bite, The Claws That Catch” by Seanan McGuire (Lightspeed| Guran)
  7. “Fifty Shades Of Grays” by Steven Barnes (Lightspeed | Horton, Dozois)
  8. “Red Dirt Witch” by N.K. Jemisin (Fantasy | Strahan, Guran)
  9. “Whose Drowned Face Sleeps” by An Owomoyela & Rachael Swirsky (Nightmare | Guran)
  10. “Wish You Were Here” by Nadia Bulkin (Nightmare | Guran, Datlow)
  11. “The Finest, Fullest Flowering” by Marc Laidlaw (Nightmare | Guran)
  12. “The One Who Isn’t” by Ted Kosmatka (Lightspeed | Dozois)
  13. “The Bad Hour” by Christopher Golden (What the #@&% is That? | Datlow)

This month’s list now incorporates selections from Ellen Datlow’s The Best Horror of the Year anthology, and one story (“The One Who Isn’t”) which we previously neglected to include. We’ll update this list if we uncover any additional such honors!

John Joseph Adams Books News

I’m pleased to announce a new novel acquisition for John Joseph Adams Books: Upon a Burning Throne and The Blind King’s Wrath, the first two books in a new epic fantasy series by Ashok K. Banker, about a group of siblings battling for control of a vast empire while a powerful demonlord pits them against each other.

Regular Lightspeed and Nightmare readers might recognize Ashok’s name from the stories of his we’ve published recently—and you’ll see his name several more times in the near future, as we have several works of his in inventory—but though Ashok is new to our pages, he’s a bestselling author in India, and, indeed, pioneered the entire fantasy genre in Indian publishing. So I’m super excited to be helping to introduce his work to a new audience.

Otherwise, here’s a quick rundown what to expect from John Joseph Adams Books in the coming months:

In July, we’ll be publishing two books: (1) Carrie Vaughn’s novel, Bannerless—a post-apocalyptic mystery in which an investigator must discover the truth behind a mysterious death in a world where small communities struggle to maintain a ravaged civilization decades after environmental and economic collapse; and (2) Sand by Hugh Howey, a reissue of his acclaimed indie-published novel.

In September, we’ll be publishing Retrograde by Peter Cawdron, a hard SF novel about an international colony of astronauts on Mars, who have been prepared for every eventuality of living on another planet except one: What happens when disaster strikes Earth?

In October, we’ll be publishing Machine Learning: New and Collected Stories by Hugh Howey, a short story collection including three stories set in the world of Hugh’s mega-hit Wool and two never-before-published tales, plus fifteen additional stories collected together for the first time.

In November, we’ll be publishing Molly Tanzer’s Creatures of Will and Temper—a Victorian-era urban fantasy inspired by The Picture of Dorian Gray, in which an épée-fencing enthusiast and her younger sister are drawn into a secret and dangerous London underworld of pleasure-seeking demons and bloodthirsty diabolists, with only her skill with a blade standing between them and certain death.

A bit further out, in Spring 2018, we’ll have The City of Lost Fortunes by Bryan Camp, about a magician with a talent for finding lost things who is forced into playing a high-stakes game with the gods of New Orleans for the heart and soul of the city.

That’s all the JJA Books news to report for now. More soon!

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Well, that’s all there is to report this month. Thanks for reading!

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John Joseph Adams

John Joseph Adams (Photo courtesy of University of Central Florida/Jeffrey San Juan)

John Joseph Adams, in addition to serving as publisher and editor-in-chief of Lightspeed, is the editor of John Joseph Adams Books, a new SF/Fantasy imprint from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. He is also the series editor of Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy, as well as the USA Today bestselling editor of many other anthologies, including The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination, Robot Uprisings, Dead Man’s Hand, Armored, Brave New Worlds, Wastelands, and The Living Dead. Recent projects include: Cosmic Powers, What the #@&% Is That?, Operation Arcana, Loosed Upon the World, Wastelands 2, Press Start to Play, and The Apocalypse Triptych: The End is Nigh, The End is Now, and The End Has Come. Called “the reigning king of the anthology world” by Barnes & Noble, John is a two-time winner of the Hugo Award (for which he has been a finalist eleven times) and is a seven-time World Fantasy Award finalist. John is also the editor and publisher of Nightmare Magazine and is a producer for Wired.com’s The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. Find him on Twitter @johnjosephadams.