Science Fiction & Fantasy




Editorial: July 2018

Welcome to issue ninety-eight of Lightspeed!

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 book excerpt.

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John Joseph Adams


John Joseph Adams, in addition to serving as publisher and editor-in-chief of Lightspeed, is the editor of John Joseph Adams Books, the 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 twelve times) and is a eight-time World Fantasy Award finalist. John is also the editor and publisher of Nightmare Magazine and is a producer for’s The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. Find him on Twitter @johnjosephadams.