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Editorial

Editorial: June 2019

Welcome to Lightspeed’s 109th issue!

This month Deji Bryce Olukotun serves up a complicated story of morality, justice and interstellar cannibalism in “Between the Dark and the Dark.” In her new SF tale “The Harvest of a Half-Known Life”, G.V. Anderson creates a post-apocalyptic world where knowledge is precious, but so is your hair and skin. We also have SF reprints by Ken Liu (“An Advanced Reader’s Picture Book of Comparative Cognition”) and Yoon Ha Lee (“Warhosts”).

Isabel Cañas knits fantasy and romance in “The Weight of a Thousand Needles,” and Caspian Gray’s “Unpublished Gay Cancer Survivor Memoir” adds magic to an unpromising millenial’s life. Our fantasy reprints are from the legendary Karen Joy Fowler (“The Last Worders”) and Ellen Kushner (“When Two Swordsmen Meet”).

All that, and of course we also have our usual assortment of author spotlights, along with our book and media review columns. We’ll also have an interview with debut novelist—and frequent Lightspeed contributor—Cadwell Turnbull.

Our ebook readers will enjoy an ebook-exclusive reprint of the novella “Dust to Dust,” by Tochi Onyebuchi. We also have a pair of excerpts this month: one from Bryan Camp’s new novel Gather the Fortunes, and one from Peter Cawdron’s book Reentry.

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John Joseph Adams

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John Joseph Adams is the editor of John Joseph Adams Books, a science fiction and fantasy imprint from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. He is also the series editor of Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy, as well as the bestselling editor of more than thirty anthologies, including Wastelands and The Living Dead. Recent books include Cosmic Powers, What the #@&% Is That?, Operation Arcana, Press Start to Play, Loosed Upon the World, and The Apocalypse Triptych. 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 an eight-time World Fantasy Award finalist. John is also the editor and publisher of the digital magazines Lightspeed and Nightmare, and is a producer for WIRED’s The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. He also served as a judge for the 2015 National Book Award. Find him online at johnjosephadams.com and @johnjosephadams.