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Editorial: March 2019

Welcome to Lightspeed’s 106th issue!

Our first order of business this month is to congratulate our 2018 Nebula finalists, José Pablo Iriarte and Sarah Pinsker. Both José’s novelette, “The Substance of My Lives, the Accidents of Our Births” (lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/substance-lives-accidents-births) and Sarah’s short story, “The Court Magician” (lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/the-court-magician) were published in our January 2018 issue. We are so excited and happy for them both!

In our current issue, Carolyn Ives Gilman takes citizen science to the stars in her original science fiction short “On the Shores of Ligeia.” Our other SF short, “My Children’s Home,” by Woody Dismukes, paints a picture of a far future orphanage with disturbing social implications. We also have SF reprints by Violet Allen (“The Synapse Will Free Us From Ourselves”) and Charlie Jane Anders (“A Temporary Embarrassment in Spacetime”).

Maria Romasco Moore brings us our first original fantasy short—“Self Storage Starts with the Heart”—which gives us a plastic-wrapped solution to loneliness. Of course, Ashok K. Banker’s series continues with “A Hundred Thousand Arrows,” a short story hinging on a very thrilling chariot race. We also have fantasy reprints by Richard Kadrey (“Ambitious Boys Like You”) and Kat Howard (“Those Are Pearls”).

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 have an ebook-exclusive reprint of the SF novella “Of Love and Other Monsters,” by Vandana Singh, and an excerpt from Arkady Martine’s new novel A Memory Called Empire.

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

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.