Science Fiction & Fantasy




Editorial: April 2022

Welcome to Lightspeed’s 143rd issue!

This month, we return to Ashok K. Banker’s Legends of the Burnt Empire series with their novella, “The History of Snakes”—a story so epic we’ll be serializing over two weeks. Our other fantasy fiction includes a charming flash piece from Leah Cypess (“The Fairy Godmother Advice Column”) and a reprint from Maurice Broaddus (“Dance of Bones”).

Our first SF short is a story of climate change, violent apocalypse, and somehow the hope for healing. If you want your heart touched, don’t miss “Everything the Sea Takes, it Returns” by Izzy Wasserstein. Phoebe Barton returns to our pages with the swashbuckling SF adventure “A Sword Has One Purpose,” and Sandra McDonald dabbles in time travel in her flash story “Advice From The Civil Temporal Defense League.” Our reprint this month is from Charlie Jane Anders (“The Day it All Ended”).

Our interview team brings us spotlight interviews with our authors, and of course our crew of expert reviewers have provided their latest book recommendations. Our ebook readers will enjoy a book excerpt from Kalyna the Soothsayer, the debut novel by Elijah Kinch Spector.

It’s another terrific issue—and thanks for joining us at the speed of light!

John Joseph Adams


John Joseph Adams is the series editor of Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy and is the bestselling editor of more than thirty anthologies, including Wastelands and The Living Dead. Recent books include A People’s Future of the United States, Wastelands: The New Apocalypse, and the three volumes of The Dystopia 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 Lightspeed and is the publisher of its sister-magazines, Fantasy and Nightmare. For five years, he ran the John Joseph Adams Books novel imprint for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Find him online at and @johnjosephadams.