Science Fiction & Fantasy



Editorial, August 2013

Welcome to issue thirty-nine of Lightspeed!

Thanks to everyone who participated in our reader survey that we conducted last month. We got lots of great feedback and data, and we really appreciate you taking the time. (And congrats to the lucky participant who won a free one-year subscription to Lightspeed!)

As I write this, I have just lost the Locus Award for best editor (alas), and the Hugo voting will have concluded by the time this issue comes out (though we won’t know who the winners are until September 1). Soon we’ll learn what this year’s World Fantasy Award nominees are, and then we’ll pretty much be done with awards . . . at least for a few months!

In other news, I recently re-released a new edition of my anthology Seeds of Change, which features nine stories about paradigm shifts—those critical moments when everything you know can change—including work by Tobias S. Buckell, Ted Kosmatka, Nnedi Okorafor, Ken MacLeod, and others.

And, lastly, we’ve again got a special bonus for you this month: In addition to all of the usual Lightspeed goodness, at the end of this issue, we’re presenting a bonus story from the pages of our sister-magazine, Nightmare. So once you’re done reading the issue proper, please also check out the bonus story—and if you enjoy it, please consider subscribing to Nightmare!


With our announcements out of the way, here’s what we’ve got on tap this month:

We have original fantasy by Ken Liu (“The Litigation Master and the Monkey King”) and Cory Skerry (“Breathless in the Deep”), along with fantasy reprints by Marc Laidlaw (“Catamounts”) and Angela Slatter (“Brisneyland by Night”).

Plus, we have original science fiction by Yoon Ha Lee (“The Knight of Chains, the Deuce of Stars”) and Sean Williams (“Face Value”) and SF reprints by Alastair Reynolds (“At Budokan”) and Nancy Kress (“End Game”).

All that, and of course, we also have our usual assortment of author and artist spotlights, along with feature interviews with Alaya Dawn Johnson and bestselling YA author Rick Yancey.

For our ebook readers, we also have the novella “The Gorgon in the Cupboard” by Patricia McKillip and an excerpt from Blood of Tyrants, the penultimate volume in the acclaimed Temeraire series by bestselling author Naomi Novik.

Our issue this month is sponsored by our friends at 47North. This month, look for Kingmaker by Christian Cantrell (from which you can read an excerpt in our ebook edition this month) and The Raven by Jeremy Bishop. You can find more from 47North at

It’s another great issue, so be sure to check it out. And remember, there are several ways you can sign up to be notified of new Lightspeed content:

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And don’t worry—all of our other purchasing options are still available, of course; this is just one more way you can buy the magazine or subscribe. You can, for instance, still subscribe via or from our friends at Weightless Books. Visit to learn more about all of our subscription options.

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

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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.