Lightspeed: Edited by John Joseph Adams




Editorial, August 2014

Welcome to issue fifty-one of Lightspeed!

Hugo voting closed last month, but awards season continues with the 2014 World Fantasy Award nominations. No Lightspeed or Nightmare stories made the ballot (nor anything from my anthologies), but yours truly was once again nominated in the “Special Award, Professional” category for my work editing anthologies and magazines. That marks the sixth time I’ve been nominated for the World Fantasy Award (three times each in this category and the anthology category). I’m honored to again be nominated but of course I also wish to congratulate the other nominees. You can see all of this year’s finalists at

In other awards news, the Shirley Jackson Awards were presented at Readercon in mid-July. As you may recall, Maria Dahvana Headley’s story from Lightspeed, “The Traditional,” was nominated, as was “57 Reasons for the Slate Quarry Suicides” by Sam J. Miller from our sister-magazine, Nightmare. We’re sad to report that Maria didn’t take home the prize, but we’re simultaneously thrilled to announce that Sam did. Thus “57 Reasons for the Slate Quarry Suicides” becomes Nightmare’s first award-winning story! Congrats to Sam, and to all of the other winners and nominees, of which you can see the full list at

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In case you missed it last month, my latest anthology, HELP FUND MY ROBOT ARMY!!! and Other Improbable Crowdfunding Projects came out. It’s an anthology of science fiction/fantasy stories told in the form of fictional crowdfunding project pitches, using the components (and restrictions) of the format to tell the story. This includes but is not limited to: Project Goals, Rewards, User Comments, Project Updates, FAQs, and more. The idea is to replicate the feel of reading a crowdfunding pitch, so that even though the projects may be preposterous in the real world, they will feel like authentic crowdfunding projects as much as possible. The anthology is on sale now. To learn more, visit

In other anthology news, the next installment of The Apocalypse Triptych—the apocalyptic anthology series I’m co-editing with Hugh Howey—comes out next month. The new volume, The End is Now, focuses on life during the apocalypse. The first volume, The End is Nigh (about life before the apocalypse) is on sale now. Pop over to for more information.

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

We have original science fiction by An Owomoyela (“Undermarket Data”) and E. Catherine Tobler (“A Box, a Pocket, a Spaceman”), along with SF reprints by Gardner Dozois (“Morning Child”) and David I. Masson (“Traveller’s Rest”).

Plus, we have original fantasy by Tahmeed Shafiq (“The Djinn Who Sought To Kill The Sun”) and Kat Howard (“Meaningful Exchange”), and fantasy reprints by Ken Liu (“State Change”) and Gwyneth Jones (“The Grass Princess”).

For our ebook readers, our ebook-exclusive novella is “Rule of Engagement,” by Sherwood Smith, and of course we have our usual assortment of author and artist spotlights, along with feature interviews with bestselling authors Christopher Moore and Elizabeth Bear. We’ve also got novel excerpts from Dru Pagliassotti (Clockwork Secrets) and Peter Watts (Echopraxia).

Our issue this month is sponsored by our friends at EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing. This month, look for the aforementioned Clockwork Secrets by Dru Pagliassotti. Learn more from EDGE at

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.