Science Fiction & Fantasy




Editorial: August 2018

Welcome to issue ninety-nine of Lightspeed!

Our cover story this month is an original science fiction short by Sarah Grey (“A Bond as Deep as Starlit Seas”), illustrated by Waiji Choo. We also have original SF from Alex Irvine (“The Atonement Path”), along with SF reprints by Bruce McAllister (“Angels”) and Dominica Phetteplace (“Project Extropy”).

Plus, we have original fantasy by Manuel Gonzales (“Scavenge, Rustic Hounds!”) and Kate Elliott (“A Compendium of Architecture and the Science of Building”), and fantasy reprints by Sheree Renée Thomas (“Treesong”) and Dennis Danvers (“Here’s What I Know”).

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 also have the ebook-exclusive reprint of the SF novella “Native Seeds,” by Catherine Wells. Our book excerpt this month comes from Sam Hawke’s debut novel, City of Lies.

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John Joseph Adams


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 and @johnjosephadams.