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Editorial

Editorial: August 2019

Welcome to Lightspeed’s 111th issue!

If you’ve ever worked a terrible service job, you’ll want to take a trip to Robot Country—the weird and sometimes hilarious world of Dominica Phetteplace’s new SF short “One Thousand Beetles in a Jumpsuit.” Kendra Fortmeyer brings us our second original science fiction short, “No Matter,” which wrestles with time travel paradoxes. We also have terrific reprints from Sam J. Miller (“Calved”) and Carlos Hernandez (“The Macrobe Conservation Project”).

In our first fantasy short, “The Final Blow,” Scott Sigler takes us onto the battlefield . . . and into the mind of one scared young witness. Cassandra Khaw spins a lovely fable about two dangerous lovers in “A Leash of Foxes, Their Stories Like Barter.” Our fantasy reprints include “The Rock Eaters,” by Brenda Peynado, and “Card Sharp,” by Rajan Khanna.

Besides fiction, we also have our usual assortment of author spotlights, along with our book and media review columns. Plus, we have a feature interview with Silvia Moreno-Garcia.

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.