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Editorial

Editorial: August 2020

Welcome to Lightspeed’s 123rd issue!

Our first SF short this month is a story about love, loss, and religion from Matthew Kressel (“Still You Linger, Like Soot in the Air”). Katherine Crighton writes about the residents of a generation ship who have lost touch with their history in her new short “Sing in Me, Muse.” We also have SF reprints by Caroline M. Yoachim (“The Shadow Prison Experiment”) and Sam J. Miller (“My Base Pair”).

Benjamin Rosenbaum brings us our first piece of original fantasy this month in a new fable of witches, djinn, and different perspectives: “All Those Guardians of Order and Clarity, None of Them Can Abide a Free Witch.” KT Bryski’s story “The Bone-Stag Walks” is a new kind of fairy tale, complete with troubled siblings, snow, and discomforting forest animals. Our fantasy reprints this month are by Eden Royce (“Miss Beulah’s Braiding and Life Changing Salon”) and Carrie Vaughn (“The Huntsman and the Beast”).

Our nonfiction team brings us our usual assortment of author spotlights, along with our book and media review columns. This month’s feature interview is with Andrea Hairston.

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.