Science Fiction & Fantasy



Editorial, August 2021

Welcome to Lightspeed’s 135th issue!

This month’s science fiction originals include a cyberpunk-flavored tale of mind control from Andrea Chapela (translated by Emma Törzs): “Now You Feel It.” If you are a fan of Oliver Twist (or if you grew up in the 1980s, Oliver and Company), then our SF short story “Anything Short of Death Is Survivable” (by David Anaxagoras) will leave you saying “Please sir. I want some more . . . dangerous space salvage missions and mistreated orphans.” Nelly Geraldine García Rosas takes you on a trip to Titan in her flash piece “Before the Haze Devours You.” Our reprint this month is from Maurice Broaddus (“City of Refuge”).

Our first full-length fantasy short (and at 10,000 words, this one’s a novelette) is “Now You See Me” by Justin C. Key—the story of an art exhibit with powerful consequences. In “The Tale of Jaja and Canti,” Tobi Ogundiran brings us the story of a boy created by magic and the mother he’s always yearned to find. Our flash story this month is the very touching “My Sister Is a Scorpion” from Isabel Cañas. And our fantasy reprint is Sheree Renée Thomas’s “Ancestries.”

All that, and of course we also have our usual assortment of author spotlights, along with book reviews from our terrific review team. Our ebook readers will also enjoy an excerpt from The All-Consuming World by Cassandra Khaw from Erewhon Books.

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.