Lightspeed: Edited by John Joseph Adams




Editorial: August 2022

Welcome to Lightspeed’s 147th issue!

Our first piece of science fiction, “My Future Self, Refused,” asks a classic question: If you met your future self, would you be able to trust your own advice? Don’t miss this time-traveling tale from Adam-Troy Castro. New to our pages is writer Ruben Reyes, Jr, whose story “SyncALife” is about a service promising to ease the loss of a family member’s death. It’s a powerful mix of technology, familial trauma, and the poetry of war. Our flash SF piece is a tale of inadvertent teleportation: “The Disappearing Dream Engineer,” by Rati Mehrotra. Our SF reprint is from Mary Anne Mohanraj: “Among the Marithei.”

As for our fantasy offerings, Merc Fenn Wolfmoor returns to bring you a touching new short, “So, You Married Your Arch Nemesis . . . Again” about superheroes and the legacy of tragic endings in queer fiction. Tobi Ogundiran carves an enchanting tale of heartbreak and imperialism in his short “The Clockmaker and His Daughter.” Julianna Baggott blends elements of The Stepford Wives into the fantastic in her flash story, “Welcome to Oxhead.” And of course we’re delighted to reprint Malinda Lo’s story “Red.”

The nonfiction department has brought us our regular array of spotlight interviews with our authors and our book reviewers have hunted down some terrific new reads. Our ebook readers will enjoy an excerpt from The Book Eaters, a new novel by Sunyi Dean.

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.