Lightspeed: Edited by John Joseph Adams




Editorial: December 2022

Welcome to Lightspeed’s 151st issue!

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers: the US Postal Service doesn’t have an official motto, but those words have been an unofficial one since they were engraved in the New York City’s General Post Office Building over a century ago. This month’s first SF short, “Last Stand of the E. 12th St. Pirates,” by L.D. Lewis, shines a hard light on what postal deliveries will be like in the near future.

A functional postal service is a critical component of city life, but so is transit. Rich Larson returns to our pages with a story about the future of car usage: “Deathmatch.” Maybe riding the bus isn’t so bad?

Our SF flash story is “The Spread of Space and Endless Devastation” from Stewart C. Baker. We also have an SF reprint by Alex Irvine (“Pledge Day”). Our flash fantasy story is “To my daughter, in the dark of the moon” by P H Lee.

Rati Mehrotra returns with a new fantasy short story full of ghosts, coffee shops, and skullduggery: “One Day in the Afterlife of Detective Roshni Chaddha.” Aimee Ogden brings us a chilly tale of wolves and prophecy in her new short, “Mad Honey.” Our fantasy reprint is by Nadine Tomlinson (“The Metamorphosis of Marie Martin”).

Of course we have spotlight interviews with all our authors, and our book review team has been searching out the best reads to recommend. Plus, our ebook readers will enjoy an excerpt of White Horse by Erika T. Wurth.

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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.