Lightspeed: Edited by John Joseph Adams




Editorial, February 2013

Welcome to issue thirty-three of Lightspeed!

Sometime in early February, we hope to have our custom-built ebook store launched and ready to take orders on This will replace our current ecommerce software, which has been giving us some trouble the last several months. But the big news is that Lightspeed will now offer direct subscriptions as well. So in addition to being able to subscribe via Amazon and Weightless Books, you’ll now also be able to subscribe directly from us. As always, you can go to to see all of our subscription options.


In case you missed the news last month, just a reminder that the nomination period for the 2012 Hugo Awards is now open. The 2012 Hugo Awards will be presented in San Antonio, TX during LoneStarCon 3, the 71st World Science Fiction Convention (Aug. 29-Sep. 2). Nominations close on March 10, 2012. Anyone who has a supporting or full membership of LoneStarCon 3 as of January 31, 2013 and all members of Chicon 7 (last year’s Worldcon) may nominate works. If you didn’t attend Chicon 7, and you don’t plan to attend LoneStarCon 3, you can still nominate by purchasing a supporting membership. Nominations may be submitted through the online ballot at

If you’d like to reference a list of all Lightspeed stories (and other material published by yours truly in 2012), visit my personal website at There, I’ve sorted everything into their proper categories (short story vs. novelette, etc.), including material from my 2012 original anthologies, Armored and Under the Moons of Mars.

Also, if you are planning and eligible to vote for the Hugos this year, you’re eligible for some free stuff! Just visit for details.


And just one more thing before we get to this month’s stories. I wanted to briefly mention some staff changes we’ve had at Lightspeed.

Late last year, we said goodbye to two of our long-time staffers: assistant editor Erin Stocks and editorial assistant Jennifer Konieczny. Replacing Erin is one of Lightspeed’s original assistant editors, Christie Yant, and we’ve uplifted one of our slush readers, Earnie Sotirokos, to take over for Jennifer. So salutations to Erin and Jennifer for their years of service, and a hearty welcome to Earnie and a hearty welcome back to Christie.

Another new hire is Rich Horton, whose name you might recognize as the editor of The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy series published by Prime Books. Finding the reprints we run in the magazine every month is a lot of work, so we’ve brought Rich on board as our reprint editor to assist me in that endeavor. Working with him behind the scenes has been great so far, and I think our readers will enjoy the magazine even more thanks to his contributions.

That about does it for staff changes. If you want to learn more about any of these folks, or any of the rest of our staff, you can always visit our Staff page at But in any case, I hope you’ll join me in welcoming our new staffers and thanking our former employees for their dedication and service . . . not to mention all of the hard-working diligent folks who are neither “new” nor “former” and are simply “current”!


With all that out of the way, here’s what we’ve got on tap this month:

We have original science fiction by C.C. Finlay (“The Infill Trait”) and Carrie Vaughn (“Harry and Marlowe Escape the Mechanical Siege of Paris”), and SF reprints by Robert Reed (“Eight Episodes”) and Maureen F. McHugh (“Interview: On Any Given Day”).

Plus, we have original fantasy by Genevieve Valentine (“Abyssus Abyssum Invocat”) and M. Bennardo (“The Herons of Mer de l’Ouest”), along with fantasy reprints by Marly Youmans (“Prologomenon to the Adventures of Chílde Phoenix”) and John Crowley (“Exogamy”).

We also have our usual assortment of author and artist spotlights, and feature interviews with bestselling authors Lois McMaster Bujold and Steven Erikson. And for our ebook readers, our ebook-exclusive content this month is: the novella “The Happiest Dead Boy in the World” by Tad Williams; an excerpt of the new novel The Best of All Possible Worlds by Karen Lord; and a special feature article by Jamie Todd Rubin, “Hat Tip to the Masters: Homage in Science Fiction.”

Our issue this month is again sponsored by our friends at Orbit Books. This month, look for Fade to Black by Francis Knight. You can find more from Orbit—including digital short fiction and monthly ebook deals—at

It’s another great issue, so be sure to check it out. And remember, there are several ways you can sign up to be notified of new Lightspeed content:

Well, that’s all there is to report this month. Thanks for reading!

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.