Science Fiction & Fantasy




Editorial: February 2020

Welcome to Lightspeed’s 117th issue!

Our first SF short of the issue (“How We Burn,” by Brenda Peynado) takes us into a future where helicopter parents have gone way too far. How are kids supposed to rebel when they have the expectations of four generations weighing on their shoulders? Then we swoop a little bit closer to our own future in JT Petty’s “The Gamecocks,” which explores what will happen to America’s working class once self-driving vehicles become commonplace. We also have SF reprints by Victor LaValle (“Ark of Light”) and Maria Romasco-Moore (“Dying Light”).

The multi-award-winning Kij Johnson brings us a brand new fantasy short from the perspective of a bird: “Noah’s Raven.” You might remember Alexander Weinstein’s travel guides from last month’s “Destinations of Joy.” Well, for every great travel adventure, there’s an equally terrible one, and this month he’s bringing us a new short called “Toxic Destinations.” You might want to cancel your magical plane tickets! We also have fantasy reprints by Daniel José Older (“A Stranger at the Bochinche”) and Theodora Goss (“A Statement in the Case”).

Our interview this month is with author Nino Cipri, discussing all things labor union and IKEA (yes, IKEA). Of course we also have our usual assortment of author spotlights, along with our book and media review columns. Our ebook readers will also enjoy an excerpt from A.K. Larkwood’s new novel, The Unspoken Name.

John Joseph Adams


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 and @johnjosephadams.