Science Fiction & Fantasy




Editorial: February 2021

Welcome to Lightspeed’s 129th issue!

Can you mix hard science and fairy tales? This month Phoebe Barton does just that in the very touching “The Mathematics of Fairyland.” Writing duo Keith Brooke and Eric Brown return to our pages in a story of one life split between two different worlds: “Me Two.” We also have SF reprints by Paul Crenshaw (“Bulletproof Tattoos”) and Maureen F. McHugh (“Sidewalks”).

Our first piece of original fantasy this month is A.T. Greenblatt’s “The Memory of a Memory Is a Spirit”—a story of an island filled with magic and wonder. Alexander Weinstein also gives us a magical new locale in the latest installment of his From the Lost Travelers’ Tour Guide series. This one is called “Destinations of Beauty.” Our fantasy reprints include work from Micah Dean Hicks (“Church of Birds”) and Autumn Brown (“Small and Bright”).

All that, and of course we also have our usual assortment of author spotlights, plus our book reviewers have scoured the shelves for some exciting new reads. Our ebook readers will enjoy an excerpt from Evarina Maxwell’s new novel Winter’s Orbit.

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.