Science Fiction & Fantasy



Editorial, January 2013

Welcome to issue thirty-two of Lightspeed!

First of all, an apology for an error we made in our November issue. In that issue, we ran a story called “La Alma Perdida de Marguerite Espinoza” by Jeremiah Tolbert. The problem is, in proper Spanish, the title should have been “El Alma . . .” rather than “La Alma . . .” Despite our best efforts to proof everything—including checking the Spanish—that slipped through the cracks. So apologies to all of our Spanish-speaking readers who that no doubt bothered. (And thanks to the folks who pointed out the error.)


On January 1, the nomination period for the Hugo Awards opens. The 2012 Hugo Awards will be presented in San Antonio, TX during Lone Star Con 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 Lone Star Con 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 Lone Star Con 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.


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

We have original fantasy by A.C. Wise (“With Tales in Their Teeth, From the Mountain They Came”) and Kristine Kathryn Rusch (“Purity Test”), along with fantasy reprints by Daniel Abraham (“The Cambist and Lord Iron”) and Jeffrey Ford (“Daltharee”).

Plus, we have original science fiction by Matthew Kressel (“The Sounds of Old Earth”) and Jonathan Olfert (“Lifeline”), and SF reprints by Cherie Priest (“Addison Howell and the Clockroach”) and Theodora Goss (“Child Empress of Mars”).

For our ebook readers, our ebook-exclusive novella is “The Fear Gun” by Judith Berman, and of course we have our usual assortment of author and artist spotlights, along with feature interviews with bestselling authors Cory Doctorow and Daniel Handler (a/k/a Lemony Snicket).

Our issue this month is again sponsored by our friends at Orbit Books. This month, look for The Red Knight, the debut fantasy from author Miles Cameron. 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.