Science Fiction & Fantasy




Editorial: January 2020

Welcome to Lightspeed’s first issue of 2020. It’s our 116th!

This month, both our SF originals wrestle with alternate realities. In “The Men Who Change the World,” writer Christopher East creates an alternate Earth with peace, prosperity . . . and a mysterious corporate entity that’s more than it seems. In our second original short, “She’d Never Had a Name Before,” J.R. Dawson gives her main character the opportunity to meet the sister she never got to grow up with. Will blood prove thicker than dimensionality? We also have SF reprints by duo Jason M. Hough & Ramez Naam (“All Together Now”) and N.K. Jemisin (“The Ones Who Stay and Fight”).

Our original fantasy shorts explore some very unusual travel destinations. First, we have a story by Alexander Weinstein called “Destinations of Joy,” which will make you wish you could hop on a plane headed straight into Alexander’s imagination. Then we have a new story by long-time Lightspeed contributor Adam-Troy Castro: “Fortune’s Final Hand,” which takes us to a gambling town that makes Las Vegas look pretty boring by comparison. Plus, we have fantasy reprints by Kij Johnson (“Story Kit”) and M. Rickert (“Holiday”).

Our feature interview this month is with author Tochi Onyebuchi. We also have our usual assortment of author spotlights, along with our book and media review columns. For our ebook readers, we also have an excerpt from Sarah Kozloff’s A Queen in Hiding.

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.