Lightspeed: Edited by John Joseph Adams




Editorial, July 2012

Welcome to issue twenty-six of Lightspeed!

No Lightspeed news to report this month, but I do have a new anthology just out that features several stories culled from Lightspeed’s pages: Other Worlds Than These, a new reprint anthology of parallel worlds stories and portal fantasies. It’s published by Night Shade Books and is available now; to learn more, visit the anthology’s official website at

In other non-Lightspeed news, the new horror magazine that I mentioned last month—Nightmare—was successfully funded via Kickstarter. So thanks to everyone who pledged. (I’m sure many of the Nightmare supporters are also Lightspeed readers!) Look for Nightmare to debut in October this year, and meanwhile, pop on over to for more information and updates, and/or follow Nightmare on Twitter @nightmaremag.

And finally, just a reminder: Your last chance to vote for the Hugo Awards is July 31, so if you want to participate, be sure to cast your ballot! If you’re an attending or supporting member of this year’s Worldcon, you can vote: Visit for instructions.

Now, with that out of the way . . . this month, we have original science fiction from A. M. Dellamonica (“The Sweet Spot”) and 2012 Nebula Award finalist Jake Kerr (“Requiem in the Key of Prose”), along with SF reprints by legendary authors Joe Haldeman (“Four Short Novels”) and David Brin (“The Giving Plague”).

We also have original fantasy by Maria Dahvana Headley (“Give Her Honey When You Hear Her Scream”) and Aidan Doyle (“Ghost River Red”), with fantasy reprints by award-winning authors Theodora Goss (“Singing of Mount Abora”) and Peter S. Beagle (“Gordon, the Self-Made Cat”).

For our ebook readers, our ebook-exclusive novella is “Lune and the Red Empress” by Liz Williams and Alastair Reynolds, and we have excerpts of the exciting new SF novels vN by Madeline Ashby and Spin the Sky by Katy Stauber.

All that, plus our usual assortment of author and artist spotlights, and feature interviews with physicist Brian Green and bestselling author Garth Nix.

Our issue this month is again sponsored by our friends at Orbit Books. This month, look for God Save the Queen, the first volume of Kate Locke’s The Immortal Empire series. You can find more from Orbit—including digital short fiction and monthly ebook deals—at

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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.