Lightspeed: Edited by John Joseph Adams




Editorial, July 2015

Welcome to issue sixty-two of Lightspeed!

The Nebulas were presented at the 50th annual Nebula Awards Weekend, held this year in Chicago, Illinois, June 4–7. We’re sorry to say that “We Are the Cloud” by Sam J. Miller (Lightspeed, September 2014) did not win the Nebula Award for best novelette; that honor went to Alaya Dawn Johnson’s excellent story, from The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, “A Guide to the Fruits Of Hawaii.” Congrats to Alaya and to all of the other Nebula nominees, and of course congrats again to Sam for being nominated. Sam’s nomination brings Lightspeed’s lifetime Nebula nomination total to twelve since we launched in June 2010, and we’ve now lost twelve in a row. That’s right, folks: We’re perfect at losing! You can find the full slate of nominees and winners at

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ICYMI last month, June saw the release of our latest special issue: Queers Destroy Science Fiction! We brought together a team of terrific queer creators and editors, led by Guest Editor and best-selling author Seanan McGuire. We have eleven pieces of original science fiction by exciting SF authors, including Susan Jane Bigelow, Chaz Brenchley, John Chu, Felicia Davin, Amal El-Mohtar, and Kate Galey.

QDSF also has a special flash fiction section curated by Hugo-nominated editor, Sigrid Ellis, including flash from E. Saxey, Charles Payseur, Claudine Griggs, Erica L. Satifka, Bogi Takács, Sarah Pinsker, JY Yang, and others.

Our nonfiction editor, Mark Oshiro, has brought us some incredible essays and articles, and of course we have our usual assortment of author and artist spotlights, plus more than twenty personal essays by queer creators about their experiences reading and writing science fiction as a queer person.

All that and more! To learn more about the issue, visit our special Destroy projects website at

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

We have original science fiction by Carrie Vaughn (“Crazy Rhythm”) and Taiyo Fujii (“Violation of the TrueNet Security Act”), along with SF reprints by Tony Daniel (“Life on the Moon”) and Mary Robinette Kowal (“The Consciousness Problem”).

Plus, we have something a little different this month. We’ll have fantasy reprints by Liz Williams (“Adventures in the Ghost Trade”) and William Alexander (“Ana’s Tag”), but instead of two original fantasy short stories, we have a single fantasy novelette by Andrea Hairston (“Saltwater Railroad”), which is about twice the length of a regular Lightspeed story. So, although you are getting three stories instead of four this month, the novelette is the length of two full-length short stories, so you’re still getting the same amount of fiction. We hope you enjoy this minor deviation from our usual offerings, and rest assured we will return to our regularly scheduled programming next month.

All that plus spotlights on our authors and cover artist, as well as a feature interview with Kelly Link, and the latest installment of our book review column.

For our ebook readers, we also have reprint of the novella “Dapple,” by Eleanor Arnason, and a pair of novel excerpts, including a selection from Dark Orbit, by Carolyn Ives Gilman, and Wylding Hall, by Elizabeth Hand.

Well, that’s all there is to report this month. Thanks for reading!

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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.