Science Fiction & Fantasy




Editorial, July 2016

Welcome to issue seventy-four of Lightspeed!

This month, we have original science fiction by Ted Kosmatka (“The One Who Isn’t”) and Jilly Dreadful (“5×5”), along with SF reprints by Genevieve Valentine (“Small Medicine”) and Seth Fried (“Hello Again”).

Plus, we have original fantasy by Rochita Loenen-Ruiz (“Magnifica Angelica Superable”) and Kenneth Schneyer (“Some Pebbles in the Palm”), and fantasy reprints by Merc Fenn Wolfmoor (“Finding Home”) and Spencer Ellsworth (“The Child Support of Cromdor the Condemned”).

All that, and of course we also have our usual assortment of author spotlights, along with our book and media review columns, and an interview with screenwriter and film director Alex Garland.

For our ebook readers, we also have an ebook-exclusive reprint of Walter Jon Williams’s novella “Surfacing” and a novel excerpt.

Lightspeed Reader Survey (Open June 1 – July 31)

From June 1 – July 31, we’re conducting a new reader survey, to learn a bit more about our readers. Doing this periodically helps us present accurate (but anonymous) information about our readership to our potential advertising partners, which in turn helps support the magazine. It also allows us to see what kind of readers our readers are, which in turn helps us fine-tune things so that Lightspeed can be as good as it can be.

So, if you would please take the time to complete our Reader Survey, we would greatly appreciate it. To demonstrate our thanks for filling it out, we’re going to give a free lifetime ebook subscription to Lightspeed to one randomly select one lucky survey respondent.

Visit to complete the survey. Thank you!

Nebula and Stoker Awards Results

We’re thrilled to report that Alyssa Wong’s story, “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers,” from the Queers Destroy Horror! special issue of Nightmare (Oct. 2015), won the Nebula Award for best short story! Congrats to Alyssa and to all of the other winners. You can find a full list of the winners at

Lightspeed’s streak of losing Nebula Awards, however, has remained intact, and is now at fourteen in a row and counting. Condolences (and another round of congratulations) to Amal El-Mohtar and Brooke Bolander who were also nominated this year for their stories in Lightspeed.

“Hungry Daughters” was also up for the Stoker Award, but, alas, it was not able to claim a rare Nebula-Stoker double-victory. For a full list of the winners, visit

Locus Award Winners

In other awards news, the Locus Awards winners have now been announced. Alas, nothing Lightspeed or Nightmare-related won, but as they say: it is an honor to be nominated. “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers” and Amal El-Mohtar’s “Madeleine” (Lightspeed, June 2015)—both up for best short story–lost to “Cat Pictures Please” by Naomi Kritzer (Clarkesworld), and Brooke Bolander’s “And You Shall Know Her by the Trail of Dead” (Lightspeed, February 2015)—up for best novelette—lost to Neil Gaiman’s “Black Dog” (Trigger Warning). In the editor category, yours truly lost out to David G. Hartwell, who sadly passed away in January. In any case, congratulations again to Alyssa, Amal, and Brooke, and to all of the other finalists, and thanks to all who voted for them (and me). You’ll find a complete list of the winners and other finalists at

Inaugural Eugie Award Finalists Announced

Finalists for the inaugural Eugie Foster Memorial Award for Short Fiction (the Eugie Award), which “honors stories that are irreplaceable, that inspire, enlighten, and entertain,” have been announced, and we’re pleased to report that “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers” by Alyssa Wong (Nightmare, Oct. 2015) is among them!

The winner will be honored at Dragon Con, to be held September 2-5, 2016 in Atlanta GA. Congrats to Alyssa and to all of the other finalists! For more information about the award, and a complete list of the finalists, visit

John Joseph Adams Books News

In my role as editor of John Joseph Adams Books for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, I just acquired two books in a new series by Molly Tanzer (author of Vermilion).

The first book is Creatures of Will and Temper, a Victorian-era urban fantasy inspired by The Picture of Dorian Gray, in which epee-fencing enthusiast Evadne Gray and her younger sister are drawn into a secret and dangerous London underworld of pleasure-seeking demons and bloodthirsty diabolists, with only Evadne’s skill with a blade standing between them and certain death.

Publication of book one will likely happen in late 2017. Can’t wait for you all to read it!

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That’s all we have to report this month. I hope you enjoy the issue, and 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.