Science Fiction & Fantasy




Editorial: July 2018

Welcome to issue ninety-eight of Lightspeed!

This month’s cover art is by Saleha Chowdhury, illustrating a brand-new fantasy story by James Beamon (“A Song of Home, the Organ Grinds”). We also have a fantasy original from Kyle Muntz (“Wild Bill’s Last Stand”), and fantasy reprints by Genevieve Valentine (“Aberration”) and Naomi Novik (“Castle Coeurlieu”).

Our science fiction originals this month are by G.V. Anderson (“Waterbirds”) and Adam-Troy Castro (“Greetings, Humanity! Welcome To Your Choice of Species!”). We’re reprinting SF by Jay Lake (“Permanent Fatal Errors”) and Caroline M. Yoachim (“The Right Place to Start a Family”).

All that, and of course we also have our usual assortment of author spotlights, along with our book and media review columns.

For our ebook readers, we also have a reprint of Kathleen Ann Goonan’s SF novella “The Tale of the Alcubierre Horse.” We’ll also have an exclusive book excerpt.

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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.