Science Fiction & Fantasy




Editorial: July 2019

Welcome to Lightspeed’s 110th issue!

This month’s cover features artwork from Sam Schechter, illustrating a brand-new science fiction story by Violet Allen (“The Null Space Conundrum”). This story is a wild adventure that’s just as colorful as its artwork! Also, if you’re the type of person who ever wondered what happened to the golf balls Alan Shepard smacked around on the moon, our new story from Andrew Penn Romine (“Miles and Miles and Miles”) might hold an answer. We also have SF reprints by Karen Lord (“The Mysteries”) and Indrapramit Das (“The Moon Is Not A Battlefield”).

Our first original fantasy story this month, “Ahura Yazda, The Great Extraordinary” by Senaa Ahmad, gives us to some fantastical creatures . . . trying to make a quiet life in Canada’s farm country. We also have some salty new fiction from Adam-Troy Castro (“Sand Castles”), as well as fantasy reprints by J. Anderson Coats (“Mother Carey’s Table”) and Micah Dean Hicks (“Song Beneath the City”).

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 and an excerpt from Sarah Gailey’s new novel, Magic for Liars.

Announcement Regarding Lightspeed’s Novella Reprint Program

When we first started Lightspeed, we focused on short fiction of 5,000 words or less, but we knew there was a lot of great material being written that was outside our parameters. That’s one of the reasons why we started reprinting novellas in our ebook editions back in January 2012. But over the years, we’ve found ourselves sharing longer and longer original works in the short fiction section of the magazine—while our original guidelines encouraged stories under 5,000 and grudgingly allowed stories up to 7,500, we now look at stories up to 10,000 words long, and truth be told we fairly regularly make exceptions to that and publish stories that are even longer. With our short fiction department publishing all this amazing longer fiction (both originals and reprints), our novella reprint section has begun to feel a little redundant—so we’ve decided to eliminate it in favor of focusing even more tightly on the short fiction we all love so dearly.

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.