Science Fiction & Fantasy




Editorial, June 2013

Welcome to issue thirty-seven of Lightspeed!

This year’s Nebula Awards were presented at the Nebula Awards Weekend event, May 16-19, in San Jose, CA. Lightspeed had two finalists in the short story category: “Give Her Honey When You Hear Her Scream” by Maria Dahvana Headley and “The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species” by Ken Liu. Alas, neither story took home the prize, but of course it was a huge honor to be nominated. Congratulations to Aliette de Bodard, who won in the short story category for her story “Immersion” (from Clarkesworld), and congrats to all of the other winners as well.

In happier award news, the Locus Award finalists have been announced, and we’re pleased to report that your humble editor has been nominated in the best editor category. Finalists for this year’s Theodore Sturgeon Award have also been named, and our own Ken Liu is on that ballot as well—not once, but twice: for his Nebula-nominated Lightspeed story “The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species” and his Hugo Award-nominated story “Mono no aware,” which we’re featuring in this issue as one of our reprints.


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

We have original fantasy by Megan Arkenberg (“The Huntsman”) and Christopher Barzak (“Paranormal Romance”), along with fantasy reprints by Theodora Goss (“Princess Lucinda and the Hound of the Moon”) and from Shawn Speakman’s new all-star charity anthology, Unfettered, we have a new story from Carrie Vaughn (“Game of Chance”).

Plus, we have original SF by Sarah Grey (“The Ballad of Marisol Brook”) and Sylvia Spruck Wrigley (“Alive, Alive Oh”), and SF reprints by Paul Park (“Get a Grip”) and Ken Liu’s current Hugo Award finalist (“Mono no aware”).

And of course we have our usual assortment of author and artist spotlights, along with feature interviews with bestselling authors Nalo Hopkinson and Robert J. Sawyer.

For our ebook readers, our ebook-featured novella is “The Fool’s Tale” by L. Timmel Duchamp, and the featured novel excerpt is from Abaddon’s Gate by James S. A. Corey.

Our issue this month is again sponsored by our friends at Orbit Books. This month, look for Love Minus Eighty by Will McIntosh. You can find more from Orbit—including digital short fiction and monthly ebook deals—at

It’s another great issue, so be sure to check it out. And remember, there are several ways you can sign up to be notified of new Lightspeed content:

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

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