Lightspeed: Edited by John Joseph Adams




Editorial: June 2022

Welcome to Lightspeed’s 145th issue!

Ask any two writers or critics to nail down the difference between fantasy and science fiction, and you’ll come up with two different definitions. They’re sibling genres who exist on continuum of the unlikely, and sometimes they even meet up. This month, we’re serializing a novelette with one foot in the domain of SF and one foot proudly in the realm of fantasy: “The Crowning of the Lord Tazenket, Vulture God of the Eye,” written by S.G. Demciri.

Our other stories are a little easier to define. We’ve got a new post-apocalyptic SF short (“Zen Solaris and the God-Child”) by Arden Powell, a flash piece (“Scientists Confirm: There’s a Black Hole in the Center of Your Heart”) from Jo Miles, and a reprint by C.C. Finlay (“One Basket”).

P H Lee returns with the latest Tale of the Great Sweet Sea: “The Turnip, or, How The Whole World Was Brought to Peace,” which is just as savory as it sounds. Susan Palwick creates a kaiju tale in her new flash piece “Picnic, with Monster.” And our fantasy reprint is “Broken Record,” by Stephen Graham Jones.

Our nonfiction team has put together the usual terrific assortment of author spotlights and book reviews. Our ebook readers will also enjoy an excerpt from In the Shadow of Lightning, the latest novel from Brian McClellan.

It’s another great month of speculative content, so thanks for checking it out!

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.