Science Fiction & Fantasy




Editorial: March 2020

Welcome to Lightspeed’s 118th issue!

This month’s cover is by Elizabeth Leggett, and illustrates a new original short by Russell Nichols called “Giant Steps.” It’s a thought-provoking story of a woman wrestling with life, motherhood, and space exploration. We also have a new short from Adam-Troy Castro (“Many Happy Returns”), which follows an inter-galactic adventurer bent on escaping life’s responsibilities. We also have SF reprints by A.M. Dellamonica (“Living the Quiet Life”) and Charlie Jane Anders (“Reliable People”).

Our original fantasy shorts include a story with a surprising botanical twist: “Tend to Me,” by Kristina Ten. Tahmeed Shafiq brings us a sweeping tale of gods and romance in “Love and Marriage in the Hexasun Lands.” Our fantasy reprints are by Aimee Bender (“Viewer, Violator”) and Eric Schaller (“Three Urban Folk Tales”).

Our interview this month is with debut novelist K.M. Szpara. And of course we also have our usual assortment of author spotlights, along with our book and media review columns. Our ebook readers will also enjoy an excerpt from best-selling author Veronica Roth’s first adult novel: Chosen Ones.

We’re also happy to note that this month our regular book reviewer, Chris Kluwe, launches his debut novel, Otaku. Congratulations, Chris!

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.