Lightspeed: Edited by John Joseph Adams




Editorial: March 2021

Welcome to Lightspeed’s 130th issue!

Thomas Wolfe’s novel popularized the phrase “You can’t go home again,” and in this month’s first piece of original science fiction, “Homecoming,” Claire Wrenwood sets out to prove he’s still right, even when humanity has moved on to newer and stranger planets. Adam-Troy Castro brings us a fresh new story of alternate lives in his dark tale “And Now A Preview of Coming Attractions.” We also have SF reprints by Ken Liu (“Dispatches from the Cradle: The Hermit—Forty-Eight Hours in the Sea of Massachusetts”) and Yoon Ha Lee (“The Empty Gun”).

We’re happy to announce that P H Lee has a new fairy tale for us! In “The Bear Prince,” Dusty Boots returns with a story of inhumanity and power in the kingdoms of both men . . . and beasts. In our other original fantasy short, “Brightly, Undiminished,” Sarah Grey spins a tale of witchcraft and love that’s sure to warm your heart. We also have fantasy reprints by Alyssa Wong (“Olivia’s Table”) and Amber Sparks (“A Place for Hiding Precious Things”).

All that, and of course we also have our usual assortment of author spotlights, along with our book review columns. Our ebook readers will also enjoy an excerpt from A Desolation Called Peace, the sequel to Arkady Martine’s Hugo award-winning debut novel.

It’s another terrific issue—we hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

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.