Lightspeed: Edited by John Joseph Adams




Editorial: March 2023

Welcome to issue 154 of Lightspeed Magazine!

If you discovered a way to pull material from other versions of our world, what would you want to grab? Cash? Treasure? Board games? Well, we have an original science fiction story by Daniel H. Wilson—“Crystalline”—with just that situation. You’ll have to read it to find out what the characters go looking for!

We’re happy to have Peter Watts return with a new short story called “Contracting Iris.” If you like your SF with a side of unsettling epidemiology, this story will definitely tickle your fancy. We also have two terrific flash pieces: “One Pinch, Two Pinch” from Beth Goder and “Four Years Minus Twelve Days” by Samantha Murray.

Oyedotun Damilola Muees brings us a climate fantasy story (“The Chosen Six”) rich with original solutions for our planet’s biggest troubles. We also have a new short story from Benjamin Peek (“The Ministry of Saturn”), which features an organization specializing in the strange and supernatural. We also have a flash story (“Every Little Change”) from Aimee Ogden, and another (“Our Exquisite Delights”) from Megan Chee.

All that, and of course we also have our usual assortment of author spotlights, along with book reviews from our terrific review team.

It’s another terrific issue, 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.