Science Fiction & Fantasy




Editorial, May 2015

Welcome to issue sixty of Lightspeed!

Awards season continues, and we are pleased to announce that Lightspeed is again a Hugo Award finalist for best semiprozine. We’re extremely honored to be nominated again (that’s five times in a row for Lightspeed, and of course we won it last year), so please allow me to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who voted for us. Also, frequent Lightspeed illustrator Elizabeth Leggett is a finalist for best Fan Artist. And finally, Thomas Olde Heuvelt’s story, “The Day the World Turned Upside Down,” is up for Best Novelette. You can see a full list of the other nominees at

In other news, this year’s Nebula Awards voting has now closed. As you probably know, “We Are the Cloud” by Sam J. Miller (Lightspeed, September 2014) is a finalist for the Nebula Award for best novelette. You can find the full slate of nominees at The Nebulas will be presented at the 50th annual Nebula Awards Weekend, held this year in Chicago, Illinois, June 4–7.

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In anthology news, the final installment of The Apocalypse Triptych — the apocalyptic anthology series I’m co-editing with Hugh Howey — is now available. The new volume, The End Has Come, focuses on life after the apocalypse. The first two volumes, The End is Nigh (about life before the apocalypse) and The End is Now (about life during the apocalypse) are also available. If you’d like a preview of the anthology, you’re in luck: You can read Annie Bellet’s The End Has Come story in this very issue! (By coincidence, it’s the sequel to her Hugo Award-nominated story mentioned above.) Pop over to for more information about the book.

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

We have original science fiction by C. C. Finlay (“Time Bomb Time”) and Seanan McGuire (“The Myth of Rain”), along with SF reprints by Annie Bellet (“Goodnight Earth,” from The End Has Come) and Sean Williams (“Ghosts of the Fall”).

Plus, we have original fantasy by Helena Bell (“Mouth”) and Matthew Hughes (“The Blood of a Dragon”), and fantasy reprints by Merrie Haskell (“Sun’s East, Moon’s West”) and R.C. Loenen-Ruiz (“Breaking the Spell”).

All that, and of course we also have our usual assortment of author and artist spotlights, along with our latest book review column and a feature interview with award-winning author James Morrow.

For our ebook readers, we also have “The Mill” by Paul Di Filippo as our novella reprint, along with novel excerpts from The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi and Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley.

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

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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.