Science Fiction & Fantasy

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Editorial: May 2020

Welcome to Lightspeed’s 120th issue.

This month’s cover is from Galen Dara, illustrating a new science fiction short by Adam-Troy Castro. If you’ve ever wondered how a time traveler would see your personal problems, be sure to read Castro’s new “The Time Traveler’s Advice to the Lovelorn.” Ada Hoffmann has created a future where AIs are gods and angels are cyborgs in “Melting Like Metal.” We also have SF reprints by Alex Irvine (“One Hundred Sentences About the City of the Future”) and Charlie Jane Anders (“Rager in Space”).

Millie Ho spins a story of fire, rebirth, and love in her new fantasy short “The Fenghuang.” Alexander Weinstein also tackles issues of the heart in his new “Destinations of Love.” Our fantasy reprints are from Carmen Maria Machado (“I Bury Myself”) and C. Robert Cargill (“We Are Where the Nightmares Go”).

All that, and of course we also have our usual assortment of author spotlights, along with our book and media review columns. Our feature interview is with Stephen Graham Jones. Our ebook readers will also enjoy a book excerpt from Molly Tanzer’s Creatures of Charm and Hunger.

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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.