Science Fiction & Fantasy




Editorial: November 2019

Welcome to Lightspeed’s 114th issue!

Christopher D. Park created this month’s cover art to illustrate a new original fantasy story by Yoon Ha Lee. Want to find out just why this little monster is hanging out in a coffee shop? Read Lee’s “The Second-Last Client” and see! Our other original fantasy short plunges into the cold coastal waters of the Orkney Islands as Melissa Marr sends us “Knee Deep in the Sea.” We’re also sharing fantasy reprints by Theodora Goss (“A Country Called Winter”) and Ken Liu (“The Hidden Girl”).

We return to Robot Country—or at least Dominica Phetteplace’s Robot Country series—in “Her Appetite, His Heart,” a story of one man’s quest to make things right with his ex-girlfriend. Adam-Troy Castro also writes about love in his new short “Eros Pratfalled, or, Adrift in the Cosmos With Lasagna and Mary Steenburgen.” We also have SF reprints by Matthew Bright (“The Concubine’s Heart”) and Genevieve Valentine (“Overburden”).

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 Rivers Solomon.

For our ebook readers, we also have an excerpt from Sonya Taaffe’s new fiction collection, Forget the Sleepless Shores.

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.