Science Fiction & Fantasy




Editorial: November 2020

Welcome to Lightspeed’s 126th issue!

We’re breaking with our usual schedule to serialize a novelette of quantum trouble: “Schrödinger’s Catastrophe” by Gene Doucette. You won’t want to miss either installment! We also have SF reprints by Dominica Phetteplace (“Seven Ways to Fall in Love with an Astronaut”) and Jake Kerr (“Three Speeches About Billy Granger”).

Our first original fantasy short this month is from Kat Howard (“The Lachrymist”), which explores the meanings of memory and mourning. On a less tearful note, Rati Mehrotra brings us a story straight from the World Tree itself (“Magnificent Maurice, or the Flowers of Immortality”). Much has been spoken about this legendary tree, but this story asks the important question: Who protects the tree from pests? We also have fantasy reprints by Molly Tanzer (“Le Cygne Baiseur”) and Alberto Yáñez (“Burn the Ships”).

Of course our nonfiction team has put together our usual assortment of author spotlights, and book and media review columns. Our feature interview is with Usman T. Malik. Our ebook readers will also enjoy an excerpt from Nicole Glover’s debut fantasy novel, The Conductors.

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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.