Science Fiction & Fantasy




Editorial, October 2012

Welcome to issue twenty-nine of Lightspeed!

As I write this, I’m just back from Worldcon and the Hugo Awards, where I lost not one but two Hugos (and for the second year in a row!). But what they say is true: it truly is an honor to be nominated. Congratulations to all of the winners and other nominees.

Speaking of award nominations, we have one more nomination to announce: I’ve again been nominated for the World Fantasy Award, at least in part for my work on Fantasy, Lightspeed’s former sister-magazine, which—to paraphrase those great philosophers, the Borg—we later assimilated and added its creative distinctiveness to our own. The rest of the nominees are available here:

But the big news this month is that on October 1, we’ll be debuting Lightspeed’s new sister-magazine, Nightmare. If you enjoy horror and dark fantasy, be sure to check it out. Our first issue features four all-new stories by Laird Barron, Sarah Langan, Jonathan Maberry, and Genevieve Valentine, and upcoming issues will contain new fiction from the likes of Ramsey Campbell, Jeff VanderMeer, Daniel H. Wilson, and many others. Just visit, and either read it for free online, or buy one of our ebook editions—or subscribe!


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

We have original fantasy by L.B. Gale (“Spindles”) and Megan Arkenberg (“The Suicide’s Guide to the Absinthe of Perdition”), and fantasy reprints by David Barr Kirtley (“The Black Bird”) and Brian Ruckley (“Beyond the Reach of His Gods”).

Plus, we have original science fiction by Robert Reed (“Flowing Unimpeded to the Enlightenment”) and Benjamin Parzybok (“Bear and Shifty”), along with SF reprints by Pat Cadigan (“Nearly Departed”) and Nancy Kress (“Art of War”).

For our ebook readers, our ebook-exclusive novella is “Dragonfly” by Ursula K. Le Guin, and of course we have our usual assortment of author and artist spotlights, along with feature interviews with Ursula K. Le Guin and David Brin. And our excerpt this month is from Gwenda Bond’s debut YA novel, Blackwood.

Our issue this month is again sponsored by our friends at Orbit Books. This month, look for The Hydrogen Sonata, the latest entry in the acclaimed Culture series by Iain M. Banks. You can find more from Orbit—including digital short fiction and monthly ebook deals—at

It’s another great issue, so be sure to check it out. And remember, there are several ways you can sign up to be notified of new Lightspeed content:

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.