Lightspeed: Edited by John Joseph Adams




Editorial: October 2020

Welcome to Lightspeed’s 125th issue!

Do you love power armor? Do you love giant robots? Do you love people in power armor fighting giant robots? Well then, we’ve got you covered! Todd McAulty’s newest short story (“The Ambient Intelligence”) is here to meet all your power armor vs. robot needs. Our other new short SF is from Jenny Rae Rappaport: “Everything and Nothing,” a story of love and futuristic warfare. We also have the next installment of Caroline M. Yoachim’s Shadow Prisons series (“The Shadow Prisoner’s Dilemma”) and a classic from Ken Liu (“Byzantine Empathy”).

Our first piece of original fantasy this month (“The Vampire of Kovácspéter”) is the tale of a level-headed vampire hunter written by P H Lee. Naomi Kanakia tells us about how video games can change a life in her new story “Everquest.” We also have fantasy reprints by Stephanie Malia Morris (“Forty Acres and a Mule”) and Minsoo Kang (“The Virtue of Unfaithful Translations”).

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 CL Polk. Our ebook readers will also enjoy an excerpt from Cory Doctorow’s new novel, Attack Surface.

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.