Science Fiction & Fantasy



Editorial: October 2021

Welcome to Lightspeed’s 137th issue!

We’re starting off the month with a memo—a science fictional memo, and lucky for all of you, it’s by the hilarious Gene Doucette. Not everyone can make an apocalypse funny, but we think “Memoranda from the End of the World” will have you chuckling to the bitter end. Our other original SF short comes from Yang-Yang Wang, whose story “Every Single Brian” digs into the painful and personal realm of human cloning. E. Catherine Tobler brings us a riveting SF flash piece in “Those Who Went.” Our reprint is by Rich Larson, from Grist Magazine’s recent Imagine 2200 climate fiction publication: “Tidings.”

On the fantasy side of the magazine, we’re taking you all back to P H Lee’s the Great Sweet Sea for their new novelette “The Ash-Girl and the Salmon Prince.” This fairy tale of family, love, and loss is so much fun we’re serializing it over the course of two weeks. Our fantasy flash piece is the tremendously affecting story “The Right Dragon,” from Coral Alejandra Moore. Our reprint is Endria Isa Richardson’s “The Black Menagerie.”

Our nonfiction team has put together a great selection of author spotlights and book reviews. We also have an excerpt from Ryka Aoki’s new novel, Light From Uncommon Stars.

It’s another terrific issue—thanks for reading!

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.