Science Fiction & Fantasy

Seasonal Fears



Editorial, September 2013

Welcome to issue forty of Lightspeed!

The Hugo Awards are to be announced on the day this issue is scheduled to publish (September 1), so we couldn’t include the results in this issue. But rest assured we are currently either giddy with victory or gloomy in defeat, and we will share the news with you either way in next month’s editorial.

But what we can announce now is that Kat Howard’s story, “Breaking the Frame” (Lightspeed, August 2012), is a finalist for the World Fantasy Award! Your humble editor is also again a finalist (now for the fifth time), this time in the Best Anthology category, for Epic: Legends of Fantasy. So congratulations to Kat, and thanks to all of the judges and voters who made these nominations possible.

In other news, over in the Lightspeed ebookstore, I just wanted to point out that we currently have the following Lightspeed ebook bundles available:

Buying a Bundle gets you a copy of every issue published during the named period. So, for instance, the Year One Bundle gets you a copy of every issue we published during our first year (June 2010-May 2011), etc. And then there’s the SUPERMASSIVE BUNDLE, which nets you a copy of every issue published during our first three years. (And buying the Supermassive Bundle saves you $5 off the cover price of buying the other three Bundles individually!) So if you need to catch up on Lightspeed, that’s a great way to do so.

Of course, if you don’t want to buy a Bundle, you can also just purchase an individual ebook issue, or if you’d like to subscribe directly from us, you can do that too. All purchases from the Lightspeed store are provided in both epub and mobi format. Visit to learn more about all of our subscription options.

Speaking of awesome ebooks you can buy, as I mentioned last month, I recently re-released a new edition of my anthology Seeds of Change, which features nine stories about paradigm shifts—those critical moments when everything you know can change—including work by Tobias S. Buckell, Ted Kosmatka, Nnedi Okorafor, Ken MacLeod, and others.

And our last bit of news this month before we get to our stories: We’ve again got a special bonus for you this month: In addition to all of the usual Lightspeed goodness, at the end of this issue, we’re presenting a bonus story from the pages of our sister-magazine, Nightmare. So once you’re done reading the issue proper, please also check out the bonus story—and if you enjoy it, please consider subscribing to Nightmare!


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

We have original science fiction by D. Thomas Minton (“The Schrödinger War”) and Will McIntosh (“Dry Bite”), along with SF reprints by Lisa Tuttle (“Ragged Claws”) and Nina Allan (“Angelus”).

Plus, we have original fantasy by Seanan McGuire (“Homecoming”) and a new Gorlen story by Marc Laidlaw (“Bellweather”) and fantasy reprints by Gene Wolfe (“Suzanne Delage”) and the first Erm Kaslo tale by Matthew Hughes (“And Then Some”).

All that, and of course we also have our usual assortment of author and artist spotlights, along with feature interviews with io9’s Annalee Newitz and author of The Shining Girls, Lauren Beukes.

For our ebook readers, we also have the novella “The Secret Sharer” by Robert Silverberg and an excerpt of Shaman by Kim Stanley Robinson.

Our issue this month is sponsored by our friends at 47North. This month, look for The Palace Job by Patrick Weekes (of which you can read an excerpt in our ebook edition this month). You can find more from 47North 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.