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Editorial: September 2019

Welcome to Lightspeed’s 112th issue!

This month’s cover art is from Galen Dara. It’s illustrating a new fantasy short by Brooke Bolander, “A Bird, a Song, a Revolution,” that blends the Neolithic with the post-apocalyptic. We also have a new Weird Western short from Rajan Khanna (“All In”), and fantasy reprints by Micah Dean Hicks (“Flight of the Crow Boys”) and Kiini Ibura Salaam (“Desire”).

Our original science fiction shorts include a very unique prison experience run by some very unique artificial intelligences in Adam-Troy Castro’s new short, “Sacrid’s Pod.” In our other original short, Jenny Rae Rappaport writes about motherhood and time paradoxes in “The Answer That You Are Seeking.” We also have SF reprints by Ramez Naam (“Exile from Extinction”) and Seanan McGuire (“Hello, Hello”).

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 this month is with debut novelist Lisa Bradley. And if you’re reading our ebook edition, we also have an exclusive excerpt from Annalee Newitz’s new novel The Future of Another Timeline.

John Joseph Adams

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John Joseph Adams is the editor of John Joseph Adams Books, a science fiction and fantasy imprint from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. He is also the series editor of Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy, as well as the bestselling editor of more than thirty anthologies, including Wastelands and The Living Dead. Recent books include Cosmic Powers, What the #@&% Is That?, Operation Arcana, Press Start to Play, Loosed Upon the World, and The Apocalypse 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 the digital magazines Lightspeed and Nightmare, and is a producer for WIRED’s The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. He also served as a judge for the 2015 National Book Award. Find him online at johnjosephadams.com and @johnjosephadams.