Science Fiction & Fantasy



Editorial: September 2020

Welcome to Lightspeed’s 124th issue!

Around here, we love giant robots, but our first SF original this month—“The Author’s Wife vs. the Giant Robot,” by Adam-Troy Castro—made us think twice about living in the shadow of one. Sunny Moraine’s new short (“Note to Self”) also wrestles with the ramifications of size, but this story tackles a much, much smaller topic: quantum mechanics. Our SF reprints include the second installment of Caroline M. Yoachim’s Shadow Prisons series (“Shadow Prisons of the Mind”) and “Machine Learning” by Hugh Howey.

Our original fantasy shorts include another delightful trip to Alexander Weinstein’s Eighth Continent: “Destinations of Waiting.” Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam gives us a heroine with a difficult heritage and a supportive girlfriend in her new story “Entanglement.” Our fantasy reprints are from L.D. Lewis (“Moses”) and Karen Joy Fowler (“Persephone of the Crows”).

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 Mark Oshiro. Our ebook readers will also enjoy an excerpt from bestselling author Christopher Paolini’s new novel, To Sleep in a Sea of Stars.

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.