Lightspeed: Edited by John Joseph Adams




Editorial: September 2022

Welcome to Lightspeed’s 148th issue!

Our first SF story of the month might be one of our most timely. From writer MKRNYILGLD comes “The CRISPR Cookbook: A guide to biohacking your own abortion in a post-Roe world,” and the title does a great job describing it. Be sure not to miss it. Our flash SF this month, “Civilian Assumptions,” comes from Dominique Dickey, while our second piece of full-length SF is a wildly delightful story of bounty hunters, space travel, and strawberry lip gloss. Yes: lip gloss. Please enjoy R J Theodore’s “The Application of Strawberry Lip Gloss in a Low-Gravity Environment.” Our SF reprint this month is “Eminence,” by Karl Schroeder.

Jenny Rae Rappaport returns with “The Inheritance of Dust and Leather,” a flash fantasy story that’s a tale as old as time (or at least libraries). Kristina Ten’s story of seals and bad marriages, “The Queen of the Earless Seals of Lake Baikal,” will touch your heart, as will Martin Cahill’s magical “Her Five Farewells.” Our fantasy reprint is “The Sister City,” by Cody Goodfellow.

Our review teams have been busy reading great new books, and our author spotlight interviewer has put together fascinating questions for our writers. If you’re one of our ebook readers, you’ll enjoy an excerpt from Desert Creatures, a new novel by Kay Chronister.

It’s another terrific month, so 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.