Lightspeed: Edited by John Joseph Adams



Lightspeed’s Special 100th Issue

LIGHTSPEED #1 was launched in June 2010, and now eight years later, we’ve reached a milestone: Issue 100. To celebrate, we’re publishing a super-sized issue, with ten original stories–more than twice the amount of original fiction than usual–plus ten reprints and some special nonfiction to boot. And to make things even more commemorative, the vast majority of our fiction in this issue, both original and reprint, comes from our most frequently published fiction contributors—the LIGHTSPEEDiest writers to ever LIGHTSPEED. It’s a distillation of what we’re made of, and we’re beyond excited to share it with all of you.

Our cover art this month comes from Hugo award-winning artist (and fifty-three-time LIGHTSPEED illustrator) Galen Dara, illustrating new science fiction from Vylar Kaftan: “Her Monster, Whom She Loved.” We also have new SF from Carrie Vaughn (“Harry and Marlowe and the Secret of Ahomana”), Adam-Troy Castro (“The Last to Matter”), Ken Liu (“The Explainer”), and Sofia Samatar (“Hard Mary”), plus reprints from A. Merc Rustad (“How to Become a Robot in 12 Easy Steps”), Charles Yu (“NPC”), Caroline M. Yoachim (“Stone Wall Truth”), An Owomoyela (“Travelling Into Nothing”), Seanan McGuire (“Frontier ABCs: The Life and Times of Charity Smith, Schoolteacher”), and David Barr Kirtley (“They Go Bump”).

On the fantasy side of the ledger, we’re featuring new work from Maria Dahvana Headley (“You Pretend Like You Never Met Me, and I’ll Pretend Like I Never Met You”), Cadwell Turnbull (“Jump”), Genevieve Valentine (“Abandonware”), Sam J. Miller (“Conspicuous Plumage”), and Kat Howard (“A Brief Guide to the Seeking of Ghosts”), plus we have reprints from Yoon Ha Lee (“The Coin of Heart’s Desire”), Theodora Goss (“Elena’s Egg”), Charlie Jane Anders (“The Super Ultra Duchess of Fedora Forest”), and Jeremiah Tolbert (“The Girl with Sun in Her Head”).

We’ve also got an array of nonfiction features, including a special celebration of our contributors’ and staff members’ favorite LIGHTSPEED stories of all-time, and then our novel excerpt this month is from Gene Doucette’s THE SPACESHIP NEXT DOOR.


Editorial: September 2018

Her Monster, Whom She Loved
Vylar Kaftan
Harry and Marlowe and the Secret of Ahomana
Carrie Vaughn
The Last to Matter
Adam-Troy Castro
How to Become a Robot in 12 Easy Steps
A. Merc Rustad
The Explainer
Ken Liu
Hard Mary
Sofia Samatar
Charles Yu
Stone Wall Truth
Caroline M. Yoachim
Travelling into Nothing
An Owomoyela
Frontier ABCs: The Life and Times of Charity Smith, Schoolteacher
Seanan McGuire
They Go Bump
David Barr Kirtley

Genevieve Valentine
Cadwell Turnbull
The Coin of Heart’s Desire
Yoon Ha Lee
You Pretend Like You Never Met Me, and I’ll Pretend Like I Never Met You
Maria Dahvana Headley
Conspicuous Plumage
Sam J. Miller
A Brief Guide to the Seeking of Ghosts
Kat Howard
Elena’s Egg
Theodora Goss
The Super Ultra Duchess of Fedora Forest
Charlie Jane Anders
The Girl with the Sun in Her Head
Jeremiah Tolbert

Gene Doucette | The Spaceship Next Door
Gene Doucette

A Few of Our Favorite Things
Wendy N. Wagner
Book Reviews: September 2018
Arley Sorg
Media Reviews: September 2018
Jenn Reese
Interview: John Joseph Adams
Christian A. Coleman

Vylar Kaftan
Genevieve Valentine
Carrie Vaughn
Cadwell Turnbull
Adam-Troy Castro
Maria Dahvana Headley
Ken Liu
Sofia Samatar
Sam J. Miller
Kat Howard

© 2018 Lightspeed Magazine
Cover by Galen Dara


This special issue is available from our usual array of ebook formats and vendors, but is also available in a special trade paperback edition.

Our online edition includes the usual amount of fiction we publish—8 stories—but the rest of the special issue bonus content is exclusive to our ebook and trade paperback editions.


Direct from Lightspeed (epub, mobi, pdf)
Amazon (Kindle)
Kobo (epub)
Barnes & Noble (Nook)
Weightless Books (epub, mobi, pdf)

Trade Paperback

Amazon (via CreateSpace)