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Awards/Honors

  • 2013 Guest of Honor, World Horror Convention
  • 2012 World Fantasy Award finalist: Special Award (Professional)
  • 2012 Hugo Award finalist: Best Editor (Short Form)
  • 2012 Hugo Award finalist: Best Semiprozine (Lightspeed Magazine)
  • 2012 Nebula Award finalist: “Mama, We Are Zhenya, Your Son”  by Tom Crosshill (Lightspeed Magazine)
  • 2012 Nebula Award finalist: “Her Husband’s Hands” by Adam-Troy Castro (Lightspeed Magazine)
  • 2012 Nebula Award finalist: “The Old Equations” by Jake Kerr (Lightspeed Magazine)
  • 2012 Bram Stoker Award finalist: “Her Husband’s Hands” by Adam-Troy Castro (Lightspeed Magazine)
  • 2012 Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award finalist: “The Old Equations” by Jake Kerr (Lightspeed Magazine)
  • 2012 WSFA Small Press Award finalist: “Lessons From a Clockwork Queen” by Megan Arkenberg (Fantasy Magazine)
  • 2011 Guest of Honor, Aggiecon 42
  • 2011 Hugo Award finalist: Best Editor (Short Form)
  • 2011 Hugo Award finalist: Best Semiprozine (Lightspeed Magazine)
  • 2011 Hugo Award finalist: “Amaryllis” by Carrie Vaughn (Lightspeed Magazine)
  • 2011 Nebula Award finalist: “Arvies” by Adam-Troy Castro (Lightspeed Magazine)
  • 2011 Nebula Award finalist: “I’m Alive, I Love You, I’ll See You in Reno” by Vylar Kaftan (Lightspeed Magazine)
  • 2011 World Fantasy Award finalist: Best Anthology (The Way of the Wizard)
  • 2011 World Fantasy Award finalist: Special Award (Professional)
  • 2011 Million Writers Award winner: “Arvies” by Adam-Troy Castro (Lightspeed Magazine)
  • 2011 Million Writers Award Best New Online Magazine: Lightspeed Magazine
  • 2011 Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award finalist: “Flower, Mercy, Needle, Chain” by Yoon Ha Lee (Lightspeed Magazine)
  • 2011 WSFA Small Press Award winner: “Amaryllis” by Carrie Vaughn (Lightspeed Magazine)
  • 2011 WSFA Small Press Award finalist: “The Cassandra Project” by Jack McDevitt (Lightspeed Magazine)
  • 2011 Parsec Award winner: “Saying the Names” by Maggie Clark (Lightspeed Magazine)
  • 2011 Parsec Award finalist: “The Taste of Starlight” by John R. Fultz (Lightspeed Magazine)
  • 2009 World Fantasy Award finalist: Best Anthology (The Living Dead)

Reviews

    • Wastelands
      • “This harrowing reprint anthology of 22 apocalyptic tales reflects the stresses of contemporary international politics, with more than half published since 2000. All depict unsettling societal, physical and psychological adaptations their authors postulate as necessary for survival after the end of the world.” —Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
      • “[Wastelands] is arguably my favorite anthology of all time – just packed with speculative masterworks.” —Paul Goat Allen, Barnes & Noble.com
      • Wastelands is an exceptional anthology. In scope and vision it can only be compared to Harlan Ellison’s Dangerous Visions. [...] I highly recommend this anthology for anyone who enjoys reading anything. [...] Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse is the best anthology of any kind I have read to date.” —Grasping for the Wind
      • “This collection of short stories is a retrospective of possible post-apocalyptic scenarios, ranging from the immediate aftermath to far, far in the future. While a few horror and dark fantasy stories have been thrown in the mix, most of these excellent selections are straightforward science fiction depicting various ways of coping with the end of everything.” —The Huffington Post
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    • Seeds of Change
      • “This thought-provoking anthology of nine original stories posits near-future paradigm shifts in everything from race relations … to the morality of uploaded consciousness … Accurately reflects many of today’s most pressing political and social issues, and will give readers plenty to think about and argue over.” —Publishers Weekly
      • “Isaac Asimov said science fiction is the branch of literature that deals with the responses of human beings to changes in science and technology. His definition put humans in a reactive role, but we can also be proactive, actively making the future what we want … and that’s what this anthology of provocative and disturbing stories challenges us to do.” —Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of Hominids
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    • The Living Dead (a World Fantasy Award finalist)

      • “The best collection of zombie fiction stories ever. Fans of zombie fiction shouldn’t just read this anthology—they should own it.” —Paul Goat Allen, Barnes & Noble.com
      • “Believe the hype. The Living Dead is absolutely the best zombie anthology I’ve ever read (and I’ve read many)… If you have even a vague interest in zombie fiction, you MUST buy this book.” —HorrorScope
      • “The Living Dead contains stories of heartbreak, drama, and man’s eternal struggle against himself. The focus doesn’t fall squarely on violence and horror, which earns it a place among the best of zombie fiction. The Living Dead is not a book to be ignored; it demands a read through—maybe a couple.”—Robert Kirkman, writer of The Walking Dead and Marvel Zombies
      • “A superb reprint anthology that runs the gamut of zombie stories. Great storytelling for zombie fans as well as newcomers.” —Publishers Weekly (Starred Review); named one of PW’s best books of 2008
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    • Federations
      • “Breathtakingly rich. … Superior writing, fantastic storytelling and creative adherence to the theme will keep readers enthralled.” —Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
      • “For this anthology of twenty-four stories, editor John Joseph Adams tasked some of the brightest luminaries of speculative fiction to write stories of vast, galaxy-spanning empires and the people that live in them. … By mixing writers with great experience in with newer authors, Adams captures both the feel of the old pulp magazines and the practical elements of the ever-changing science of astronomy and space travel. … Editor Adams has collected both the finest writers and their finest tales in the definitive volume of vast, epic, interstellar Federations.” —Sacramento Book Review
      • “Federations is definitely one of those anthologies that offers something for everyone. … Whether they’re taking us to deep-space battles, showing us uneasy collaboration between vastly different races, or satirizing the very idea of a benign interplanetary alliance, the stories in Federations mostly keep a very human perspective on the hugeness and strangeness of a galaxy teeming with life. And that’s reason enough to sign on to its galactic charter.” —io9.com
      • “Vigorous and impressive.” —Locus Magazine
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    • By Blood We Live
      • “The reigning king of the anthology world is John Joseph Adams. … [By Blood We Live is] yet another masterful – dare I say perfect – anthology.” —Paul Goat Allen, Barnes & Noble.com
      • “More than anything, this anthology demonstrates that the vampire is not only undead but mutable, and in the best writers’ hands, a tool for analyzing our mortal frailty and resilience in the teeth of unadulterated evil and unimaginable love.” —BookPage
      • “One of the essential tomes when it comes to vampire literature.” —Bibliophile Stalker
      • “As he’s done on Wastelands and The Living Dead, John Joseph Adams has given readers another definitive anthology.” —SFF World
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    • The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
      • “This volume of short Sherlock Holmes pastiches … delivers on its goal of presenting the best of such work from the last 30 years.” —Publishers Weekly
      • “The improbable intersection between Sherlock Holmes and science fiction … is further demonstrated in this teeming collection of Holmes pastiches by contributors who include many who made their reputations working in the fantastic. Not all the results are fantasy. In fact, many are not, and you cannot guess which will be from the respective bylines. … Holmes does end up contending with time travel, with the Uncertainty Principle, with alternate worlds, with invaders from other dimensions, and with Lovecraftian horrors, as well as the more typical assortment of fiendish kidnappings, daring thefts, and threats against lords and ladies in elegant drawing rooms. There are few duds, and some, like Tanith Lee’s powerful and heartbreaking “The Human Mystery,” treat the immortal detective with a depth of understanding that makes one wish they could be declared official entries in the Holmesian canon.” —SCIFI Magazine (A+ rating)
      • “Short of revisiting Arthur Conan Doyle’s original texts, you may not have more fun with the great detective than in Night Shade Books’ collection THE IMPROBABLE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES. … From pirates to spirits, IMPROBABLE covers a lot of genre-fiction tropes, yet every author hews closely to Doyle’s winning, winsome storytelling style. As the game is afoot, you’re in able hands.” —Bookgasm
      • “The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a good place to start or rediscover your love for one of the world’s greatest literary creations, Sherlock Holmes.” —io9.com
      • More The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes reviews
    • The Living Dead 2
      • “You don’t have to be a zombie-lover to enjoy this outstanding follow-up to 2008’s The Living Dead. Anthologist extraordinaire Adams has assembled 43 stories that showcase strong writing and imagination. … Readers will hope for many further additions to the series even after the zombie craze passes.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
      • “I proclaimed [The Living Dead] the best zombie anthology I’d ever read. Well, there’s a new anthology due in September that actually surpasses The Living Dead—and it’s The Living Dead 2! … Zombie aficionados should place this publication at the very top of their Want List, above firearms, bottled water, and chainsaws.” —HorrorScope
      • “The Living Dead 2 is ‘unliving’ proof that it’s the tellers, not the tales, that count. … It’s not simply an excellent zombie anthology, or a testament to stellar horror writing. What it is, simply, is an excellent book. … Chockablock with fantastic yarns … breath[es] fresh life into the rotting dead. … Delightfully diverse. … The Living Dead 2 runs the gamut of undead storytelling: pathos and pain, blood and guts, humor and horror. It’s a sensational collection that reanimates and reinvigorates the decaying dead back to exhilarating and entertaining life.” —Fangoria, named Fangoria’s Book of the Month
      • “Zombie completists need look no further than The Living Dead 2. Editor John Joseph Adams has put together an impressive collection.” —The Washington Post
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    • The Way of the Wizard
      • “Anthologist extraordinaire Adams once again strikes gold with 33 original and reprinted tales of wizardry in a wide variety of settings, from the medieval (Mike Resnick’s “Winter Solstice”) to the modern (Jeremiah Tolbert’s “One-Click Banishment”). … Adams just keeps getting better and this anthology is no exception.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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    • Brave New Worlds
      • “Familiar classics by such luminaries as Shirley Jackson, Ursula K. Le Guin, and J.G. Ballard rub shoulders with new standouts in this dark anthology of 33 dystopian futures and alternate worlds. Most of the stories are bleak, many are hopeless, and all serve as powerful warnings of what we may let ourselves become.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
      • “Brave New Worlds is an excellent roundup of high-class writing talent, all offering their interpretations of dystopian possibilities that should stick with the reader long after they finish the last story.” —Examiner.com [5 out of 5 stars]
      • “Brave New Worlds is one of the best primers of dystopian literature you’ll find on shelves today. A perfect blend of classic and contemporary short stories about government control, technological subjugation and corporate espionage, each story offers a unique position on how we’re so apt to allow entities to control us… for our own good, of course. When I first got the 500 page book in the mail I was worried I wouldn’t have time to read it before it gets released in January. But once I started I found I couldn’t put it down. Once again, it would seem that editor John Joseph Adams knows how to pick ‘em. … [Night Shade Books has] hit another home run with Brave New Worlds.” —The Quiet Earth
      • “A simply magnificent anthology of short-form dystopian fiction that features dozens of cacotopian classics. And, as has come to be expected with any Adams anthology, there are no weak links – not a one. Every single one of the 33 stories included in Brave New Worlds is a standout work. It’s an all-star line-up of dystopian gems from front to back. … This just isn’t a great anthology, it’s one that I will cherish forever and undoubtedly read again and again.” —Paul Goat Allen, Barnes & Noble.com
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    • Lightspeed: Year One
      • Lightspeed editor Adams (Brave New Worlds) provides an outstanding print anthology of stories collected during the online SF magazine’s first year. These stories make it clear why Adams and the magazine have already separately been nominated for Hugo awards. [...] Years of work on F&SF and numerous lauded reprint anthologies have clearly honed Adams’s talents and prepared him to be a major force in the field.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
      • Lightspeed: Year One is a testament to how much science fiction remains relevant to our lives and our imaginations. It’s a firm rebuttal to those who say ‘the future is already here, no need to write about it anymore.’ And here’s hoping for Lightspeed: Year Two, and Year Three, and so on…” —Examiner.com
      • “Adams has emerged as one of the most reliable editors working today, assembling some quality collections, and his firm hand on Lightspeed‘s rudder is more than evident in this collection. I can’t wait to see what Year Two has to show us.” —City Book Review
      • “A first-class anthology that shows that Lightspeed‘s accolades are well deserved.” —Tangent Online
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    • Under the Moons of Mars
      • “Written in prose that evokes the sweep of the originals and with a full page image of a well-armed (in more ways than one), often scantily clad figure in each, these pay fitting tribute to a gifted pulp writer. Plenty of sword work and old-style action-adventure, with the occasional clever spin.” —Kirkus
      • “It’s inconceivable that this volume won’t send readers back to the original novels.”–Booklist
      • “An excellent collection that sci/fi adventure fans will enjoy, and it may guide a new generation of readers to Barsoom.”–School Library Journal
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    • Armored
      • “Powered armor rocks our world…we’re excited [by this] book of power-armor stories.” -io9.com
      • “A collection exemplifying the theme, and definitely worth checking out.” –Publishers Weekly
      • Armored stands as the definitive anthology of its kind.” –Bookgasm
      • “Whatever your tastes, Armored is sure to provide quite a few great tales, and it’s always incredible to see the wide variety of styles and perspectives each author contributes to the whole. Some stories will have you wishing for a suit of your own, while others will have you vowing to never step foot inside anything that could run off on its own volition. Either way, you won’t come away from Armored without feeling the impact.” –Examiner.com
      • Armored is a collection of short stories dealing primarily with powered armor of one variety or another. [...] I would heartily recommend this compilation to anyone interested in military science fiction and powered armor in particular.” –MilitarySciFi.com
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    • Other Worlds Than These
      • “Anthologist Adams presents readers with a wide variety of alternate Earths, some only slightly askew and others completely unfamiliar. [...] Adams’s selections are mirrors reflecting one other with the best images of alternate realities. Readers will greatly enjoy this exploration of our world’s foremost and ascendant speculative authors.” –Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
      • “Reminds longtime readers of fantasy and sci-fi what we love about the genre, while also and aptly demonstrating to newcomers that these stories are about so much more than dragons and multitentacled monsters. It comes highly recommended to both and all.” –Bookgasm
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