Press

Awards/Honors

  • 2014 World Fantasy Award finalist: Special Award (Professional)
  • 2014 Hugo Award finalist: Best Editor (Short Form)
  • 2014 Hugo Award finalist: Best Semiprozine (Lightspeed Magazine)
  • 2013 Shirley Jackson Award finalist: “The Traditional” by Maria Dahvana Headly (Lightspeed Magazine)
  • 2013 Shirley Jackson Award winner: “57 Reasons for the Slate Quarry Suicides” by Sam J. Miller (Nightmare Magazine)
  • 2013 Nebula Award finalist: “Paranormal Romance” by Christopher Barzak (Lightspeed Magazine)
  • 2013 Nebula Award finalist: “The Litigation Master and the Monkey King’’ by Ken Liu (Lightspeed Magazine)
  • 2013 Nebula Award finalist: “The Sounds of Old Earth” by Matthew Kressel (Lightspeed Magazine)
  • 2013 Nebula Award finalist: “Alive, Alive Oh” by Sylvia Spruck Wrigley (Lightspeed Magazine)
  • 2013 World Fantasy Award finalist: Best Anthology (Epic: Legends of Fantasy)
  • 2013 Hugo Award finalist: Best Editor (Short Form)
  • 2013 Hugo Award finalist: Best Semiprozine (Lightspeed Magazine)
  • 2013 Guest of Honor, World Horror Convention
  • 2012 World Fantasy Award finalist: Special Award (Professional)
  • 2012 Nebula Award finalist: “Give Her Honey When You Hear Her Scream” by Maria Dahvana Headley (LightspeedMagazine)
  • 2012 Nebula Award finalist: “The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species” by Ken Liu (Lightspeed Magazine)
  • 2012 Hugo Award finalist: Best Editor (Short Form)
  • 2012 Hugo Award finalist: Best Semiprozine (Lightspeed Magazine)
  • 2011 Nebula Award finalist: “Mama, We Are Zhenya, Your Son”  by Tom Crosshill (Lightspeed Magazine)
  • 2011 Nebula Award finalist: “Her Husband’s Hands” by Adam-Troy Castro (Lightspeed Magazine)
  • 2011 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)
  • 2010 Nebula Award finalist: “Arvies” by Adam-Troy Castro (Lightspeed Magazine)
  • 2010 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(Night Shade Books, 2008)

  • “Harrowing.” —Publishers Weekly(Starred Review)
  • “My favorite anthology of all time—packed with masterworks.” —Paul Goat Allen, Barnes & Noble
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Seeds of Change(Prime Books, 2008)

  • “Thought-provoking.” —Publishers Weekly

The Living Dead(Night Shade Books, 2008)

  • 2009 World Fantasy Award finalist
  • “Superb.” —Publishers Weekly(Starred Review)
  • One ofPublishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2008
  • “The best collection of zombie stories ever.” —Paul Goat Allen, Barnes & Noble

Federations(Prime Books, 2009)

  • “Breathtakingly rich … fantastic storytelling.” —Publishers Weekly(Starred Review)

By Blood We Live(Night Shade Books, 2009)

  • “[A] masterful—dare I say perfect—anthology.” —Paul Goat Allen, Barnes & Noble

The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes(Night Shade Books, 2009)

  • “Makes one wish they could be declared official entries in the Holmesian canon.” —SCIFI Magazine(A+ rating)

The Living Dead 2(Night Shade Books, 2010)

  • “Outstanding.” —Publishers Weekly(starred review)
  • “An impressive collection.” —The Washington Post

The Way of the Wizard(Prime Books, 2010)

  • 2011 World Fantasy Award finalist “[Adams] strikes gold.” —Publishers Weekly(starred review)

Brave New Worlds(Night Shade Books, 2011)

  • “Powerful warnings of what we may let ourselves become.” —Publishers Weekly(starred review)
  • “Simply magnificent … [An anthology] I will cherish forever and undoubtedly read again and again.” —Paul Goat Allen, Barnes & Noble
  • One of Barnes & Noble’s Best Books of 2011

Lightspeed: Year One(Prime Books, 2011)

  • “Outstanding … [Adams is] a major force in the field.” —Publishers Weekly(starred review)

Armored(Baen Books, 2012)

  • “Armored stands as the definitive anthology of its kind.” —Bookgasm
  • “A collection exemplifying the theme, and definitely worth checking out.” —Publishers Weekly

Under the Moons of Mars(Simon & Schuster, 2012)

  • “The works closely honor Burroughs’s own, with self-assured characters, concrete storytelling, high adventure, and touches of tongue-in-cheek humor. A worthwhile introduction (or, for adult readers, a return) to one of Burroughs’s most imaginative universes.” —Publishers Weekly
  • “An excellent collection that scifi adventure fans will enjoy, and it may guide a new generation of readers to Barsoom.” —School Library Journal

Other Worlds Than These(Night Shade Books, 2012)

  • “Every story is terrific. Grade A.” —Cleveland Plain Dealer
  • “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)

Epic: Legends of Fantasy(Tachyon, 2012)

  • “A success … Adams achieves a repositioning of the definition of epic fantasy, one that renders it both more accessible and more vital.” —Green Man Review
  • “Merits a place on fantasy fans’ bookshelves.” —Publishers Weekly

The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination(Tor, 2013)

  • “By turns hilarious, heartbreaking and wonderfully wacky, this anthology is a genuine triumph. … Every single one of these tales … is nothing short of stellar. This isn’t just a ‘must-buy,’ it’s a ‘must buy for every sci-fi fan you know.’ 4.5/5 stars.” —Romantic Times, a “Top Pick” for February 2013
  • “A no-holds-barred collection. … Brilliant … insightful … demonstrate[s] the seductive power of the ‘bad guy.’“ —Library Journal(Starred Revew)

Oz Reimagined (47North, 2013)

  • “Showcases up-and-coming talents as well as acclaimed writers … this anthology will appeal to Oz lovers looking for new perspectives.” —Publishers Weekly
  • “A solidly entertaining anthology, and worth a read.” —Locus
  • “It’s abundantly clear that the authors love and cherish Baum’s wondrous stories. … [Readers] will newly appreciate the inexhaustible richness of Baum’s immortal creation.” —SF Scope
  • “A collection of stories that are colorful, occasionally sad, often delightful, and always creative.” —Attack of the Books

Dead Man’s Hand (Titan, 2014)

  • “This is the gold rush of Weird Westerns.” —Barnes & Noble
  • “A fearsomely impressive lineup of contributors […] A satisfyingly filler-free compilation.” —Publishers Weekly
  • “John Joseph Adams can do no wrong as far as short-story anthologies go; he has a knack for finding some of the best short-story writers out there, and I’ve found something to enjoy in every one of his collections.” —Pixelated Geek

The End is Nigh (Self-Published, 2014)

  • The End Is Nigh is very good. Of course it is. Adams and Howey are a two-man tour-de-force of post-apocalyptic lit. … Ultimately, the best thing about The End Is Nigh is how elegantly it balances on the thin line between beauty and devastation. There’s no story in the book that didn’t break my heart at least a little, and there’s none of the twenty-two that hasn’t stuck with me, hard.” —Wired.com
  • “Even if you aren’t typically a fan of short stories, really do pick this up. If you love apocalypse stories, pick this up. Actually no matter what you like, pick this up…seriously.” —Seattle Geekly
  • “Destined to be a favorite among end-of-the-world enthusiasts.” —FEARnet

Robot Uprisings (Vintage, 2014)

  • “I wouldn’t be surprised to see this volume well represented in many of the upcoming ‘year’s best’ annuals.” —Toronto Star
  • “Sometimes the [stories] are comic. . . . More often, disaster ensues when machines designed to assist humans rebel. . . . [An] entertaining and occasionally unsettling anthology.” —Publishers Weekly
  • “Philip K. Dick would be proud. . . . You’ll never look at your Roomba the same way again.” —Kirkus
  • Robot Uprisings has a more accessible feel than many science fiction collections, and the sheer breadth of storytelling styles included makes this a great introduction to sci-fi for new readers.” —San Francisco Book Review
  • “A colorful mix of cutting-edge original tales from some of speculative fiction’s leading talents […] Readers will find hours of provocative entertainment here.” —Booklist

Lightspeed Magazine (2010 – Present)

  • Hugo Award finalists: Best Editor – Short Form: John Joseph Adams (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014), Best Semiprozine: Lightspeed Magazine (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014), “Amaryllis” by Carrie Vaughn
  • Nebula Award finalists: “Arvies” by Adam-Troy Castro, “I’m Alive, I Love You, I’ll See You in Reno” by Vylar Kaftan, “The Old Equations” by Jake Kerr, “Mama, We are Zhenya, Your Son” by Tom Crosshill, “Her Husband’s Hands” by Adam-Troy Castro, “Give Her Honey When You Hear Hear Scream” by Maria Dahvana Headley, “The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species” by Ken Liu, “Alive, Alive, Oh” by Sylvia Spruck Wrigley, “The Sounds of Old Earth” by Matthew Kressel, “Paranormal Romance” by Christopher Barzak, “The Litigation Master and the Monkey King” by Ken Liu.
  • World Fantasy Award finalists: “Breaking the Frame” by Kat Howard.
  • 2011 Million Writers Award winners: “Arvies” by Adam-Troy Castro, Best New Online Magazine (Lightspeed Magazine)
  • Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award finalists: “Flower, Mercy, Needle, Chain” by Yoon Ha Lee, “The Old Equations” by Jake Kerr, “The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species” by Ken Liu.
  • Stoker Award Finalists: “Her Husband’s Hands” by Adam-Troy Castro.
  • WSFA Small Press Award finalists: “Amaryllis” by Carrie Vaughn (winner), “The Cassandra Project” by Jack McDevitt, “The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species” by Ken Liu.
  • Parsec Award finalists: “Saying the Names” by Maggie Clark (winner), “The Taste of Starlight” by John R. Fultz

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