Tag: Lightspeed

NEWS: Best-of-the-Year Reprints

Several stories from LightspeedNightmare, and the Destroy special issues have also been selected for reprint in several best-of-the-year volumes. They’re listed below, with the original venue and then the best-of-the-year editor(s)’s name following in parenthesis:

  1. “RedKing” by Craig DeLancey (Lightspeed | Horton, Dozois)
  2. “I’ve Come to Marry the Princess” by Helena Bell (Lightspeed | Horton)
  3. “A Good Home” by Karin Lowachee (Lightspeed | Clarke)
  4. “Those Brighter Stars” by Mercurio R. Rivera (Lightspeed | Dozois)
  5. “Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea” by Sarah Pinsker (Lightspeed | Clarke)
  6. “The Jaws That Bite, The Claws That Catch” by Seanan McGuire (Lightspeed| Guran)
  7. “Fifty Shades Of Grays” by Steven Barnes (Lightspeed | Horton, Dozois)
  8. “Red Dirt Witch” by N.K. Jemisin (Fantasy | Strahan, Guran)
  9. “Whose Drowned Face Sleeps” by An Owomoyela & Rachael Swirsky (Nightmare | Guran)
  10. “Wish You Were Here” by Nadia Bulkin (Nightmare | Guran, Datlow)
  11. “The Finest, Fullest Flowering” by Marc Laidlaw (Nightmare | Guran)
  12. “The One Who Isn’t” by Ted Kosmatka (Lightspeed | Dozois)
  13. “The Bad Hour” by Christopher Golden (What the #@&% is That? | Datlow)

I’ll update this list if we uncover any additional such honors!

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NEWS: Locus Recommended Reading List / Locus Awards Voting

Locus Magazine released their annual recommended reading list, and we’re pleased to report Lightspeed has fifteen stories on the list, Nightmare has five stories, and my anthology What the #@&% is That? has two stories:

  • “I Was a Teenage Werewolf” Dale Bailey (Nightmare)
  • “Fifty Shades of Grays” Steven Barnes (Lightspeed)
  • “Salto Mortal” Nick T. Chan (Lightspeed)
  • “Ghost Pressure” Gemma Files (What the #@&% Is That?)
  • “Little Widow” Maria Dahvana Headley (Nightmare / What the #@&% Is That?)
  • “Red Dirt Witch” N.K. Jemisin (Fantasy)
  • “The One Who Isn’t” Ted Kosmatka (Lightspeed)
  • “The Finest, Fullest Flowering” Marc Laidlaw (Nightmare)
  • “Sparks Fly” Rich Larson (Lightspeed)
  • “A Good Home” Karin Lowachee (Lightspeed)
  • “Those Brighter Stars” Mercurio D. Rivera (Lightspeed)
  • “Angel, Monster, Man” Sam J. Miller (Nightmare)
  • “Unauthorized Access” An Owomoyela (Lightspeed)
  • “The Red Thread” Sofia Samatar (Lightspeed)
  • “Vulcanization” Nisi Shawl (Nightmare)
  • “Wednesday’s Story” Wole Talabi (Lightspeed)
  • “Dragon Brides” Nghi Vo (Lightspeed)
  • “Secondhand Bodies” JY Yang (Lightspeed)
  • “Welcome to the Medical Clinic at the Interplanetary Relay Station | Hours Since the Last Patient Death: 0” Caroline M. Yoachim (Lightspeed)

Congratulations to all of the above, and to everyone who made the list!

The release of the Recommended Reading List also means that voting for the Locus Awards is now open. Anyone is eligible to vote. Visit locusmag.com to cast a ballot or learn more. Voting closes April 15, 2017.

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NEWS: Two LIGHTSPEED Stories Make the Nebula Ballot!

In case you missed the news, the first of the major awards have announced their lists of finalists for last year’s work, and I’m pleased to announce that Lightspeed stories “Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea” by Sarah Pinsker and “Welcome to the Medical Clinic at the Interplanetary Relay Station│Hours Since the Last Patient Death: 0” by Caroline M. Yoachim are finalists for the Nebula Award this year. Congrats to Sarah and Caroline and to everyone else on the Nebula ballot!

That brings Lightspeed’s lifetime Nebula nomination total to eighteen since we launched in June 2010. Lightspeed has currently lost sixteen in a row, so here’s hoping Sarah and/or Caroline breaks the streak! (Though of course, Alyssa Wong’s story, “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers,” from Nightmare won the Nebula last year, making Nightmare 1-for-1.) You can find the full slate of nominees at sfwa.org. The Nebulas will be presented at the 2017 Nebula Awards Conference, held this year in Pittsburgh, PA, May 18-21.

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HOUR OF THE WOLF appearance, featuring a reading of “Dynamics of a Hanging” by Tony Pi

Hour of the Wolf
Hour of the Wolf

I was a guest on the HOUR OF THE WOLF radio show this morning, during which I discussed Lightspeed, The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy, Sherlock Holmes, and other topics. If you missed it, or if you just loved it so much you want to listen to it again, you can do via the show’s web site. The show features Brilliance Audio’s production of “Dynamics of a Hanging” by Tony Pi (read by Simon Vance), which comes from the forthcoming unabridged audiobook version of the anthology.

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Announcing LIGHTSPEED, a New Science Fiction Magazine


I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be the fiction editor of a new science fiction online magazine called LIGHTSPEED, which will be published by Prime Books. I’ll be leaving F&SF at the end of the year to take on this new role. The press release below has all the pertinent details.

Prime Books Announces LIGHTSPEED, a New Science Fiction Magazine

ROCKVILLE, MD, OCT. 16 — Prime Books, the award-winning independent press and publisher of Fantasy Magazine, announced today that in June 2010 it will launch a new online magazine called LIGHTSPEED (www.lightspeedmagazine.com), which will publish four science fiction short stories every month, along with an assortment of non-fiction features. LIGHTSPEED will be edited by John Joseph Adams, the bestselling editor of anthologies such as Wastelands and The Living Dead, and Andrea Kail, a writer, critic, and television producer who worked for thirteen years on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Adams will select and edit the fiction, while Kail will handle the non-fiction.

LIGHTSPEED will focus exclusively on science fiction. It will feature all types of sf, from near-future, sociological soft sf, to far-future, star-spanning hard sf, and anything and everything in between. No subject will be considered off-limits, and writers will be encouraged to take chances with their fiction and push the envelope. New content will be posted twice a week, including one piece of fiction, and one piece of non-fiction. The fiction selections each month will consist of two original stories and two reprints, except for the debut issue, which will feature four original pieces of fiction. All of the non-fiction will be original.

LIGHTSPEED will open to fiction submissions and non-fiction queries on January 1, 2010. Guidelines for fiction and non-fiction will be available on LIGHTSPEED‘s website, www.lightspeedmagazine.com, by December 1, 2009.

About John Joseph Adams

John Joseph Adams (www.johnjosephadams.com) is the bestselling editor of many anthologies, such as By Blood We Live, Federations, The Living Dead (a World Fantasy Award finalist), and Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse. He has been called “the reigning king of the anthology world” by Barnes & Noble’s Unabashedly Bookish blog and his anthology The Living Dead was named one of the best books of the year by Publishers Weekly. In addition to his editorial work, he is also currently a reviewer for Audible.com and a blogger for Tor.com.

About Andrea Kail

Andrea Kail (www.andreakail.com) is a graduate of the Dramatic Writing Program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and has spent the last two decades working from one end of New York’s television spectrum to the other: HBO, MTV, A&E, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, as well as thirteen years at NBC’s Emmy Award-winning Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Her fiction has appeared in Fantasy Magazine, and her novella, “The Sun God at Dawn, Rising from a Lotus Blossom,” was a first-place winner in the Writers of the Future contest and appeared in Writers of the Future Vol. XXIII. Since 2005, Andrea has also been writing lively film criticism for such venues as Paradox Magazine and CinemaSpy.

About Prime Books

Prime Books (www.prime-books.com), edited and published by Hugo Award-nominee and World Fantasy Award-winner Sean Wallace, is an award-winning independent publishing house specializing in a mix of anthologies, collections, novels, and magazines. Some of its established and new authors/editors include John Joseph Adams, KJ Bishop, Philip K. Dick, Theodora Goss, Rich Horton, Nick Mamatas, Sarah Monette, Holly Phillips, Tim Pratt, Ekaterina Sedia, Catherynne M. Valente, and Jeff VanderMeer.


Sean Wallace, publisher, sean@lightspeedmagazine.com

John Joseph Adams, fiction editor, john@lightspeedmagazine.com

Andrea Kail, non-fiction editor, andrea@lightspeedmagazine.com

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