Lightspeed is a digital science fiction and fantasy magazine. In its pages, you will find science fiction: from near-future, sociological soft SF, to far-future, star-spanning hard SF—and fantasy: from epic fantasy, sword-and-sorcery, and contemporary urban tales, to magical realism, science-fantasy, and folktales. No subject is off-limits, and we encourage our writers to take chances with their fiction and push the envelope.
Lightspeed is a 2014 Hugo Award Winner (and a five-time Hugo finalist), and stories from Lightspeed have been nominated for the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, and the Theodore Sturgeon Award.
Edited by bestselling anthologist John Joseph Adams (i.e., me), every month Lightspeed brings you a mix of originals and reprints, and featuring a variety of authors—from the bestsellers and award-winners you already know to the best new voices you haven't heard of yet. When you read Lightspeed, it is our hope that you'll see where science fiction and fantasy comes from, where it is now, and where it's going.
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This issue was selected for inclusion in the "Disaster Bundle" primarily for Shaenon K. Garrity's story "Francisca Montoya's Almanac of Things That Can Kill You." So if you just want to go straight to the apocalyptic stuff, you can jump right to that story.
But wait, there's more! There's actually a couple of other stories that are at least apocalypse-adjacent. Scott Sigler's story, "Complex God," is a "robot uprising" story (actually reprinted from my anthology Robot Uprisings, natch); Thomas Olde Heuvelt's story "The Day the World Turned Upside Down" is essentially a fantastical apocalypse; and finally our silly little April Fool's story, "The Legend of RoboNinja," also takes place in a post-apocalyptic wasteland.
In this issue you will also find additional information about other books edited by me that you might enjoy.