LIGHTSPEED's 100th Issue — a supersized extravaganza!

Published on 2018-09-01

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.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

FROM THE EDITOR
Editorial: September 2018

SCIENCE FICTION
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
NPC
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

FANTASY
Abandonware
Genevieve Valentine
Jump
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

EXCERPTS
Gene Doucette | The Spaceship Next Door
Gene Doucette

NONFICTION
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

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHTS
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
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