This Week on LIGHTSPEED (Issue 100!): "How to Become a Robot in 12 Easy Steps" + "You Pretend Like You Never Met Me, and

Published on 2018-09-27

How to Become a Robot in 12 Easy Steps by A. Merc Rustad

How to tell your boyfriend you are in love with a robot: 1) Tell him, “I may possibly be in love with a robot,” because absolutes are difficult for biological brains to process. He won’t be jealous. 2) Ask him what he thinks of a hypothetical situation in which you found someone who might not be human but is still valuable and right for you. (Your so-called romantic relationship is as fake as you are.) 3) Don’t tell him anything.

You Pretend Like You Never Met Me, and I’ll Pretend Like I Never Met You by Maria Dahvana Headley

EXCERPT: The worst day of Wells the Magician’s life begins pleasantly enough, with a shot of whiskey at the Lost Kingdom bar. It’s a birthday party day, and as all low-rent magic men know, birthday party days begin with booze and move laterally through coffee, cake, and whichever divorcee can be convinced to unhook her bra, whether offsite or in a back bedroom. Onward from there into (dire case) helium, (better case) weed, or (best case) coke.

Interview: John Joseph Adams by Christian A. Coleman

John Joseph Adams might be Lightspeed’s editor and publisher, but for many of our readers—and heck, even the staff—he’s a bit of an enigma. How can he run two magazines, his own novel imprint, oversee the Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy series, and create more amazing short fiction anthologies? Does he ever sleep? Mystified, we asked our staff interviewer to find out a bit more about JJA.