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Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 31 (December 2012)

Edited by way of bestselling anthologist John Joseph Adams, each month Lightspeed brings you a mixture of originals and reprints, and that includes a number of authors—from the bestsellers and award-winners to the easiest new voices you haven’t heard of but. if you learn Lightspeed, it's our wish that you’ll see the place technological know-how fiction and fable comes from, the place it really is now, and the place it’s going.

Our present booklet time table every month contains 4 items of unique fiction and 4 fiction reprints, besides function interviews

Welcome to factor thirty-one of Lightspeed!

As I write this editorial, I’m simply again from the realm myth conference, which used to be held in Toronto this yr. As consistently, it was once a superb time, catching up with outdated acquaintances and associates and assembly new ones. We held a few promotional occasions on the conference for Lightspeed and Nightmare, which have been good attended, and we had 300 copies of a Lightspeed/Nightmare sampler dispensed among the club, none of which looked as if it would prove at the “freebie/unwanted books” desk later on, which we took as a very good signal. unluckily, I did once more be capable to now not win the realm delusion Award, however it particularly is actually an honor to be nominated.

Last month I informed you approximately my new anthology, Epic: Legends of delusion. when you ignored that editorial, in brief: Epic is an anthology reprinting the simplest epic myth brief fiction, that includes authors reminiscent of George R. R. Martin, Brandon Sanderson, Patrick Rothfuss, Robin Hobb, and extra. research extra at johnjosephadams.com/epic.

This month, i've got one other new ebook out, or really a brand new version of 1 of my already released books. evening color Books has simply published a brand new revised and accelerated variation of my dystopian fiction anthology courageous New Worlds. This re-creation includes 3 tales now not incorporated within the first version, together with “The ideal Match” through Ken Liu, which appears to be like as an unique during this month’s factor of Lightspeed. to profit extra approximately courageous New Worlds, stopover at johnjosephadams.com/brave-new-worlds.

And, finally—have you looked at our new sister-magazine Nightmare but? in case you get pleasure from horror and darkish delusion, we are hoping you’ll accomplish that for those who haven’t already. Our first factor featured 4 all-new tales by means of Laird Barron, Sarah Langan, Jonathan Maberry, and Genevieve Valentine; the November factor integrated unique fiction through horror legend Ramsey Campbell and up-and-coming author Desirina Boskovich, besides vintage reprints via Joe Haldeman and Poppy Z. Brite. And the December factor has unique fiction via bestselling writer Daniel H. Wilson and new author J.B. Park, in addition to reprints through Sarah Pinborough and Tananarive Due. simply stopover at www.nightmare-magazine.com, and both learn it at no cost on-line, or purchase one in all our booklet editions—or subscribe!


We have a couple of hooked up myth tales by means of husband-and-wife inventive duo J.T. Petty and Sarah Langan (“Family tooth, half five: American Jackal” and “Family tooth, half 6: St. Polycarp’s domestic for chuffed Wanderers”), in addition to myth reprints via Brian Evenson (“An Accounting”) and Kelly hyperlink (“Catskin”).

Plus, now we have unique technological know-how fiction through D. Thomas Minton (“Dreams in Dust”) and Ken Liu (“The ideal Match”), and SF reprints by means of Yoon Ha Lee (“Swanwatch”) and Marta Randall (“Lazaro y Antonio”).

For our e-book readers, our ebook-exclusive novella is “Story of Your Life” through Ted Chiang, and naturally now we have our ordinary collection of writer and artist spotlights, in addition to characteristic interviews with bestseller Tad Williams and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Junot Diaz. Plus, now we have an excerpt of the hot Dresden documents novel, chilly Days, via Jim Butcher.

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