From the In Box

From Lightspeed Magazine –

The April 2013 Issue is Now on Sale!
Welcome to issue thirty-five of Lightspeed!

In this month’s issue, we have original science fiction by Desirina Boskovich (“Deus Ex Arca”) and acclaimed indie bestseller Hugh Howey (“Deep Blood Kettle”), along with SF reprints by Kathleen Ann Goonan (“A Love Supreme”) and the legendary Robert Silverberg (“Schwartz Between the Galaxies”).

Plus, we have original fantasy by Anaea Lay (“The Visited”) and Swedish sensation Karin Tidbeck (“A Fine Show on the Abyssal Plain”), and fantasy reprints by Bruce Sterling (“Dinner in Audoghast”) and Christopher Barzak (“Smoke City”).

We also have our usual assortment of author and artist spotlights, along with feature interviews with bestselling authors Jane Yolen and Brandon Sanderson. And for our ebook readers, our ebook-exclusive novella is “Bellony” by Nina Allan, and our featured novel excerpt is The Red: First Light by Linda Nagata.

Can’t wait to get your hands on a copy? You can purchase the issue from the following ebookstores: Lightspeed (direct), Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Kobo, and Weightless Books. Visit our Ebooks page for links and more information.

Lightspeed Direct Subscriptions are Now available!

Remember that custom-built ebookstore I told you about back in the February? Well, it’s now finally up and running! So if you’d like to purchase an ebook issue, or if you’d like to subscribe directly from us, please visit All purchases from the Lightspeed store are provided in both epub and mobi format.

And don’t worry—all of our other purchasing options are still available, of course; this is just one more way you can buy the magazine or subscribe. You can, for instance, still subscribe via or from our friends at Weightless Books. Visit to learn more about all of our subscription options.

Hugo and Nebula Award Nominations!

Just as we were going to e-press with this issue, we got the good news that Lightspeed is again a Hugo Award finalist for best semiprozine, and your humble editor is again a nominee for best editor, short-form. We’re extremely honored to be nominated again, so please allow me to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who voted for us. Additionally, our resident illustrator, Galen Dara, is up for the Hugo Award for best fan artist, largely, we assume, due to her work illustrating Lightspeed stories. If you’d like to check out all of Galen’s illustrations for Lightspeed, visit

Speaking of awards, in case you missed the news last month: The Nebula Award nominees for this year have also been announced, and Lightspeed has two finalists in the short story category: “Give Her Honey When You Hear Her Scream” by Maria Dahvana Headley and “The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species” by Ken Liu.

So congrats again to Ken and Maria and Galen, and also to all of the other nominees for both the Hugo and Nebula.

Nightmare Magazine

Have you checked out our new sister-magazine Nightmare yet? If you enjoy horror and dark fantasy, we hope you’ll do so if you haven’t already. Thus far, we’ve published original stories by acclaimed and bestselling horror scribes Ramsey Campbell, Sarah Langan, Jonathan Maberry, Laird Barron, Daniel H. Wilson, along with new material from talented newer writers such as Genevieve Valentine and Desirina Boskovich, among others. All that plus classic reprints by the likes of Joe Haldeman, Poppy Z. Brite, Sarah Pinborough, Tananarive Due, Lucius Shepard, and Lisa Tuttle.

The April issue of Nightmare includes original stories by Marc Laidlaw and Weston Ochse (our first two-time author!), along with reprints by Angela Slatter and Elizabeth Hand. Plus, the issue also features an in-depth interview with Sarah Langan, and an H Word column by horror author Dale Bailey.

Pop on over to to check out the magazine, purchase issues or subscribe, or just for more information and updates (or to subscribe to the free Nightmare newsletter).

New Anthologies from John Joseph Adams

There are two new anthologies of original fiction edited by John Joseph Adams now available. The first, The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination, came out Feb. 19, 2013. It features all-new stories by the likes of Diana Gabaldon, Daniel H. Wilson, Seanan McGuire, Naomi Novik, Austin Grossman, and many more. Learn more at

The other book out in February was Oz Reimagined: New Tales From the Emerald City and Beyond, which John co-edited with Douglas Cohen (editor of the dearly-departed Realms of Fantasy). This one features new stories by Orson Scott Card, Tad Williams, Jane Yolen, Seanan McGuire, and others. Learn more at

If You Love Your Subscription, Review Your Subscription!

If you already have and love a Lightspeed subscription, please consider leaving us a positive review on or Weightless Books. A few kind words can go a long way toward encouraging other readers to try out Lightspeed if they’re on the fence about whether to give it a shot or not. And on Amazon, we only have—gasp!—NINE reviews!

If you’d like to leave a review, here’s the product page on, and here’s the 12-month subscription option on Weightless Books:

Reviews of individual issues are also welcome, of course, though our primary interest is in spreading the word about subscriptions, so if you want to help out, please let other readers know what you think!

Sponsor Spotlight: Orbit Books

Lightspeed‘s sponsor this month is Orbit Books:

Orbit US is the Science Fiction and Fantasy imprint at Hachette Book Group USA. Their authors include Joe Abercrombie, Iain M. Banks, Lilith Saintcrow and Brent Weeks. They publish a wide range of fiction from both established and debut authors. Orbit also publishes digital short stories from their authors. The stories are available at all major ebook retailers—currently in the US and Canada, and further afield in the very near future. You can find their short fiction program at

This month, look for Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan. You can find more from Orbit—including digital short fiction and monthly ebook deals—at

For more information about Lightspeed‘s sponsorship program, visit our advertising page.

Keeping Current

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Looking Forward: Issue 36

Coming up in May, in Lightspeed . . .

We’ll have original fantasy by Megan Arkenberg (“The Huntsman”) and Christopher Barzak (“Paranormal Romance”), along with fantasy reprints by Theodora Goss (“Princess Lucinda and the Hound of the Moon”) and Gene Wolfe (“Suzanne Delage”).

Plus, we’ll have original SF by Sarah Grey (“The Ballad of Marisol Brook”) and Sylvia Spruck Wrigley (“Alive, Alive Oh”), and SF reprints by Alastair Reynolds (“At Budokan”) and Paul Park (“Get a Grip”).

For our ebook readers, our ebook-exclusive novella will be “The Fool’s Tale” by L. Timmel Duchamp, and of course we’ll have our usual assortment of author and artist spotlights, along with feature interviews with bestselling authors Nalo Hopkinson and Robert J. Sawyer.

It’s another great issue, so be sure to check it out. And while you’re at it, tell a friend about Lightspeed!

Thanks for Reading!

We couldn’t publish the magazine without the loyal support of readers like you. So we here at Lightspeed salute you, and would like to thank you for your continued patronage.

Well, that’s about it for this installment of the newsletter. Thanks again for reading. Meanwhile, for more, visit See you next month!

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