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Genre Controversies:  The Rundown

Diverse Takes on Diversity:  Radish Reviews : Other Side of the Rain : Inagist (’cause, like, we only do this for the page hits….)



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The Kindle Gold Rush That Never Happened (via SF Signal)

A Boy and His Dog – 40 years Later

Indie Bookstores and Book Machines


Bill Nye Talks Truth

Space Turkey


The December 2013 Issue is Now on Sale!

Welcome to issue forty-three of Lightspeed!

This month, we have original science fiction by Hao Jingfang (“Invisible Planets,” translated by Ken Liu) and Gregory Benford (“Leaving Night”), along with SF reprints by Maureen F. McHugh (“Dead Fads”) and David Barr Kirtley (“Power Armor: A Love Story”).

Plus, we have original fantasy by James Patrick Kelly (“Miss Nobody Never Was”) and Siobhan Carroll (“The Correspondence Between the Governess and the Attic”), and fantasy reprints by William Browning Spencer (“The Foster Child”) and Kit Reed (“Yard Sale”).

All that, and of course we also have our usual assortment of author and artist spotlights, along with feature interviews with Jay Lake and Margaret Atwood.

For our ebook readers, we also have the novella “The Ballad of Bowsprit Bear’s Stead” by Damien Broderick and novel excerpts of Twinmaker by Sean Williams and Alien Honor by Vaughn Heppner.

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 ourEbooks page for links and more information.

JJA Anthology Newsletter

Don’t want to risk missing out on news about John Joseph Adams’s projects? Sign up for JJA’s free newsletter (sent out no more than once or twice a month) to receive updates about his various projects. Subscribe to the JJA Newsletter.

The Apocalypse Triptych

Speaking of the JJA Newsletter, if you had been a subscriber to that, you would already know about this big new project JJA is working on now: THE APOCALYPSE TRIPTYCH.

Edited by JJA, in collaboration with bestselling author Hugh Howey, THE APOCALYPSE TRIPTYCH is a series of three anthologies of apocalyptic fiction, exploring three different facets of the form:

  • THE END IS NIGH: pre-apocalyptic stories—exploring the world on the brink of collapse. (Forthcoming June 2014)

  • THE END IS NOW: apocalyptic stories—exploring the end of the world as it happens. (Forthcoming December 2014)

  • THE END HAS COME: post-apocalyptic stories—exploring life after the end of the world. (Forthcoming June 2015)

THE APOCALYPSE TRIPTYCH will include stories by authors such as Paolo Bacigalupi, Seanan McGuire, Ben H. Winters, Elizabeth Bear, Scott Sigler, Robin Wasserman, and many more. Additionally, each volume will include a brand new story by Hugh Howey set in the world of his bestselling novel Wool.

World Fantasy Awards

The World Fantasy Awards were presented at the World Fantasy Convention, held this year in Brighton, England, Oct. 31 – Nov. 3. As we mentioned previously, Kat Howard’s story, “Breaking the Frame” (Lightspeed, August 2012), was a finalist for the award this year, as was your humble editor (now for the fifth time), this time in the Best Anthology category, for Epic: Legends of Fantasy. Alas and alack, both Kat and I lost in our respective categories. But, as always, it was a thrill to be nominated, and congrats to all of the winners!

Lightspeed Subscriptions & Bundles of Back Issues!

Just a reminder that our Lightspeed Direct ebookstore is open for business. If you’d like to purchase an ebook issue, or if you’d like to subscribe directly from us, please 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 or from our friends at Weightless Books. Visit to learn more about all of our subscription options.

In the Lightspeed ebookstore, we’re also currently featuring a selection of Ebook Bundles. We currently have the following Lightspeed ebook bundles available:

Buying a Bundle gets you a copy of every issue published during the named period. So, for instance, the Year One Bundle gets you a copy of every issue we published during our first year (June 2010 – May 2011), etc. And then there’s the SUPERMASSIVE BUNDLE, which nets you a copy of every issue published during our first three years. (And buying the Supermassive Bundle saves you $5 off the cover price of buying the other three Bundles individually!)

Fantasy Magazine Back Issue Bundles

In addition to the Lightspeed bundles mentioned above, you can now also buy ebook back issues—and ebook back issue bundles—of Lightspeed’s (now dormant) sister magazine, Fantasy. (You might remember that we merged Fantasy into Lightspeed back in January 2012.)

To check out the back issues, just visit You can buy each Fantasybundle for $24.99, or you can buy the complete run of Fantasy Magazine—all 57 issues—for just $114.99 (that’s $10 off buying all the Bundles individually, and more than $55 off the cover price!). Of course, if you don’t want to buy a Bundle, you can also just purchase an individual ebook issue!

Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy Ebooks!

If you dig the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy interviews we’ve been presenting to you in Lightspeed, good news: Now you can buy complete episode transcripts in ebook format. So now in addition to reading the great interviews we line up for Geek’s Guide, you can also read transcripts of our panel discussions, which cover topics such as video games, swordfighting, The Wizard of Oz, Robert H. Howard, weird fiction . . . and all manner of subjects. If you’d like to learn more, just go to find out where you can get the ebook transcripts.

Have You Tried Our Sister-Magazine, Nightmare, Yet?

Have you checked out our new sister-magazine Nightmare yet? Because of the ubiquity of gory horror movies, when a lot of people think of the horror genre in literature, they imagine it deals with that same kind of gory slasher-type stories we typically see in film, full of blood and guts and generally a lot of awfulness. But literary horror is rarely like that, and the fiction in Nightmare basically never is. The fiction in Nightmare tends toward “quiet horror”: that is, the stories are literary and dark—at times visceral, and at times unsettling. In other words, not overly dissimilar from the stories you’d find in Lightspeed—just more toward the darker end of the literary spectrum.

Thus far, Nightmare has 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.

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 Nightmarenewsletter).

If You Love Your Subscription, Review Your Subscription!

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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: 47North

Lightspeed‘s sponsor this month is 47North:

This month, look for Alien Honor by Vaughn Heppner (of which you can also read an excerpt in our ebook edition this month). You can find more from 47North at

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

Keeping Current

Remember, in addition to this newsletter, there are several ways you can sign up to be notified of new Lightspeed content:

Looking Forward: Issue 44

Coming up in January, in Lightspeed . . .

We have original science fiction by Jeremiah Tolbert (“In the Dying Light, We Saw a Shape”) and Anaea Lay (“Salamander Patterns”), along with SF reprints by Terry Bisson (“Bears Discover Fire”) and Zhao Haihong (“Exuviation”).

Plus, we have original fantasy by Matthew Hughes (“His Elbow Unkissed”—a Kaslo Chronicles tale) and Adam-Troy Castro (“The Thing About Shapes to Come”), and fantasy reprints by Rosamund Hodge (“Apotheosis”) and Ursula K. Le Guin (“Elementals”).

All that, and of course we also have our usual assortment of author and artist spotlights, along with feature interviews with Hyperbole and a Half’s Allie Brosh and bestselling epic fantasy author Scott Lynch.

For our ebook readers, we also have the novella reprint “The Chambered Fruit” by M. Rickert and a pair of novel excerpts.

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


News & Reviews
December 2013
EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing
Best of the holiday season to you.  November was a very busy month filled with book launches, book trailers, special appearances and lots and lots of love.  Take care and enjoy your time with family and friends this holiday season.
From everyone at EDGE:  Brian H., Anita H., Janice S., Janice B., Stacey K. and all of the independents who work with us to bring you the fine genre books we all love.
Upcoming Events:
   DECEMBER 2-3:
        Bitten by Books, Online Blog Tour
Featuring authors from:
“The Puzzle Box”
“The Trillionist”
“Clockwork Heart”
“Vyrkarion: Talisman of Anor”.
    DECEMBER 12:
        Owl’s Nest Bookstore, Calgary
815A 49 Ave SW
Multi-genre Book Launch and Signing
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Submission deadline:
The deadline for “Tesseracts Eighteen: Wrestling With Gods”submissions is December 31, 2013. The editors are Liana K and Jerome Stueart. The guidelines are HERE and the ongoing BLOG is HERE.
“Tesseracts Eighteen: Wrestling With Gods” will be released in September 2014.
Video Library:
Visit our new VIDEO LIBRARY to watch our recent book trailers and author interviews.
RECENT Reviews And News…
Vyrkarion:  The Talisman of Anor
by J.A. Cullum (ISBN: 978-1-77053-028-7)
We are celebrating the release of Vyrkarion: The Talisman of Anor, written J. A. Cullum with a fan made introductory Book Trailer video.  You can watch it HERE.
“…a fantasy world rich in detail, with a large population of interesting creatures interacting with lifelike complexity.” — Poul Anderson.

The Trillionist

by Sagan Jeffries (ISBN: 978-1-894063-98-2)
The Trillionist author, Ed Lukowich (writing under his pen name Sagan Jeffries), just returned from a very successful appearance at the LETHBRIDGE ENTERTAINMENT EXPO where he was a featured guest (along with Marina Sirtis and Tracy & Laura Hickman) and garnered quite a few interviews with the local press. Other successful appearances during the month were held at Chapters – St. Vital Centre, Winnipeg, Chapters – Crowfoot Center, Calgary, and the Barnes and Noble Books store in Fargo.
November 28th at PAGES BOOKS:
The official PAGES celebration of Ed’s futuristic science fiction novel “The Trillionist” was a blast.
“The Trillionist is an auspicious debut from a powerful new voice. Sage Rojan is a character you’ll never forget.” – Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of Red Planet Blues
Two short videos:
Check out these videos for more information on the novel:
     1) a Book Trailer that introduces the book(HERE).
     2) an interview with the author (HERE).
Tesseracts Seventeen 
edited by Colleen Anderson & Steve Vernon
 (ISBN: 978-1-77053-044-7)
We’re posting “Did you know?” Trivia Questions on the EDGE Facebook page, and author bios and updates on the Totally Tesseracts blog.
We also have an short Book Trailer that introduces the Tesseracts Seventeenanthology and its authors. Check it out HERE.
Chilling Tales: In words, alas, drown I
edited by Michael Kelly (ISBN: 978-1-77053-024-9)

The online book launch at Bitten By Books was a huge success. If you want to read any of the comments, or review the entire day, simply click HERE.

Coins of Chaos
edited by Jennifer Brozek (ISBN: 978-1-77053-048-5)
The Bitten By Books online book launch was amazing. If you want to read any of the comments, or review the entire day, simply click HERE.
We also have a short Book Trailer that introduces the anthology and its authors.
Check it out HERE.
Clockwork Heart
by Dru Pagliassotti (ISBN: 978-1-77053-026-3)
EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing is pleased to announce that the original steampunk romance/mystery “Clockwork Heart” by Dru Pagliassotti is now available. This is a revised first edition and is now Book One in the newly announced Clockwork Heart Trilogy.
To learn more about Dru Pagliassotti, check out her WEBSITE.
“Pagliasotti has brought forth a terrific novel, one that embodies a bold new direction in the fantasy genre. For those who enjoy the work of China Mieville or D.M. Cornish…” — Drew Bittner, SFRevu.
Urban Green Man
edited by Adria Laycraft & Janice Blaine (ISBN: 978-1-77053-038-6)
November 15:
A review of URBAN GREEN MAN by Derek Newman-Stille
“The stories in this collection explore the lighter and darker shades of green, bringing the reader both into the dark places of the forest where fear and danger evoke speculation and to the treetops where flights of fancy free him or her from their bounds.” MORE
November 11:
A review of Alyxandra Harvey’s “Green Jack” in URBAN GREEN MAN
reviewed by Derek Newman-Stille“Alyxandra Harvey reveals our uncertainty about the future of vegetation and food in her post-apocalyptic story “Green Jack”. After crops begin to fail on a regular basis and the weather becomes unstable, a city tries to survive by perpetuating the same behaviours that endangered its vegetative life in the first place. Government and industrial regulations control the vegetative world, constraining and controlling plant life to human will, harnessing it exclusively for human purposes.”  MORE
November 6:
A review of Michael Healy’s “Cottage on the Bluff” in Urban Green Man
“In Michael Healy’s “Cottage on the Bluff”, a figure reminiscent of Toronto’s mayor Rob Ford intrudes into the woods with his cottage, blighting the landscape with his building and his rage-filled presence. The local Green Man is bombarded with communication signals from a culture dependent on the endless stream of data. The mayor’s cottage brings a foreign presence into the woods, and the Green Man, conscious of every change in the woods has every meaningless tweet and vapid pop song running through his head as long as the cottage is on his land.”  MORE
November 3:
A review of Kim Goldberg’s “Neither Slumber Nor Sleep” in URBAN GREEN MAN
“A rabbi loses his position at the Beth Shalom Congregation when he becomes interested in a new supernatural phenomenon that appears in Nanaimo. Called in to investigate a series of strange events regarding the sighting of a huge Green Goddess figure and sudden surges of greenery over the urban space, the rabbi’s faith is challenged and questioned when he sees a bizarre series of events that defy his beliefs in the logical universe and that seem to reflect a pagan belief system more than they do a Jewish one.” MORE
October 19:
A review of Susan J. MacGregor’s “Evergreen”in URBAN GREEN MAN
“The quest for self-discovery can be painful and difficult and often people who seek to discover themselves encounter questions that they don’t want answered, murky areas that they fear to look too deeply into. When Cat’s grandmother does a card reading for her, she shies away from the tough parts of the future that are revealed.” MORE
The Puzzle Box
by The Apocalyptic Four (ISBN: 978-1-77053-040-9)
Author Ryan McFadden launched THE PUZZLE BOX at Chapters – London Southeast, in London Ontario on November 9th.
by Barbara Galler-Smith and Josh Langston (ISBN: 978-1-77053-030-0)
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October 16:
Congratulations to WARRIORS authors Barb Galler-Smith and Josh Langston. The launch party last night at Audrey’s Books in Edmonton was great. Thanks to the many friends and fans who came out to support the event!

New e-Book Gift Cards
We’re experimenting with e-Book gift cards. Each card is $9.99 and allows the person receiving it to download the e-book in any one of the most common formats. The price includes taxes and postage to mail the card anywhere in the world. Currently there are four books available as GIFT CARDS:
     – “WARRIORS” by Barbara Galler-Smith and Josh Langston
     – “Chilling Tales: In words, alas, drown I” edited by Michael Kelly
     – “Coins of Chaos” edited by Jennifer Brozek
     – “Clockwork Heart” by Dru Pagliassotti





A Study in SilksFrom the Overly Cluttered Desk of Del Rey Editor Sarah PeedDear Readers,Occasionally, we here at Team Del Rey like to pull back the curtain on our day-to-day jobs. We usually call these posts “Cubicle at the End of the Universe.” However, we’ve admittedly fallen behind on dishing out the details in these semi-regular articles. We’re sorry about that.To make up for it, I’m going to take you on a virtual tour through our nerd memorabilia-filled offices. Hold fast, my dear readers, for there be tons of pictures ahead!Click here for the rest of Sarah’s letter!
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Each week we’re giving away the first 50 pages of an awesome Del Rey or Spectra book — for FREE! Check out the titles we premiered last month:
The Passage
by Justin Cronin
Click here to read »
Assassin's Apprentice
by Robin Hobb
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Star Wars: Death Star
Owner’s Technical Manual 

by Ryder Windham, Chris
Reiff, and Chris Trevas
Star Wars: Scoundrels
by Timothy Zahn

Click here for more information on new Del Rey Spectra and Lucas Books titles coming this month!

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EGIL & NIXBestselling author Paul S. Kemp’s sword and sorcery adventure series, featuring the unlikely duo Egil and Nix, will get two new installments from Del Rey. A CONVERSATION IN BLOOD is currently slated for a 2015 release.Click here to learn more!


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