Lightspeed (magazine)

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Lightspeed is an American online fantasy and science fiction magazine edited and published by John Joseph Adams. The first issue was published in June 2010[1] and it has maintained a regular monthly schedule since. The magazine currently publishes four original stories and four reprints in every issue, in addition to interviews with the authors and other nonfiction. All of the content published in each issue is available for purchase as an ebook and for free on the magazine's website. Lightspeed also makes selected stories available as a free podcast,[2] produced by Audie Award–winning editor Stefan Rudnicki.

Editor-in-ChiefJohn Joseph Adams
Categoriesfantasy and science fiction magazine
FounderSean Wallace
First issueJune 2010; 13 years ago (2010-06)
CompanyAdamant Press
CountryUnited States

History edit

Lightspeed was founded and run as a science fiction magazine by publisher Sean Wallace of Prime Books with John Joseph Adams as editor.[3] Wallace also published Lightspeed's sister publication Fantasy Magazine; Adams came on as editor of Fantasy Magazine with the March 2011 issue. During this period the magazine was headquartered in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Lightspeed became an SFWA-qualifying market in July 2011.[4]

In November 2011 Adams purchased Lightspeed and Fantasy Magazine from Wallace.[5] With the January 2012 issue, the first published under Adams's ownership, the content of both magazines was combined under the Lightspeed masthead, and Fantasy Magazine was discontinued as an entity.[6] The Fantasy Magazine staff was also absorbed into Lightspeed.

In September 2013, Lightspeed announced their first Special Issue, titled "Women Destroy Science Fiction", an anthology entirely written and edited by women.[7] This issue was funded via Kickstarter, earning $53,136 with an original goal of $5,000.[8] The additional funds allowed Lightspeed to publish further volumes, entitled "Women Destroy Fantasy" and "Women Destroy Horror."[9]

Awards and recognition edit

Lightspeed was a finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine in 2011,[10] 2012,[11] and 2013,[12] and won in 2014[13] and 2015. In 2011 its podcast was awarded a Parsec award for Maggie Clark's "Saying the Names."[14]

In 2010, two Lightspeed stories were finalists for the Nebula Award for Best Short Story: Adam-Troy Castro's "Arvies" and Vylar Kaftan's "I'm Alive, I Love You, I'll See You in Reno" and in 2011 "Amaryllis" by Carrie Vaughn was a finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Short story. In 2011, Adam-Troy Castro's "Her Husband's Hands" and Tom Crosshill's "Mama, We are Zhenya, Your Son" were finalists for the Best Short Story Nebula, while Jake Kerr's "The Old Equations" was nominated for Best Novella. In 2012, Maria Dahvana Headley's "Give Her Honey When You Hear Her Scream" and Ken Liu's "The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species" were both finalists for the Best Short Story Nebula. In 2014, Ken Liu's "The Litigation Master and the Monkey King" and Christopher Barzak's "Paranormal Romance" were both finalists for the Best Novelette Nebula. In 2014, Matthew Kressel's "The Sounds of Old Earth" and Sylvia Spruck Wrigley's "Alive, Alive Oh" were both finalists for the Best Short Story Nebula.

Some stories were nominated for the Theodore Sturgeon Award: Yoon Ha Lee's "Flower, Mercy, Needle, Chain" in 2011,[15] Jake Kerr's "The Old Equations" in 2012,[16] and Ken Liu's "The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species" in 2013.[17]

Several stories published in the magazine have been reprinted in anthologies devoted to recognizing excellence in the genre:

References edit

  1. ^ Klima, John. Lightspeed Magazine #1 June 2010.
  2. ^ Lightspeed Magazine will have a podcast! May 2010.
  3. ^ Locus Online. John Joseph Adams to Edit Lightspeed Oct. 2009
  4. ^ Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. "Lightspeed Magazine is SFWA's newest qualifying market", July 2011.
  5. ^ Locus Online. "John Joseph Adams Buys Lightspeed and Fantasy", Nov. 2011
  6. ^ Locus Online. Lightspeed and Fantasy Merge Dec. 2011
  7. ^ "Announcing the LIGHTSPEED "Women Destroying Science Fiction" Special Issue". Lightspeed Magazine. September 5, 2013. Retrieved September 22, 2013.
  8. ^ "WOMEN DESTROY SCIENCE FICTION! by Lightspeed magazine". Retrieved June 20, 2014.
  9. ^ "Women aren't just destroying science fiction, but other genres too". io9. February 15, 2014. Retrieved June 20, 2014.
  10. ^ The Official Site for the Hugo Awards. 2011 Hugo Awards Archived 2012-05-04 at the Wayback Machine 2011
  11. ^ The Official Site for the Hugo Awards. 2012 Hugo Awards 2012.
  12. ^ The Official Site for the Hugo Awards. 2013 Hugo Awards
  13. ^ The Official Site for the Hugo Awards. 2014 Hugo Awards
  14. ^ "2011 Parsec Awards Winners & Finalists". Parsec Awards. August 15, 2010. Retrieved December 29, 2012.
  15. ^ "The Locus Index to SF Awards: 2011 Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award". Locus. Archived from the original on October 6, 2012. Retrieved November 16, 2012.
  16. ^ "Campbell and Sturgeon Award Winners". Locus. June 29, 2012. Archived from the original on December 19, 2012. Retrieved November 17, 2012.
  17. ^ "Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award 2013". Locus. Retrieved June 27, 2014.

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