|Welcome to Issue 19 of Lightspeed, and Issue 57 of Fantasy Magazine! The ebook versions are now available (click the links above!), meaning you can get all of each magazine's content right away for just $2.99. |
As we announced mid-month, Fantasy and Lightspeed have a new publisher--and it's me, your humble editor, John Joseph Adams. I officially begin my tenure as publisher with the January 2012 issue, so this is our last issue under the Prime Books banner.
We do have some fairly major changes in store:
First, we'll be merging Fantasy and Lightspeed. But never fear: We won't be doing away with any of Fantasy's fiction; each issue of the combined magazine will contain four science fiction stories and four fantasy stories. We won't be reducing the number of stories, or replacing any Fantasy content with Lightspeed content; this will be a true merger.
Second, in order to focus more on the fiction side of the magazine, we're going to cut down on our nonfiction. Going forward, we will cease publication of the related nonfiction articles accompanying each story and instead publish only two feature interviews per issue. We will, however, still have our usual assortment of author spotlights.
Third, since we're doubling the amount of fiction in each issue, we're going to raise the price of our ebooks--but not by double: We'll be raising the price to just $3.99. So you'll be getting twice as much fiction, for just a dollar more per issue; plus, from here on out, each ebook edition of Lightspeed will feature exclusive content that you won't find on our website--namely, in addition to the eight short stories you'll also find our website, each ebook issue will now feature a novella-length story.
And lastly, as we mentioned in the mid-month email, I thought now would be a good time to do a reader survey, to let us get a better idea of who you all are, what you enjoy most about our content, and how you tend to access it, along with general demographic information. If you'd like to participate-and enter for a chance to win a free subscription to Lightspeed from Weightless Books--go to www.surveymonkey.com/s/lightspeed-fantasy-2011-survey and fill it out. It should only take about five to ten minutes of your time. The survey ends December 15, 2011, so don't delay-and thanks in advance!
So! Exciting times. We'll be keeping the www.fantasy-magazine.com website up as an archive, but all future Fantasy content will appear as part of Lightspeed, at www.lightspeedmagazine.com, so be sure to update your bookmarks and RSS feeds!
Now that we've got all that out of the way, here's what we've got on tap this month:
|Lightspeed, December 2011|
Vylar Kaftan returns to Lightspeed with "The Sighted Watchmaker," a story about a being coming face-to-face with her race's long-dead creator. Next, In "After the Days of Dead-eye 'Dee," author Pat Cadigan introduces us to a tough old woman who has been pushed aside one time too many, and the alien who dares to approach her. Andrew Penn Romine makes his professional debut with "The Parting Glass," in which an aging Augment gets the chance of a lifetime--but the price might be more than advertised when he considers the source, and finally, Arthur C. Clarke gives us the story of Captain Robert Singh, tasked with averting world-wide disaster from an asteroid strike in "The Hammer of God."
In nonfiction this month, Richard Dawkins is our feature interview this month, Jeff Lester explores the science of telepathy in his article "Science (and Swindlers) Can Read Your Mind," Nigel Wilson sets up a tournament for the ages, which pits famous cyborgs against each other, in "Cyborg vs. Cyborg," and in "Armageddon Rock,astrophysicist Alan Smale explains what the odds are that the Earth will be destroyed by a giant rock from space.
Don't forget to check out our artist and author spotlights, as always, and the podcast versions of "The Sighted Watchmaker" and "The Parting Glass." Also, Issue 18 is now fully online, and stay tuned for next month's issue!
| ||Fantasy Magazine, December 2011|
Our lead story this month is from new author Nike Sulway, who captures the soul-changing powers of grief in "Her Lover's Golden Hair." Then, Joe R. Lansdale explores one man's strange relationship with his shadow in "Torn Away," and in Seanan Maguire's "Crystal Halloway and the Forgotten Passage," one teenage girl has found a world where she really can save the day. Finally, journey back to ancient Rome in "Vici," by Naomi Novik-and learn just what Julius Caesar meant when he said: "veni, vidi, vici."
In nonfiction, for our feature interview this month, Andrew Penn Romine talks to Puss in Boots director Chris Miller, Veronica Schanoes examines the role of the shadow in literature and folklore in her article "The Deathly Shadows in Our Lives," Alasdair Stuart examines travel via portal magic in his article "Falling With Style," and Genevieve Valentine divides to conquer the many categories of literary dragons in her article "Three Dragons."
Be sure to check out our Author Spotlights, too, for further insight into our great fiction lineup, and we've also got podcast versions of "Seven Spells to Sever the Heart," and "Red Dawn: A Chow Mein Western." Also, November's content is now fully online
, and make sure you check out next month's issue!
So that's about it for this month!
Next month, for our exciting debut merged issue, we'll have new fiction from Megan Arkenberg, Marissa Lingen, Sarah Monette, and Ken Liu, and reprints from Paul McNauly, M. Rickert, Nancy Kress, and Amiee Bender.
And remember, you can get your subscription to Lightspeed
via Weightless Books (click the links for the 12-month package!)
Thanks for reading, and please, if you like what you're seeing, tell your friends about us!
John Joseph Adams
Editor, Lightspeed and Fantasy Magazine