Lightspeed (magazine)

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Lightspeed is an American online fantasy and science fiction magazine. John Joseph Adams edits and publishes the magazine. The first issue was published in June 2010[1] It is published every month. The magazine publishes four new, original stories and four reprints in every issue. It also includes interviews with the authors and other nonfiction. All of the content published in each issue is sold as as an ebook and for free on the magazine's website. Lightspeed also makes a free podcast with some stories.[2] Stefan Rudnicki produces the podcast.

History[change | change source]

Lightspeed was started by publisher Sean Wallace of Prime Books with John Joseph Adams as editor.[3] Wallace also published Fantasy Magazine. Adams also started to edit Fantasy Magazine from March 2011. Lightspeed became an SFWA-qualifying market in July 2011.[4]

In November of 2011 Adams purchased Lightspeed and Fantasy Magazine from Wallace.[5] From January 2012 issue, both magazines were combined with the name Lightspeed. Fantasy Magazine stopped publishing.[6] The Fantasy Magazine staff was also absorbed into Lightspeed.

In September 2013, Lightspeed published their first Special Issue. It was called "Women Destroy Science Fiction", an anthology entirely written and edited by women.[7] Lightspeed got $53,136 from a Kickstarter to pay for the special issue. This was much more than their 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[change | change source]

Lightspeed was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine in 2011[10] and 2012,[11] and, 2013,[12] and won the Hugo in 2014.[13] 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." In 2011 "Amaryllis" by Carrie Vaughn was a finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Short story. Also 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. 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 from the magazine have been printed again in anthologies showing excellent writing:

References[change | change source]

  1. Klima, John. Tor.com Lightspeed Magazine #1 June 2010.
  2. SFFAudio.com 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 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. 2013-09-05. Retrieved 2013-09-22.
  8. "WOMEN DESTROY SCIENCE FICTION! by Lightspeed magazine". Kickstarter.com. Retrieved 20 June 2014.
  9. "Women aren't just destroying science fiction, but other genres too". io9. Retrieved 20 June 2014.
  10. The Official Site for the Hugo Awards. 2011 Hugo Awards Archived 2012-04-09 at WebCite 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. 2010-08-15. Retrieved 2012-12-29.
  15. "The Locus Index to SF Awards: 2011 Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award". Locus. Archived from the original on 2012-11-17. Retrieved 2012-11-16.
  16. "Campbell and Sturgeon Award Winners". Locus. Archived from the original on 2012-11-18. Retrieved 2012-11-17.
  17. "Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award 2013". Locus. Retrieved 2014-06-27.

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