Lightspeed: Year One

by John Joseph Adams
Release date: 2011
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fiction, anthology

Edited by John Joseph Adams.

Lightspeed ( is the critically-acclaimed, online science fiction magazine edited by bestselling anthologist John Joseph Adams. Lightspeed publishes all types of science fiction, from near-future, sociological soft sf, to far-future, star-spanning hard sf, and anything and everything in between. Each month, Lightspeed features a mix of originals and reprints, from a variety of authors - from the bestsellers and award-winners you already know to the best new voices you haven't heard of yet. Now, in Lightspeed: Year One, you will find all of the fiction published in Lightspeed's first year, from new stories such as Nebula Award finalists, Vylar Kaftan's "I'm Alive, I Love You, I'll See You in Reno" and "Arvies" by Adam-Troy Castro, and Carrie Vaughn's Hugo Award-nominee "Amaryllis," to classic reprints by Stephen King, Ursula K. Le Guin, George R. R. Martin, and more.


  • Introduction by John Joseph Adams
  • I'm Alive, I Love You, I'll See You in Reno by Vylar Kaftan
  • The Cassandra Project by Jack McDevitt
  • Cats in Victory by David Barr Kirtley
  • Amaryllis by Carrie Vaughn
  • No Time Like the Present by Carol Emshwiller
  • Manumission by Tobias S. Buckell
  • The Zeppelin Conductors' Society Annual Gentlemen's Ball by Genevieve Valentine
  • ...For a Single Yesterday by George R. R. Martin
  • How to Become a Mars Overlord by Catherynne M. Valente
  • Patient Zero by Tananarive Due
  • Arvies by Adam-Troy Castro
  • More Than the Sum of His Parts by Joe Haldeman
  • Flower, Mercy, Needle, Chain by Yoon Ha Lee
  • The Long Chase by Geoffrey A. Landis
  • Amid the Words of War by Cat Rambo
  • Travelers by Robert Silverberg
  • Hindsight by Sarah Langan
  • Tight Little Stitches in a Dead Man's Back by Joe R. Lansdale
  • The Taste of Starlight by John R. Fultz
  • Beachworld by Stephen King
  • Standard Loneliness Package by Charles Yu
  • Faces in Revolving Souls by Caitlín R. Kiernan
  • Hwang's Billion Brilliant Daughters by Alice Sola Kim
  • EJ-ES by Nancy Kress
  • In-Fall by Ted Kosmatka
  • The Observer by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  • Jenny's Sick by David Tallerman
  • The Silence of the Asonu by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Postings from an Amorous Tomorrow by Corey Mariani
  • Cucumber Gravy by Susan Palwick
  • Black Fire by Tanith Lee
  • The Elephants of Poznan by Orson Scott Card
  • Long Enough and Just So Long by Cat Rambo
  • The Passenger by Julie E. Czerneda
  • Simulacrum by Ken Liu
  • Breakaway, Backdown by James Patrick Kelly
  • Saying the Names by Maggie Clark
  • Gossamer by Stephen Baxter
  • Spider the Artist by Nnedi Okorafor
  • Woman Leaves Room by Robert Reed
  • All That Touches the Air by An Owomoyela
  • Maneki Neko by Bruce Sterling
  • Mama, We are Zhenya, Your Son by Tom Crosshill
  • Velvet Fields by Anne McCaffrey
  • The Harrowers by Eric Gregory
  • Bibi from Jupiter by Tessa Mellas
  • Eliot Wrote by Nancy Kress
  • Scales by Alastair Reynolds
updated 2012-07-15

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