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Publication Order of The Dystopia Triptych Books

with Christie Yant, Hugh Howey
Ignorance is Strength (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Burn the Ashes (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Or Else the Light (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Anthology series.

Publication Order of Wastelands Books

Wastelands (By: Jerry Oltion) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wastelands 2 (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wastelands: The New Apocalypse (By: Nisi Shawl) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Harbinger Books

Harbinger of Destruction (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Universe of Xuya Books

Beneath Ceaseless Skies #142 (By: Scott H. Andrews) (0)Description / Buy at Amazon
Asimov's Science Fiction, July 2010 (By: Sheila Williams) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Beneath Ceaseless Skies Issue #195, Special Double-Issue for BCS Science-Fantasy Month 3 (By: Scott H. Andrews) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Apex Magazine Issue 85 (By: Jason Sizemore) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Living Dead Books

with Kater Cheek
The Living Dead 2 (By: Paul McAuley) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Lightspeed Magazine, April 2011(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes(2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse(2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Living Dead(2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Federations(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Epic(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Brave New Worlds(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Living Dead 2(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Way of the Wizard(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lightspeed Magazine, June 2011(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fantasy Magazine, July 2011(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lightspeed(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Under the Moons of Mars(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Armored(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lightspeed Magazine, April 2012(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Other Worlds Than These(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lightspeed Magazine, January 2015(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lightspeed Magazine, October 2012(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lightspeed Magazine, November 2012(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lightspeed Magazine, December 2012(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 35, April 2013(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Oz Reimagined(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nightmare Magazine 13: October 2013(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Geek's Guide to the Galaxy #82-84(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nightmare Magazine, January 2014(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lightspeed Magazine, February 2014(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nightmare Magazine 19: April 2014(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Robot Uprisings(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dead Man's Hand: An Anthology of the Weird West(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lightspeed Magazine, July 2014(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The End is Now(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lightspeed Magazine, October 2014(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lightspeed Magazine, December 2014(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wastelands - Stories of the Apocalypse(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 57, February 2015(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Operation Arcana(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The End Has Come(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lightspeed Magazine, July 2015(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Press Start to Play(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Loosed Upon the World(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lightspeed Magazine, October 2015(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lightspeed Magazine, December 2015(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lightspeed Magazine, May 2016(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lightspeed Magazine, July 2016(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nightmare Magazine 48: September 2016(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
What the #@&% Is That?(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lightspeed Magazine, February 2017(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nightmare Magazine 60: September 2017(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nightmare Magazine, Issue 77(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nightmare Magazine 67: April 2018(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nightmare Magazine, Issue 73(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nightmare Magazine, Issue 74(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nightmare Magazine, Issue 75(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Futures & Fantasies(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 105, February 2019(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
A People's Future of the United States(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 107, April 2019(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nightmare Magazine, Issue 80(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nightmare Magazine, Issue 83(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2019(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nightmare Magazine, Issue 86(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nightmare Magazine, Issue 98(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2020(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
One Stormy Night(2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2021(2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 143, April 2022(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kobold Guide to Worldbuilding, Volume 2(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2022(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 153, February 2023(2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 155, April 2023(2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 161(2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Out There Screaming: An Anthology of New Black Horror(2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
KOBOLD Guide to Roleplaying(2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

John Joseph Adams (1976-) is a well-established American editor, critic and publisher of science fiction and fantasy books and anthologies. Little is known about his early life, but his success in the fantasy world has made him one of the prominent figures in the field of science fiction around the world. He is best known as the editor of the Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy. Adams’ interest in science fiction and fantasy won him international recognition and a number of awards. Barnes & Nobles called him “the reigning king of the anthology world”. He won the Hugo Award two times and he is a seven-time finalist for the World Fantasy Award. Apart from his being an editor of short science fiction, Adams runs the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt imprint of fiction and fantasy.

John Joseph Adams is the editor a wide range of books, magazines and anthologies in the science fiction genre. Through a selection of fascinating stories, he has succeeded to engage the reader in the realm of mystery and science fiction. The Best American Series, for instance, is a compilation of the finest pieces of short fiction and non-fiction from the world’s leading magazines and newspapers Thanks to its forceful and passionate content, the series quickly found its way to the hearts of science fictions readers and critics. The Wastelands series is a delving into the human heart, with much emphasis on raw human emotions. Famine, death, war, and pestilence are the series’ recurrent motifs of the apocalypse. Lightspeed is J. J Adams’ 2014 Hugo Award winner digital magazine. It is an entertaining magazine where different fantasy genres are brought together to take the reader into the realm of science fiction both in the near and far future. Nightmare is another horror magazine edited by J.J Adams, which presents the reader with a number of new and reprinted stories. In addition to short fiction, the magazine publishes nonfiction, podcasts and art in the fantasy genre.

The Best American Series, also known as Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy, is the premier source of the country’s best pieces of short fiction and non-fiction. The selection process of the series makes it one of the most respected and admired series in American fiction. For each series, the editor makes an extensive search for reading materials in newspapers, magazines, journals (both in print and online) and websites. He then comes up with the top forty stories published in science fiction and the top forty stories published in the fantasy genre. The list of these eighty stories is then forwarded to the guest editor who studies them blind and nominates the top twenty stories (equally divided between both genres) to appear in the following volume of the series. The sixty remaining stories appear on a list at the end of the volume under the title of “Other Notable Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories” of the year.

The 2015 volume of The Best American Series features prominent novelist Joe Hill as a guest editor. Hill is the writer of three bestselling novels: Heart-Shaped Box, Horns, and NOS4A2. In this volume, John Joseph Adams compiles ten notable science fiction stories by such renown writers as Daniel H. Wilson, Sofia Samatar, Cat Rambo and Susan Palwick. The volume features also ten fantasy stories by a number of bestselling authors, such as Neil Gaiman, Karen Russell, Sofia Samatar and Kelly Sandoval. The stories published in this volume are of diverse themes and literary merits. For instance, Alaya Dawn Jhonson’s A Guide to the Fruits of Hawai’i (originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction) is a vampire story. The story is remarkable in the way it departs from traditional vampire stories. Johnson offers the reader significant insight into the psyche of vampire victims. For the first time in the history of the genre, the victim (and the reader with him) is led to sympathise (and ultimately admire) the vampire.

Sophia Samatar is the only name who appears twice in the 2015 volume with two entries. The first entry is a story entitled “How to Get Back to the Forest” ( originally published in Lightspeed Magazine) is reminiscent of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. In addition to the forceful and compassionate style of the story, Samatar manages to keep the reader in suspense as to what actually is taking place. As much of the story is left untold, it is closer to the opening chapter in a long novel where the narrator gives a few hints to expose the reader to the events, the characters and themes of the story. However, while in the case of the novel the reader gets answers to the questions he asks; in “How to Get Back to the Forest” the majority of questions remain unanswered. Samatar’s second appearance in the volume is no less perplexing. “Ogres of East Africa” (originally published in Long Hidden) is an interesting combination of entries from the Ogre Encyclopedia and journal entries. This work by Samatar presents the reader with a world of endless possibility. Although “Ogres of East Africa” is engaging and entertaining, some critics saw in it an unsuccessful attempt to cram big stuff in a small space. The two entries by Samatar testify to the author’s concern to intellectually engage the reader with perplexing questions about the human psyche. By leaving many questions unanswered, Samatar makes the reader at the heart of the writing process. She assigns no definite meaning to her works. The meaning of the story is what the reader makes of it. The 2015 volume of The Best American Series exemplifies John Joseph Adams’ concern with the genres of science fiction and fantasy.

John Joseph Adams is a leading editor and anthologist in the field of science fiction and fantasy. Through his many anthologies of science fiction, his series and digital magazines, John Joseph Adams has consistently demonstrated a firm grasp of the genre. He constantly presents the reader with lists of bestselling authors of short fiction and non-fiction in the fantasy and science fiction genres. His exemplary success as an editor was enough to earn him a number of awards around the world. Whether in The Best American Series, Lightspeed or Nightmare, the reader is spoiled with a fine selection of works in the genre.

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