John Joseph Adams

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John Joseph Adams
John Joseph Adams
Born (1976-07-31) July 31, 1976 (age 45)
OccupationEditor, journalist, essayist
GenreScience fiction, Fantasy
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Adams in 2009

John Joseph Adams (born 1976) is an American science fiction and fantasy editor, critic, and publisher.





His anthology The Living Dead was nominated for a World Fantasy Award [2] and named one of the "Best Books of the Year" by Publishers Weekly. He has been called "The reigning king of the anthology world" by Barnes &, and in 2011 he was named one of "100+ Geeks to Follow on Twitter" by TechRepublic. He is a finalist for the 2011 Hugo Award for Best Professional Editor, Short Form, and his magazine, Lightspeed Magazine , is a finalist for best semiprozine. [3]

In 2017, John was nominated for a World Fantasy Award for Best Anthology for The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016.



Adams worked as Assistant Editor at The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction from May 2001 to December 2009. In January 2010 he left F&SF to edit Lightspeed Magazine , an online science fiction magazine which launched June 1, 2010. In March 2011 he took charge of its sister magazine, Fantasy Magazine . In June 2012, Adams and Creeping Hemlock Press successfully closed a $7,500 Kickstarter campaign [4] for funding Nightmare Magazine, the first issue of which released October 2012. Originally the co-publisher and editor-in-chief, Adams now serves as publisher.


Additionally, Adams is a writer whose genre essays, interviews, and book reviews have appeared in a variety of publications, including Amazing Stories , Kirkus Reviews , The Internet Review of Science Fiction , Intergalactic Medicine Show , Locus Magazine , Novel & Short Story Writer's Market , Publishers Weekly , SCI FI Wire , Science Fiction Weekly , Shimmer Magazine , Strange Horizons , Subterranean Magazine , and .


In November 2011 Adams purchased Lightspeed and Fantasy Magazine from Sean Wallace of Prime Books. [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 2015, Adams became the editor-at-large of John Joseph Adams Books in partnership with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. [7]


Since January 2010 Adams and science fiction author David Barr Kirtley have produced and hosted Geek's Guide to the Galaxy .

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