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

John Joseph Adams
John Joseph Adams
John Joseph Adams
Born (1976-07-31) July 31, 1976 (ageĀ 43)
OccupationEditor, journalist, essayist
GenreScience fiction, Fantasy
Adams in 2009


He is the editor of the anthologies:


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.



Magazine of Fantasy & Science FictionEdit

He worked as Assistant Editor at The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction from May 2001 to December 2009.

Lightspeed MagazineEdit

In January 2010 he left F&SF to edit Lightspeed Magazine, an online science fiction magazine which launched June 1, 2010.

Fantasy MagazineEdit

In March 2011 he took charge of its sister magazine, Fantasy Magazine.

Nightmare MagazineEdit

On June 7, 2012, Adams and Creeping Hemlock Press successfully closed a $7,500 Kickstarter campaign at $9,740[4] for funding Nightmare Magazine first issue released October 2012. Adams serves as co-publisher and editor-in-chief.


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


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


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]


  1. ^ "John Joseph AdamsĀ : Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination Cover Art and Release Date!". May 22, 2012. Archived from the original on June 25, 2012. Retrieved September 18, 2014.
  2. ^ World Fantasy Convention (2010). "Award Winners and Nominees". Archived from the original on 2010-12-01. Retrieved 4 Feb 2011.
  3. ^ Hugo Awards (2011). "Award Winners and Nominees". Archived from the original on 2011-04-29. Retrieved 26 Apr 2011.
  4. ^ John Joseph Adams (May 7, 2012). "Nightmare Magazine". Kickstarter. Retrieved 22 December 2013.
  5. ^ Locus Online. John Joseph Adams Buys Lightspeed and Fantasy Nov. 2011
  6. ^ Locus Online. Lightspeed and Fantasy Merge Dec. 2011
  7. ^ "John Joseph Adams to Launch New SFF Book Line for HMH". 2015-11-09. Retrieved 2018-02-02.

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