“LIGHTSPEED was founded on the core idea that all science fiction is real science fiction. The whole point of this magazine is that science fiction is vast. It is inclusive. Science fiction is about people and for people—all kinds of people, no matter where they’re from or what they look like.
The People of Colo(u)r Destroy special issues exist to relieve a brokenness in the genre that’s been enabled time and time again by favoring certain voices and portrayals of particular characters. We’re bringing together a mix of all-POC editorial and creative voices from around the globe to present science fiction that is colored by the nuances of culture, race, and history. It’s science fiction for our present time—but most of all, our future.
Funded by another amazingly successful Kickstarter campaign, the People of Colo(u)r Destroy projects are our way of celebrating the work of POC creators in the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres. Once again, we’re presenting special issues of LIGHTSPEED, NIGHTMARE, and FANTASY magazines entirely edited, written, and illustrated by the best POC minds in the business, including Nalo Hopkinson & Kristine Ong Muslim (Guest Editors, People of Colo(u)r Destroy Science Fiction!), Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Guest Editor, People of Colo(u)r Destroy Horror!), and Daniel José Older (Guest Editor, People of Colo(u)r Destroy Fantasy!) and dozens of other familiar names.
Enjoy the destruction.” From http://www.destroysf.com/
The table of contents have now been released and I’d like to say a big thanks to Tananarive Due for including my story, “The Show”, which originally appeared in Box of Delights, Ed. John Kenny, Aeon Press (2011) and was then reprinted in The Best Horror of the Year 4 (2012), Ed. Ellen Datlow, Night Shade Books.
Original Short Stories (edited by Silvia Moreno-Garcia)
A Diet of Worms — Valerie Valdes
Wish You Were Here — Nadia Bulkin
None of This Ever Happened — Gabriela Santiago
The Taming of the Tongue — Russell Nichols
Reprint Fiction (selected by Tananarive Due)
Cruel Sistah — Nisi Shawl
The Show — Priya Sharma
Wet Pain — Terence Taylor
Monstro — Junot Díaz
Author Spotlights (edited by Arley Sorg)
Nonfiction (edited by Maurice Broaddus)
The H Word: The Darkest, Truest Mirrors — Alyssa Wong
Horror is…Not What You Think or Probably Wish It Is — Chesya Burke
Terror, Hope, Fascination, and Fear in Filipino Horror — Rochita Loenen-Ruiz
Horror, Inside Out — Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
The Thing We have to Fear — Chinelo Onwualu
Interview: Victor LaValle — Maurice Broaddus
Artists Gallery by Reiko Murakami, Kimberly Wengerd, Maggie Chiang, Saïna Six
Illustrations (art direction by Pablo Defendini)
Kimberly Wengerd — “A Diet of Worms” by Valerie Valdes
Maggie Chiang — “Wish You Were Here” by Nadia Bulkin
Saïna Six — “Cruel Sistah” by Nisi Shawl
Reiko Murakami — “The Show” by Priya Sharma
This issue of Nightmare magazine as well as Lightspeed’s People of Colour Destroy Science Fiction! and Fantasy’s People of Colour Destroy Fantasy!, are all available here.