Volume 39, Issue 2
Spring 2016

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Wyrms & Wormholes
Onward & Outward

When clamorous centaurs thundered
      to the rain-pools,
Shattered with their fierce hooves
      the silent mirrors

            —Mervyn Peake, “When Tiger-Men Sat their Mercurial Coursers”

It’s a busy time of year, what with awards nominations and the churning out of multiple publications near-simultaneouly. And Spring beckons enticingly, generally in order to begin raining heavily once I am a mile and a half from home with the dog, who is afraid of thunder.

And it’s the year of major politicking—and every season has contained its own spectacular, unbelievable, intolerable disruptions.

I want a scene / where a cop car gets pooped on by a pterodactyl.
            —Danez Smith, “Dinosaurs in the Hood,” Poetry, December 2014

But spec poets are also busy, providing a wealth of wonders, herein displayed.

Out of the drab and artificial ground
A horse with wings of scarlet,
      and pale flowers …

            —Mervyn Peake, “Victoria Station. 6.58 p.m.”

Bloomingly yours,

— F.J. Bergmann
Star*Line Editor


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Table of Contents

Features

  • Wyrms & Wormholes • F.J. Bergmann
  • SFPA Announcements
  • From the Small Press • Denise Dumars, Joshua Gage, John Philip Johnson, Alex Plummer, Diane Severson Full reviews
  • Publishing Speculative Poetry * Tracking Mega-Submissions Herb Kauderer
  • Stealth SF * The Horror, The Horror • Denise Dumars

Poetry

  • ‘Star*Line doesn’t include bios, sorry.…’ * P. S. Cottier
  • “scent like wet daffodils” * Michelle Muenzler
  • The Mercury Rift * Jeanine Webb
  • “spring migration” * LeRoy Gorman
  • “time tunnel beckons” * Lauren McBride
  • Weeds * Ken Poyner
  • Never Argue with a Robot * Kendall Evans
  • “wondering if ” * Susan Burch
  • “after their performance” * Lauren McBride
  • “H.A.M.Let v30.16” * Ash Krafton
  • “At the onset …” * Ronald A. Busse
  • Universe Number Ten * Neal Wilgus
  • The Fall * Davian Aw
  • American Centaur * Ross Balcom
  • “Faerie’s burbs are full” * David C. Kopaska-Merkel
  • “they believed in an afterlife” * David C. Kopaska-Merkel
  • National remembrance-day * Matthew Wilson
  • Another Elvis Sighting * J. P. Brown
  • Philogelos * David Barber
  • Pythia Speaks * Jenny Blackford
  • Foiled Again * Josh Brown
  • for the road * LeRoy Gorman
  • The Necromancy Program * Christina Sng
  • The Bridge at Tierra Park * Laura Madeline Wiseman
  • Mr. Hyde’s Pillow Talk * William John Watkins
  • “new sexbot” * Ross Balcom
  • “first date” * LeRoy Gorman
  • “finally having fun” * Christina Sng
  • ApocalypseFail * John Reinhart
  • Tyre Swans * P. S. Cottier
  • “on 20th birthday” * Herb Kauderer
  • My Arean Heritage * Robert Borski
  • “knows dry reds” * LeRoy Gorman
  • “love in a time machine” * LeRoy Gorman
  • “anniversary visit” * Carolyn M. Hinderliter
  • The Day We Landed * David Barber
  • “spare parts * Deborah P Kolodji
  • “midsummer night’s love”
    * LeRoy Gorman
  • Still Life with Chupacabra * Chloe N. Clark
  • riddle of the past * Anna Sykora
  • “first contact” * Christina Sng
  • “These huge bones” * David C. Kopaska-Merkel
  • The Tree * Stephanie M. Wytovich
  • Londinium After Midnight * Denise Dumars
  • “across the universe” * Alan Ira Gordon
  • What Wants Us * Karolina Fedyk
  • “made of star stuff ” * Christina Sng
  • Colonies * Deborah Davitt
  • “a rustle in the field” * LeRoy Gorman
  • “tomorrow will return” * Neal Wilgus
  • #greenlivesmatter * Joshua Gage
  • The Hobbit * Mary Soon Lee
  • What Sort Of People Do They Think We Are? * David Barber
  • Hourglass Figure * Alex Harwood
  • “timestream reboot” * Carolyn M. Hinderliter
  • “The thrash of white and golden koi” * Terrie Leigh Relf
  • Conversations with Household Items * Mary Soon Lee
  • “appendage sale” * Susan Burch
  • “printing our children” * David C. Kopaska-Merkel
  • “local sausage” * LeRoy Gorman
  • Reflections * Cislyn Smith
  • Ouroboros * Kim L. Neidigh
  • Bitch * Soren James
  • Lost Flight * John Philip Johnson
  • A Visitor from Yuggoth * David C. Kopaska-Merkel
  • Assimilation * David C. Kopaska-Merkel
  • Galactic Democracy * Eric Burke
  • Singin’ in the Rain * Robert Borski
  • “the moment of change” * John W. Sexton
  • “Photons” * J. P. Brown
  • there was no invasion * John Reinhart
  • “unexpected delay” * Deborah P Kolodji
  • “tentacle salute” * William Landis
  • Hero * Mary Soon Lee
  • Dragon, Bound in Stone * Beth Cato
  • God Weather * David C. Kopaska-Merkel
  • Vintage * irving
  • “deep-space lothario” * Carolyn M. Hinderliter
  • Cotard’s Delusion * Chloe N. Clark
  • “new age” * C. R. Harper
  • “It’s so cold now” * David C. Kopaska-Merkel
  • “vampire children” * David C. Kopaska-Merkel
  • “sunset * Christina Sng
  • Nameless * Deborah Davitt
  • How to Train your Velociraptors * Rohinton Daruwala
  • “red apples” * Christina Sng
  • “polyped bricks compose” * David C. Kopaska-Merkel
  • “bedtime ritual” * Terrie Leigh Relf
  • Cat House on Planet X * Lynette Mejía
  • We Know Slickening * Jeanine Webb

Illustrations

  • Maximum Velocity * Denny E. Marshall
  • Eye Still Don’t Know the Title * Denny E. Marshall
  • Celestial Orchid * Steve Tomasko
  • Funnel Vision * Denny E. Marshall

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