Volume 39, Issue 3
Summer 2016

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Wyrms & Wormholes
The Long Decline

And now we have passed the peak of the summer solstice and are gently coasting down the seasonal slope toward the equinox.

Congratulations to our Rhysling Award winners and to SFPA member Robert Frazier, who recently received the Asimov’s Science Fiction Readers’ Award for “1,230 Grams of Einstein”!

Recently someone posted on the SFPA listserv (sfpanet@yahoogroups.com–anyone can join) that Star*Line seemed to publish the same poets all the time. We do have our share of repeat offenders (I don’t believe in penalizing prolific poets who are writing excellent work by applying more rigorous standards to them than to others, or by limiting their appearances), but I’ve run statistics, and this is what they show: we’ve ranged from about 50 poems per issue to as many as 90 (mind you, many are haiku); but the number of poets per issue is 40–55.

Since I began selecting poetry for Star*Line (now for the last 16 issues), approximately 230 new poets have been published—and many of these in turn have become frequent flyers. I take personal responsibility for about 10% of these, who either submitted work to Mobius that I thought was more suitable for Star*Line or else were local poets whom I prodded unmercifully until they extruded specnal work. About 130 are male, 90 female, 10 unknown.

This works out to an average of 14 hitherto-unfamiliar poets per issue, which is something like 30%. I’m pleased and proud—and happy to mention that 19 more new-to-S*L poets appear in the current issue: 10 M, 7 F, and 2 ?

Ultimately, those scarlet engines of speculation penetrating this contact lead us into more vigorous wilds.

            —Sueyeun Juliette Lee, “Even Though the Complex Landing Was Achieved,” Solar Maximum (FuturePoem, 2015)

Rev your scarlet engines.

— F.J. Bergmann
Star*Line Editor


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Table of Contents

Features

  • Wyrms & Wormholes • F.J. Bergmann
  • SFPA Announcements
  • Acting President’s Message * Sandra J. Lindow
  • From the Small Press * Joshua Gage, Sandra J. Lindow, Diane Severson
  • Tracking Untitled Poems or Poems Intended for Collections * Herb Kauderer

Poetry

  • Foreign Policy * David Barber
  • “solar eclipse” * Christina Sng
  • shooting star * Mark A. Fisher
  • Channel Earth * Salik Shah
  • Learning the History of War * J. J. Steinfeld
  • “science” * James D. Fuson
  • “reaching the end” * Joshua Gage
  • poem in the shape of a starship * M. X. Kelly
  • On the Birth of Twins * Ken Poyner
  • Feast * Michael Kriesel
  • Dreams * Glenn A. Meisenheimer
  • In the Convent * Marcie Tentchoff
  • Work in Progress * Herb Kauderer
  • “immortality” * James D. Fuson
  • sacrificial virgin * Davian Aw
  • Black is the Color * Ethan Heusser
  • Fey * Deborah L. Davitt
  • The Hut with Pigeon Feet * David C. Kopaska-Merkel
  • At The Robot National Convention * Alan Ira Gordon
  • On the Condition * Michael Lisieski
  • Red Star Elegy * Deborah L. Davitt
  • “a see-through mouse” * James D. Fuson
  • “garage sale” * Christina Sng
  • “Slip not on postman’s bones” * Matthew Wilson
  • Boots’s Boy * Adele Gardner
  • “racing out” * Christina Sng
  • epitaph for an ogre * Herb Kauderer
  • “after their walk” * Christina Sng
  • Electric Sheep * Christiaan Sabatelli
  • “telepathic security” * John Reinhart
  • Footprints * Beth Cato
  • Fur Ceiling * David C. Kopaska-Merkel
  • City in Ruins, Residents Well Fed * David C. Kopaska-Merkel
  • Where Birds in the Sky … * Laura Hanna
  • Bullets Won’t Stop It * David C. Kopaska-Merkel
  • Why not spice it up with a hologram? * Raoul Izzard
  • “time travelers arriving” * John Reinhart
  • Elegy for Iain Banks * Vince Gotera
  • “wearable AI” * David C. Kopaska-Merkel
  • Spreading Ink * John W. Sexton
  • “zombie party” * LeRoy Gorman
  • Shopping Spree * Beth Cato
  • “the living dead” * James D. Fuson
  • The Carrington Event, 1859 * Robert Borski
  • “still haunting the sky” * Charles Christian
  • N.N.Y * Jake Tringali
  • “72 seconds” * James D. Fuson
  • Snarge * Robert Borski
  • “singles bar” * William Cullen, Jr.
  • “pillow talk” * LeRoy Gorman
  • My Father’s Familiar * Marc Vincenz
  • Sentinel (Hexagrams 47–29) * M. C. Childs
  • Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. * E. Kristin Anderson
  • Development * Sarah Shirley
  • “Chernobyl” * Christina Sng
  • Thank You for Not Shifting * David C. Kopaska-Merkel
  • Murmurings from a Dyson sphere * Arjun Rajendran
  • “Space station tourists jostle” * Alan Katerinsky
  • “old money” * LeRoy Gorman
  • On the Job, 2525 CE * Karla Linn Merrifield
  • Robot #13 (museum) & Robot #14 (panel discussion) * Jennifer MacBain-Stephens
  • Partial Science * Alex Harwood
  • “time machine rentals” * LeRoy Gorman
  • Glitching * Ash Krafton
  • “your young self ” * David C. Kopaska-Merkel
  • The Silence * David Barber
  • “year-round haze” * Christina Sng
  • “Martian seashell” * David C. Kopaska-Merkel
  • “higher loops” * Lauren McBride
  • “probes return” * John Reinhart
  • “Martian settlement” * Joshua Gage
  • “before the trees grew” * Lauren McBride
  • Left Forgot * Neal Wilgus
  • Channel 241 * J. Zachary Rothstein
  • Employee Recognition Day * Lucy A. Snyder
  • Groceries * Sophie Gullett
  • Friends in Small Places * Deborah L. Davitt
  • After the shuttle lands * David C. Kopaska-Merkel
  • Mutatis Mutandis * Andrew M. Crabtree
  • Cacophony IV. * Joshua Medsker
  • “the origami ship” * David C. Kopaska-Merkel
  • Nothing But Blue Skies * Gary Every
  • Throwing the Furniture … * David C. Kopaska-Merkel
  • confabulation * Mark A. Fisher
  • “the last man” * Thomas Tilton

Illustrations

  • V2: the Long Arm of Vengeance * Robert Porter
  • Adapted to Landscape * Denny E. Marshall
  • Snider * Denny E. Marshall
  • Pink Elephant Island * Robert Porter
  • Cacophony * Aaron Morgan

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