Volume 45, Issue 4
Fall 2022

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Wyrms & Wormholes

Keep Bringing the Light

I am always impressed by our international community of speculative poets. Poets from all over the world working together, and populating this magazine, gives me hope and reminds me that in some ways, as a species, we are achieving a positive future together. Of course, there’s always more to do, but we’re off to a great start. I remember back in the days when we had to do submissions by mail, the SASEs, and the terribly long wait times for the dreaded rejections and rare acceptances. Today we communicate without borders, and this serves as a reminder that we have made great progress and there are elements of our future that are positive and wonderful. It’s amazing how quickly we grow to take things for granted, such as the miracle of the videophone—these kinds of tech were the things that science fiction had always told us were possible and many of us pined for as children. Things can, and do, improve! So, no matter how much darkness is in the world, keep bringing the light; as individuals and as a group, you shine!

Jean-Paul L. Garnier, Star*Line Editor


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Table of Contents

Departments

  • Wyrms & Wormholes * Jean-Paul Garnier
  • SFPA Announcements
  • President’s Message * Bryan Thao Worra
  • From the Small Press * John Reinhart, Mary Turzillo
  • Stealth SF * The King’s English * Denise Dumars
  • SpecPo Publishing * Interview with Justin Sloane * Jean-Paul Garnier
  • Xenopoetry * Las Hadas (The Fae) *
    Ricardo Jaimes Freyre, translated from the Spanish by Brittany Hause

Poetry

  • Wolf Skin * Colleen Anderson
  • Better Off * Beth Cato
  • Pitcher Plant * Jay Sturner
  • Displacement * Michelle Muenzler
  • [UFO blues] * Gabriel Smithwilson
  • The Darkness * Darius Jones
  • [city-light cocooned] * Howard V. Hendrix
  • [these eyes] * Ann K. Schwader
  • Hosts * Yuliia Vereta
  • Robotic * Overcomer Ibiteye
  • [art & craft] * Barun Saha
  • A Map of Heaven * F. J. Bergmann
  • Broken Rovers * Joshua Fagan
  • [No price is too high] * Randall Andrews
  • Sculptor of Odontophore … * Nnadi Samuel
  • [family squabble] * Tyler McIntosh
  • [cold hand reaching up] * Sarah Cannavo
  • The End in Sight * Garrett Carroll
  • Terraforming Grief * Amelia Gorman
  • [modern funeral] * Ngo Binh Anh Khoa
  • On the Trail of Forgotten Dreams * Deborah L. Davitt
  • Meatbag Writing Prompt * Jason P. Burnham
  • Transparent Defense * John H. Dromey
  • Eating Contest * Matthew Wilson
  • American as Atomic Pie * Pedro Iniguez
  • Time Traveler: The Playground * Meg Smith
  • [north wind] * Jonathan Roman & Dyana Basist
  • For the Generations to Come * Lauren McBride
  • Recruits * Mary Soon Lee
  • [somewhere] * Christina Sng
  • hum(s) * Jason P. Burnham
  • Circadia * Julie Allyn Johnson
  • A Key for Every Lock * Gerri Leen
  • Casting Call: Oldsters * Ruth Berman
  • Slippery Slope * David C. Kopaska-Merkel
  • The Cover-Up * Randall Andrews
  • The Tollbooth in the Wardrobe * Aaron Knuckey
  • [split pairs have gone a-] * Howard V. Hendrix
  • Mother Hubble’s Speeding Ticket … * Sandra Lindow
  • Chupa-Ku, Volume XX … * Juan M. Perez
  • Mate * Robert Walton
  • Do the Gods Laugh? * Lisa Timpf
  • Mysterious Call * Ian Willey
  • [Celestial tear widens] * Sarah Cannavo
  • How To Write About The Apocalypse Or Whatever * Juan M. Perez
  • [mushroom cloud] * Joshua St. Claire
  • Lesser Quests * Mary Soon Lee
  • Maybe it’s Mephistopheles * Marisca Pichette
  • Extraterrestrial * Steve Wheat
  • Draining the Precinct * Jason P. Burnham
  • [nightly roaming animals] * Roxanne Barbour
  • Not as Advertised * Rebecca Olson
  • Pestiferous * Oliver Smith
  • [psychic cold] * Stephen C. Curro
  • Times of confusion * Yuliia Vereta
  • [animal revolt] * Richard Leis
  • [uplift] * David C. Kopaska-Merkel
  • I, Cassandra * Mary Soon Lee
  • Lady Death and Her Whistlers * Emmie Christie
  • Not Worth the Price * Gerri Leen
  • A Ruminant’s contemplation requires * Richard Weaver
  • [across the translux …] * Robin Wyatt Dunn
  • Track My Radioactive Carcass … * Jason P. Burnham
  • Moss Folk * Sam Lesek
  • The Oak-Seers * Avra Margariti
  • Seeds from Space * TS S. Fulk
  • Basement Entomology * Jason P. Burnham
  • Attempting to Touch a Mind * Lauren McBride
  • I Bought My Own Planet Cheap … * Juleigh Howard-Hobson
  • cyber-life, solar-tech * J. D. Harlock
  • Blood’s Kiss—November 2nd nightfall * LindaAnn LoSchiavo
  • [age 50] * Christina Sng
  • [too old for new draft] * Denny E. Marshall
  • different kinds of light eaters * Eve Morton
  • False Advertising * Gerri Leen
  • [an alien] * Anna Cates
  • Vampire Therapist * Alan Ira Gordon
  • [their first kill] * Anna Cates
  • Thirteen Ways to Know You Are a Witch * John C. Mannone
  • Time Travel II * Akua Lezli Hope
  • radha * Archita Mittra
  • The Book of Cold Spells * Mariel Herbert
  • [cocktail hour] * Greg Schwartz
  • Sabbatical Somewhere Warm * Elizabeth R. McClellan
  • When I listen to a shell * Toni Artuso
  • Portrait Day … * Dawn Vogel
  • [war propaganda] * LeRoy Gorman
  • [is it wrong …] * Charles Christian

Art

  • All Became a Bit Darker * R. Mac Jones
  • Oval Universe Star Maker * Denny E. Marshall
  • Crescent Moon Encounter * Denny E. Marshall
  • To the Moon * Christina Sng

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