The 2012 Rhysling Anthology and Awards

The 2012 Rhysling Awards

Poetry Planet 2012 Rhysling Award Showcase Podcast, read by Diane Severson

Short Poem Category

First Place
“The Library, After” by Shira Lipkin
Mythic Delirium
24 (Winter/Spring 2011)

Second Place
“The Lend” by Erik Amundsen
Stone Telling
5 (September 2011)

Third Place
“In Translation” by Lyn C. A. Gardner
Tales of the Talisman 7.1 (Summer 2011)

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First Place
“The Curator Speaks in the Department of Dead Languages” by Megan Arkenberg
Strange Horizons

Second Place
“The 25-Cent Rocket: One-Quarter of the Way to the Stars” by G. O. Clark and Kendall Evans
Dreams & Nightmares
89 (May 2011)

Third Place
“The Legend of the Emperor’s Space Suit (A Tale of Consensus Reality)” by Mary Turzillo
New Myths
17 12/1/11

76 members voted: the vote breakdown
Winner Biographies and Award Photos

The 2012 Rhysling Anthology:
The Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Poetry of 2011

2012 Rhysling Anthology cover spacer

Editor and Rhysling Chair: Lyn C. A. Gardner
Layout and Typesetting: Robert Frazier
Cover Photography: T. A. Rector/University of Alaska–Anchorage, H. Schweiker/WIYN and National Optical Astronomy Observatory/Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy/National Science Foundation
Cover Design: David Lee Summers
Publisher: Science Fiction Poetry Association in cooperation with Hadrosaur Productions
ISBN: 978-1-885093-63-9

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Short Poems First Published in 2011

Mary Alexandra Agner • "Venus to Her Terraformers" • The Scientific Method (Parallel Press, 2011)
Camille Alexa • "Young Miss Frankenstein Regrets" • ChiZine
Erik Amundsen • "The Lend" • Stone Telling
Elizabeth Barrette • "The Shipwright's Song" • Torn World
Robert Borski • "Abel" • The Magazine of Speculative Poetry
Bruce Boston • "The Music of Robots" • Asimov’s Science Fiction
Rich Boucher • "Response to Botticelli" • The Rag
G. O. Clark • "Peter and Alice" • Space and Time
P. S. Cottier • "Fingernails" • ChiZine
Becca De La Rosa • "World's End" • Goblin Fruit
James S. Dorr • "Monkey See" • Space and Time
Denise Dumars • "Folding Money" • Mythic Delirium
Martin Elster • "My Unicorn" • MindFlights
Timons Esaias • "Dark Matter" • Strange Horizons
Kendall Evans • "Dragon" • The Tin Men and Other Poems, by Kendall Evans and David C.
Kopaska-Merkel (Sam’s Dot Publishing, 2011)
Angel Favazza • "Clothes of Yesterday" • Star*Line
Janis Freegard • "Yayoi Kusama goes to Iceland" • Eye to the Telescope
Lyn C. A. Gardner • "In Translation" • Tales of the Talisman
T. M. Göttl • "Bridges" • Franklin-Christoph Poetry Contest
Neile Graham • "The Bean-Sidhe Calls in Owl-Light" • Goblin Fruit
Neile Graham • "The Ones Outside Your Door" • Goblin Fruit
John Grey • "Mr. and Mrs. Goodnight" • Tales of the Talisman
Sandra Kasturi • "Ode to the Mongolian Death Worm" • ChiZine
Roz Kaveney • "Fembot" • Silence, Exile, and Crumpets
Keith Kennedy • "First Loves for the First Time" • Niteblade
Nicole Kornher-Stace • "The Witch's Heart" •
B. J. Lee • "The Tortoise's Encounter" •
Greg Leunig • "Love in the Quantum Era" • Strange Horizons
Shira Lipkin • "The Library, After" • Mythic Delirium
C. S. MacCath • "When I Arrived, This Is What She Said" • Goblin Fruit
Elizabeth R. McClellan • "Down Cycles" • Apex Magazine
Dawn McDuffie • "Thank God for Proust" • Bulky Pick Up Day (Finishing
Line Press, 2011)
Joanne Merriam • "Love in the Time of Alien Invasion" • The Magazine of Speculative Poetry
Kurt Newton • "Nuclear Stockpile Janitor" • Dreams & Nightmares
Scott Nickell • "Response to Poe's 'Sonnet—To Science'" • Abyss & Apex
Juan Manuel Perez • "Vanity" • Star*Line
Tim Pratt • "Lion Heart" • Apex Magazine
Sofía Rhei, translated by Lawrence Schimel • "The Magic Walnut" • Mythic Delirium
Matthew Richards • "Ravel: An Etymology" • Star*Line
Andrew Rihn • "The Physics Major Agrees to Take the English Major Stargazing" • Astropoetica
Ty Russell • "The Seas of Time" • Silver Blade
R. Paul Sardanas and Tisha Garcia • "Luna Satyricon" • Beneath an Elegant Moon (Passion in Print Press, 2011)
Ann K. Schwader • "the more space" • Eye to the Telescope
Ann K. Schwader • "Past Human" • Strange Horizons
Alexandra Seidel • "Lanterns" • Jack-o’-Spec: Tales of Halloween and Fantasy (Raven Electrick Ink, 2011)
John W. Sexton • "slit sea cucumber" • microcosms
Marge Simon • "The Human Guest" • The BSFan (Baltimore Science Fiction Society, 2011)
Marge Simon • "Visitors" • The Mad Hattery (Elektrik Milk Bath Press, 2011)
Robin Spriggs • "The Elusive Language of Purple Birds" • Platform
Heidy Steidlmayer • "Grendel's Mother" • Poetry
W. Gregory Stewart • "idiointerventionist (or, 'but I interrupt myself')" • Tales of the Talisman
Anna Sykora • "Dead Hotels" • Not One of Us
Sonya Taaffe • "Taking the Auspices" • inkscrawl
James E. Tolan • "Red Grown" • In the Garden of the Crow (Elektrik Milk Bath Press, 2011)
Mary Turzillo • "Graffiti Tree" • Star*Line
Mary Turzillo • "Moving to Enceladus" • Stone Telling
Anna Waite • "To the ancients, the sea was a dangerous place" • The Chocolate Chip Country: Adventures in Writing, Cooking, and Living
Kyla Lee Ward • "The Kite" • The Land of Bad Dreams (P’rea Press, 2011)
Gerald Warfield • "A Greater Moon" • New Myths
Jacqueline West • "Escaping the Dawn" • Cover of Darkness (Sam’s Dot Publishing, 2011)
Neal Wilgus • "A Modest Suggestion" • The InterdiMENSionAl Journal
Stephen M. Wilson • "Angel's Den" • Paper Crow
Stephen M. Wilson • "Christogenesis" • Paper Crow
Greer Woodward • "Closure" • Illumen

Long Poems First Published in 2011

Mike Allen, Sonya Taaffe, and Nicole Kornher-Stace • "The King of Cats, the Queen of Wolves" • Apex Magazine
Erik Amundsen • "Desfixion" • Jabberwocky
Megan Arkenberg • "The Curator Speaks in the Department of Dead Languages" • Strange Horizons
Elizabeth Barrette • "The Cathedral of the Michaelangelines" • Burning Tree Press Magazine
Dana Bell • "Welcomed Cast Outs" • Tales of the Talisman
Robert Borski • "Gavage" • Dreams & Nightmares
Bruce Boston • "Surreal Fortune" • Strange Horizons
g. sutton breiding • "Letter from the Golden Age" • Star*Line
Benjamin Cartwright • "Terraforming Mars" • Abyss & Apex
G. O. Clark and Kendall Evans • "The 25-Cent Rocket: One-Quarter of the Way to the Stars" • Dreams & Nightmares
C. S. E. Cooney • "Postcards from Mars" • Stone Telling
Lyn C. A. Gardner • "The Chant of the Black Cats" • Jack-o’-Spec: Tales of Halloween and Fantasy (Raven Electrick Ink, 2011)
Lyn C. A. Gardner • "The Witch Girl" • Goblin Fruit
Albert Goldbarth • "Summary: Kinetic vs. Potential" • New Letters
April Grant • "Wallpaper" • Strange Horizons
Sally Rosen Kindred • "Wendy Darling Has Bad Dreams" • Strange Horizons
Rose Lemberg • "In the Third Cycle" • Strange Horizons
Shira Lipkin • "The Changeling's Lament" • Stone Telling
Elissa Malcohn • "The Last Dragon Slayer" • Mythic Delirium
Helen Marshall • "Beautiful Monster" • Paper Crow
Helen Marshall • Skeleton Leaves: A Collection (Kelp Queen Press, 2011)
Elizabeth R. McClellan • "The Walking Man Goes Looking for the Sons of John: Six Cantos" • Apex Magazine
Joanne Merriam • "Tender Aliens" • The Magazine of Speculative Poetry
Mari Ness • "Snowmelt" • Goblin Fruit
Paul Park • "Ragnarok" •
Sofia Samatar • "Girl Hours" • Stone Telling
Alexandra Seidel • "A Masquerade in Four Voices" • Stone Telling
Nancy Sheng • "Guan Yin in the Garden" • Goblin Fruit
Michael Shorb • "Ahura Mazda" • The Pedestal
J. E. Stanley • "Speaking to the Hangman Is Not Permitted" • Rapid Eye Movement (Crisis Chronicles Press, 2011)
Mary Turzillo • "The Legend of the Emperor's Space Suit (A Tale of Consensus Reality)" • New Myths
Catherynne M. Valente • "The Melancholy of Mechagirl" • Mythic Delirium
Catherynne M. Valente • "The Secret of Being a Cowboy" • Stone Telling
JoSelle Vanderhooft • "Blood, Snow, Birch and Underworld" • Scheherezade’s Bequest
Caitlin Meredith Walsh, "Initiation" • Niteblade
Kyla Lee Ward • "The Soldier's Return" • The Land of Bad Dreams (P’rea Press, 2011)
Shannon Connor Winward • "All Souls' Day" • Jack-o’-Spec: Tales of Halloween and Fantasy (Raven Electrick Ink, 2011)
Greer Woodward • "Ribbons of the Sun" • Silver Blade
Xanadu (Ofnguyenfame) • "Mood of Mind (I)—Tu Bi Hi Xa" • Jones AV

Nominations per periodical:

2 spacer Abyss & Apex
5   Apex Magazine



Asimov’s Science Fiction

1   Astropoetica
1   Beyond Centauri
1   Burning Tree Press Magazine
3   ChiZine
3   Dreams & Nightmares
2   Eye to the Telescope
7   Goblin Fruit
1   Illumen
1   inkscrawl
1   Jabberwocky
1   Jones AV
1   The InterdiMENSionAl Journal
4   The Magazine of Speculative Poetry
1   microcosms
1   MindFlights
5   Mythic Delirium
1   New Letters
1   New Myths
2   Niteblade
1   Not One of Us
3   Paper Crow
1   The Pedestal
1   Platform
1   Poetry
1   The Rag
1   Scheherazade’s Bequest
2   Silver Blade
2   Space and Time
7   Stone Telling
5   Star*Line
8   Strange Horizons
4   Tales of the Talisman


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