Volume 42, Issue 3
Summer 2019

Star*Line 42.3 cover
Cover: Beach Party
© 2019 Robert Frazier

Dragons & Rayguns

Hello, friends in speculative poetry! Hmm. Remember when we used to be rather sparing of exclamation points? But now they crop up everywhere! Not being curmudgeonly, I actually rather like the excitement of the exclamation point’s fist-pumping stance!
      In this issue I’m serving up a smorgasbord of light poetry. I’ve always thought that we in poetry can sometimes be too darn serious. Let’s have fun, like the party-hearty exclamation point! In this Star*Line you’ll find tourist T-shirts where you least expect them, the Big Bad Wolf holding forth, Barbie and Ken not holding forth, as well as a certain leader holding forth on the Moon and Mars. Speaking of Mars, how would housekeeping go? Whatever happened to the dinosaurs? What about cryptids? And giant squid at beach parties (see our cover). Remember before Apollo 11 (which is having its 50th) when the moon was made of something other than rock? All of that and more in this issue! Lots of “oops” poems, lots of irony, lots of snark. And of course just a few of those serious poems. You know.
       I hope you enjoy this episode of Star*Line! Allons-y!

—Vince Gotera, Star*Line Editor

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Table of Contents


  • Dragons & Rayguns • Vince Gotera
  • SFPA Announcements
  • President’s Message • Bryan Thao Worra
  • From the Small Press • Sandra Lindow
  • Stealth SF: Welcome to Holland• Denise Dumars
  • XenoPoetry: Spanish Speculative Poetry; Saasbeim’s Journeys / Los viajes de Saasbeim • Vicente Luis Mora (translated by Lawrence Schimel)


  • When My Mother Walked On Titan • Alan Ira Gordon
  • Editing Girls • Ann K. Schwader
  • Eat • Gerri Leen
  • Lift Off • Matthew Wilson
  • Lunar Home Run Derby • T. R. Jones
  • [The fish are all gone] • Debby Feo
  • Chores • Lisa Timpf
  • If the Moon Was a Part of Mars … • Harris Coverley
  • We Wish You Luck • Lisa Timpf
  • [earlobes graze the grass] • Karl Lykken
  • [thousands of] • David C. Kopaska-Merkel
  • My New Companion Is an Android • John Grey
  • Claiming the Moon for Switzerland • David C. Kopaska-Merkel
  • Lupus fibonaccus tripartitus • Robert Borski
  • Enemy Action • James Dorr
  • Star-Crossed Lovers • Brian Gene Olson
  • honey, I’m home • Davian Aw
  • [bell, book, and candle] • Marcus Vance
  • [human flesh transformed] • Brian Gene Olson
  • [another rover] • Denny E. Marshall
  • The Colors of an Alien Planet Observed for the First Time • Kendall Evans
  • Buy Local • Matt Weber
  • [starless night …] • Greg Schwartz
  • The Ghost of Ozymandias • Gary Every
  • Friggin’ Aliens • David C. Kopaska-Merkel
  • Roadkill Doll • James Dorr
  • [moldy hood, cracked scythe] • Gary W. Davis
  • [mutated cows] • William Landis
  • [Ouroboros] • David C. Kopaska-Merkel
  • Poisoned Apples • Christina Sng
  • Cyborg Cats • Mary Soon Lee
  • Spoiler Alert • Lauren McBride
  • Galahad • Mary Soon Lee
  • Dinner • S. R. Tombran
  • [the indigenes] • David C. Kopaska-Merkel
  • Perfect Lover • Colleen Anderson
  • [print shop] • LeRoy Gorman
  • [the inner system] • David C. Kopaska-Merkel
  • An Ideal Husband • David Barber
  • Advice Columnist Replies to Beauty • Sarah Brown Weitzman
  • How to Emulate Black Holes • Mary Soon Lee
  • Drink of the Gods • Marge Simon
  • [Rapunzel gets] • Christina Sng
  • Heliobacterium daphnephilum • Rebecca Buchanan
  • Cosmovores • J. P. Brown
  • After the Rapture • Bruce Boston
  • [robot wedding] • Lauren McBride
  • The Cameron Lake Cryptid • Richard Stevenson
  • Stranger Danger • Beth Cato
  • [alien agreement—] • Susan Burch
  • Where Late My Lover Did Lie • Allan Rozinski
  • [rows of blood-red blobs] • Brian Gene Olson
  • Failure of Vision • Ann K. Schwader
  • evidence removed • Herb Kauderer
  • [the cyborg children—] • dan smith
  • Dinosaurs Plot & Wait • Scott E. Green & Herb Kauderer
  • [a butterfly darts through] • Christina Sng
  • Moths • DJ Tyrer
  • [hard-won galactic alliance] • Lauren McBride
  • Turritopsos dohrnii’s Silent Invasion • Ronald A. Busse
  • [beneath Io’s ice] • David C. Kopaska-Merkel
  • [my gray-skinned guest] • E. V. Darke
  • Ground Effect • Joseph DeMare
  • Polar Night • Jennifer Crow
  • [generation ship] • Brian Gene Olson
  • The Newest Craze • J. P. Brown
  • Telchine • Jeff Crandall
  • [in the 5th dimension] • J. P. Brown
  • So Long • Allan Rozinski
  • caprice • Peter Roberts
  • Universal Dance • Karen L Newman


  • Monster Behind the Door • Jade Foo
  • Tooth Teeth • Denny E. Marshall
  • Drink of the Gods • Marge Simon
  • Monster Taxi • Jack Foo

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