|Volume 39, Issue
Cover: The Three Kingdoms
acrylic, 15" x 20"
© 1980 Steven Vincent Johnson
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 (email@example.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 ?
Rev your scarlet engines.
— F.J. Bergmann
Buy this issue of Star*Line for $5.00 + $2 U.S./$3 international shipping. $2.50 .pdf.
To order, send a check made out to the SFPA to:
or pay SFPATreasurer@gmail.com via PayPal. Credit-card payments are accepted through PayPal.Better yet, become a member and never miss an issue!
Table of Contents