Volume 39, Issue 4
Fall 2016

Star*Line 39.4 cover
Cover: Communing with the Ancestors
© Hasani Claxton
30" x 24" oil on linen

Wyrms & Wormholes
Hello Out There

All too briefly, aliens were real. For just a few days, many of us were thrilled by reports of an alien signal. We hope for and in some cases fear the existence of all sorts of aliens—not just ETs, but fairies, ghosts, and other currently irreal beings. And some of us generate them and their worlds.

I haven’t played computer games since the days of Obsidian and Myst, mainly because I know myself too well (TIME SINK ADDICTION), but I have been tempted by No Man’s Sky, which is effectively an infinite universe inside our universe—which may itself be a hologram created by entities in another, external universe. We wonder at what point Reality ends and Imaginary begins.

Recently, there’s been some discussion among members as to what constitutes a rigorous definition of “speculative” poetry—and it appears that all of us have different criteria. The definition of our founder, Suzette Haden Elgin, includes science poetry, which to me would mean non-fictional, and even the definition of what is science rather than science fiction is open to discussion—I take issue with the idea, in the current Stealth column on p. 25, that something like The Martian could possibly be considered science rather than hard SF. Based on scientific knowledge, certainly, but there are major obstacles to be overcome before travel to Mars becomes reality. It seems to me that the irreal—what cannot exist at this time, or maybe ever—is what we’re all about. Hovever, speculative writers have predicted the unforeseeable successfully for centuries!

In the northern hemisphere of our current planet, where most SFPA members and contributors reside, fall is inexorably advancing, making the butterflies and hibiscus blossoms of the cover painting only a memory—but others live where spring is in full bloom, or the eternal summer of the equator, and who is to say how many more summers dwell within us?

Will tomorrow be beautiful?
      —Juliet Patterson, “Draft of a Landscape”

Wishing you all infinite universes to write and read in.

—F.J. Bergmann
Star*Line Editor

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Table of Contents


  • Wyrms & Wormholes • F.J. Bergmann
  • SFPA Announcements
  • President’s Message * Bryan Thao Worra
  • From the Small Press * Herb Kauderer, Diane Severson
  • Stealth SF * Sciencing the S*** out of Poetry * Denise Dumars
  • Poetry with Bite * Cardinal Cox
  • Xenopoetry * Spaceship * Angelo Niles; translated from the Arabic by J. P. Brown


  • Catsitting on Halloween * Christina Sng
  • Unknown Quantity * Lisa Timpf
  • “planet of flowers” * ayaz daryl nielsen
  • Witching * David Clink
  • “first contact” * Carolyn M. Hinderliter
  • History Teacher * Gary Every
  • 4.367 light years * Robin Wyatt Dunn
  • Your New Political Machine * C.R. Harper
  • The Reports * David Clink
  • “thereisapoint” * LeRoy Gorman
  • The Other Side of the Fence * Robert Borski
  • One Giant Leap for Wolfkind * J. P. Brown
  • “full moon” * Francis W. Alexander
  • The Time Traveller’s Tale * David Barber
  • “every day” * Susan Burch
  • “old photo” * Christina Sng
  • “a world” * Christina Sng
  • “regrowing” * Christina Sng
  • “three suns” * Christina Sng
  • Morning during Migration Season * Beth Cato
  • Demon Lovers * Greer Woodward
  • “Lamp for sale” * Matthew Wilson
  • “One does not simply walk into Mordor” * Wendy S. Delmater
  • “blue sun” * Christina Sng
  • Cataclysm Days * Chuck Von Nordheim
  • First Extrasolar Settlement * Herb Kauderer
  • The Dark Between the Stars * G. O. Clark
  • “no shore” * Ann K. Schwader
  • stories for bedtime * John Reinhart
  • “Please respect the forum rules” * Matthew Wilson
  • A Shapeshifter Approaches Retirement * David Clink
  • SN 1006 * Deborah L. Davitt
  • “möbius world” * David C. Kopaska-Merkel & Kendall Evans
  • Adolescence * Ken Poyner
  • “A shrill whistle …” * Ronald A. Busse
  • How to Tell If You’re Human * Jessy Randall
  • The Planters’ Season * Jarod K. Anderson
  • “After the hydroponics catastrophe” * Herb Kauderer
  • Fairest * Deborah L. Davitt
  • What’ll it Be? * Lauren McBride
  • Futures, the Odyssey * Isaac Black
  • “empty teleportals” * Billy Antonio
  • “psionic laughter” * LeRoy Gorman
  • Cybernaut * Ken Poyner
  • “paranormal games” * LeRoy Gorman
  • How to Lie to a Telepath * Rohinton Daruwala
  • Previous Plans for Escape * J. J. Steinfeld
  • Cetacean Prosthesis * Holly Walrath
  • Dog Days * Robert Borski
  • The Good Samaritan * Steve Castro
  • “pandemonium” * Christina Sng
  • Timebenders * Glenn A. Meisenheimer
  • “storm surge” * LeRoy Gorman
  • Death Poem * C. J. Miles
  • Tidal Disruption Event * Ann K. Schwader
  • Protocols * Deborah L. Davitt
  • Horse and Girl * Beth Cato
  • “only after” * d l mattila
  • Overheard in an Antarean Bar * Glenn A. Meisenheimer
  • Marriage * Christina Sng
  • “after the divorce” * Susan Burch
  • “waking this morning” * ayaz daryl nielsen
  • Smuggler to the Stars * J. P. Brown
  • La Villa de Sirenia * Jack Ralls
  • Semelparity * Shannon Connor Winward
  • Apocalyptothèque * Anton Rose
  • “icy roads” * LeRoy Gorman
  • “breakfast with the soothsayer” * ayaz daryl nielsen
  • A Feeling of Motion * Herb Kauderer
  • Time Machine * Glenn A. Meisenheimer
  • The Hand * Ian Duncan
  • “Once this bedroom door is closed” * Simon Perchik
  • A Robot’s History of Art * Lanette Cadle
  • The Generations * Soren James
  • Hopper’s Nighthawks: Large Ginger Cat Remix * Lanette Cadle
  • “museum visit” * Billy Antonio
  • In The Museum Of The Future * Richard Merelman
  • Centaur * Robin Wyatt Dunn
  • Dracula’s Poet * Ian Hunter
  • “christmas snow” * LeRoy Gorman
  • To A Child * Robert Frazier
  • Winter Approaching * Ronald Terry
  • “my travel log—” * Lauren McBride
  • fairied tales * John Reinhart
  • “rings” * Greer Woodward


  • Ringmasters Dance * Denny E. Marshall
  • Black Wings * Denny E. Marshall
  • Spider Skull * Cesar Valtierra

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