Volume 40, Issue 2
Spring 2017

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Cover: Red Reign (detail)
© 2017 Andy Walsh
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Wyrms & Wormholes
NOTHING TO SEE

Of course our lovely cover has no relationship to any aspect of current U.S. politics. Move along quietly, there’s a nice human.

But all you see are two eyes
glaring at you from the depths.

      —Marlena Chertock, “When the fog comes”

As it happens, the next issue of Star*Line, 40.3, will be the last we edit. If you have been lollygagging with respect to submitting (we know nothing of such primeval weaknesses …), now is the time—or you can hold off till August 1, when the new order arises under Vince Gotera. Details in next issue!

We have also relocated our own Fortress of Redaction (see back cover for new postal address). Regrettably, the process is taking place sans matter transmitter or teleport booth, causing She Whom You Metaphorically Behold Before You to be a bit short, brutish, and easily confused. This, too, shall pass.

… a planet-side view
and the enduring philosophy
that whatever doesn’t kill you
makes you strange.

      —Bianca Spriggs, “Live from the Mothership”

We lift a libation of bubbling, smoking liquid to the downfall of tyrants,

—F.J. Bergmann
Star*Line Editor


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Table of Contents

Features

  • Wyrms & Wormholes • F.J. Bergmann
  • SFPA Announcements
  • President’s Message * Bryan Thao Worra
  • From the Small Press * Joshua Gage, John Philip Johnson, David C. Kopaska-Merkel, Diane Severson
  • Stealth SF * All For Love * Denise Dumars
  • Xenopoetry * Japanese Scifaiku: Five Selections * Amase Hiroyasu; translated by Natsumi Ando

Poetry

  • “Mars spring” * LeRoy Gorman
  • How to Move the Earth, in Parts * Aaron Kinne
  • On the Nature of Reality: On the Reality of Nature * Dean Kostos
  • When I Speak * Wendy Rathbone
  • “I am ready for the apocalypse” * Josh Brown
  • Parable * Michael Collins
  • “another world” * John Reinhart
  • The City’s Bones * Connor Ahluwalia
  • “found in Sarpedon” * Christina Sng
  • “How you destroy a planet …” * David C. Kopaska-Merkel
  • “the wine” * Christina Sng
  • “hoping” * Christina Sng
  • The Body Electrician * Josh Pearce
  • It’s your turn” * David C. Kopaska-Merkel
  • We’ll Hardly Miss It * David C. Kopaska-Merkel
  • The Bright Ships * David Barber
  • “good as now” * LeRoy Gorman
  • “turning my skin” * Christina Sng
  • Her Clockwork Heart * Sandra J. Lindow
  • “tornado warning” * Christina Sng
  • Lycanthrope * Bonnie Rae Walker
  • “the simplest” * Christina Sng
  • Table of Contents from a Lost Book of Divination * Dean Kostos
  • Long-term * Helga Anton-Beitz
  • A Fourteen-line Poem on Separation * Salik Shah
  • “pet wolf” * Christina Sng
  • “neighbors howl monthly” * John Reinhart
  • Memories of the Old Ones * irving
  • starship troopers * Lee Garratt
  • On the Lips of Saturn * Stephanie M. Wytovich
  • Advice to a Six-Year-Old * Mary Soon Lee
  • “carrying to term” * Thomas Tilton
  • “flatulent cattle” * LeRoy Gorman
  • “some called him” * M. X. Kelly
  • Wearware * Robert Borski
  • “no dinner” * Denny E. Marshall
  • Epitaph for a Raptor Clone * Herb Kauderer
  • The Origin of the Heavens Is in the Heavens * John W. Sexton
  • “humans achieve biological immortality” * Lauren McBride
  • It’s OK, We Have Lasers * Don Raymond
  • True, It’s Not What You Think * Denise Dumars
  • “when the dragon’s tastes changed” * John Reinhart
  • Campaign Ad 2316 C.E. * J. P. Brown
  • Some Notes On The Locals * David Barber
  • “amid squiggles” * David C. Kopaska-Merkel
  • “bedtime” * LeRoy Gorman
  • All Those Songs Make No Sense Now * David C. Kopaska-Merkel
  • “seven billion ships” * Denny E. Marshall
  • “My only hope …” * Ronald A. Busse
  • “blue moon” * Christina Sng
  • Offspring * David Barber
  • “Martian birthday cake” * William Landis
  • 6EQUJ5 * Rebecca Buchanan
  • To Eat or Not to Eat * J. P. Brown
  • Smartphone Circa 2069, Brought to You by the Clone of Thomas Edison * M.X. Kelly
  • “time traveler’s testimony” * LeRoy Gorman
  • Space Colony One: Cycle-End Report * Peter Bloch-Hansen
  • caesura * Robin Wyatt Dunn
  • Note on the Teachers’ Lounge Fridge at the Witches’ Academy * Beth Cato
  • The Secret Goldfish * J. P. Brown
  • Strange Foreign Transmissions * Francis W. Alexander
  • Seam * Holly Day
  • Robochete * Robert Borski
  • “full moon” * Christina Sng
  • Question * Shannon Connor Winward
  • View from a Tropo-Level Unit * Mark Danowsky
  • In Black and White * Soren James
  • The Brown-Paper Princess * David C. Kopaska-Merkel
  • Old Dog, New Tricks * Robert Borski
  • “23rd-century ebooks” * Lauren McBride
  • Decompression * Connor Ahluwalia
  • Westernesse * Anna Magdalena Staple
  • “Schrodinger’s cat” * Christina Sng
  • The Talking River * John W. Sexton
  • The Crossroads in a Dark Hall * Charlotte Ozment
  • Escape * Douglas Cole
  • “calls from far away” * Denny E. Marshall
  • The Untalented * Rohinton Daruwala
  • Intro To Artificial Intelligence 101 * Alan Ira Gordon
  • Note To My Neuro-Ad Chip Implant * C.R. Harper
  • Luggage * Yunsheng Jiang
  • Transmigrations * Soren James
  • “she sends word over the mountains” * Robin Wyatt Dunn
  • in the palace of the giant * Rebecca Buchanan
  • The Dark Equations * Mary Soon Lee
  • Planetary Warfare * Ellery A. Lewark
  • “land” * LeRoy Gorman
  • Firefall * Adam Ford
  • Mother Tunguska * Amelia Gorman
  • Pandemonium * Gene Twaronite
  • Beyond * Wendy Rathbone
  • The house dwells * Serena Fusek
  • Operator * Deborah L. Davitt
  • “Tell me, who can I call …” * Robin Wyatt Dunn
  • Letter from the Grave * Gene Twaronite
  • Guns Grow on Trees * John Philip Johnson
  • Pattern of Response * David C. Kopaska-Merkel
  • “photoshopping poltergeist” * Francis W. Alexander
  • Among the Tall in Long Black Clothes * Laura Madeline Wiseman
  • “neighbors upstairs” * Francis W. Alexander

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