Volume 46, Issue 1
Winter 2023

Star*Line 46.1 cover
Cover: When the Cracks Begin to Show
© Austin Arthur Hart

Wyrms & Wormholes

Change is the Only Constant

Please join me in welcoming new SFPA President Colleen Anderson, and interim VP Christina Sng. And in a gracious farewell to our outgoing President Bryan Thao Worra. Colleen’s organizational skills and vision are sure to steer us in positive directions for the future of the SFPA. A big thank you for all of Bryan’s dedication and service to our association. I am always impressed by the stalwart nature of our board members and volunteers: even though much of the work takes place behind the scenes, they are integral to the smooth running of the many SFPA endeavors. Change is the only constant in the cosmos, and we welcome change. New voices and ideas are always a positive, and I couldn’t be more pleased that our organization is growing rapidly with new voices from all over the planet.

On another note, I recently attended LosCon 48, and had the pleasure of meeting fellow SFPA members, as well as reading and paneling about the wonderful worlds of specpo. It was a great experience and I hope that I will have the opportunity to meet you all in meatspace at some point. I am regularly blown away by the talent and variety of themes that our membership employs. Keep bringing poetry into the world, my friends!

Jean-Paul L. Garnier, Star*Line Editor

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Table of Contents


  • Wyrms & Wormholes * Jean-Paul Garnier
  • SFPA Announcements
  • President’s Message * Colleen Anderson
  • From the Small Press * Robin Rose Graves, John Reinhart, Lisa Timpf
  • Stealth SF * The Gate and the Key * Denise Dumars
  • SpecPo Publishing * Interview with Holly Lyn Walrath * Jean-Paul Garnier
  • Xenopoetry * Oración para los antiguos viajeros de la Tierra
    (Prayer for the Old Voyagers of Earth) *
    Angela Acosta


  • two glottal stops * D. A. Xiaolin Spires
  • The Beforelife * Matthew Richards
  • A Linguist’s Lament * Lauren McBride
  • Moral Imaging * R. A. Allen
  • Vortices of Trauma Eating A Cyborg out of Io * Olumide Manuel
  • [Gondoliers strum strings] * Akua Lezli Hope
  • A Hippocratic Vision * Ed Ahern
  • [clouds of Venus] * Lauren McBride
  • [Project Primate Uplift] * Richard Magahiz
  • Cryogenic Heads * Benjamin Whitney Norris
  • The World, Which Once … * Kendall Evans
  • Seven Years Post-Op * Avra Margariti
  • Rocket Women * Kayla Reifel
  • [polls close] * David C. Kopaska-Merkel
  • [They grow up so fast,] * Sarah Cannavo
  • The Enigma * Anna Cates
  • Surface vision * Miguel O. Mitchell
  • Raised by Mushrooms * Mary Soon Lee
  • No Common Language Leaves Gestures * Lauren McBride
  • Earth’s Reclamation/Next Up * Jay
  • Change to Come * Jason P. Burnham
  • Never An Oasis * Brian Hugenbruch
  • /// * Marisca Pichette
  • [cloud-watching on Mars] * Lauren McBride
  • Sculpting Stars * Deborah L. Davitt
  • [tidal lock] * Stephen C. Curro
  • Asteroid Dump * James Arthur Anderson
  • [sentient now] * LeRoy Gorman
  • The Blood of Life * Deborah L. Davitt
  • Learning To Swim * Gabriel Smithwilson
  • Andromeda * Benjamin Whitney Norris
  • Goodbyes * Kim Whysall-Hammond
  • ’90s kids * Lynne Sargent
  • [table dancing] * David C. Kopaska-Merkel
  • [synthetic] * Roger Dutcher
  • Even the Most Advanced Technology * F. J. Bergmann
  • We Both Loved You * Lauren McBride
  • Edge Off * A. E. Chandler
  • Proxima Set-Up Crew Opts to Stay * Lisa Timpf
  • Self-Inflicted * Denny E. Marshall
  • [the womb] * Tyler McIntosh
  • When They Found Out About Us * Angela Acosta
  • A Place Among Skies * Juan M. Perez
  • No One Will Remember * Anna Cates
  • Travelogue * Jean-Marie Romana
  • [star jasmine] * Joshua St. Claire
  • Drunken Giant * Kim Whysall-Hammond
  • Messages in a Klein Bottle * F. J. Bergmann
  • Memory of Asteroids Near JPL * Howard V. Hendrix
  • Blocked Call * Alan Ira Gordon
  • Dante’s Europa * Robert L. Jones III
  • A Thought Experiment * Benjamin Whitney Norris
  • Holograms from Beyond * Pedro Iniguez
  • Hunky Dory * Ian Willey
  • Suspended Subject Matter * Sultana Raza
  • To the Happy Couple … * Gerri Leen
  • Embrace * Dawn Vogel
  • The Witch’s Daughter * Matthew Wilson
  • Saplings * Debby Feo
  • Hear the Call of the Epicyon * Avra Margariti
  • multiverse * K. V. K. Kvas
  • [we’re ground beneath the wheel] * Robin Wyatt Dunn
  • On the Up and Up * Jason P. Burnham
  • [whirling round Earth] * Gary W. Davis
  • Those before times * Richard Magahiz
  • Pure Science * Ken Poyner
  • [coalmine canaries] * Howard V. Hendrix
  • Obliterating Singular Errors * Sultana Raza
  • Asleep on the Fairy Mound * Meg Smith
  • Touchstone * Benjamin Whitney Norris
  • Down or Up * Mahaila Smith
  • An Encounter * Garrett Carroll
  • [hangover from hell] * Randall Andrews
  • Nature for Sale * Roger Dutcher
  • the jettisoned * Juan M. Perez
  • Hot Pot * Ngo Binh Anh Khoa
  • Antares * D. M. Crawford
  • [taking flight] * Christina Sng
  • In hope of sharing * Brian Hugenbruch
  • Wait, Hope * Joseph Halden & Rhonda Parrish
  • Masters of the Future * Bruce Boston
  • Annual Report * Michael H. Payne
  • a record of last letters * Eva Papasoulioti
  • Soporific * Yuliia Vereta
  • [rosy eye implants] * Valentina Ranaldi-Adams

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