Volume 38, Issue 2
Spring 2015

Star*Line 38.2 cover
Cover: Nearby Words of Aporia
© 2011 Aunia Kahn

Wyrms & Wormholes
Emerging from Our Lairs into the Light

While Spring has not yet sprung as I write, at least in the sense of botanical manifestations, it is girding its loins to do so, and the temperature is rising into the range favored by lightly clad humans, tempting us to venture out from our shadowy, gelid fortresses.

Thanks to Bryan Thao Worra, Terry Garey and James D. Fuson, who donated toward continuing our color covers. We are grateful to them and our lovely advertisers, and to those who sponsored the Rhysling Anthology: with their assistance, SFPA is gradually rising above hand-to-mouth insolvency. Onward to more opulent productions!

We are also grateful to the teneral volunteers who responded to our plaintive laments in the last issue: our new Webmaster, who is responsible for the incredibly useful online nomination and voting forms, is Renée Ya (renee.ya@gmail.com), and now in charge of the ever-swelling SFPA rosters is our new Membership Chair Diane Severson (divadianepoetry@gmail.com).

  . . . . . . . . . . . . I dread the future, yet it arrives
  little by little. Knowingly we disappear into it.
  Our bodies dissolve molecule by molecule
  swept out to the edge of the intangible,
  where light is compressed into blackness.

—Alan Soldofsky, “Current”

The future is coming.

—F.J. Bergmann
Star*Line Editor

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Table of Contents


  • In Memoriam: Suzette Haden Elgin • Elizabeth Barrette
  • Wyrms & Wormholes • F.J. Bergmann
  • President’s Message • Bryan D. Dietrich
  • From the Small Press • David C. Kopaska-Merkel, Sandra J. Lindow, Alex Plummer, Diane Severson Full reviews
  • Stealth SF • No Escape * Denise Dumars
  • Xenopoetry • Andromeda Blossoms * Ikuko Tanaka; tr. Miho Kinnas & Shelly


  • Morning Dew * Mark Mansfield
  • The Isn’t Bus * John W. Sexton
  • “Second star right …” * Aimee Leonard
  • Driving 80 mph at Night * William Cullen, Jr.
  • “vision exam tedium” * Lauren McBride
  • Abominable Punctuation * John Reinhart
  • Advice * Allison McBain
  • HR Meeting Still On Despite UFO * Sonny James Traylor
  • Flower Gardening … * Robert Frazier
  • On Reading Fantasy * Mary Soon Lee
  • “easter sunday” * Dietmar Tauchner
  • Drink Deeply Before Morning * John Reinhart
  • “alien autumn …” * Ann K. Schwader
  • Street Smarts * Robert Borski
  • “credit limit reached” * David C. Kopaska-Merkel
  • Et in Arcadia Ego * Mary Cresswell
  • Fragments * Wamuhu Mwaura
  • A Review of Your Dream … * Jessy Randall
  • The Science of Disappearing * Chris Castro-Rappi
  • So, Whimper? * David C. Kopaska-Merkel
  • Gas Crush * Samantha Renda-Dollman
  • “Gliesan language” * Lauren McBride
  • The Lost Virus * Ken Poyner
  • Pluto * J. Mirio
  • Heat Signature * Karl Culley
  • “flesh on cold metal” * William Landis
  • Genetic * Beth Cato
  • “giant robots” * James D. Fuson
  • “all you can eat” * LeRoy Gorman
  • The Coming Dark * Wendy Rathbone
  • Z-mail * Steven B. Katz
  • Starships on the Beach * Alan Ira Gordon
  • “blood moon” * Ann K. Schwader
  • Cure * Mary Soon Lee
  • I Bought the Farm * John Reinhart
  • “tropical dwarf dragons” * Lauren McBride
  • Creation Time * Terry A. Garey
  • “when hell freezes over” * Deborah P Kolodji
  • The Spiders of Space * David C. Kopaska-Merkel
  • hostile alien book review * LeRoy Gorman
  • View from the Venera Venus Lander * Cathy Douglas
  • “upturned faces” * Deborah P Kolodji
  • Cold-Blooded Company * Matthew Wilson
  • Future of an Expanding Universe * E.H. Brogan
  • Poetry-Reading Honorarium * J.J. Steinfeld
  • After * Mary Soon Lee
  • Uncanny Valley Trail * Carrie Naughton
  • ‘What was this witch’s crime?’ * Aimee Leonard
  • “Now she keeps Milk-Bones …” * Aimee Leonard
  • The Time Traveler’s Illness * Beth Cato
  • “Rock” * Matthew Wilson
  • “Epsilon Eridani” * Dietmar Tauchner
  • “Romeo, Juliet, and the Time Machine” * Matthew Wilson
  • The Border Cowboy’s Horse * Beth Cato
  • “they claimed our star” * C.R. Harper
  • Your last word on earth * A.J. Odasso
  • Mothership * Bobbie Lovell
  • Tsundoku * Robert Borski


  • Long Legs ~ Denny E. Marshall

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