Volume 38, Issue 3
Summer 2015

Star*Line 38.3 cover
Cover: Allegory
ca. 1500, Piero di Cosimo
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Wyrms & Wormholes
Greetings, fellow Earthlings!

Feelings are fizzy here on the vast Wisconsin prairie, what with the Rhysling Long Poem win and all. Given that a disproportionate number of SFPA award nominations come from Star*Line, from which we exclude ourself whilst Editor, we are especially delighted!

We are lately returned from Convergence, present there thanks to the kindness of Bryan Thao Worra and Ruth Berman, and are now burning the black and glutinous atrament gushing from long-after-midnight wells, although we periodically step out on the aft deck to breathe the stars hovering over the glorious realm of Summer.

Our estival cover art is a late-medieval classic depicting a charming islet that is the minuscule home of a ludicrously deformed horse—or is it instead … AN ALIEN HORROR—juxtaposed with a perfectly ordinary angel and an admiring mermaid. We have noted before that a number of medieval artists seem to depict horses far less realistically than supposedly fabulous creatures for which they are presumed not to have had actual models, for instance unicorns and dragons. Perhaps such implicit bestiaries indicate that evolutionary history as we know it is not as reliable as we suppose.…

some doors lead to cathedrals
arching up overhead like stormy skies
and some to sumptuous auditoriums
and some to caves of nuclear monsters

      —Marge Piercy, “Doors opening, closing on us”

Let us further the imaginary.

—F.J. Bergmann, Star*Line Editor

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Star*Line Staff:

Editor: F.J. Bergmann
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Table of Contents


  • Wyrms & Wormholes • F.J. Bergmann
  • SFPA Announcements (new!)
  • President’s Message • Bryan D. Dietrich
  • From the Small Press • David C. Kopaska-Merkel, Denise Dumars, Joshua Gage, Deborah P Kolodji, Sandra J. Lindow, Alex Plummer Full reviews
  • Stealth SF • An Audience with the Queen * Denise Dumars
  • Xenopoetry • After the Visit * Ján Stacho; translator Nick McRae


  • Old Astronauts * Mary Soon Lee
  • “incident at CERN” * Anna Sykora
  • “destination reached” * Herb Kauderer
  • Your People Are So Strange * Kris Rhodes
  • Game of Cat and Dragon * Jenny Blackford
  • It’s an Alien * Nora Weston
  • Inter-dimensional Classified Ad * Sultana Raza
  • Versified Big Bang Theory * Sarah Page
  • “princess’s birthday” * Anna Sykora
  • Mission to the Great Nebula in Orion * Steven B. Katz
  • Newton’s First Law * Aimee Ogden
  • Smart Footwear * William Cullen Jr.
  • Potentiality * Glenn A. Meisenheimer
  • A Great Grave * E.H. Brogan
  • Etsy Keeps Her in Black Stockings … * Jennifer Schomburg Kanke
  • “antigravity boots” * Lauren McBride
  • On the eve of the great danger * Jane Røken
  • Resupply * Ken Poyner
  • Cold Comfort * Boyd Bauman
  • “time portal wedding” * LeRoy Gorman
  • No Need to Roam * Lauren McBride
  • “9 MB of her memory” * Matthew Wilson
  • Thumbelina’s Circumambiency * Sarah Page
  • An Upgraded Summarizer Gun * James Reinebold
  • “new neighbors dangle” * Anna Sykora
  • “Time machines made illegal” * Zak Jones
  • Opus * Mary Soon Lee
  • What Atun Learned * Mary Soon Lee
  • Signs that you might be artificial * Katarzyna Lisińska
  • Darkness * Mary Soon Lee
  • It Came to Pass * Mark Mansfield
  • Jung for a New Age * William Cullen Jr.
  • She Walks in Yellow to Please Her Lord * Bruce Boston
  • The Witness * Alessio Zanelli
  • “solar-powered time machine” * Zak Jones
  • Sightings * Isaac Black
  • “caged by aliens” * Denny E. Marshall
  • Message from inside a black hole * Yuxing Xia
  • Peddler * Scott T. Hutchison
  • “the moon” * James D. Fuson
  • Evolution * Ken Poyner
  • Swamp, Thing * John Reinhart
  • Fable * Nick McRae
  • “mother used to say” * Anna Sykora
  • The Time Traveler Revisits Childhood * Beth Cato
  • Sally’s Allergies * J.P. Brown
  • Mrs. Lazarus * Robert Borski
  • Rome Built (and Razed) in a Day * Robert Borski
  • Housesitting for the Lotus Eaters * Jeffrey Beck
  • “bottom of the well” * Anna Sykora


  • Another New Arrival * Denny E. Marshall
  • On the Highway of Stars * Denny E. Marshall
  • They Came from the Field * Denny E. Marshall

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