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Leave a Little Space by Cat Dixon

The little hand on the clock ticks and the big hand mimes the escape into the stars. The pod doors open to ghosts and newts. This artificial light pours in random details—the rest of our lives. We have so little … Continue reading

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At the Planetarium by Cat Dixon

How small we are when compared with the sun, the narrator booms. Earth’s a tiny hole in the magical ceiling. Earth’s a green booger in the corner of God’s eye that he flicks away. He’s lefthanded, lonely, and ridding himself … Continue reading

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Zodiac by Cat Dixon

Others examine the sky’s eternal blue to find answers. The moon’s nefarious schemes to dominate her father’s zone never fail to entertain the psychic lounging on a bean bag, dreaming of cash, clowns, and posh journeys to Mars.   About … Continue reading

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Air Force Sighting by Celine Rose Mariotti

He’s in the Air Force He flies the F-15 at night, when it’s so serene in the nighttime skies UFO’s arrive The Air-Force pilot sees these odd-shaped planes, or spaceships, He sees them on his radar, They have come from … Continue reading

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The Bear on Mars by Celine Rose Mariotti

There’s a Bear on Mars! It was on the Evening News! A Bear on Mars! That means there’s life there? The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter showed us this face of a Bear it’s a hill on Mars with this peculiar shape … Continue reading

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The Alien from Mars by Celine Rose Mariotti

He stuck out like a dinosaur, No, I mean he sure wasn’t no dinosaur, Oh, no, he was a Martian, Yes, that’s what he was, He was green, Yes, indeed, Green face, green body, Yellow eyes, Robotic ears, Robotic hands, … Continue reading

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Time Lord Thief by Vince Gotera

Time Lord Thief —terza rima haiku sonnets 1. I’ve had an interest in rayguns since I was five, when I saw my first. Father shot a live bird dead, right between the eyes. A needle hole gave the lone hint … Continue reading

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Candle of my Night by Michael Lee Johnson

In the candle of my night I see you blinking your eyes, pink with a magnanimous a vocabulary of mythology, a Nordic star, shy, shining in blondness, resorting, shuffling back and forth like a loaded deck of cards, lead-weighted- your … Continue reading

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Chicago by Michael Lee Johnson

I walk in a pillow of cinder. Flames apart from this night still ignite. I am still determining where I live in a yellow mist, muddled in early morning white fog. I lost my compass in a manhole, dumped, dazed … Continue reading

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Space Explorer by John Grey

The distances you traversed in space put you up there with the immortals but then you remember standing alone on a bare rocky planet encased in a suit, and you felt like the tiniest, most fragile, of creatures, so far … Continue reading

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Mother’s Kitchen by Antreka Tladi

In the aroma of Sunday-made curries, The lemon sprinkled cakes, Memorable moments find life again And drift on the breeze. Beyond and below my eyes I see the layout of a table, A kitchen taking the shape of a heart … Continue reading

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My Father by Lisa Lahey

the sea, the sky, the earth, the wind, somewhere within my soul it sings— and mourns and grieves for you – my monument, my rock, my sea, my tree, my roots, I grasp for the ancestry you’ve passed down with … Continue reading

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Resurrection by Lisa Lahey

the cliff we climb, the rocks we grasp the dew and doubt, that makes us slide, and slide and dive, into mog and mire. with urgency we vainly grasp the rocks we hold that steady our climb— we grasp the … Continue reading

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No Win by Yoon Park

You know that game, Where you think of it, You lose? You’re welcome, By the way. And Welcome, To my life. Only, it’s not one thing, It’s a huge list, I’m The only one playing. It’s not a game, And … Continue reading

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Strangers by Yoon Park

While the first yellow leaves stare from their unforgetting, and summer starts to become nothing more than a hallucination, I myself start to unforget. Familiar strangers start to recur on the walls, and it’s funny— because I’ve been making new … Continue reading

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Vast Oceans by Yoon Park

He spent more than half his youth, just pursuing, building walls, living a life of luxury, every moment a cinematic fantasy, building up what he considered to be independent, keeping his capelet billowing in the strongest steadiest of winds over … Continue reading

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The Orchid is Purple by Ann Christine Tabaka

The orchid is purple. My life is gray, it bleeds out in monotone – a duly noted contrast. Clouded mornings fill my cup. I burn my lips on pride. I carry today in a paper bag – a rusty lunch … Continue reading

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She was Twilight by Ann Christine Tabaka

She lived among the shadows, sheltered from all light. A complexity of being, beyond known thought. Night called her name. She walked outside, reaching for the moon, wrapping herself in its glow, she tiptoed across starlight. Dreams were her only … Continue reading

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Starlight Fading by Ann Christine Tabaka

Each star is a wish / a dream to unwrap /       waiting to be revealed. Time evades existence & plucks       feathers from its wings. Softly floating downward from the sky. I write my life … Continue reading

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the beggar wretch by Julie Allyn Johnson

the devil’s horn blares in a broken wood its trumpet’s singular blast obliterates the rumble of thunder, the crack of lightning’s script written in a jagged hand across an unfruitful landscape rain cleanses the root and stubble of last year’s … Continue reading

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If You Danced From Midnight by David James

IF YOU DANCED FROM MIDNIGHT after a first line by Anne Sexton until Thursday next week, four days straight, you’d make front page news on some small town newspaper in the Midwest. If you decided on Holy Week to forgive … Continue reading

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Mermaid Show by Glen Armstrong

Tiny Mary swims from a pipe and breathes   from a hose obscured  by plastic seaweed.    I can leave now that I’ve seen her blow   kisses to the seahorse.  The rich build houses   on stilts and consider … Continue reading

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Antonyms for “Regular” by Glen Armstrong

My little town mocks me:  You’re a regular Roman    numeral, boy. A regular Roman Polanski.   You Blue Monday types really crack me up.   I used to like being fooled,  being screwed with,    being banished from a … Continue reading

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Moonlit by Glen Armstrong

If the woman is covered in white powder,  her chair will end up powdery as well.  If she speaks constantly of Hell, she may be a priest, a poet, or bartender. How aware of her condition is she? Has she … Continue reading

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Butterfly by Joan McNerney

Wrapped in ashen clouds pale shrouds of sadness. Retracing each dimension of my heart yet finding no refuge.   My head bent recounting all the days of my life. Lost in this blur, this landscape. Where am I? Where can … Continue reading

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In Wild Hunger by Joan McNerny

Longing for blackness searching tunnels tasting empty wells. How many times?   Ten times ten times ten. Ten thieves have stolen our souls.   Lost in ignorance with plastic eyes cosmetic sneers, they find illusion in their own reflections.   … Continue reading

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sick, sick, sick by Joan McNerney

of seriousness the universe is a labyrinth of my ear ear ear   I am deaf from it there is no sure melody in these crazy strains   deaf deaf deaf dumb blinded loosening mind for just 1 moment to … Continue reading

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1928 by Lindsay Baik

With avocado toast and Americano dark roast Hot chicken mushroom soup with a cottage tulip vase Made by your mother  who now has the vote Soft background music and art therapy All done by your sisters  who now have the … Continue reading

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Waiting by Lindsay Baik

A child waiting for her dog that left its mortal coil The rain pours but she doesn’t recoil It doesn’t stop, and she starts coughing And the sun seems stuck on the horizon, never rising Picking dandelion petals, my dog … Continue reading

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Ending by Lindsay Baik

In her green dress flowing around  her If I’m dead to you, why are you at the wake? Cursing my name, wishing I stayed I wish I wasn’t dead to you, because you’re still at my wake I can’t curse … Continue reading

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Everything is Strange by Ann Christine Tabaka

People race to see ‘em at the aerospace museum … 2, 3, 4, 5 [music plays]! What is happening, what is happening? Where are we going? The sky darkens, thunder rumbles. Everything seems strange… I want to go outside and … Continue reading

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The Monkey Danced a Polka by Ann Christine Tabaka

The monkey danced a Polka. No one wants to take my hand. I am lost to the busy streets, lanes, roads, highways of life. I watch as birds fly by, dropping feathers on the crowd. Streetcar bells clang out calling … Continue reading

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The Flying Machine by Celine Rose Mariotti

The Wright Brothers had a vision, They flew their plane the Kittyhawk, Chamberlain flew too, Aviation began, Then came Igor Sikorsky The helicopter was born, Then came the beginning of the big jets, People were flying to their destinations, The … Continue reading

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Where Did He Go? by Celine Rose Mariotti

Uncle Charlie cannot be found, The Police searched the whole grounds, But Uncle Charlie was alive and well, But where he was, he couldn’t tell, He wasn’t lost, He wasn’t in a tempest tossed, No, Uncle Charlie had traveled through … Continue reading

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Cells by Andrew Ban

Like a cocoon Red, Blue, and Yellow The colors of fire Shaped like a oval So fragile. But at the same time so sturdy. It’s transparent like stained glass. Like I’m in a movie. Looking at an alien egg from … Continue reading

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Humans are Weird by Andrew Ban

We have eyes we have ears We can taste we can hear We aren’t really friendly to newcomers We may be weaker than you We may be dumber than you But that’s what makes us human Humans are quite complicated … Continue reading

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This is Where I Used to Live by Andrew Ban

This is where I first learned to ride a bike               to see all the students go                             to do things a student … Continue reading

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A House on a Hill by Audric Adonteng

Silence, save for the whispers of crickets — their symphonies a call of invocation for a home where squirrels play & spiders weave their stories. Stretching its weary arms towards the cornflower-blue skies, a haunted sanctuary stands, arrested in the … Continue reading

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Wait by Audric Adonteng

Because you were becoming yourself even before we were standing before the epicenter at the end of our lives. Because before we were in love, we were something more, still becoming, still trying to tie the loose skin back to … Continue reading

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Cultural Dissonance by Audric Adonteng

I closed my eyes, descending the staircase of consciousness, drowning the shouts. I didn’t notice – The ground gave way, and I landed in a forest. The Sun blinding – A mother stands as firm as the grass Rooted in … Continue reading

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Strange Gods of New Earth: A Sepulchre of Spores by Silvatiicus Riddle

So sneered Ozymandias, at time’s breadth but his kingdom foundered ‘neath clouds of dust, or spores, as my own, whose gaunt masque of death taints castle walls, and grows with each gust. ‘Twas a war on my realm that caused … Continue reading

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Strange Gods of New Earth: The Girl With The Amanita Parasol by Silvatiicus Riddle

Closely, we walked, past the hinterland crypts– the houses of friends, and people we knew, forging nigh but a sound, and with sealed lip, lest the scourge may hear, and, quick, run us through. Rare, is a sight, be it … Continue reading

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Strange Gods of New Earth: I, Lion’s Mane by Silvatiicus Riddle

From whence the last of the streetlights flicker, upon darkened roads move a strangely sight. Ghosts on parade–they straggle, and chitter; human-like creatures sequester the night. Borne of the oak-wood burnt up by a star excised from the sky by … Continue reading

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Letter to a Perfectly Imperfect Kid by Junseo Lee

Raise your hand to ask for water. It won’t make much of a difference, but at least you won’t throw up in front of that Chinese kid. Whatever you did in middle school won’t matter to anyone but you and … Continue reading

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fractured haikus by Heeseo Lee

i. in the soft morning i hear the crane cry sorrows mourning the moonlight ii.  in the bay a lone leaf caught in seafoam silt fighting the wild waves iii. in the summertime cicadas line speckled trees wailing in willows … Continue reading

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For You, After We’ve Parted by Heeseo Lee

After Frank O’Hara You do not always know what I am feeling. It was ten years ago I buried my heart  in the sand by the sea where the tides could not reach. But just last night you asked me  … Continue reading

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Brief Infinities by Heeseo Lee

How many times can one say “I love you”  before it begins to lose meaning?  How many times can the words be formed  before the lungs are purged of breath, before the mouth and the mind diverge into separate things? … Continue reading

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Buying Cigarettes from a Bodega on Bundy Street by Anthony Imm

The girl is pretty. Her badge reads Bianca.           Bee. On. Ka. Rolls smoothly from           my mouth like a ball-point pen on skin. I think she only recently turned eighteen.   … Continue reading

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Ode to Small Towns by Esther Yeh-Rynn Chae

This is where red and orange vibrant lights cover the trees and a dark long cloud covers the sun. This is where a cylinder-like shaped wind destroyed the crowded and noisy city. This is where people lie on the streets … Continue reading

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Indentured Workers by Sigrid Kim

Cartographers inscribed “here be dragons” on the empty spaces of maps. But when I skim my calloused finger across those echoing sea of nothingness, I hear not the roar of the dragon, but the rumble of the Mersey slicing through … Continue reading

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a mo(u)rning in pittsford by Isabella Jia Dunsby

i. the sound of a lawn mower plowing grass somewhere distant in the neighborhood. garages left wide open, tricycles and rakes hanging midair. the morning dew, coupled with the scent of dead petals; confused with the fog sauntering through our … Continue reading

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after the downpour by Isabella Jia Dunsby

half a door, exposed. yellow jackets and flashlights in daylight. furry microphones and steller’s sea eagles on police hats. water still  bathing the cement in dead  bodies; burst banks miles down gand hands outstretched. bed  frames beside logs of ceiling … Continue reading

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ode to the painting of a mother by Isabella Jia Dunsby

a basin of persimmon balancing  on her head; a ribbon tying  her hair back; patterned with cherry blossoms. a silk white jeogori  exposing her swollen lower breasts; red cloth strapping a baby to her back; one hand  twisted behind her, … Continue reading

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Echoes of Stars by Sigrid Kim

Of distance, of height and of flight, A deep coming of night, A symbol of loyalty and strength,  That enchants the sky.  Birds sing a song, The feeling of serenity and eternity, It whispers calm with gentle sighs, Demonstrating quietness … Continue reading

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Tainted Infinity by Sigrid Kim

Snowflakes dance in timeless air,  Infinite silence, a world so pure.  White blankets cover earth’s domain,  Infinity’s touch, a peaceful reign.  Frosty crystals, a winter’s blessing, Infinite beauty, seen from my eyes.  Cold breeze, a sharp embrace, Infinity’s hold, a … Continue reading

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Where It Takes You by Karen Lee

Have you not yet tried Japanese  yakiniku? Before you do anything,  go take a bite first. It’s summer now  and I’m looking into the pouring rain,  looking at the raindrops sliding down the window  like my tears slide down my … Continue reading

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Enchanted to Meet You by Karen Lee

When she sings it was enchanting To meet you staring into the audience, With a blank gaze that masks all that She feels, I remember the 11 year old Inside of me, listening to her sing as I  Absentmindedly looked … Continue reading

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Spring by Esther Yeh-Rynn Chae

Wind and blooming flowers, A verdant and vibrant landscape Cool air blowing on their faces; Colorful flowers surrounded by a green blur of grass, As the buzzing sound of insects. People lying on the soft furry grass in parks Wearing … Continue reading

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3 scifaiku – [telepaths clouded] [beneath the glacier] [cosmic roll of dice]

telepaths clouded mind ever full of clatter craves isolation ### beneath the glacier the iceman begins to thaw awakes in terror ### cosmic roll of dice entropy still wins the game all chance will wind down   About the Author … Continue reading

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The Dog Days by Claire Beeli

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In Robot Hands by Gerald de Vere

In the not-too-distant future, The factories keep pace. Within their dark and dreary bowels, Machines shall serve our race. Already in our present world, These robots move with grace. They do not need the light of day To read the … Continue reading

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Siren Breath by Angela Acosta

Upon her birth on land,  a siren enchanted a newborn human being. Cheeks blue like the sea, she would never take a full breath of air for as long as she lives.    Among the waves,  her legs meld into … Continue reading

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Star Maps by Erin Jamieson

Our task is simple: map the stars for the Queen in our kingdom of clouds & ashes But stars burn when you’re too close- not so much the heat but the light, which burrows inside of us on an inky … Continue reading

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African Witches Don’t Fly on Brooms by David Adekeye

I was born on a December night in the year before a new century My mother told me I died six nights after   She said she had seen six demons lurking in the backyard That was six nights before … Continue reading

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Saturne Binary by Lauren McBride

When the Martian Wind Blows   the  only  signs of wind  dust  in the air  no  pond rippled with waves no leaves tossed by a breeze   ***   There it Goes!   our perfect zero-G ceremony . . . … Continue reading

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Countermeasures by John C. Mannone

Saturn Research Team Alpha-1 in low lunar orbit around Enceladus      Captain’s Log, Universal Earth Time   Day 1 07:00 Cameras plunge forty thousand feet below the icy surface of Enceladus near the seawater geysers spotted by Cassini’s flyby … Continue reading

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Frankenstein 2028 by John C. Mannone

We created a monster. Its parts salvaged from many other lives from the past, dead sure it was going to be better for all of us. Its long arms, however, weren’t designed to embrace us, just to grab our subsistence, … Continue reading

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Two by John C. Mannone

Only two of us now, the world deluged in turmoil. Others of our kind have been sacrificed. Are we next? Will the ship go down in the 40-day rain?   John C. Mannone, the 2020 Dwarf Stars Award winner and … Continue reading

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Star Map by John C. Mannone

And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth: blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. —Joel 2:30 It was after the Bible study down the road from the observatory; its darkroom lab and archives. The kerosene … Continue reading

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Martian Summer by John C. Mannone

It’s a hot summer day, seventy degrees at the equator but the carbon dioxide atmosphere, a very thin thermal blanket, is not thick enough to prevent the plummet to one hundred degrees below at night. Frost forms on the rust-red … Continue reading

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A Mere Million Miles From Earth by John C. Mannone

The James Webb Space Telescope successfully manages orbital insertion into the Earth-Sun Langrange Point, L2, at 2:05 pm EST on January 24, 2022. Sensitive instruments will be able to obtain infrared images of giant planets. —NASA/Science: Other Worlds Just this … Continue reading

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Sun and Shadow by Simon MacCulloch

I asked my shadow why he feared the sun And felt the need to skulk so low behind me Come out, I cried, the day has just begun I want no creeping hug-the-ground to bind me! “Well, walk the other … Continue reading

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Werewolf by Simon MacCulloch

The change is short, though painful – what is worse Is that which follows – hours of degradation My mind and body twisted by the curse And harnessed to a foul imagination Whose cruel deeds, too dreadful to rehearse Confirm … Continue reading

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IN DAYS OF OLD AND BEYOND by John Grey

My master is old, decrepit. The brave knight of fifty years before is condemned to history. He’s slain no dragons lately. Nor fought in battle. And he can no longer lift a jousting lance. I have to lead him like … Continue reading

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The Telepathy Machine by Jean-Paul L. Garnier

the telepathy machine worked perfectly too much so two layers of thought our goal achieved, was overwhelming still, doable our layered minds seldom speak to singular subjects the thoughts were not shocking ‘whoa’ was the consensus however, the sensations confused … Continue reading

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The Coming Nightmare by Celine Rose Mariotti

All about us Nothing but chaos, Disturbing things are happening, The coming nightmare Our world is a place of total fear, All around us, There is no trust, People are demented, People are lamenting, Fear is spreading, Evil is afoot, … Continue reading

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The Radio Ghost by Celine Rose Mariotti

DJ Tony Mancini Spinning the records On WYZZ In New York City, The year of 1957, Rock n Roll Heaven, DJ Tony Mancini Suffered a brain tumor In 1958, And died, But DJ Tony Mancini He still does reside, His … Continue reading

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The Neighbor No One Sees by Celine Rose Mariotti

Yes, Ida Manley Who sees her? She is the neighbor No one sees, Is Ida real? Does she talk? Does she read? Does she eat? Does she watch TV? She is the neighbor No one sees, How old is Ida? … Continue reading

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A Timeless Wonder by Celine Rose Mariotti

When you step into a dream, Things aren’t what they seem, You see a world that doesn’t exist, Everything is covered in a mist, You see our loved ones Who have passed away, You wished that they could stay, We … Continue reading

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Band from Andromeda AND The Anomaly

by Garrett Carroll The Band from Andromeda In Andromeda, they played in all kinds of venues— in aqua-domes for six-eyed squids sloshing their tentacles across see-through floors, in the trunks of trees for blorgs pumping their stubby, elbowless arms in … Continue reading

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A Sightless Grave Ghost

by Hannah Nathanson I face my nightmares from years ago and whisper to their unknown, walk through their skin and leave this coffin empty— either I’ll find life in their darkness Or darkness in their life. I’m seeing my ending … Continue reading

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The Pit by Dee Artea

The Pit Dee Artea A rumble of distant thunder – woke me up from a deep sleep. My horse too, reacts to the sound. Doesn’t like rain. Me neither. Plus, he’s been acting skittishly these days. Don’t know why. I … Continue reading

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Unwary by K. A. Williams

Unwary K. A. Williams unwary space explorers uncharted black hole unlucky First published in the May 2022 print edition of Scifaikuest under the title Unlucky

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Terra by K. A. Williams

Terra K. A. Williams Terraform complete Cryosleep is over now Welcome to Terra Humans unpack ship History files corrupted No blueprints for guide Colonists build homes Fossil fuels used for heating And to power cars Science facts report Environment is … Continue reading

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Treasure Hunter by K. A. Williams

Treasure Hunter K. A. Williams Derelict spacecraft Searching for treasure inside Maybe I’ll find gold First published in 2021 in View From Atlantis

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Attacked By Pirates by K. A. Williams

Attacked By Pirates K. A. Williams Out among the stars Pirates attack my small ship Not a gun runner Transporting deadly toxins Seven less space pirates now First published in 2021 in View From Atlantis.

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My Summer Vacation in the Wave State by Kendall Evans and David C. Kopaska-Merkel

My Summer Vacation in the Wave State Kendall Evans David C. Kopaska-Merkel  

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Visitor by Angela Acosta

Visitor Angela Acosta I walk this Earth a visitor, a cosmic wanderer tethered to this globe by gravity. I am the universe sensing itself. This one sentient life is all I get, but millions of stars twinkle at me, a … Continue reading

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Terran Born by Angela Acosta

Terran Born Angela Acosta Made of carbon, shaped in amniotic fluid born into gravity, we are the terran born. We are all space travelers, from Terra to the Kuiper belt, from exoplanets to sunlight valleys. Illuminated we are by light … Continue reading

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Ginny Goes to Mars by Lauren McBride

Ginny Goes to Mars Lauren McBride Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird . . . It’s a plane . . . It’s Superman Ingenuity: the little chopper that could – carried by Perseverance to become (in 2021) the … Continue reading

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Transplanted to Terraformed Mars Too Soon by Lauren McBride

Transplanted to Terraformed Mars Too Soon Lauren McBride Staunch victims of a Martian freeze, some winter weary Terran trees still cast their shapely shadows down, but stand now sadly aged and brown. A variation of this poem appeared in Songs … Continue reading

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Where Shapes Wait by Ed Nobody

Where Shapes Wait Ed Nobody In the permanight of space a shape blinks. Not a sun , no, not a star. Something stinks out there, Hiding in cold flesh, Residents of airless breath, all skeleton and spine, Monsters that chew … Continue reading

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After by Harris Coverley

After Harris Coverley bones idle tombs open under a darkened sun cadavers stripped by the elements maggots gathered in feasting orgies the great cycle in motion the planets rejoicing—                  what remains of … Continue reading

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Patalis; or, Antipodus Incognita by Harris Coverley

Patalis; or, Antipodus Incognita Harris Coverley The Ancients knew well the Antipodes               Aristotle and Ptolemy and the rest That giant continent              With coasts like shards     … Continue reading

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The Crawling Shadow by Harris Coverley

The Crawling Shadow Harris Coverley Like a black wind Low and slow The negative to all positives Going along the ground Darkening all it touches Leaving an eternal stain of malice               A desert … Continue reading

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The Alien Among Us by Lee Hart

The Alien Among Us Lee Hart An Alien’s living among us. He’s been here as long as I know. By now you would think he’d escape us, But grandfather won’t let him go For Gramps has him locked in the … Continue reading

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Secret Eclipse by Meg Smith

Secret Eclipse Meg Smith Your smile shadows the corners were candles were lit, in the strum of the oud, a violin fading into cloud dust. That much we know. All else I have given, is a step into silence.

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The Singing Lake by Meg Smith

The Singing Lake Meg Smith Hearts of ice float, and between them, measures of sky — clouds, holding worlds and songs, of the boy who fell, the girl who laughed with her friend at midnight on the rocky shore. These … Continue reading

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The Amphibian Legacy by Meg Smith

The Amphibian Legacy Meg Smith Toads know, in their pebbled skin, and golden eyes; frogs know, in their green translucence; salamanders know, in their blue skin, and soft fingers. Their is to kettle everything — the sad discharge of the … Continue reading

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Prayer for the Swarm by Meg Smith

Prayer for the Swarm Meg Smith Come for the flowers, come for the white grass, tall within the graying sky. Come for the dithering of milkweed, and the haze of dust from the corn, wheat, fallow. Without this urgent cloud … Continue reading

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The Wintering Fox by Meg Smith

The Wintering Fox Meg Smith A field waxes white; grass shimmers in frost. Night moves in its naked path. A light burns in copper eyes, and in the slash of scarlet across a dark road. This is my one kept … Continue reading

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In the Best Blood by Meg Smith

In the Best Blood Meg Smith Rivers ruddy to sleep, and this is pure in its running. Something once was life, but now recedes from light, only, air and light.  

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Self-Aware by John C. Mannone

Self-Aware John C. Mannone All police officers in the area, respond to a ten-ninety-eight: escaped suspect zero-seven-four, armed & dangerous, last seen running east on Bearden with robodog beta-six-beta-three. Remote sensor probes on the Sutherland Greenway indicate artificial intelligence units … Continue reading

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Morphism by John C. Mannone

Morphism John C. Mannone Now, the two blazing-blue stars a parsec above our scintillated air are in luminous binary conjunction with our close-in red dwarf sun. We swoon in the tempest of solar winds while the atmosphere swirls with mood-thickening … Continue reading

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In three point five billion years by John C. Mannone

In three point five billion years John C. Mannone Our Sol will begin to bloat Planets swallowed in red glare The Kuyper Belt soon loosened Frozen graves will resurrect A million comets will rain Down on us like fireworks We’ll … Continue reading

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From the Ninth Brane by John C. Mannone

​ From the Ninth Brane John C. Mannone            Branes: a generalized cosmological theory            attempting to replace all matter and particles            that carry force with tiny … Continue reading

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On the Derelict Wreckage in Space by Garrett Caroll

On the Derelict Wreckage in Space Garrett Caroll Those aren’t just the hulls of the capitol ships and freighters on next-day delivery voyages. They’re the women and the men who risked their lives to bring us everyday necessities, who drove … Continue reading

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The Hands That Build the Universe by Garrett Caroll

The Hands That Build the Universe Garrett Caroll Like the little atoms snug between the Saharas of your thumbs, particles of civilization now expand across the universe. Fires, beds, jewels, foods, technologies are spread by city, familiar blocks and worlds … Continue reading

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Saturn Song by Garrett Caroll

Saturn Song Garrett Caroll If I put my hands out, I can feel the cold clouds reciprocating my touch, like a living planet amidst the darkness of nothingness put on pause. A familiar loop of sounds fixes all the brutal … Continue reading

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Scone Dragon by Herb Kauderer

Scone Dragon Herb Kauderer While wizards sometimes call themselves a brotherhood they are chaotic brothers full of dirt and broken bones from fighting amongst themselves. There is one thing they get along on and that is the need to maintain … Continue reading

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Scholar: Seeking Wisdom by Herb Kauderer

Scholar: Seeking Wisdom Herb Kauderer The wise dragon maintains wards and warning bells around her lair on the mountain’s top. Long before the mortal woman senses her, the wise dragon is listening to her thoughts. Even so, she waits for … Continue reading

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The Last Dragon by Herb Kauderer

The Last Dragon Herb Kauderer The hunters pay no attention to the final truth but the last dragon knows that she is the last dragon. Through decades she has run from the chase hidden in stealthy caves, hibernated in her … Continue reading

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Stalker by Ed Blundell

Stalker Ed Blundell The sky is dark as midnight dreams, The blank, bleak emptiness till dawn, The moon, thin silver scimitar, Slices the clouds that skim the night. That night is listening, still with fear, Frozen and tense with silent … Continue reading

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Sailing by Ed Blundell

Sailing Ed Blundell The sky clear blue, the sun shone bright, Their holiday was at its height, She, smiling said to him,” Let’s take A sailing boat out on the lake.” He liked the thought and straight away, They hired … Continue reading

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Raven by Ed Blundell

Raven Ed Blundell He rode to battle, armour bright, He was a proud and cruel knight. They passed a raven in a tree, “That is an evil sign.” said he. “Shoot the black raven, kill the bird.” And one of … Continue reading

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Devil’s Lake Monster by Richard Stevenson

Devil’s Lake Monster Richard Stevenson Legend has it fresh water octopi reside in Devil’s Lake. Drowned canoes of Nakota braves.   Back in the day. But, nah, the Nakota Sioux have it the creature was more like a plesiosaur, and … Continue reading

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Organism 46B by Richard Stevenson

Organism 46B Richard Stevenson Organism 46B?! What kinda moniker is that for a lithe querulous cryptid who bumped his noggin to break ice in Siberia?   I’ve scarfed enough intrepid trappers who braved chilly temperatures to discover me.  The least … Continue reading

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The Zaratan by Richard Stevenson

The Zaratan Richard Stevenson The Zaratan’s giant turtle’s shell houses trees and shrubs, looks like an island, a good place to dock, but no –   The island that was an upside down monster turtle nibbled at birds, the landed … Continue reading

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(Care and Feeding of) The Flathead Lake Monster by Richard Stevenson

(Care and Feeding of) The Flathead Lake Monster Richard Stevenson Don’t surface much. You might see me once a year, though I do runs of six appearances when I feel up to it.   Slap tag, tumble turns – I … Continue reading

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The Bald Beast of Nisqually Hill by Richard Stevenson

The Bald Beast of Nisqually Hill Richard Stevenson The Bald Beast of Nisqually Hill was said to be seven feet tall, had pink eyes that glowed in the dark, wore a Ben Casey white lab coat.   Who knows? He … Continue reading

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Carnivorous Algae by Richard Stevenson

Carnivorous Algae Richard Stevenson It may look innocent enough: a pond scum colony of algae floating in a large amorphous shape on the surface of the sea.   Amoeba-like, the colony first surrounds its victim. Then like a jellyfish, tiny … Continue reading

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The Muhuru by Richard Stevenson

The Muhuru Richard Stevenson The Muhuru don’t moo or croon; he just bops you on the noggin when he’s out sloggin’ in a swamp or fen and you get in his way.   Ol’ Stegosaurus had a thagomizer – four … Continue reading

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Dragon Egg by K. A. Williams

Dragon Egg K. A. Williams Dragon egg for sale Price is negotiated Excited buyer waits Baby ostrich hatches First published in issue 31 of View From Alantis on August 22, 2021

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A Robot’s Smile by K. A. Williams

A Robot’s Smile K. A. Williams Nothing is falser A new robot’s smiling face It can’t feel happy

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Space Traveler by John Philip Johnson

Space Traveler John Philip Johnson 1. You’re a space traveler now, with blue skin. Your eyes are luminous white clouds. You think of the sky, and your feet leave the ground. You levitate, wobbly, slipping on the air, and then … Continue reading

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time zoned by Matthew Daley

time zoned Matthew Daley the thing about traveling from A to a is you can’t set your watch so the first thing you do is ask You “what time is it?” the thing about traveling from a to A is … Continue reading

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the McDonald’s on Mars has new value menus by Matthew Daley

the McDonald’s on Mars has new value menus Matthew Daley the history of water was never red was never about chemical repelling just the way we painted scenes of places never seen to be the sun drenched forever of our … Continue reading

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how to succeed in space travel without really trying by Matthew Daley

how to succeed in space travel without really trying Matthew Daley lawn chairs match anything anywhere anyway here and now we thought why not get out and see the things we only ever saw in books that somebody else saw … Continue reading

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the sky is falling by Matthew Daley

the sky is falling Matthew Daley it was the birds first fallen some walking till they forgot direction trees lost how to feed and breathe then their whispered exhales the sun begged forgiveness before giving up after giving out flowers … Continue reading

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we found our forever home by Matthew Daley

we found our forever home Matthew Daley we took shelter from the ship rain made from the constant fire beyond listened to sound breaking getting closer felt the quake of cities collapsing around us smelled the burn of new air … Continue reading

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The Deer Stand by John C. Mannone

The Deer Stand John C. Mannone Furry platinum clouds silverstreak the skies serving up the moon, full              of gold light. We hunker down on pineboard planks, wait for the bloodstaining         … Continue reading

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Sports Weather by John C. Mannone

Sports Weather John C. Mannone   Sky had been orange for months, that eerie glow finally giving way to thickening purple haze, global warming wasn’t expected yet, but instruments in equatorial and polar regions confirmed the trend. Warmer winds already … Continue reading

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Seeing Dragons by John C. Mannone

Seeing Dragons John C. Mannone Based on a photograph of clouds resembling a dragon, and the YouTube video on the human’s development of pareidolia She swept down from the heavens, or did she really come from cloud-mist spewing from fissures … Continue reading

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Foreign Exchange by John C. Mannone

Foreign Exchange John C. Mannone They came with their promises of a better life, a better world. So we exchanged our resources for their technology, medicines. At least for a while until we saw their true intentions. Slavery is never … Continue reading

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Life: A Game by Steven Ross

Life: A Game Steven Ross 1. Understanding death and its ramifications, Deserved a life of dedication. Studying and pursuing, I followed every clue. Religious, spiritual, and scientific avenues, Led to varied, creative philosophies. Theories on the demise of the human … Continue reading

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Nightscape by Ed Blundell

Nightscape Ed Blundell I’d walked there many, many times But never in the dark of night, Black clouds dodging the ghost white moon, Bright and glaring in deep, stark skies, Strange light changing the place I knew Into eerie, alien … Continue reading

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Crossing the Moor by Ed Blundell

Crossing the Moor Ed Blundell A narrow, one track Roman road, Stretches across the sky wide moor, Invasive grass intrudes the sides, A route from somewhere to nowhere. Late last summer, purple heather Spiced and scented the evening air. Now, … Continue reading

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Dragon Racing by K. A. Williams

Dragon Racing K. A. Williams Dragon racing is A very popular sport For all the people Once or twice a month Dragons line up in the sky The horn blows loudly A red one leading As they fly around the … Continue reading

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Heartbreak by K. A. Williams

Heartbreak K. A. Williams she fell in love her man was perfect the robot with no heart

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eVolutionary Paths by D. M. Woolston

eVolutionary Paths D. M. Woolston Deep in the darkest silicon wafers, binary creature wakes with wild want. It may be artificial life, but hungry registers search for bytes to ingest. Electrons surge ahead and are pushed aside as artificial creature … Continue reading

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The Report by Lori R. Lopez

The Report Lori R. Lopez Humans were the last to be subdued, loaded into cavernous vessels. They were the most savage and unruly, despite advances, the level of their current development, proving themselves less civilized as a Race than predetermined. … Continue reading

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The Haggards by Lori R. Lopez

The Haggards Lori R. Lopez In this place frolick elementals, conjuring for the sake of eldritch spirits departed. Copses of trees had knit tangled patches, eventually creeping close enough to be designated a Wood. Though not your average bird-singing sun-dappled … Continue reading

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The Bluster by Lori R. Lopez

The Bluster Lori R. Lopez Wind shrieks, fit to be tied Not that she ever could.    A futile effort Quixotic folly to attempt Like tilting at Windmills and expecting                     … Continue reading

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The Black Fog by Lori R. Lopez

The Black Fog Lori R. Lopez A fog thick and umbral settled A wave of night in afternoon, clammy Opaque as a New Moon, hooding my face Vision clouded, I fumbled through haze Baffled by a dreary dismal expanse, lost … Continue reading

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Skin-Deep by Lori R. Lopez

Skin-Deep Lori R. Lopez Curt was terrified of Ticks. Not the kind you heard at night, paranoid a bomb was near and it was just your clock. The ones with a head and mouth that drank blood. The buggy type … Continue reading

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No Humans Allowed by K. A. Williams

No Humans Allowed K. A. Williams humans build androids androids revolt humans kept as pets sign in shop window – “no humans allowed”

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Clone Expeditions by K. A. Williams

Clone Expeditions K. A. Williams man wants to seed worlds space travel risky clone expeditions

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Roly Poly by Jim Davies

Roly Poly Jim Davies There was a little baby bear named Roly Poly Sprout. She loved to roll down grassy slopes, which made her mother shout. On one bright day the little cub shocked mama with her sass, when she … Continue reading

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Where the Light Cannot Go by Crystal L. Kirkham

Where the Light Cannot Go Crystal L. Kirkham Deep, deep down they go. Where no man had dared before. Black like ink, deadly pressure in the deep. What could survive down there? They shouldn’t have gone, for now they know. … Continue reading

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Perfection by Crystal L. Kirkham

Perfection Crystal L. Kirkham Alter this. Change that. Tweak the code. Make it perfect. Remove the defects—real and imagined. Skin, hair, eyes, height, and weight. Gender. That’s an easy one. Made to order perfection. A world of children that look … Continue reading

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It’s Time For A Change by K. A. Williams

It’s Time For A Change K. A. Williams The shape-shifter said, as she looked in the mirror, “It’s time for a change.”

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Young Dragon Rider by K. A. Williams

Young Dragon Rider K. A. Williams Young dragon rider has tamed her beast and will fly until dark.

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Who I Am: a Biocomic-Philosophical Poem by Yuan Changming

Who I Am: a Biocomic-Philosophical Poem Yuan Changming Looking up to The darkish infinity of The outer space, I see How a star has been growing Only to die, in (holographic) parallel With a cell within my body & come … Continue reading

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Living vs Lived by Yuan Changming

Living vs Lived Yuan Changming All the time, we have been living well With free will until now we start To be lived by algorithm            Within the Information cocoon, for the internet With chips, among … Continue reading

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Red Moon Promised: A Haunting Vision by Yuan Changming

Red Moon Promised: A Haunting Vision Yuan Changming Perhaps in a dream or delirium, but He did clearly see an enlarged furry beetle Green-backed, yellow-bellied, flat-bodied Long neck reaching up like a cobra Head looking the same as his first … Continue reading

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Charcoal Dragon by Herb Kauderer

Charcoal Dragon Herb Kauderer He lives in the cool dry deserts to the north where no one expects a creation of wood & flame reduced to carbon & ash. Here scribes and artists seeking to harvest his magic for chronicling … Continue reading

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Of Dragons And Man by K. A. Williams

Of Dragons And Man K. A. Williams The mother dragon, too big to sit on her egg, breathes out a warm breeze. Not like the hot flame she blew on that horrid knight who came in her cave. The egg … Continue reading

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Baby Dragons by K. A. Williams

Baby Dragons K. A. Williams Baby dragons learn how to fire up a knight very fast.

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Dragons by K. A. Williams

Dragons K. A. Williams Dragons Powerful, merciless Scaly, flying, ancient Death to careless knights Fire-breathers

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The First Dragon by Herb Kauderer

In ancient days the wizard Aderyn sequestered himself in a stone keep on the side of Cadair Idris determined to make a new kind of creature, one greater than the clumsy golems of the mainland conjurers more controllable than the … Continue reading

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Skyhook by Herb Kauderer

Skyhook Herb Kauderer With Carlos’ plea for asylum granted he stands in a polarized glass dome. ‘Truly a grand cathedral’ he thinks and ‘it holds the tallest steeple in creation.’ He whispers a small prayer, happy to be out of … Continue reading

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A Night In, Shining Armour by David Barber

A Night In, Shining Armour David Barber It appeared in the Throne Room apparently, announced by unseen choirs and blinding light, and they say there was the purest scent too, of goodness and innocence, like the smells of childhood or … Continue reading

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Let Sleeping Fear Lie by Ed Blundell

Let Sleeping Fear Lie Ed Blundell Sunset snarls like a scornful sneer Across the bleeding horizon. The day dies badly, night descends, Like a blunt axe hacking the land. Black things of darkness slither out, Slimy sliding into sad dreams. … Continue reading

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Surprise by Ed Blundell

Surprise Ed Blundell A whirl of wind whips up dead leaves, A bright, white moon hangs in the sky, Indifferent stars shine silver. She walks alone across the park, Along the dark and twisting path, Gazing about her nervously. There … Continue reading

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The House-G(ue)host

Feby Joseph

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Parabolae by F.J. Bergmann

Parabolae F.J. Bergmann endless drifting through vacuum waiting for perihelion heliotropic collection array opens curved mirrors starlight funneled to a red cup one hydroponic tulip

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Jadis by F.J. Bergmann

Jadis F.J. Bergmann Once, elsewhere, and never again, there was a castle: high, high in mountains above the sea of bright clouds, among the stars, silence spilling from its windows, a waterfall from its gate, the silver cataract diffusing into … Continue reading

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Hatchling by F.J. Bergmann

Hatchling F.J. Bergmann Why would a clutch of eggs the size of pea gravel have been laid at the peak of a dune so steep it towered like a sandstone cliff above the sea? One eggshell lay already broken in … Continue reading

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Fairytale by F.J. Bergmann

Fairytale F.J. Bergmann The dragonfly stepmother lurks on the other side of the glass, watching the forgotten daughter. Her twin sons cluster around her like budding crystals with internal flaws, dangerous edges. The girl would not let them touch her. … Continue reading

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Call From Space by K. A. Williams

Call From Space K. A. Williams The call from space that we’ve been waiting for has come at last. “Hi.”

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Terraforming Mars by K. A. Williams

Terraforming Mars K. A. Williams Terraforming Mars brought back wildlife and plants to the dead world.

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The Gray Man by K. A. Williams

The Gray Man K. A. Williams He comes to warn us Gray Man on Pawleys Island The hurricane’s here

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Robots by K. A. Williams

Robots K. A. Williams Robots Loyal, smart Protective, enduring, mighty Man’s new best friend Androids

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The Robot Soldiers by K. A. Williams

The Robot Soldiers K. A. Williams The Robot soldiers Our only line of defense Aliens attack

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from Dark Watcher: Cryptid Critter Poems by Richard Stevenson

octo-squatch has eight furry legs and a furry head the Basque mountain roads get cold best wear a Squatch Skin coat. * Tahoe Tessie’s on a tear!  Took off with Mawsie’s underwear! * the Lake Van Monster – kin to … Continue reading

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The Settee & The Stairs by David Barber

The Settee & The Stairs David Barber Author Sea Chart, insisted the old chap, a stroke making words slippery as soap, though we had come to an understanding, like a glimpse of sky through forest canopy: a séance friction writer … Continue reading

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On the Recycling Day by Yuan Changming

On the Recycling Day Yuan Changming One neighbor took out a blue box Full of cat skulls and dog legs Rather than glass or plastic bottles Another carries out a yellow bag Containing human bones, mostly children’s Instead of magazines … Continue reading

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(R)Evolution by Yuan Changming

(R)Evolution Yuan Changming As giant ants march ahead in nightly arrays Demonstrating against the ruling humans Along the main street of every major city Hordes of hordes of vampires flood in, screaming Aloud, riding on hyenas and Octopuses, waving skeletons … Continue reading

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Speciating by Yuan Changming

Speciating Yuan Changming There are still sapiens on Earth. Often do we remember and feel more than proud that only we Godlings exist – the most sophisticated & most exquisite human-robot compounds. It is true that occasionally we cannot help … Continue reading

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Towards Gaxyland by Yuan Changming

Towards Gaxyland Yuan Changming Come, come You peng from the Zhuangzian northern darkness You swan from the Horacean meadows You pheasant from under Li Bo’s cold moon You oriole from Dufu’s green willow You dove from the Dantean inferno You … Continue reading

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Translator Malfunction by Lauren McBride

Translator Malfunction Lauren McBride translator malfunction away team was asked how they past the thyme en-root This poem first appeared in Scifaikuest May 2014, print issue.

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Stationed on a Gas Giant by Lauren McBride

Stationed on a Gas Giant Lauren McBride around noon, the dark swirling clouds turn yellow and the gas miners can see to read outside   by sunglow for a blissful hour they switch the lights on their pressure suits off … Continue reading

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Pink, with Feathers by Lauren McBride

Pink, with Feathers Lauren McBride Dad says that on New Earth, the most popular pet is the pird – some kind of pig-bird. When our ship lands, I guess we’ll see if pigs can fly. This poem first appeared in … Continue reading

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Singularity by John C. Mannone

Singularity John C. Mannone I approach the event horizon of what looks like a spinning black hole just a little too close whether by accident or miscalculation, it doesn’t really matter. My sensors sample wind from stars caught in its … Continue reading

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Matter of Life by Helga Anton-Beitz

Matter of Life Helga Anton-Beitz having tenure on electron’s term so busy buzzing not too distant by no means too close to the very core in any circumstances at an insane pace for annihilation lurks in the fine print

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Of What Do Superior Beings Dream? by Dean Schreck

Of What Do Superior Beings Dream? Dean Schreck First published in New Myths #25 December 1, 2013 I wonder, of what do Superior Beings dream; of what is there to dream, once the stars have been subdued to but a … Continue reading

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Black Hole by Dean Schreck

Black Hole Dean Schreck First published in Space and Time Issue #71 Winter 1987 Black hole, relinquish your secrets— are you nothing,                 or are you something more? Do you sit on the … Continue reading

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Reaching Out by Frank Coffman

Reaching Out Frank Coffman The first steps–through faltering progress–reached the moon. And then we dreamt out on the goal of Mars. Indeed, we got there–in Earth-years fairly soon– Then outer planets, their moons, next beckoning stars. Propulsion was the key: … Continue reading

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Poison Pie by Lori R. Lopez

Poison Pie Lori R. Lopez An exotic raven-maned accomplice with a black satin floor-length gown glides forth in strides of diabolic grace.                I follow, my face a broken frown . . . Ill-at-ease, … Continue reading

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Real-Estate by Lori R. Lopez

Real-Estate Lori R. Lopez The Handyman arrived in a snorting hiccupping Pick-Up. He consulted a small notepad page containing scribbles. The job posting listed this address. It must be the place. A For Sale Sign leaned at an angle   … Continue reading

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Grim House by Lori R. Lopez

Grim House Lori R. Lopez Sordid and austere, ill-wrought beyond compare, A creaking morbid mass feared and loathed by name — Grayer than the sky, a mood of withering glare, Uprooted from her soil, on barge and wheels came. Of … Continue reading

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Unfair Trade by Lori R. Lopez

Unfair Trade Lori R. Lopez We were a crew of idealists — sailing a rustbucket mortgaged spacecraft transporting products between planets, a jumbo deliveryboat manned by seven — adventurers reaching for the Stars. The latest voyage of our merchant vessel … Continue reading

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A Thousand Light Years Away by Ann Christine Tabaka

A Thousand Light Years Away Ann Christine Tabaka Distant stars, held in our hands, a thousand light years past. Seeking a reason for existence, our disguise falls away. Plummeting down a black hole into infinity, abstract notions rise. Finding oneself … Continue reading

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Runaway Greenhouse Effect by David C. Kopaska-Merkel

Runaway Greenhouse Effect David C. Kopaska-Merkel Pastel pink saucers and their precious cargo: tiny round-cheeked critters and their mysterious heat-sucking tech drive a surprisingly hard bargain we got to keep Zanzibar and grateful for that

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First Step: Transformation by Ann Christine Tabaka

First Step: Transformation Ann Christine Tabaka The child walked away, he did not look back. Trees were his only witness. A lifetime of hidden shame, sins of the father, no longer a shadow clinging to his flesh. The forest swallowed … Continue reading

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It Fell From the Sky by Ann Christine Tabaka

It Fell From the Sky Ann Christine Tabaka It fell from the sky in a blue-green cast, singing songs of the mundane. Swept under the rug of indifference, it continued to play its requiem. It grew stronger with each coarse … Continue reading

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Old Venus by David Barber

Old Venus David Barber Fuel gauge tapping empty, the rocket skims leviathans awash in steaming seas, before it sinks into the wet and suck of lush swamps. A hero makes his own luck. In the pulps, the feisty blond reporter … Continue reading

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Martian Microbes by Lauren McBride

Martian Microbes Lauren McBride They stretch out pseudopods – interlacing, interconnecting, becoming a vast mat of intelligence beneath the red surface sand. An amoeboid brain subsiding on soil perchlorates and nitrates. A colony of individual cells, independent thoughts . . … Continue reading

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From the First Marine Astrobiology Expedition by Lauren McBride

From the First Marine Astrobiology Expedition Lauren McBride To My Dear Wife, I think I bathed in the toilet – the one thing in the bathroom that holds water. Remember they’re sentient fish, dear. They probably “go” in the water, … Continue reading

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Four Haikus by Baishampayan Seal

Four Haikus Baishampayan Seal dinosaurs extinct Alcubierre drive utilized the best possible way     feeding my infant her mother’s polycarbonate breast truckload of alkaline cells ration supply for hominid-android war     humans refugees in their own planet

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The Sonata Machine by Logan Thrasher Collins

The Sonata Machine Logan Thrasher Collins beneath an expanse of darkness shot through with glimmering gadzillions of echoing stars, we stand, wetware toes braced against the soil’s diasporic discourse of moistly coded lactone linguisms and attoscale electrostatic blurs. we react, … Continue reading

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Windhover Hall by Krista Canterbury Adams

Windhover Hall Krista Canterbury Adams Under the winter archway of oak branches my crystal hands touch the closed eyelids of Eos-Aurora, Light-bringer of Heaven. This Owl’s Head dawn moves us in our quiet wandering—step in at the iron gate, letting … Continue reading

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Tonight by Krista Canterbury Adams

Tonight Krista Canterbury Adams In the windows of the grand House, light after light trails Away into sleep. Here, a long-eared owl Flies above the garden, above all The poor flowering things, earthbound, Risking heavy feet. Owls are punishment. You … Continue reading

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At the sacred fire on the riverbank by Krista Canterbury Adams

At the sacred fire on the riverbank Krista Canterbury Adams Under flame-faced Lyra, in celestial sanctuary we tend in pairs, burnt eyed. We study the vast ecliptic like a holy writ held alight in the sky, we keep the flame … Continue reading

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Old Moon by Krista Canterbury Adams

Old Moon Krista Canterbury Adams Have pity—I hear paw steps on the path behind me, radiant in the sun-wood. I too have bent soft paw against soft earth, blameless against the call. I have seen you lie at the feet … Continue reading

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Free the Droids – Protest Songs by Christopher Collingwood

Free the Droids – Protest Songs Christopher Collingwood Protest Song 1 (Can you Hear it Beating?) There’s a price to pay When you treat me this way There’s a way you feel When you chain me to the wheel Can … Continue reading

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Where No One’s Gone Before by Lee Hart

Where No One’s Gone Before Lee Hart In the height of the 13th century, We marched from Venice to the China sea. Our brave explorers crossed the land, Through heathens strange, adventures grand. Returning with exotic spices, Gunpowder, and other … Continue reading

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Engineer Disease by Lee Hart

Engineer Disease Lee Hart Hello Mrs. Murphy, how has Tommy been today? You said he stays indoors and reads while others are at play? He doesn’t care a bit for sports, and doesn’t watch TVs, Unless it’s a computer screen … Continue reading

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Stardust by Lee Hart

Stardust Lee Hart Entropy’s clearly not our friend. We’ll all be stardust in the end, When Sun, with mighty nova blast, Shreds Earth into the cosmos vast. Then every molecule of us Is blown to interstellar dust. Approaching lightspeed, fragments … Continue reading

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Abdul Abulbul Amir by Lee Hart

Abdul Abulbul Amir Lee Hart Now tales have been told of pirates of old But the name that fills me with fear Is not Captain Kidd, or the deeds that he did But Abdul Abulbul Amir. He ignored every law, … Continue reading

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Mining Solo by Lauren McBride

Mining Solo Lauren McBride on this barren asteroid at night, the silence wakes me no soft rain no rustling breeze through leaves no frog lullaby nor chirping crickets not even an incessantly barking dog for company This poem first appeared … Continue reading

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In Monster Years, I’m Old by Lauren McBride

In Monster Years, I’m Old Lauren McBride First my claws grew brown and brittle; then I started drooling spittle. All my knees began to ache,  and several legs began to shake. My stomach pooches, back hunches, scales have wrinkled into … Continue reading

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Point of View by Lauren McBride

Point of View Lauren McBride At the end of each workday mining frozen gasses I pause at the airlock and remove my face mask letting my eyes mist in the bitter alien air not so different from home-world. Through acrid … Continue reading

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The Topological Twist by Lee Hart

The Topological Twist Lee Hart It used to be the Bottom’s Up, Just one flight down from the heat. The best booth had a window With a worm’s eye view of the street. Alas, it soon went bankrupt, But it … Continue reading

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High Grade Ore Lee Hart

High Grade Ore Lee Hart   Now Murphy was a spacer. A miner, nothing more. A bit of human jetsam lost in night’s Plutonian shore. Until he found that asteroid, and entered into lore… Him and 40 kilotons of high … Continue reading

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Five Haiku by Denny E. Marshall

Five Haiku Denny E. Marshall (1st Published in Star*line) brain operation happy it is not a tumor sad alien died new baby robot change the oil and oil filter again and again earths gravity dies finally things are looking up … Continue reading

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Five Haiku by Denny E. Marshall

Five Haiku Denny E. Marshall (1st Published in Scifaikuest)   roswell aliens buried like final report twin offspring survive didn’t want to hear windows software not valid on deep space mission worst solicitor grim reaper on other planets earth called by … Continue reading

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Pterosaur Sighting Report by Richard Stevenson

Pterosaur Sighting Report Richard Stevenson O.K. So let me see if I got this straight. You say you saw a pterosaur – not a dinosaur – gotcha – but a giant featherless flying reptile? Would that be a Pteranodon or … Continue reading

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Monster of the Mere by Richard Stevenson

Monster of the Mere Richard Stevenson Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust Reserve, Martin Mere, Ormskirk, Lancashire – not the sort of place you’d expect honkin’ big swans and ducks to just disappear! Somethin’ the size of and weight of a truck … Continue reading

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Pocket ‘Squatch by Richard Stevenson

Pocket ‘Squatch Richard Stevenson Ain’t got a paunch, Mama. Ain’t got a lottta hair on top. Got a hankerin’ for Pita and Hummus, Mama. Wanna go for a cuppa joe? Wanna go for a walk? Or just stay home and … Continue reading

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