Pixel Scroll 1/1/24 All These Pixels Are Someone Else’s Fault

(1) SOME PEOPLE SHINE. Let Looper introduce you to “Stephen King’s Harry Potter: The Fan-Made Concept That’s Too Weird To Be Real”. This is quite something.

When it comes to accomplished fiction writers, you don’t get much more prodigious than Stephen King. So iconic is his work that the YouTube channel Yellow Medusa created an artificial intelligence-driven video that hypothesizes how the “Harry Potter” films would look like if King — and not J.K. Rowling — created the franchise. This is one of several videos where the channel reimagines the “Harry Potter” movies if they were directed or written by other famous creators….

(2) SFPA MEMBERS NOMINATE FOR AWARDS. The Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association reminded members today of the deadlines to submit nominees for three annual awards.

RHYSLING AWARD NOMINATIONS The 2024 Rhysling Chairs are Brian U. Garrison & David C. Kopaska-Merkel. Nominations are open until February 15 for the Rhysling Awards for the best poems published in 2023. Only SFPA members may nominate one short poem and/or one long poem for the award. Poets may not nominate their own work. All genres of speculative poetry are eligible. Short poems must be 11–49 lines (101–499 words for prose poems); Long poems are 50–1,199 lines, not including title or stanza breaks, and first published in 2023; include publication and issue, or press if from a book or anthology. Online nomination form: bit.ly/2024RhyslingNom. Or nominate by mail to: SFPA, PO Box 6688, Portland OR 97228, USA.

DWARF STARS AWARD NOMINATIONS The 2024 Dwarf Stars Chair is Brittany Hause. Nominations due by May 1, but poems may be suggested year-round. Enter title, author, and publisher of speculative micro poems published in 2023 at https://bit.ly/ dwarfstars or by mail to: SFPA, PO Box 6688, Portland OR 97228, USA. Anyone may suggest poems, their own or others’; there is no limit.

ELGIN AWARD NOMINATIONS The 2024 Elgin Chair is Felicia Martínez. Nominations due by June 15; more info will come by MailChimp. Send title, author, and publisher of speculative poetry books and chapbooks published in 2022 or 2023 to [email protected] or by mail to: SFPA, PO Box 6688, Portland OR 97228, USA. Only SFPA members may nominate; there is no limit to nominations, but you may not nominate your own work. Books and chapbooks that placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd in last year’s Elgin Awards are not eligible.

(3) BE ON THE LOOKOUT. [Item by Steven French.] “Fiction to look out for in 2024” in the Guardian includes an SF novel tipped for the Booker:

…in September, there’s my early pick for this year’s Booker: Creation Lake (Jonathan Cape) by Rachel Kushner. It’s a wild and brilliantly plotted piece of science fiction. This is the story of a secret agent, the redoubtable Sadie Smith, sent to infiltrate and disrupt a group of “anti-civvers” – eco-terrorists – in a France of the near future where industrial agriculture and sinister corporations dominate the landscape. Think Kill Bill written by John le Carré: smart, funny and compulsively readable….

(4) NO MCU? REALLY? Rolling Stone calls these “The 150 Best Sci-Fi Movies of All Time”.

…So when it came time to rank the greatest sci-fi movies of all time, we couldn’t stop at 100. Instead, we went bigger and bulked it up with an extra 50 entries, all the better to pay lip service to more of the pulpy, the poppy and the perverse entries — not to mention some of our personal favorites — that don’t normally get shout-outs in these kinds of lists. There were more than a few arguments when it came to the picks. (It was also decided early on that superhero movies as a whole usually fall out the parameters of science fiction, so you won’t the MCU, et al., canon on this list — with one very notable exception.) Here are our picks for the best the genre has to offer. Live long and prosper. May the force be with you….

At the bottom:

150 ‘Tank Girl’ (1995)

What would the post-apocalyptic world look like if the hero was a riot grrrl and the soundtrack was curated by Courtney Love? Behold the adventures of Tank Girl (Lorri Petty), as our hero roams through the decimated Outback, years after a comet hit earth and an evil corporation seized control. It’s got some of the hallmarks of a traditional sci-fi adventure — a jet-flying sidekick played by Naomi Watts; an army of half-kangaroo, half-man beings, including one played by Ice-T — but Rachel Talalay’s adaptaion of the cult British comic diverges from the typical dystopia formula by layering everything over a very 1990s alt aesthetic, all bright colors and snappy, sexualized wisecracks. “No celebrities, no cable TV, no water — it hasn’t rained in 11 years,” Tank Girl explains early on in the film. “Now 20 people gotta squeeze inside the same bathtub — so it ain’t all bad.” —Elisabeth Garber-Paul

Rated number one:

1 ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ (1968)

It begins at the Dawn of Man and ends with the rebirth of humanity, with Homo sapiens having finally been granted one last evolutionary level-up. In between those two poles of the human experience — one in our prehistoric past, the other light years into our future (hope springs eternal) — Stanley Kubrick give us what still feels like the benchmark for science fiction cinema that engages you in mind, body, and soul. It’s not just that his adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke’s short story “The Sentinel” has become part of our collective consciousness, enough that Barbie could kick off with an extended riff on one of its most famous scenes and everyone got the joke. Or that 2001 contains what may be the single best example of film editing as a communicative art form unto itself. Or that the closest the film has to an antagonist, the self-aware HAL 9000 supercomputer who discovers that machines are no more immune from neurosis and malice than its flesh-and-blood programmers are, is the character we end up feeling the most sympathy towards. “Daissss-yyyy… daisssss-yyyyy…”….

…The wisecrack was always that 2001: A Space Odyssey was exactly like the big, black monolith that connected its eon-spanning chapters: gorgeous, meticulously constructed, inhuman in its perfection and inscrutable in terms of concrete meaning. Conventional wisdom is that it’s actually closer to the Star Child — something that takes the entirety of the universe in and stares at it in awe, reflecting back how far we have come and how far we still have to go. —DF

(5) LAWYERS ASSEMBLE! We know this, but it’s a new year so let’s pretend it’s news: “Mickey Mouse Hits Public Domain With Disney’s ‘Steamboat Willie’” at Deadline.

As of today, the traditionally protective Walt Disney Co will have to deal with an onslaught of Mickey Mouse parodies, mockeries and likely rather explicit variations as the iconic character slips into the public domain.


In the sober light of 2024, Steamboat Willie, the 1928 short that effectively launched the empire that Walt built, can now be used by anyone and everyone. The legal status of Mickey and Minnie Mouse from Steamboat Willie and Plane Crazy, from earlier that same year, has been long fought over and probably not something to which Disney was looking forward. Yet, in a new year that also sees Virginia Woolf’s groundbreaking Orlando, Peter Pan, Charlie Chaplin’s The CircusBuster Keaton‘s The Cameraman and Tigger from AA Milne’s The House at Pooh Corner now in the public domain, if you are anticipating a Steamboat Willie free-for-all, think again.

Besides Disney being notoriously litigious, the color version of Mickey that came into being in 1935’s The Band Concert, is a lot different in 2024 than the non-speaking Mickey of Steamboat Willie in 1928. Evolving over the decades, the brand icon that is today’s Mickey has a lot more meat on his bones, is full of many more smiles, has that chirpy voice and a far less rough disposition, wears white gloves, and clearly looks a lot less a rat than the Steamboat Willie Mickey – and, to paraphrase MC Hammer: you can’t touch that.

“More modern versions of Mickey will remain unaffected by the expiration of the Steamboat Willie copyright, and Mickey will continue to play a leading role as a global ambassador for the Walt Disney Company in our storytelling, theme park attractions, and merchandise,” a Disney spokesperson said of the dos and don’ts of the sound-synched film entering the public domain today….


[Written by Cat Eldridge.]

Born January 1, 1954 Midori Snyder, 70. This first novel by Midori Snyder that I read was The Flight of Michael McBride, a three decades old work by her set in the old American West blending aspects of  First Folk, Irish-American and Mexican folklore. A most excellent read. 

Like Pamela Dean with her Tam Lin novel, she’s delved in Scottish myth as her first novel, Soulstring, was inspired by the Scottish legend of Tam Lin

Midori Snyder

It was however not her first published work as that was “Demon” in the Bordertown anthology, the second of the Bordertown series.  She would later do two more Bordertown stories, “Alison Gross” that’d be in Life on the Border, and “Dragon Child” in The Essential Bordertown.

Now don’t go looking for any of these as ePubs as, like the Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror series which I noted in Ellen Datlow’s Birthday a few days ago, ePub rights weren’t written into the publication contracts. 

The newest Bordertown anthology, Welcome to Bordertown, is available as an ePub.

Next up is a trilogy of books that remind me of Jane Yolen’s The Great Altar Saga in tone  — New MoonSadar’s Keep, and Beldan’s Fire. They were published as adult fantasy by Tor Books starting thirty four years ago where they were The Queens’ Quarter Series. Interestingly they would be reprinted as young adult fantasy by Firebird Books just eighteen years ago as The Oran Trilogy. I see that Firebird is no longer the domain of Sharyn November which it was explicitly related for.

Now I positively adore The Innamorati which draws off the the Commedia dell’Arte theatre and the Roman legends as well. This stellar novel gained her Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature. It is without doubt her best novel – great characters, fascinating setting and a wonderful story.

Hannah’s Garden was supposed to be one of the novels inspired by a painting by Brian Froud. (I remember de Lint’s The Wild Wood and Windling’s The Wood Wife are two of the others but I forget the fourth. I know they got their novels with his art but I don’t if she or the fourth writer did.) It’s a more personal novel, more scary in tone I think than her other work is. 

Except the Queen was written by her and Yolen. It’s a contemporary fantasy featuring two fey who are banished here in the guise of old women. I’ll not spoil what happened next. That was her last novel and it was published thirteen years ago. 

She wrote the title short story for Windling The Armless Maiden and Other Tales for Childhood’s Survivors anthology anthology about child abuse survivors. Grim reading but recommended. It was nominated for an Otherwise Award.

It’s one of a not deep number of short stories she’s written, none collected so far. 

She did the text to the “Barbara Allen” graphic story Charles Vess illustrated and first published in his Ballads chapbook in 1997 which I’ve got here somewhere. Let me go see… yes, it’s also in the autographed copy of The Book of Ballads that he sent me. That came out on Tor seventeen years ago. God, time goes by fast! 

Though not about her fiction writing, she would win a World Fantasy Award for her editorial work on Windling’s Endincott Studio website. It is a fascinating site covering what Terri, Midori and others think is interesting in fairy tales, myth, folklore, and the oral storytelling tradition. It is here now.

(7) EASING A BARRIER TO CHINA TOURISM. For the next wave of fans who may be thinking about the trip: “China to simplify visa applications for US tourists as both countries seek to improve relations” at the South China Morning Post.

China will simplify the visa application process for tourists from the United States as part of its efforts to step up interactions between people from the two countries.

Beijing has also been seeking to woo more international visitors as part of its wider efforts to boost its sluggish economic recovery.

Starting from January 1, those applying for tourist visas within the US will no longer need to submit proof they have a round-trip air ticket and hotel reservation, as well as their itinerary or a letter of invitation, according to a notice published on the website of the Chinese embassy in Washington on Friday.

The measure aims to “further facilitate people-to-people exchanges between China and the United States”, it said.

It added that “since visa applications are processed on a case-by-case basis”, applicants should still refer to the Chinese embassy and consulates-general for specifics….

The move follows a cut in visa fees for US applicants of around 25 per cent until December 31, 2024 announced earlier this month, and a previous decision to allow walk-in visa applications.

(8) WHAT, ME WARP? Currently open for bids at the Heritage Auctions site is “Jack Rickard MAD #186 Star Trek Cover Original Art”. It was up to $1,950 when I last checked.

Jack Rickard MAD #186 Star Trek Cover Original Art (EC, 1976). Captain Kirk (William Shatner) and Spock (Leonard Nimoy) join Vulcan officer Alfred E. Neuman (who will likely soon meet a terrible fate, hinted at by his red shirt) tap dance their way across the cover of the parody magazine to promote the “Star Trek” Musical buried within its pages. Spock looks surprised to see Neuman sporting a pair of pointy Vulcan ears, with the adage “Keep on Trekin'” printed on his uniform. A fun poke at the beloved sci-fi TV series painted in gouache on illustration board with an image area of 16″ x 16.75″, matted and Plexiglas-front framed to 27″ x 28.5″. Light frame wear. Signed by Rickard in the lower right corner and in Excellent condition.

(9) TROLLING WITH A MAGNET. “He Has Fished Out Grenades, Bikes and Guns. Can Fame Be Far Behind?” He couldn’t make a living streaming himself playing video games – but people want to see what his powerful magnet retrieves from the waters around New York.  

… The grenade was not without precedent. Two months before, Mr. Kane managed to pull a gun out of a lake near where he lives. It might have been used in a murder, he suggested, and he was told there was a chance he might be subpoenaed. He was eager to avoid that entanglement.

On that unseasonably warm November afternoon, Mr. Kane, who is 39 and looks a bit like the actor Seth Rogen playing a deckhand, just yanked the thing right off his magnet. It took quite a bit of effort, given that the magnet (from Kratos Magnetics, for $140) was advertised as having a “pull force” of 3,800 pounds. The gunpowder had been emptied out of the bottom, so he figured the corroded explosive was something that would put him on the map, rather than blow him off it. Still, he put it on the ground and covered it with a plastic bucket — just in case.

As he dialed 911, he paused to wonder: Would the operator remember him? Was he something of a known quantity by now? Just the week before, he’d found a top-loading Smith & Wesson in Prospect Park Lake. And he’d also found a completely different grenade about a month ago, which he said led the police to evacuate a restaurant near the United Nations. But to his disappointment, that day’s dispatcher didn’t react.

“You’re gonna know Let’s Get Magnetic,” Mr. Kane told the operator, referencing the name of his YouTube channel. “I’m getting famous.”

His partner, Barbie Agostini, continued filming as the police arrived. Two beat cops who showed up took some pictures of the grenade on their phones. Meanwhile, a woman pushed a baby carriage inches away from it. More cops eventually came to cordon off the area, but the content creation did not stop there. Another officer squatted on the ground to take more close-ups. Wanting a wider-angle view of the ruckus he’d wrought, Mr. Kane moved slightly down the sidewalk and kept fishing.

It wasn’t long before a well-put-together young woman in a pinned-on hat stopped and stared as Mr. Kane pulled a hunk of junk out of the water with his magnet.

“What are you guys fishing for?” she asked.

“Anything metal,” he told her. “This is a bed frame from the 1900s.”

The woman looked astounded at this dubious bit of history.

“God bless you,” she said….

…After lunch, Mr. Kane, Ms. Agostini and Jose returned to their duplex. Mr. Kane pulled out a Styrofoam chest full of his favorite finds. They included the magazines from four guns, the barrel of a sniper rifle and two tiny cannonballs that might predate the city itself, which he plans on giving to the American Museum of Natural History.

Evidence of a collector’s lifestyle exists throughout the apartment — unopened retro video games and hand-painted Japanese anime figurines covered nearly every spare inch of wall space. Mr. Kane pulled out some tiny pieces of metal from the cooler, one in the shape of a bow and arrow, and another that looked like a ball-peen hammer.

“This is black magic,” he said. “One hundred percent.” Then came a key fob for an Audi that still lit up when he pressed a button. “This unlocks a car,” he said. “We just don’t know where the car is.” Then came his collection of iPhones, which he proudly displayed on his purple couch. All of them worked. Well, all but one. “It smokes if you turn it on,” he said. “But that’s the only problem.”…

(10) BUT IF HE TELLS – THEN WE’LL KNOW! No, content moderation is not supposed to be a big secret. “Elon Musk’s X Loses Bid To Change California Content Moderation Law” reports Deadline.

Elon Musk‘s X on Thursday has lost its bid to change a California law on content moderation disclosure by social media companies.

X sued California in September to undo the state’s content moderation law, saying it violated free speech rights under the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment and California’s state constitution.

Today, U.S. District Judge William Shubb dismissed the social media company’s request in an eight-page decision .

The law requires large social media companies to issue semiannual reports that describe their content moderation practices. They must also provide data on the number of objectionable posts and how they were addressed.

“While the reporting requirement does appear to place a substantial compliance burden on social medial companies, it does not appear that the requirement is unjustified or unduly burdensome within the context of First Amendment law,” Shubb wrote.

X did not immediately respond. The company’s content moderation policies have long been contentious, dating to before Musk bought the company.

(11) ANOTHER INKLING NAMED LEWIS. This postcard ad for The Major and the Missionary edited by Diana Pavlac Glyer caught my eye and reminded me to kick off the new year by mentioning this collection of letters of interest to Inklings fans.

After the death of his brother, Warren Lewis lived at The Kilns in Oxford, spent time with friends, edited his famous brother’s letters, and did a little writing of his own. Then, out of the blue, he got a letter from a stranger on the far side of the world. Over the years that followed, he and Blanche Biggs, a missionary in Papua New Guinea, shared a vibrant correspondence. These conversations encompassed their views on faith, their politics, their humor, the legacy of C. S. Lewis, and their own trials and longings.

Taken as a whole, these collected letters paint a colorful portrait that illuminates not only the particulars of distant times and places but the intimate contours of a rare friendship.

Edited and introduced by Bandersnatch author Diana Pavlac Glyer.

[Thanks to Steven French, Mike Kennedy, Andrew Porter, Scott Edelman, Mark Roth-Whitworth, John King Tarpinian, Chris Barkley, Cat Eldridge, and SF Concatenation’s Jonathan Cowie for some of these stories. Title credit belongs to File 770 contributing editor of the day Peer.]

2023 Dwarf Stars Winners

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association‘s Dwarf Stars 2023 award winners, as voted by SFPA members, were revealed today by David C. Kopaska-Merkel and Miguel O. Mitchell, editors of the 2023 Dwarf Stars Anthology.

The award recognizes the best speculative poem of 1–10 lines (or up to 100 words for prose forms) published in the previous year. It was created to honor excellent scifaiku, tanka, cinquains, and other types of short poems that examine speculative themes which tend to be overshadowed in SFPA’s Rhysling Award competition.



  • “Believe the Graves” by Rasha Abdulhadi
  • “In Perpetuity” by Bruce Boston


  • “Excerpt from a Proposal for the New City” by Alyssa Lo



  • “As Slow as Starlight” by Kim Whysall-Hammond
  • “Surviving” by Sumiko Saulson
  • “Trichotillomania” by Warsan Shire


  • [diameter pi the lake solves for moon] by Kat Lehman
  • “A Vision of the Future” by J. Y. T. Kennedy

2023 Dwarf Stars Finalists

The 2023 Dwarf Stars Anthology contents have been finalized, which constitutes the shortlist for the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association‘s Dwarf Stars award. The poems were selected by editors David Kopaska-Merkel and Miguel O. Mitchell, Ph.D.

The award recognizes the best speculative poem of 1–10 lines published in the previous year, and is designed to honor excellent scifaiku, tanka, cinquains, and other types of short poems that tend to be overshadowed in SFPA’s Rhysling Award competition.

Brief biographies of the contributing poets are here. A copy of the Dwarf Stars anthology is included with SFPA membership. It is also available for purchase here.

The cover art is by Pamela Gordimer.

SFPA members have until August 31 to vote their favorite short-short poem from the anthology and determine who will receive the Dwarf Stars Award.

Some poems have a title, others are identified by a phrase from their first line placed in brackets:


(105 poems)

[abducted by aliens now I feel needed] • Ken Slaughter • failed haiku 74
[absentmindedly] • Nick Hoffman • Scifaikuest, February print
AI can’t believe it’s not human • Ken Slaughter • failed haiku 74
[ancient archives] • Helen Ogden • failed haiku 74
Another Day, Another Year • Ann Christine Tabaka • American Diversity Report, 3/20
As Slow as Starlight • Kim Whysall-Hammond • Frozen Wavelets 7
Aurum • Mariel Herbert • The Sirens Call 60
[bedtime story…] • Sankara Jayanth Sudanagunta • horror senryu journal, 12/12
Believe the Graves • Rasha Abdulhadi • The Deadlands 16
A Bird in Hand • Shelly Jones • Octavos, 2/21
Bureaucratic • Mahaila Smith • Long Con Magazine, October
Bury Me Under Fallen Stars • Victoria Nations • Autumnal Equinox: Harvest, 9/14
[butterfly effect] • Colleen Anderson • Utopia, June/July
Cancer Surgery on Half a Shell • Mariel Herbert • Carmina Magazine, September
The Changing Face of Fear • Lisa Timpf • Eccentric Orbits 3, ed. Wendy Van Camp (Dimensionfold Publishing)
[charged particles] • Deborah P Kolodji • Eccentric Orbits 3, ed. Wendy Van Camp (Dimensionfold Publishing)
[chill Halloween evening] • xeno-unit (teri santitoro) • Scifaikuest November online
[cocktail hour] • Greg Schwartz • Star*Line 45.4
[a corpse] • Anna Cates • Five Fleas, 10/9
The Cosmologist Dreams of Venus • Aaron Sandberg • Space & Time Magazine 142
The Cover-Up • Randall Andrews • Star*Line 45.4
Curse of the Clock • Joe Haldeman • Asimov’s SF, November/December
Dark Secret Garden • Max Bindi • The Horror Zine, October
Date Night • Melissa Ridley Elmes • Spectral Realms 16
[deep-space mission] • Ngo Binh Anh Khoa • Scifaikuest, May print
[a derecho] • Debbie Strange • Prune Juice 38
[diameter pi the lake solves for moon] • Kat Lehman • Frogpond 45
[discarded pie] • Keith Evetts • horror senryu journal, 10/4
Dreamcaster • Angel Leal • Space & Time Magazine 142
The Dwelling • Lorraine Schein • Space & Time Magazine 141
Earthlings Among Us • Michael McCormick • Star*Line 45.2
Eldritch Mother • Melodie Bolt • Under Her Skin: A Women in Horror Poetry Showcase Vol. 1 (HWA)
Excerpt from a Proposal for the New City • Alyssa Lo • Strange Horizons, 11/14
The Explorers Return • Goran Lowie • Utopia, October/November
Fifth Tongue • Eva Papasoulioti • Silver Blade 53
[finally able] • Matthew Wilson • Dreams and Nightmares 121
Finest particles’ dance • Yuliia Vereta • Star*Line 45.1
For Khione • Shelly Jones • Trouvaille Review, 3/14
[Four-faced doll] • PS Cottier • Antipodean SF 290
Frankenstein • Eavonka Ettinger • Five Fleas, 10/4
The Garden of Night • Andrew White • Spectral Realms 17
[Glastonbury] • Helen Buckingham • Blithe Spirit 32.2
Globular Cluster • F. J. Bergmann • The Space Cadet Science Fiction Review 1
[golem] • Marisca Pichette • Star*Line 45.2
[her leafy blush] • Tyler McIntosh • Scifaikuest, August
Holocene Park: AIs • Denise Dumars • Cajuns in Space
In Perpetuity • Bruce Boston • Analog, July/August
[interstellar flight] • Eva Joan • failed haiku 74
[leafy alien] • Herb Kauderer • Star*Line 45.3
[locking eyes] • Barun Saha • the cherita 5:12
[long after…] • Roberta Beary • Blithe Spirit, 2/22
[long story short] • Richard Magahiz • Five Fleas, 9/21
Masquerade • Rachel Tyle • The Sirens Call 57
Maxime • Meg Smith • The Chamber Magazine, 10/7
mea culpa • Eugen Bacon • African Literature Today 40
[meteor sizzling] • Anna Cates • Five Fleas, 9/20
[midnight the sun moonlighting] • Tim Cremin • tiny words, 7/12
[mission to Titan] • Lisa Timpf • Eccentric Orbits 3, ed. Wendy Van Camp (Dimensionfold Publishing)
[months after his death] • Joseph P. Wechselberger • horror senryu journal, 12/14
[morning newspaper] • Ngo Binh Anh Khoa • Scifaikuest, May print
Most highly honored • Richard Magahiz • Eye to the Telescope 44
[mourning] • Colleen M. Farrelly • failed haiku 74
[multiverse…] • A. J. Wentz • Dreams and Nightmares 122
[mushroom cloud] • Joshua St. Claire • Star*Line 45.4
My Daughter, in Her Silver Sky • Meg Smith • Aphelion, March
[my robot boyfriend] • Jenny Thompson • Scifaikuest, August
Never Was a Princess Girl • Melissa Ridley Elmes • Star*Line 45.1
Night at Ithaca • Federica Santini • Carmina Magazine, September
[no price is too high] • Randall Andrews • Star*Line 45.4
Nor Am I Out of It • Noah Berlatsky • Asses of Parnassus, 12/2
Ode to Harriet • Alicia Hilton • AvantAppal(achia) 12
[parallel worlds] • Ken Slaughter • failed haiku 74
[planetarium] • John Hawkhead • Poetry Pea, September
Questions for the Fallen • Omodero David Oghenekaro • Strange Horizons, 8/1
[rain shadow] • C. R. Harper • Haiku Dialogue, 8/17
[rereading] • Peggy Hale Bilbro • Haiku Dialogue, 2/23
[sawdust protected our torsos] • Richard Magahiz • Five Fleas, 9/23
Shelter • Koji A. Dae • Octavos, 2/21
Shore Leave • James Arthur Anderson • The Fifth Dimension, December
[show me, I said] • Lauren McBride • Dreams and Nightmares 120
[skeleton eyes] • Greer Woodward • Haiku Dialogue, 1/19
[sky memorial] • Akua Lezli Hope • Scifaikuest, February
[snakeskin tote glistens] • Gary W. Davis • Star*Line 45.1
[sometimes a wish] • Anna Cates • Cold Moon Journal, 10/19
[spaceship window…] • Mark Gilbert • Five Fleas, 12/5
[a stack of turtles] • Mahaila Smith • Ribbons, 10/15
[star gazing] • John Hawkhead • tiny words, 4/1
[the sudden chill] • Deborah P Kolodji • failed haiku 74
Sunlight Loves A Crystalline Structure • Robert Frazier • Asimov’s SF, May/June
Surviving • Sumiko Saulson • The Rat King: A Book of Dark Poetry (Dooky Zines)
Tasty • Greg Fewer • Polar Starlight 7
Tea Dragon • Herb Kauderer • Scifaikuest, August
[termination shock] • Deborah P Kolodji • Eccentric Orbits 3, ed. Wendy Van Camp (Dimensionfold Publishing)
Thanks for Nothing • Randall Andrews • Star*Line 45.2
[thinning] • Akua Lezli Hope • ubu, small absurdist poems 4
Time and Again • Greg Schwartz • Abyss & Apex 82
Time Travel II • Akua Lezli Hope • Star*Line 45.4
Trichotillomania • Warsan Shire • Bless the Daughter Raised by a Voice in Her Head (Random House)
[two hearts] • Valentina Ranaldi-Adams • failed haiku 74
[the universe] • Greer Woodward • Star*Line 45.2
Vampire Therapist • Alan Ira Gordon • Star*Line 45.4
A Vision of the Future • J. Y. T. Kennedy • Polar Starlight 5
What Fairy Godmothers Read • Mary Soon Lee • Kaleidotrope, Summer
[wishing this] • Petro C. K. • Haikuniverse, 10/31
[wolf moon…] • Greg Schwartz • Dreams and Nightmares 122

[Thanks to Greg Fewer for the story.]

Pixel Scroll 10/25/22 Mahna Mahna! Do Scroll The Pixels The Pixels Are The One Thing That Is True

(1) PULLING RANK. Amanda S. Green puts a blip on indie author’s radar screens. There’s been a change in what rankings Amazon displays to readers: “And so it goes” at Mad Genius Club.

…And Amazon has changed the rules without much fanfare when it comes to what rankings they show. According to another author who queried Amazon about what they were seeing, Amazon has shifted to a policy where only three category rankings will show on a product page. In other words, you can be in the top 10 in four or more categories but Amazon will only show three. As if that’s not bad enough, the categories I see might not be the same one you see because their bots choose which ones to show based on our browsing histories.

As a reader, I don’t see a big problem. As a writer, this is a huge problem….

(2) KINDLE STORYTELLER AWARD. The winner of Amazon UK’s 2022 Kindle Storyteller Award is a historical fantasy novel: King of War by Peter Gibbon.

The Kindle Storyteller Award is a £20,000 literary prize recognising outstanding writing. It is open to writers publishing in English in any genre, who publish their work through Kindle Direct Publishing. Readers play a significant role in selecting the winner, helped by a panel of judges including various book industry experts.

The 2022 Kindle Storyteller Award was open for entries between 1st May and 31st August 2022.

(3) SAY IT AIN’T SO! Syfy Wire has horrible news: “Disney+ lands future seasons of ‘Doctor Who’”.

If you want to watch the next incarnation of Doctor Who, you’re going to need a Disney+ subscription.

Disney announced Tuesday morning that it will be the new home for upcoming seasons of the classic BBC science fiction series in the United States and around the world, a major streaming acquisition for a streaming service that’s already home to major franchises like the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Star WarsNcuti Gatwa, who will play the Fifteenth Doctor on the series, confirmed the news during an appearance on Live with Kelly and Ryan this morning, according to a Disney press release…. 

(4) GATEWAY TO THE PAST. Young People Read Old SFF features a look at the Susan C. Petrey that ends her posthumous collection Gifts of Blood, which included essays by Le Guin, Vonda McIntyre, and Kate Wilhelm.  What do the panelists think of this Hugo finalist?

October 2022’s Young People Read Old Hugo Finalists offers a story unusual in several ways. Firstly, I was utterly unfamiliar with Susan C. Petrey’s Hugo finalist story ​“Spidersong1”. A glance at Petrey’s ISFDB entry offers a grim explanation: Susan Petrey died in her mid-thirties, 5 December 1980. Most of her work seems to have been published posthumously, largely in the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, a magazine that for no good reason I did not read. 

In addition to her Hugo nomination, in spite of having just three stories in print (1979’s ​“Spareen Among the Tartars”, 1980’s ​“Spidersong”, and 1980’s ​“Fleas”), Petrey was nominated for the Astounding Award for Best New Writer2. Petrey died before the results of the nomination were announced. In fact, Petrey was one of two authors present posthumously on the 1981 Astounding Award3; Robert Stallman died August 1, 1980. As far as I can tell, this is the only year any nominees, let alone two4, for the Astounding were nominated post-mortum. 

“Spidersong” is unusual in a third, far more positive way: it is still in print, for web-based values of in print. Spidersong can be read in Issue 54 of Light Speed Magazine….

(5) LIGHTS ON. Cora Buhlert calls this a “semi non-fiction spotlight” because it’s about an anthology that mixes fiction reprints with essays and commentary: Rediscovery: Science Fiction by Women Volume 2 (1953 to 1957), edited by Gideon Marcus”.

What prompted you to write/edit this book?

By 2018, I had read dozens of great stories by women in my trek through all the period science fiction magazines. That same year, I ran across A. J. Howells, who had started up a small press to republish The Office by Fredric Brown. His experience made me realize that it’s not too hard to start a press these days. Putting two and two together, it was obvious what my first project would be: a collection of all of my favorite stories by women from the era….

(6) THE NOT AT ALL JOLLY ROGER. According to this article from the Guardian, even Booker Prize winners have to deal with book piracy: “Booker prize winner urges people not to circulate pirated copies of his novel”.

Booker prize-winning author Shehan Karunatilaka has asked people not to circulate pirated versions of his novel.

Karunatilaka won the prize…for his second novel, The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida. In an Instagram story and a Facebook post two days after his win, Karunatilaka said it had “come to light that an unofficial and illegal” pdf version of his book was “doing the rounds on Sri Lankan social media”.

In his post, titled “Do not steal the moon”, the author wrote: “The book took seven years to write, with countless hours of research, craft and hard work poured into it. If you wish to support and honour Sri Lankan art, please do not forward pirated versions of the book and tell those who are circulating it to refrain from doing so.”…

(7) PREMEE MOHAMED Q&A: At the Unofficial Hugo Book Club Blog: “Interview with Premee Mohamed, author of the Beneath The Rising trilogy”.

UHBC Blog: …Do you think it’s possible to write near-future fiction and not include some time of climate change elements?

Premee Mohamed: Well, anything’s possible in fiction.

But suppose I wanted to write a murder mystery set in London in a fancy house in the middle of the city in 1942. In theory, I could write the entire book just about the murder mystery and these friends would have to solve it.

But in practice, if I didn’t mention World War II at any point or the Blitz or the bombs or people that they knew that had died in the war … it would feel very weird and I feel like the book would be kind of missing something enormous about the reality of London in 1942….

(8) KNOW THE TERRITORY. J. Dianne Dotson advocates for “The Ecology of World-Building“ at the SFWA Blog.

…Interactions between living organisms and their environments include abiotic and biotic factors. Abiotic factors are nonliving factors, such as the sun, wind, precipitation, slope, or substrate (whether rock or other substance). Biotic factors are those that are living, such as plants, fungi, protists, or animals. Think about how both living and nonliving elements in your world affect your characters.

Other considerations include predator–prey relationships in your worlds. An apex predator is a top predator in a food chain. If your world has creatures, assume that there are predator–prey interactions. Where does each creature in your world fit in a food chain? What happens when you take the top predator away? What sorts of population pressures do your characters face? Showcasing these factors in your fiction weaves a unique tapestry for your characters to inhabit….

(9) CALLING OUT FATPHOBIA IN SFF. [Item by Olav Rokne.] Writing at Tor.com, R. K. Duncan enumerates the ways in which SFF has been a space that marginalizes those who are large. “SFF’s Big Fat Problem” is an important piece for us to read and to think about, when we’re consuming and creating fiction. 

In my lifetime, SFF has become unimaginably more welcoming of my queer self than it was when I began to read. My fat self, not so much. This essay is a callout for everyone who feels they are a part of this community. Do better.

(10) FEARSOME FIVE. James Davis Nicoll counts up “Five Chilling Horror Novellas to Read This Fall” at Tor.com.

October is, as I noted in an earlier essay, a season for ghosts and ghouls.  Days are shortening, winter is coming (at least for us folks in the northern hemisphere). It’s a season for melancholy entertainment.

Of course, autumn is also a busy season—even if, like the overwhelming majority of my readers, you don’t have to worry about getting crops in. You might not have the time, or the inclination, to read something long (there will be plenty of time for that in the cold days ahead). Happily, novellas are there for you. You might want to try one or more of these five….


1969 [By Cat Eldridge.] The Picasso Summer 

Back in the Summer of love or thereabouts, Mister Bradbury wrote the script for The Picasso Summer which by the time it was in the can had involved artist Pablo Picasso, French directors Francois Truffaut and Serge Bourguignon, cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond,  animators Faith and John Hubley, composer Michel Legrand and Barbra Streisand. Even Bill Cosby was in the mix as his company produced it, as was another actor, Yul Brunner.

It’s based off his “In a Season of Calm Weather” short story which was first published in the January 1957 issue of Playboy. It was most recently, 2013, published by Bantam in his Medicine for Melancholy collection. 


Bradbury wrote a most excellent script here. 

His story is that SF architect George Smith (as played by Albert Finney) is vacationing in France with his wife Alice (a very beautiful Yvette Mimieux) with the hopes of meeting Picasso. Why he wants to meet him is not explained. The back story is he is terminally weary of being an architect.

The young couple are turned away from the artist’s home, and a fight breaks out. George in a rather nasty mood goes off to Spain to meet Spanish bullfighting legend Luis Miguel Dominguín, who might be a friend of Picasso and might get him an introduction. He doesn’t. 

So Alice stays behind and alone in France, very miserable. Upon he returns, he apologizes for the quite bad vacation. They go for a final swim on the beach, utterly failing to notice Picasso playing in the sand with his family just a few hundred yards away as they stroll away from him into the sunset.


I must stress that it includes some very trippy and quite lively animated sequences of Picasso’s work done up in the finest Sixties style possible. Groovy man!  It’s quite delightful and all goes superbly well for our couple in the end.

It was shot in 1969, partly re-shot and tooted into the vault in 1969, but not shown publicly until 1972. It doesn’t appear in the Warner Bros. release records because it never hit the theaters only to premiere in the States on CBS’s Late Nite Movie. Warner Bros put a clip from it up here. Please, please do not link to the many extended clips from the film including the animated sequences as they are clear violations of copyright as the film is still very much under copyright.


[Compiled by Cat Eldridge.]

  • Born October 25, 1902 Philip Wylie. Writer of SF snd mysteries alike. Co-author with Edwin Balme of When Worlds Collide, his most important work, which was first published as a six-part monthly serial (September 1932 through February 1933) in the Blue Book magazine with illustrations by Joseph Franké. The novel was the basis of the 1951 film  of the same name that was produced by George Pal. (Died 1971.)
  • Born October 25, 1909 Whit Bissell. You most likely know him as Station Manager Lurry on “The Trouble With Tribbles”, but his major contribution to the SFF genre was being in all thirty episodes of The Time Tunnel as Lt. Gen. Heywood Kirk. He also did one-offs on The InvadersI Dream of JeannieThe Man from U.N.C.L.E.Voyage to the Bottom of the SeaScience Fiction TheaterThe Incredible Hulk and The Outer Limits. And yes, in the Time Machine film. (Died 1996.)
  • Born October 25, 1928 Marion Ross, 94. Best remembered as Marion Cunningham on Happy Days but she does have some genre roles, including an uncredited appearance in The Secret of The Incas often cited as the inspiration for Raiders of the Lost Ark. Charlton Heston was adventurer Harry Steele. Anyone see it? Again uncredited, she’s in a Fifties version of Around the World in 80 Days. The Sixties are kinder to her as she starts getting credited for her work, first for being on The Outer Limits as Agnes Benjamin in “The Special One” episode followed by being Angela Fields in Colossus: The Forbin Project. To date, her last genre role was on the animated Galaxy as the voice of Doctor Minerva in “Gotta Get Outta This Place”. 
  • Born October 25, 1940 Janet Fox. Author whose stories appeared in countless genre zines and anthologies between the Seventies and mid-Nineties.  Her long fiction, mostly the Scorpio Rising series, was done as Alex McDonough. She’s also know for the Scavenger’s Newsletter which featured a number of noted writers during its run including Linda Sherman, Jeff VanderMeer and Jim Lee. (Died 2009.)
  • Born October 25, 1963 John Gregory Betancourt, 59. Writer known for his work in Zelazny’s Amber universe but who has written quite a bit of other franchise fiction including works in the Star TrekHerculesRobert Silverberg’s Time ToursDr. Bones and The New Adventures of Superman. Most of his original fiction was early in his career. He’s also edited in a number of magazines including Weird TalesAmazing StoriesH. P. Lovecraft’s Magazine of HorrorAdventure Tales and Cat Tales. He even co-edited with Anne McCaffrey, Serve It Forth: Cooking with Anne McCaffrey. His Wildside Press has been nominated three times for World Fantasy Awards. 
  • Born October 25, 1971 Elif Safak, 51. Turkish writer with three genre novels, one written originally in Turkish (Mahrem), The Gaze in its English translation, and two written in English, The Architect’s Apprentice (which was translated into Turkish as Ustam ve Ben)  and 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World.
  • Born October 25, 1971 Marko Kloos, 51. Author of two MilSF series, Frontlines and The Palladium Wards. His Lines of Departure was nominated for Hugo Award for Best Novel at Sasquan on a slate organized by the Sad Puppies. In reaction to this, Kloos withdrew the novel from consideration for the award. He was subsequently honored by George R. R. Martin for this decision. And that gets him Birthday Honors. Five of his books have been Dragon Awards nominees in the Best Military SF or Fantasy category.

(13) SOI HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES. The Society of Illustrators’ 2022 Hall of Fame Ceremony and Awards will catch up two years’ worth of inductees.

Since 1958, the Society of Illustrators has elected to its Hall of Fame artists recognized for their distinguished achievement in the art of illustration. 

Artists are chosen based on their body of work and the impact it has made on the field of illustration. 

2021 Hall of Fame Laureates

  • Braldt Bralds
  • Craig Mullins
  • Floyd Norman
  • Margaret Brundage
  • Jean Alexandre Michel André Castaigne
  • Walter Percy Day
  • Dale Messick

2022 Hall of Fame Laureates

  • Charles Addams
  • George Booth
  • Emory Douglas
  • Wendy and Brian Froud
  • Reynold Ruffins

(14) HUGO SWAG. Cora Buhlert recently received her 2022 Hugo finalist certificate and pin. You can see a photo here: “Look What the Mailman Brought Me”.

(15) SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY POETRY ASSOCIATION MILESTONE. Adele Gardner and Greer Woodward, Editors of the 2022 Dwarf Stars Anthology made a historic announcement about the poet who took second place in the 2022 Dwarf Stars Award for his poem “Colony.”

Jamal Hodge is the first black man to win or place in the competition. Though the editors are saddened that there have not been prior accolades for black men in the Dwarf Stars Award, we are so very glad that Jamal Hodge has broken this barrier and lifted us with the quality of his work.
Jamal Hodge is a multi-award-winning filmmaker and writer from Queens NYC who has won over 80 awards with screenings at Tribecca Film Festival, Sundance, and the Cannes Short Film Corner. As a writer, Hodge is an active member of the Horror Writers Association and the SFPA, being nominated for a 2021 & 2022 Rhysling Award for his poems “Fermi’s Spaceship” and “Loving Venus,” while placing second in the 2022 Dwarf Stars. His poetry is featured in the anthology Chiral Mad 5 alongside such legends as Stephen King and Linda Addison. His written work was featured in the historical all-black issue of Star*Line (43.4), Space and Time Magazine, Hybrid: Misfits, Monsters & Other Phenomena, Penumbric Speculative Fiction Magazine, Savage Planets, and many others. https://linktr.ee/directorh
Hodge’s 2022 Dwarf Stars poem “Colony” is a poignant observation of humanity. Although scientists have developed technology superb enough to send people to Mars and establish a colony, human nature has remained unchanged. The fact that murder is one of the things that marks our humanity is not only tragic, but may well damage prospects for a hopeful future. The editors admired the way this powerful message was expressed in only 29 words.

(16) MIGHTY DIALOG. Book Riot’s Kate Scottanoints these as “23 of the Best The Lord of the Rings Quotes”.

Choosing the best quotes from The Lord of the Rings is difficult, because there are so many amazing lines in this fantasy epic. Nevertheless, here are 23 of my favorite The Lord of the Rings quotes.

First out of the gate:

“‘Why was I chosen?’ ‘Such questions cannot be answered,’ said Gandalf. ‘You may be sure that it was not for any merit that others do not possess: not for power or wisdom, at any rate. But you have been chosen, and you must therefore use such strength and heart and wits as you have.’”

How can it be that my own favorite isn’t even on the list!

(17) VIDEO OF THE DAY. [Item by Martin Morse Wooster.] In “Honest Trailers: The Rings Of Power (Season 1),” the Screen Junkies say this Lord of the RIngs prequel has so many mysterious strangers show up in the first episodes that “It’s hard to keep up with the people who aren’t mysterious. Stop making me do homework to watch TV!” the narrator complains. He shows at least five clips where the cast are trying very very hard not to say they’re making rings that characters can be lords of. Noting this is an Amazon project, the narrator asks, “do the orc slaves get free two-day shipping?”

[Thanks to Chris Barkley, Michael Toman, Cat Eldridge, Cora Buhlert, Mike Kennedy, Martin Morse Wooster, JJ, and John King Tarpinian, and Andrew Porter for some of these stories. Title credit belongs to File 770 contributing editor of the day Jim Janney.]

2022 Dwarf Stars Winners

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association‘s Dwarf Stars 2022 award winners have been announced.

The award recognizes the best speculative poem of 1–10 lines published in the previous year, and is designed to honor excellent scifaiku, tanka, cinquains, and other types of short poems that examine speculative themes which tend to be overshadowed in SFPA’s Rhysling Award competition.



  • “Poem with Lines from My Son” by Jen Stewart Fueston
  • “What Trees Read” by Mary Soon Lee


  • “Colony” by Jamal Hodge


  • “Future Portrait of Dark Matter” by Gene Twaronite


  • “Mexico City, 2101 AD” by Juan Manuel Pérez
  • “fury” by Lee Murray
  • “Mother” by Merie Kirby
  • “Past Equinox” by Ann K. Schwader

And a tie between

  • “—And They All Lived Together—” by Andrew J. Wilson
  • “[cricket song]” by Joshua Gage

The authors who composed the 120 short poems selected from the 1,371 qualifying submissions have reason to celebrate.

The 2022 award chairs Adele Gardner and Greer Woodward, who edited the collection, gave their thanks to each and every poet; Elisabeth Alba, cover artist; the many editors who helped them; all the participants in the Dwarf Stars Zoom readings, including hosts Denise Dumars and Deborah P Kolodji, reader Colleen Anderson, and all the poets and readers; and so many members of SFPA, including Brian Garrison (SFPA Secretary), F. J. Bergmann (anthology layout and website), Deborah P Kolodji (searched mainstream haiku journals); Diane Severson Mori and Jordan Hirsch (publicity); and so many more.
“But first and foremost—we honor and celebrate all of these wonderful poets, who made our task so light. We shall trip through the stars together many times, in memory.”

2022 Dwarf Stars Finalists

The 2022 Dwarf Stars Anthology contents have been finalized, which constitutes the shortlist for the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association‘s Dwarf Stars award. The poems were selected by editors Adele Gardner and Greer Woodward.

The award recognizes the best speculative poem of 1–10 lines published in the previous year, and is designed to honor excellent scifaiku, tanka, cinquains, and other types of short poems that tend to be overshadowed in SFPA’s Rhysling Award competition.

Brief biographies of the contributing poets are here. A copy of the Dwarf Stars anthology is included with SFPA membership. It is also available for purchase here.

SFPA members have until August 31 to vote their favorite short-short poem from the anthology and determine who will receive the Dwarf Stars Award.

Some poems have a title, others are identified by a phrase from their first line placed in brackets:


(120 poems)

  • [across eons] • Barun Saha • Star*Line 44.4
  • [adding ellipses] • Hifsa Ashraf • Frogpond 44:3
  • [after a downpour] • Anatoly Kudryavitsky • Shamrock Haiku Journal 45
  • After All This Time • Robin Mayhall • Scifaikuest print, February
  • [all] • Michael J. Galko • The Heron’s Nest XXIII:4
  • [all this rain] • Christina Sng • Star*Line 44.1
  • —And They All Lived Together— • Andrew J. Wilson • Star*Line 44.1
  • [as galaxies form] • Wendy Van Camp • Eccentric Orbits: An Anthology of Science Fiction Poetry, Vol. 2, ed. Wendy Van Camp (Dimensionfold Publishing)
  • [between her breasts] • Tyler McIntosh • Scifaikuest print, November
  • [bewitching hour] • Francis W. Alexander • Otoroshi Journal 1:2
  • Black Beak (a Nonet) • B. Sharise Moore • Fantasy Magazine 65
  • Black Swan • Sharmon Gazaway • Octavos, January 28
  • Blow • Holly Day • Star*Line 44.4
  • [brother beamed] • Guy Belleranti • Scifaikuest print, August
  • the burning river • Hal Y. Zhang • Uncanny 43
  • Callisto Dreaming • Mariel Herbert • Star*Line 44.2
  • closer • Matthew Daley • Star*Line 44.3
  • The Closet • Jennifer Loring • Constraint 280, December 30
  • [cold soup] • Roland Packer • NOON: journal of the short poem 20
  • Colony • Jamal Hodge • Penumbric V:4
  • [cricket song] • Joshua Gage • Wales Haiku Journal, Summer
  • Damsel in Distress Redux • Marsheila Rockwell • Star*Line 44.3
  • [dark sky country] • Deborah P Kolodji • horror senryu journal, Oct. 6
  • [Down in the river] • Denise Dumars • Star*Line 44.2
  • [Earth fills the window] • Stephen C. Curro • Star*Line 44.1
  • Epitaph for the Old Ones • Maxwell I. Gold • Oblivion in Flux: A Collection of Cyber Prose (Crystal Lake Publishing)
  • [exoplanet fossil] • Greer Woodward • Scifaikuest print, February
  • Expect Them to Arrive with Song • Jordan Hirsch • Octavos, June 17
  • Exsanguination • Lena Donnarumma • The Sirens Call 56
  • Fatherless • Roger Dutcher • Star*Line 44.3
  • Feline Reinforcements • Adele Gardner • Scifaikuest print, August
  • Fetch • Gerri Leen • Departure Mirror 2
  • The Final Fairy • Anna Cates • Canary 52
  • [fingers stroking spines] • Joshua St. Claire • The Starlight Scifaiku Review 1:1
  • [freeze-dried] • sakyu • Scifaikuest print, August
  • Funeral for a Star • Yuna Kang • Strange Horizons, 6 September
  • fury • Lee Murray • Tortured Willows: Bent, Bowed, Unbroken by Christina Sng, Angela Yuriko Smith, Lee Murray, and Geneve Flynn (Yuriko Publishing)
  • Future Portrait of Dark Matter • Gene Twaronite • NewMyths.com 55
  • ghost writer • Hemapriya Chellappan • horror senryu journal, July 19
  • [Globules of light] • Katerina Bruno • The Starlight Scifaiku Review 1:1
  • A Haiku Howdunit Murder Mystery • John H. Dromey • Star*Line 44.4
  • [half-heard whispers] • Tracy Davidson • horror senryu journal, February 1
  • Hard Return • Michele Mekel • Eccentric Orbits: An Anthology of Science Fiction Poetry, Vol. 2, ed. Wendy Van Camp (Dimensionfold Publishing)
  • The Heart of the House • M. J. Holmes • The Horror Zine, August
  • [a hissing leak in the airlock] • LeRoy Gorman • Star*Line 44.2
  • Hitting the Red Line • Herb Kauderer • Scifaikuest print, February
  • [horror movie] • Mark Gilbert • horror senryu journal, June 23
  • [I’m trying to sleep] • Marcus Vance • Star*Line 44.2
  • [in a deserted garden] • Padmini Krishnan • Shamrock Haiku Journal 46
  • In Memoriam: Spring • Dan Bornstein • Star*Line 44.4
  • [Jonbar hinge] • Thomas Tilton • Scifaikuest print, February
  • [a kind of afterlife] • Roberta Beary • Haiku Dialogue, Ad Astra: star clusters
  • [kohl stick] • Vandana Parashar • Poetry Pea 4:6
  • [landing at the] • Brian Garrison • Star*Line 44.1
  • [left behind on Earth] • semi • Scifaikuest print, August
  • [left my late father’s] • David C. Kopaska-Merkel • Star*Line 44.1
  • [long-dead stars] • Lev Hart • Haiku Dialogue, Ad Astra: distant suns
  • [longest] • Julie Schwerin • Cold Moon Journal, June 13
  • Love on Halloween • DJ Tyrer • The Sirens Call 55
  • [magic mirror] • Susan Burch • Scifaikuest print, August
  • Mexico City, 2101 AD • Juan Manuel Pérez • Eye to the Telescope 41
  • [The modified plants] • Debby Feo • The Fifth Di…, June
  • [moon walk] • Valentina Ranaldi-Adams • Cold Moon Journal, June 24
  • [moonscape] • Kat Lehmann • Frogpond 44:3
  • Mother • Merie Kirby • Strange Horizons, 20 December
  • Narcissus Now • Diane Jackman • Octavos, March 11
  • Niche • Jason P. Burnham • Constraint 280, December 30
  • Night Spell • Deborah W. Sage • Eternal Haunted Summer, Winter Solstice
  • Nü Wa and Earth • Ellen Huang • K’in Literary Journal, June
  • [the octopus dreams] • Pippa Phillips • Cold Moon Journal, August 9
  • [the offworlders didn’t] • Roxanne Barbour • Medium.com, December 28
  • Older Red Riding Hood in the Woods Behind Her House • Carol Berg • Gingerbread House 47
  • [One touch] • Doug Gant • Scifaikuest print, February
  • Orbital Mechanics • Ian Goh • Star*Line 44.3
  • [pad 39] • Topher Dykes • Temple, ed. Iliyana Stoyanova (British Haiku Society)
  • Past Equinox • Ann K. Schwader • Unquiet Stars (Weird House Press)
  • [peaceful Halloween] • ayaz daryl nielsen • Haikuniverse, October 31
  • Penny Dreadful • Stephanie Staab • Ligeia, Spring
  • The Perils of Using Traditional Practices in Modern Cults • Marcie Lynn Tentchoff • Polar Starlight 2
  • Poem with Lines from my Son • Jen Stewart Fueston • Bracken VIII
  • [pouring rain] • Cherie Hunter Day • Acorn 47
  • Prince Charming Sleeps with the Fishes • Robert Borski • Octavos, February 17
  • Reflections on the Rescue of a Fawn • Shelly Jones • The Amphibian Literary Journal 1
  • Riding Down a Dream • Melissa Ridley Elmes • Star*Line 44.4
  • [riding lightning] • Akua Lezli Hope • Eccentric Orbits: An Anthology of Science Fiction Poetry, Vol. 2, ed. Wendy Van Camp (Dimensionfold Publishing)
  • Riverside • Avra Margariti • Octavos, March 4
  • Sasquatch Burial Ground • Raven Jakubowski • Star*Line 44.1
  • [scratched] • Kelli Lage • Haikuniverse, November 18
  • [seeking] • Lauren McBride • Eye to the Telescope 42
  • Slam • Jean Gallagher • Bowery Gothic V
  • Small Blue Poem • Lorraine Schein • Subterranean Blue Poetry IX:VI
  • [Something remains] • Rebecca Lilly • is/let, September
  • Straw Maidens • Meg Smith • Black Petals 94
  • Strings • Deborah L. Davitt • SFPA Poetry Contest
  • [sturgeon moon] • Nick Hoffman • Eye to the Telescope 42
  • Sunburn Affairs • Imogen L. Smiley • Lucent Dreaming 9
  • Sunita Soars • Tony Daly • Utopia Science Fiction 2:4
  • [superstring] • Helen Buckingham • NOON: journal of the short poem 20
  • [Take Your Child to Work Day] • Ngo Binh Anh Khoa • Scifaikuest print, November
  • [tattoo inked on your arm] • Matthew Wilson • Star*Line 44.2
  • Ten Squared • RK Rugg • Illumen, Summer
  • There Goes the Security Deposit • Sarah Cannavo • Star*Line 44.1
  • [theremin] • Debbie Strange • failed haiku: A Journal of English Senryu 6.65
  • Tracks • Bruce Boston • Asimov’s Science Fiction, November/December
  • [two belief zones are ahead] • Barbara Candiotti • Star*Line 44.2
  • Two Mountains • Brian Rosenberger • The Sirens Call 53
  • Typographical Error • John Kaprielian • Riddled with Arrows 4.1
  • [under the earth] • Tia Haynes • Otoroshi Journal 1:3
  • [the Universe] • Alan Summers • Haiku Dialogue, Ad Astra: impermanence
  • [unzipping] • John Hawkhead • horror senryu journal, September 10
  • Vampire Selfies • Alan Ira Gordon • Star*Line 44.1
  • Watchmaker • Carolyn Clink • Polar Starlight 2
  • [water lily …] • Francine Banwarth • The Heron’s Nest XXIII:1
  • [we flip through] • Colleen Anderson • Potter’s Field 7, ed. Tyree Campbell (Hiraeth Publishing)
  • what they left behind • Richard Magahiz • Star*Line 44.1
  • What Trees Read • Mary Soon Lee • Uppagus 48
  • [white balloons] • PS Cottier • AntipodeanSF 276
  • White Flag • Tim Gardiner • Otoroshi Journal 1:1
  • [widdershins] • Kirsten Cliff Elliot • horror senryu journal, May 10
  • [Zen garden] • Adjei Agyei-Baah • Shamrock Haiku Journal 46

2021 Dwarf Stars Winners

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association‘s Dwarf Stars 2021 award winners have been announced.

The award recognizes the best speculative poem of 1–10 lines published in the previous year, and is designed to honor excellent scifaiku, tanka, cinquains, and other types of short poems that tend to be overshadowed in SFPA’s Rhysling Award competition.


  • “Yes, Antimatter is Real” by Holly Lyn Walrath (Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Sept/Oct 2020)


  • “The Softness of Impossible Fossils” by Robert Borski (Asimov’s Science Fiction, July/Aug 2020)


  • “Frozen Hurricanes” by Herb Kauderer (Minimalism: A Handbook of Minimalist Genre Poetic Forms, ed. Teri Santitoro; Hiraeth Press, 2020)

2021 Dwarf Stars Finalists

The 2021 Dwarf Stars Anthology contents have been finalized, which constitutes the shortlist for the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association‘s Dwarf Stars award. The poems were selected by editor Charles Christian.

The award recognizes the best speculative poem of 1–10 lines published in the previous year, and is designed to honor excellent scifaiku, tanka, cinquains, and other types of short poems that tend to be overshadowed in SFPA’s Rhysling Award competition.

SFPA members have until August 31 to vote their favorite short-short poem from the anthology and determine who will receive the Dwarf Stars Award. A copy of the Dwarf Stars anthology is included with SFPA membership.

Some poems have a title, others are identified by a phrase from their first line placed in brackets:

Anthology Table of Contents:

  • [6 months] • Susan Burch
  • [adrift in space] • semi
  • [alien hovercraft] • Deborah P Kolodji
  • [alternate history] • Greer Woodward
  • [bacon and coffee] • Michelle Muenzler
  • [black rabbits] • Michelle Muenzler
  • Blue Mood • Gretchen Tessmer
  • [bovine witnesses] • William Shaw
  • [brain software warning] • Julie Bloss Kelsey
  • Document Search • Lorraine Schein
  • [downwind] • Nick Hoffman
  • [driving home] • Susan Burch
  • [every lover] • Christina Sng
  • [evil comes always] • Juan Manuel Perez
  • Fairy Ring • John C. Mannone
  • [fireflies] • Anna Cates
  • Frozen Hurricanes • Herb Kauderer
  • [the FTL squad] • Deborah P Kolodji
  • Garden • Kim Goldberg
  • [happy hour] • LeRoy Gorman
  • [head in one hand] • David C. Kopaska-Merkel
  • How to Tidy the Asteroids • Mary Soon Lee
  • [how bright you shine] • Monica Louzon
  • I Think the Article Said Something about First Contact • R. Mac Jones
  • [in a cracked mirror] • Julie Bloss Kelsey
  • Lesser Eternity • F. J. Bergmann
  • Light Voyager • Adele Gardner
  • [lonely robot] • Noel Sloboda
  • More Than a Feeling • Lauren McBride
  • [on a pirate ship] • Lana M. ‘Rochel
  • Phoenix • Colleen Anderson
  • [photons in knit and purl] • Kimberly Nugent
  • [probably mist] • John Hawkhead
  • [right at home] • LeRoy Gorman
  • Runaway Greenhouse Effect • David C. Kopaska[1]Merkel
  • Sailing the Seas of Lune • Robert Borski
  • Saint George’s Lament • Jacob Bergstresser
  • seasonal greeting • Herb Kauderer
  • [shapeshifter] • Ngo Binh Anh Khoa
  • Sheets • Deborah L. Davitt
  • The Softness of Impossible Fossils • Robert Borski
  • [Sotheby’s Lot 9] • Greer Woodward
  • [springtime on Pluto] • David C. Kopaska-Merkel
  • Surreal Agenda • Bruce Boston
  • [t)here] • LeRoy Gorman
  • [thrown away in recycling] • Christina Sng
  • [the winged demons come] • Greg Fewer
  • [winter jasmine] • Debbie Strange
  • [wet market] • John Hawkhead
  • Yes, Antimatter Is Real • Holly Lyn Walrath
  • Zombie Night • Lisa Timpf

2020 Dwarf Stars Award

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association has announced the 2020 Dwarf Stars winner and other top finishers.


  • “Standing Up,” by John C. Mannone, Nadwah: Poetry in Translation, December 2019.

2nd Place

  • [There are fossils] by Mark A. Fisher, Silver Blade 44.

3rd Place

  • 2015 Zinfandella by Denise Dumars, Dismal Oaks Winery Broadside, Spring 2019.

The award recognizes the best speculative poem of no longer than 10 lines (or no more than 100 words for prose poems) published in the previous year, and is designed to honor excellent scifaiku, tanka, cinquains, and other types of short poems that tend to be overshadowed in SFPA’s Rhysling Award competition.

Also in contrast to the annual Rhysling AnthologyDwarf Stars is an edited anthology. SFPA encourages poets, poetry readers, and editors to submit or suggest eligible poems to the Dwarf Stars editor. This year’s anthology was edited by Robin Mayall. The winner was determined by a vote, with 96 members of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association participating.

Winners bios

  • John C. Mannone is a Horror Writers Association Scholarship winner (2017) and has work appearing in North Dakota QuarterlyForeign Literary ReviewPedestal, and many speculative journals like Space & TimeEye to the Telescope, and Altered Reality Magazine. He won the Carol Oen Memorial Fiction Prize (2020) and was awarded a Jean Ritchie Fellowship (2017) in Appalachian literature. He served as the celebrity judge for the National Federation of State Poetry Societies (2018). He edits poetry for Abyss & Apex, Silver BladeLiquid Imagination, and American Diversity Report. A retired university physics professor, John lives between Knoxville and and Chattanooga, Tennessee.
  • Mark A. Fisher is a writer, poet, and playwright living in Tehachapi, CA. His poetry has appeared in: Angel City ReviewMojave River ReviewAltadena Poetry ReviewPenumbraUnlikely Stories Mark V, and many other places. His first chapbook, drifter, is available from Amazon. His second, hour of lead, won the 2017 San Gabriel Valley Poetry Chapbook Contest. His plays have appeared on California stages in Pine Mountain Club, Tehachapi, Bakersfield, and Hayward. He has also won cooking ribbons at the Kern County Fair.
  • Denise Dumars says that this poem and the Dismal Oaks Winery broadside it was published in would not have existed without s. c. virtes and the crazy wine country poems Denise and Scott decided to write after touring Temecula wine country with the best wine-tasting buddies ever: Deborah Kolodji, Naia, and Richard Potthoff. Anyone who would like a copy of the broadside please send SASE to Denise Dumars, PO Box 83, Manhattan Beach, CA 90267.

2019 Dwarf Stars Award

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association announced the 2019 Dwarf Stars winner and other top finishers on September 30.


  • “embalmed,” Sofía Rhei (translated by Lawrence Schimel), Multiverse: An International Anthology of Science Fiction Poetry, eds. Rachel Plummer & Russell Jones (Shoreline of Infinity, 2018).

2nd Place

  • “where to hide an alien in plain sight,” LeRoy Gorman, Scryptic 2:4.

3rd Place

  • “Negative Space,” Sandra J. Lindow, Sky Island Journal, April 21, 2018.

The award recognizes the best speculative poem of 1–10 lines published in the previous year, and is designed to honor excellent scifaiku, tanka, cinquains, and other types of short poems that tend to be overshadowed in SFPA’s Rhysling Award competition.

Also in contrast to the annual Rhysling Anthology, Dwarf Stars is an edited anthology. SFPA encourages poets, poetry readers, and editors are also encouraged to submit or suggest eligible poems to the Dwarf Stars editor. This year’s anthology is edited by John C. Mannone. The winner was determined by a vote, with 85 members of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association participating.

[Via Locus Online.]