Scifaikuest

AUGUST 2020 ONLINE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When She Goes Bump in the Night by Sandy DeLuca

EDITORIAL

 

Happy 17th Anniversary to all of our Readers and Contributors!!! Yaaaay! :-)

I hope you are all staying safe and are well. If you are still in lockdown where you are, here are some awesome poems for you to read in you "alone time"!

 

But first, please be aware that we have some IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS, below:

 

Scifaikuest finally has it's own ISBN!!! Please inform your local book stores and library that they are now able to ORDER SCIFAIKUEST from Ingram!!!

 

And, even BIGGER NEWS: WE'VE MOVED to a new imprint!!!

You can now find us at Hiraeth Books at:  https://www.hiraethsffh.com/

 

If you don’t have a subscription to our PRINT edition, they are available at:https://www.hiraethsffh.com/product-page/scifaikuest

 

And, if you would like to join the select group of contributors by submitting your poetry, artwork or article, you can find our guidelines at:    https://www.hiraethsffh.com/scifaikuest

 

Pssst! Looking for something to read? How about a WESTERN VAMPIRE TALE? You can order t.santitoro's latest novelette, The Legend of Trey Valentine, at:  https://www.hiraethsffh.com/product-page/legend-of-trey-valentine-by-teri-santitoro

And you can read 2 of her short stories, which appear in Alban Lake's anthology, Only the Lonely, edited by Tyree Campbell at: https://www.hiraethsffh.com/product-page/only-the-lonely-edited-by-tyree-campbell

Santitoro's newest short story appears in the Hiraeth Book's anthology, No Greater Love: Martyrs of Earth and Elsewhere, edited by Robert Krog at:  https://www.hiraethsffh.com/product-page/no-greater-love

 

I'd love to extend a big WELCOME to our newest contributor, Stephen C. Curro!

 

our 17th anniversary

who would have thought

we'd be in space

 

-sakyu-

 

 

SCIFAIKU

 

 

"Reasons for War"

 

suing British museum

demanding artifact's return

dead Martian's crown

 

Matthew Wilson

 

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Europa ocean

underwater cave systems

a mermaid village

 

William Landis

 

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stage of civilization

arachnid natives
oceans conquered by sailboats
with eight pontoons each

 

Herb Kauderer
 

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solar flare flashes
photos reveal heart-shaped glow
heat death of my love


Herb Kauderer
 

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his fly is down?
but he’s swathed all in silk
in a spider web

 

Gary W. Davis

 

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built to breach heaven

an organic computer

Tower of Babel

 

W. B. Biggs

 

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newlyweds

embark in their own

starship

 

Akua Lezli Hope

 

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snowfall—

which button turns up

the cat’s purr?

 

Laura Garrison

 

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after sunset

the phosphorescence 

of moon plums

 

Laura Garrison

 

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scattershot convoy

 

his gravity sling

off by a second of arc

lightyears apart now

 

Benjamin Whitney Norris

 

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inheritance

 

left to decay

their galactic infrastructure

our "zombie" apocalypse

 

Benjamin Whitney Norris

 

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safe place

 

carbon-based lifeforms

don't work in this universe

no "gray goo" here

 

Benjamin Whitney Norris

 

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fast spinning planets

favored by the elderly

adding days to their lives

 

Lauren McBride

 

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on switch

the robot blinks

and wonders why?

 

Stephen C. Curro

 

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orbiting a gas giant

the console blares,

“ENGINE FAILURE!”

 

Stephen C. Curro

 

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abyssal zone

a moon-like eye

watches our ship

 

Stephen C. Curro

 

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space market

finding a reminder of home...

Earth rock

 

Tracy Davidson

 

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military hanger
rusting out slowly
a man-made UFO

Tom Sacramona

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adrift in space

watching reruns

of Star Trek

 

semi

 

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altering course

to an unknown world

ship's AI navigator

 

semi

 

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forbidden planet . . .

scanning for life

before they disembark

 

semi

 

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Desert Stroller by Denny Marshall

 

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SENRYU

 

dooming Earth

the starship’s cat leaps onto 

the tKlaG ambassador’s lap

 

Nick Hoffman

 

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through scattered debris

from a colonization ship:

kids playing tag . . .

 

Nick Hoffman

 

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reptile repertoire

alto singing scales

sheds into soprano

 

Guy Belleranti

 

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HORRORKU

 

painful bite

water reddens around me

the shoreline too far

 

Greg Fewer

 

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Screenshot

 

during the invasion

they're checking Facebook

fish in a barrel

 

Benjamin Whitney Norris

 

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TANKA

 

SCI(NA)KU  TANKA

 

approaching asteroid blasted

before impact -

now

meteors mesmerize

dusk to dawn

 

Lauren McBride

 

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FIBONACCI

 

Crescendo
Herb Kauderer

wand
in
hand the
maestro leads
Titan’s flowers sing.
a solar system holds its breath.

 

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no time to talk
Herb Kauderer

at
space
station
move-in day
friends bump into each
other &
bounce off

 

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CINQUAIN

 

asynchronous 

Herb Kauderer

 

pop song

hits number one

on seventeen planets,

a common song shared centuries

apart 

 

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FAVORITE POEM by editor t. santitoro

 

asynchronous 

Herb Kauderer

 

pop song

hits number one

on seventeen planets,

a common song shared centuries

apart 

 

Doesn't this just say it all? Well done, Herb!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

​Military Cartoon by Neil Strahl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who?

 

Guy Belleranti is a regular contributor to Scifaikuest.

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W. B. Biggs is a writer, teacher and aspiring wizard.

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Stephen C. Curro: I live in Windsor, Colorado and I have a Masters degree in Educational Psychology.  I work as a middle school paraprofessional and a reading tutor.  I have previously published poetry and fiction with Acorn Haiku, Daily Science Fiction and 365tomorrows.

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Tracy Davidson lives in Warwickshire, England, and writes poetry and flash fiction. Her work has appeared in various publications and anthologies. Apart from writing, Tracy likes movies (and thinks the new Star Wars films are awesome, no matter what anyone else says!), music, reading, travel and photography.

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Gary W. Davis is a semi-regular contributor to Scifaikuest

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Sandy DeLuca did our DOOR art!

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 A lifelong fan of speculative fiction, movies and television, Greg Fewer is a former enthusiast of role-playing games (for which he has one scenario publishing credit), and writes predominantly speculative flash fiction. His stories have appeared in (among other places): Cuento Magazine, Lovecraftiana, Page & Spine: Fiction Showcase, Schlock! Webzine, and The Sirens Call. This is his first foray into writing poetry.

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Laura Garrison lives in southwest Virginia with her patient husband, mischievous children, and surly cat. She likes rainy days and ghost stories, and she hopes to open an intergalactic cheese shop someday.

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Nick Hoffman grew up in Michigan, but moved to Dublin, Ireland, in 1995. He now lives in Cork, Ireland's second city.

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Akua Lezli Hope is a creator and wisdom seeker who uses sound, words, fiber, glass, and metal to create poems, patterns, sculpture, stories, music, adornments and peace whenever possible.  She lives with an indifferent black cat. She has published 127 crochet designs, served as a volunteer leader for Amnesty International and  founded a paratransit nonprofit. Her collection Them Gone, was published in 2018 by The Word Works. 

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Herb Kauderer is an obsessive poet with over one thousand seven hundred poems published.  He is also an obsessive scholar with seven college degrees, many of them related to speculative literature.  There may be a theme here.

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William Landis is a regular contributor to Scifaikuest

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Denny Marshall is an artist, poet and regular contributor to Scifaikuest

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Lauren McBride finds inspiration in faith, family, nature, science and membership in the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA). Nominated for the Best of the Net, Rhysling and Dwarf Stars Awards, her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in dozens of publications including Asimov's, Abyss & Apex and Fantasy & Science Fiction. She enjoys swimming, gardening, baking, reading, writing and knitting scarves for troops.

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Benjamin Whiteny Norris is a regular contributor to Scifaikuest

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Tom Sacramona (b. 1992) is a poet living in southern Massachusetts. Tom works as an RFP proposal writer and is a member of the Haiku Society of America (HSA).

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Semi, AKA Terrie Leigh Relf, AKA The Boortean Ambassador to Haura, is currently in geosynchronous orbit over San Diego, California (or Ocean Beach, to be more specific). In addition to handling Embassy affairs, she teaches English at National University. Currently, she is working on Beacon Lights of Ranat, which is the sequel to Sisterhood of the Blood Moon. Please visit her website at https://tlrelf.wordpress.com/ to learn more.

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Neil Strahl is a regular contributor to Scifaikuest

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Matthew Wilson is a regular contributor to Scifaikuest

 

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