Scifaikuest

MAY 2020 ONLINE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DOOR Earthbound Refugees by Andree Gendron


EDITORIAL

Happy Spring to all of our Readers and Contributors! I hope the flowers are beginning to bloom where you are! We have some important announcements for you.

 

ATTENTION! IMPORTANT INFORMATION regarding our magazine! Scifaikuest finally has it's own ISBN!!! Please inform your local book stores and libraries that they are now able to ORDER SCIFAIKUEST!!!

 

And, even BIGGER NEWS -- WE'VE MOVED to a new imprint!!! You can now find us at Hiraeth Publishing at:

 

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If you don’t have a subscription to our PRINT edition, they are available at:

 

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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

 

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome our newest contributors: Laurence Raphael Brothers, Tracy Davidson, Colleen M. Farrelly, Karin L. Frank, Peter Makus, Avra Margariti and Stevehen Warren. Welcome, Everyone!

 

another move

never taking your lot for granted

the life of a terraformer

 

(xeno-unit)

 

 

 

SCIFAIKU

 

broken domes

 

lunar assassin

low tech avoids detection

boy with slingshot

 

Herb Kauderer

 

***

 

feeling emptiness

but you weren't programmed to cry

tears will make you rust

 

William Landis

 

***

 

unborn child

artificial womb

android wife

 

William Landis

 

***

 

determinism

overclocked circuits run hot

free will for cyber

 

Peter Makus

 

***

 

"Comedy Marathon"

 

longest ever sitcom

150 years running

original cast holograms

 

Matthew Wilson

 

***

 

springtime on Pluto

nitrogen cliffs soften

in the pinprick sun

 

David C. Kopaska-Merkel

 

***

 

strippers on Vega

really take it all off

House sells the skins

 

David C. Kopaska-Merkel

 

***

 

another sunrise
the army of nano-slaves

in dark holes

 

Sina Sanjari

***


abandoned spaceship
never transmitted message

on screen

 

Sina Sanjari

 

***

 

android laugh —

all the crickets

quiet

 

Tony Burfield

 

***
 

border wall —

just one hop

for the droids

 

Tony Burfield


***

 

regurgitation

scales AND fins for Zot dinner

for the holiday

 

C.P. Marsh

 

***

 

cyborged ladybug                       

crawls over leaves – assessing

moisture content

 

Karin L. Frank

 

***

 

bright angels descend
as klaxons cry a warning
apocalypse, now

 

Laurence Raphael Brothers

 

***

 

triumvirate quarks
awash in superfluid seas
skinny-dippers

 

Kimberly Nugent  

 

***

 

Big Chill


74 years

in deep space warp

frozen dreams

 

WC Roberts

 

***

 

renowned Andromeda circus

holographic lion bites girl’s hand

“it tickles!”

 

Avra Margariti

 

***

 

planetary picnic
alien refuse
creating new crops


William Shaw

 

***

 

first contact

an alien probe

collides with ours

 

Tracy Davidson

 

***

 

design application
uncovers
time dilation hobby


Roxanne Barbour

 

***

  

thought machine
interprets
vegetation in pain

 

Roxanne Barbour

 

 

 

Telephone 101 UFO hotline

by Neil Strahl and Gran

 

 

SENRYU

 

vampire dentistry
blood red toothpaste
expensive braces

 

William Shaw

 

 

TANKA

 

economic depression

 

budget committee

some hard choices are required

three minutes a day

Martian dome air is turned off

the colonists hold their breath

 

Herb Kauderer

 

***


our ships
sail past the horizon
and into deep space
type III
Kardashev civilization

 

Christina Sng

***

 

There Are Wolves in the Woods

 

If you look closely

The path breaks past the river

Called the final turn

It welcomes you, sun through leaves

They wait for you to stumble

 

Stevehen Warren

 

***

 

after the invasion

all that's left behind

by aliens...

bodies and bits of cloth

with stars and stripes on

 

Tracy Davidson

 

***

 

hidden
electronic circuits
submerged in mud
telepathic communication
choked

 

Roxanne Barbour 

 

​​Martian Baby by Gran and Strahl

 

 

FIBONACCI

 

revisionist history

Herb Kauderer

 

 

if

we’re

really

holograms

in the computer

at the end of time

I

want

access

to edit

code parameters

no

sense

doing

the same old

thing another time

  

 

HAIBUN

 


A NEW EARTH

News alert: the inception of spontaneous wormholes on Earth turns science experiments awry.

yet again
Schrödinger‘s cat vanishes
from the glass box
only to reappear
beside its food bowl


Christina Sng

 

***

 

January 12, 2077

 

The virus keeps mutating—a few base pairs here, enough to change envelope protein configurations there—and it mutates faster than we can manufacture a vaccine or cure. The original strain was simple enough of a virus, and if funding had been in place when the virus first emerged, it could have been snuffed out within weeks.

 

Black Volta, or Zombie’s Disease in lay terms, had appeared several times since the timber industry boom in Ghana; the last appearance spread to neighboring countries before containment, infecting at least 5,000. Symptoms were less severe than they are now, and no masticated brains were broadcast on the news. No economies took a big hit, and travel bans to the US, China, and the EU seemed to halt the spread to our alliance countries. The WHO’s warnings and the CDC’s pleas for funding were largely ignored by those in power.

 

Five of us military scientists remain at the fortified Fort Detrick lab, holed up behind barricaded doors, pressure locks, and what remains of Special Operations. I fear this log may be the only surviving account of human history and the final demise of man, destined to sit in this lab for centuries until a sentient race does an archaeological dig on this site.

 

Through the glass, I see the fires flickering out on the horizon. The soldiers murmur about the last of our nuclear arsenal dropping on Chicago tomorrow, delivered by the last of the planes. Traditional weapons are being transported to our location, but I fear the Humvee convoy is as doomed as the last. Exhaustion and starvation are claiming more lives than the zombie bites or weapons now. The last granola bar tastes stale as I choke it down with tonight’s water ration.

 

better if used by

2075—

expiration dates

 

Colleen M. Farrelly

 

 

 

FAVORITE POEM by editor, t.santitoro

 

springtime on Pluto

nitrogen cliffs soften

in the pinprick sun

 

David C. Kopaska-Merkel

 

The last line totally makes this poem! It says so much about distance, and is a great ah-ha moment! Well done, David!

 

 

 

Who?

 

Tony Burfield lives with his wife in the foothills of the Rockies and works at the Boulder Public Library. His poetry collection, Sawhorse, won Middle Creek Publishing's chapbook award in 2017.

 

Laurence Raphael Brothers is a writer and technologist. His haiku have been published by the Haiku Foundation and in the Asahi Shimbun. His WWI-era fantasy novel Twilight Patrol will be coming out in August from Alban Lake Publishing. Follow him on twitter: @lbrothers.,

 

Tracy Davidson lives in Warwickshire, England, and writes poetry and flash fiction. Her work has been published in various publications and anthologies. Apart from writing, Tracy loves sci-fi movies, crime novels, astronomy and photography.

 

Colleen M. Farrelly is a mathematician who enjoys all things writing. Her areas of research include quantum machine learning and topological data analysis. She enjoys the Florida sunshine, everything related to the ocean, and the South Florida Writers' Association.

 

Andree Gendron, a multi-talented artist, has been with us since the ProMart days!

 

Herb Kauderer is an English professor with a PhD in popular literature, and an MFA in creative writing.  His writing has won the Asimov's Readers Award, the Ewaipanoma Sonnet Contest, the WorldCon Poetry Slam, and the Sycamore Award.  It has also been a finalist for the Analog AnLab Readers Award, received Honorable Mention in the Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, and been a frequent nominee for the Rhysling, Pushcart, Elgin, and Dwarf Star Awards.  He has written a movie and a stage play and short fiction, and occasionally edits as well.  He blames his publishing record on being a fifth generation Buffalonian who is often snowed in.

 

William Landis: a hobby speculative poet and history buff who by profession is an agricultural extension agent for North Carolina A&T State University, and an engineering officer for the National Guard. 

 

Avra Margariti is a queer Social Work undergrad from Greece. She enjoys storytelling in all its forms and writes about diverse identities and experiences.

 

Peter Makus: Peter is a software engineer who has occasionally trod the boards and who aspires to surprise the world into deeper thought on ideas abstract and mundane, unique and clichéd, timely and out of time.

 

Kimberly Nugent is a freelance editor and stay at home mom who tortures her cats with death metal as she flits about the house. She is also a gamer, nerd, and lover of all things geek.

 

William Shaw is a poet and blogger from Sheffield, England. He has been writing haiku for seven years, and sci-fi for as long as he can remember. You can find him on Twitter @Will_S_7

 

Neil Strahl: Boris Grann and I have an arrangement where I am his agent and writer.

 

Stevehen Warren: A former New Yorker hiding in New England. He currently writes strange stories for strange people.

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