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A Danger to Self and Others

Tyree Campbell

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Cover illustration “Postal” by Sandy DeLuca

Cover design by Laura Givens

First Printing, November 2017

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I’m not a poet.

It’s not that I don’t know how to compose poetry (though some might disagree on that point); I have a third-place Rhysling and several best-of-issues that suggest I can do so rather well. But for me each piece of writing—story, essay, or poem—has a purpose; through it I have something to say, however significant or inane. It might be to express an emotion, such as anger, loss, or outrage; it might be to call attention to some aspect of human existence; it might be to summon the thought processes, to make the reader say, “Huh!” Or perhaps to elicit a smile or a guffaw, both of which appear to be in short supply these days.

So sometimes, when what I want to say can best be said via poetry, I compose poems.

With poetry, less is more. That’s why this introduction is so short. However well or poorly, the contents herein speak for themselves . . . and for me.

Tyree Campbell

Colo, Iowa

Spring 2017


by Kendall Evans

What is the difference between ordinary poetry and science fiction poetry? The answer to this question can be found in Tyree Campbell’s poetry collection, A Danger to Self and Others. Science fiction poetry, when it’s serious, has the entire cosmos to consider. And when it’s playful, it has the entire universe to play with. On the serious side, take a look at Campbell’s poem “Evolution,” which opens the collection. Or you want playful? Read his poem titled “How the Solar System Really Lost its Tenth Planet,” or “Garden Party.”

Allow me to clarify – When I speak of science fiction, I’m also talking about fantasy. Both allow the exploration of all Space and Time. Why would anyone ever want to read or write ordinary poetry rather than science fiction and fantasy poetry? I have no idea. Who out there really doesn’t want to explore all of all that there it, to ponder it all, question it all, seek to understand it all? Cosmic games are much more fun than games confined to mundane realms.

Take a look at Campbell’s wonderful fun on Homo sapiens in his poem “Itinerant.” Oh, and do you like dragons? (And who doesn’t like dragons?) Tyree has a whole section of dragon poems in this collection.

You like short poems? Haiku? Take a look at what science fiction and fantasy haiku can do, because there’s a section of those too in the collection.

Introductions are best left brief, so I will end this here. But don’t forget to read my favorite poem in the collection, “Not One of Us,” – one of the most poignant fantasy poems I’ve read in a long time.

Kendall Evans

Norwalk, CA

October 2017

Quantum Women

by Tyree Campbell

A quantum is a self-contained unit—of energy, light, and so forth. It exists in and of itself, irrespective of its surroundings. But it can be, and usually is, part of a team. A quantum woman, then, is a self-contained person, independent, yet willing to be part of a team if the right teammate comes along.

Quantum women aren’t superheroines with superpowers, they’re not “chicks in chain mail,” although they might be, as Pamela Sargent wrote, “Women of Wonder.” For the most part, quantum women are everyday folks in a science fiction or fantasy setting. They might be home-makers or home-wreckers, homely or homey, but all of them are focused, determined, willful, and independent. To those who have men in their lives, they are partners and companions, equals and not subordinates.

And yet, like any of us, they can find themselves in extraordinary situations where a bit of heroism can save the day. You’ll encounter them on these pages.


science fiction



Not One of Us

The Last Rub of the Lamp

How the Solar System Really Lost its

Tenth Planet

The Garden Party

The Last Moon of the Morning


Black Dragon

La Tanière à Minuit

The Lair at Midnight

Midnight Dragons


In Memoriam

Auld Acquaintance

Watch Me


A Danger to Self and Others


First Fright

Me That Was

True Reflection


Bringing Sally Back

Size 15W Should Do It




Featured Poet: Scifaikuest August 2008


My Grandfather’s Corpse


True Reflection by Marcia A. Borell

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