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The Gabriel Smithwilson Page

The Benjamin Whitney Norris Page

other minimalist forms

Becoming an American Sijo Poet by Nissa Annakindt

Can-Do Ku by Robert E. Porter

Featured Poet: Gordon Brown

Interview with Gordon Brown

t.santitoro: my favorite poem



SCIFAIKUEST is published quarterly online and in print. The two editions are different.

Cover art "Attack from the Space Fabric Rip" by Denny Marshall

Cover design by Laura Givens

Vol. XIV, No. 4May 2018

Scifaikuest [ISSN 1558-9730] is published quarterly on the 1st day of February, May, August, and November in the United States of America by Alban Lake Publishing, P.O. Box 141, Colo, Iowa, 50056-0141. Copyright 2018 by Alban Lake Publishing. All rights revert to authors and artists upon publication. Nothing may be reproduced in whole or in part without written permission from the authors and artists. Any similarity between places and persons mentioned in the fiction or semi-fiction and real places or persons living or dead is coincidental. Writers and artists guidelines are available online at Guidelines are also available upon request from Alban Lake Publishing, P.O. Box 141, Colo, Iowa, USA, 50056-0141, if request is accompanied by a SASE #10 envelope with a first-class US stamp. Subscriptions: $20 for one year [4 issues], $37 for two years [8 issues]. Single copies $6.00 postage paid in the United States. Subscriptions to Canada: $24 for one year, $42 for two years. Single copies $7.00 postage paid to Canada. U.S. and Canadian subscribers remit in U.S. funds. All other countries inquire about rates.


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A Danger to Self and Others

By Tyree Campbell

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.” And did I mention it has dragons? – from the Introduction by Kendall Evans.

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