Scifaikuest November 2016

SCIFAIKUEST NOVEMBER 2016
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DOOR Halfway Dead by Ivana Kat

EDITORIAL
Greetings and Happy Halloween! I hope you had an exceptional holiday.
Speaking of exceptional, we’ve plenty of scary poetry and some thought provoking artwork in this issue as well. Our wonderful Online Door is Halfway Dead, by Ivana Kat, and our Print Cover is Steampunk Girl, by Sandy DeLuca, a digitally rendered piece of perfection. We also have FOUR black and white illustrations in the Print edition: Graveyard Reckoning by Bob Correia and “Pharaoh Donovan” by Robert E. Porter and “Last Flight to Nagasaki” by Robert E Porter, as well as From the Deep and From the Limb, both by Denny Marshall.
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A huge welcome and Happy Halloween to our newest contributors: Ash Krafton and Theresa Lockhart

And now we take you on a scarier-than-usual Scifaikuest!

behind me
nothing
seen

(xeno-unit)


SCIFAIKU
is there room for conscience
gray matter in Gray skulls
more studies needed

Ash Krafton


great Martian hall
founded by humans
will it be named Marshall?

Denny E. Marshall


no sheets on the bed
ran away from home to play
ghost on Halloween

Denny E. Marshall


my new world age –
standard Earth years or
six stasis years less?

Lauren McBride


telescope
Herb Kauderer

the line forms to see
natural beauty dazzles
one eye at a time


in my pocket
a little sun
warming my day

John Reinhart


paranoid vampire –
every odd shape
is a crucifix

Francis W. Alexander


traveling light years
ships from every quadrant
bring family home

William Landis


shifting
to autopilot—
Horsehead Nebula

Joshua Gage


trickling from the lip
of the satellite dish
lunar dust

Joshua Gage


Sapkota crater
the long stretch
of headstone shadows

Joshua Gage


she brings daisy seeds
to plant in terraformed soil
Army kids miss Earth

Theresa Lockhart


first alien production of Hamlet —
three eye sockets
in Yorick’s skull

John J. Dunphy


SENRYU

dead poets
rime is on
their side

LeRoy Gorman


TANKA

finding fault,
fed-up former flyer
files for
firmer FTL
flight-rules

Lauren McBride


two-seat spacecraft
husband and wife explorers
unexpected fight –
where to go
to cool off?

Lauren McBride


rain in the desert
parched sandscapes dimple
each sand grain changing
melting into something strange
as the tainted droplets fall

Marcie Tentchoff


ZAPPAI

his world is not round
Herb Kauderer

asteroid hermit
transforms happy stone to home
leaves no welcome mat


[untitled zappai]
Herb Kauderer

flower in her hair
enabling symbiote
lets her fly in space


FIBONNACCI

unstoppable force
Herb Kauderer

dry
winds
swirling
desert world
burning cannot stop
life generating from carbon
new forms able to
live without
water
this
time


HAIBUN

Halloween Horror
by Guy Belleranti

A knocking comes at the door.

“Trick or treat,” calls a voice. A familiar voice.

He peers through the peephole and staggers backwards. Impossible.

“Trick or treat,” the voice calls again.

Can’t be. It just can’t be!

Other voices join the first. “Trick or treat. Trick or treat. Trick or treat.”

“No,” he moans. “Go away. Go away.”

But they don’t go away. They step right through the door, a solid door, a door of wood and steel….

justice is served
ghosts of the dead
kill serial killer


BIOS

Herb Kauderer is an associate professor of English at Hilbert College, and has published a lot of poetry. More about his work can be found at HerbKauderer.com


Ash Krafton (@AshKrafton) writes speculative fiction and poetry. She’s also the author of novel-length fiction, including the Demimonde trilogy and The Heartbeat Thief (under the pen name AJ Krafton). Krafton is a member of SFPA and Pennwriters and writes for the QueryTracker blog. She lurks in the heart of the Pennsylvania coal region but can be spotted at www.ashkrafton.com.


Theresa Lockhart: My poetry is forthcoming in Kaleidotrope, and earlier this month Every Day Poems published one of my poems. I am a middle and high school Spanish teacher who also loves to teach Zumba, read novels about Dune, hike, and volunteer at my local Humane Society. I live with my husband and two cats in Michigan.