"Under the Bodhi Tree," by Yunsheng Jiang

Yunsheng Jiang (1944-) Chinese poet & science fiction writer. He has won 6 prizes for his short story, science fiction and thesis in Buddhism philosophy in China and Taiwan. One of his short science fictions, Boundless Love, was translated into English and included in Sience Fiction from China [Publisher: Greenwood Pub Group, 1989]. One of his science poems, π (pi) appeared in the current issue of Space & Time( Issue #111).

Yunsheng Jiang was an associated professor of Chinese literature at Shanghai TV University, Songjiang Branch before he retired.

"Kingsport," by Richard Tierney

Richard Tierney is the greatest practioner of 'weird' poetry. Essentially 'weird' poetry is work set in the universe created by H.P. Lovecraft and expanded by his countless disciples. A Lovecraft story or poem usually cannot be placed within specific designations like fantasy or horror or science fiction. It sprawls across all three categories and sends tendrils into other designations.

"She Dwells in Dust," Elizabeth Barrett

A significant current in the creation of sf/f/h poetry is images and themes harvested from modern religious systems that strongly embrace magic (pagan,wiccan, neo-druid et al). Elizabeth Barrett is a prolific writer, a priestess in the pagan community and a member of the faculty of the Grey School of Magic. Her book COMPOSING MAGIC (2007) is an important resource for writing poems of magic, spells and incantations as well as many other topics of interest to a serious believer in the efficacy of magic.

Asimov's World by Scott Green

Scott has contributed our inaugural poem:

'Asimov's World'

Man moving towards self-perfection
A perfection set in laughter

The reflection of perfection
ensconced in gentle shells of steel
Life is laughter,
even metal can sing out laughter.

Untitled poem by Robin Mayhall

Robin Mayhall is a new poet of undeserved obscurity. The untitled poem which appeared in the print/web zine SCIFAIKUEST illustrates two elements in the sf poetry community. One is the widespread use of haiku and other Japanese forms among the community. The other is that the poem is a poem of science rather than a science fiction poem. A poem of science is about either a scientific phenomena and or theory or it's about the life of a scientist.

Mayhall is a full time public relations executive.


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