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your telescope arm

around my metal corset--

calculation in my steam-lit heart       

 

 -- Deborah Walker

 

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UFO landed

Next to the editors’ house

Renews subscription

 

Denny E. Marshall       

 

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event horizon

collapsing space and time

edge of the maelstrom

 

Kevin Meeks

 

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a snowball planet

nears its perihelion

ground becomes water

 

 - Simon Kewin

 

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have had a photo with an ET

but there is only myself appearing       

after developing process

 -----Yunsheng Jiang

 

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another myself

in the reverse universe         

fears of annihilation

 

----Yunsheng Jiang

 

 

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quantum tunneling

bits, bytes of Schrodinger’s cat       

paradigm mousetrap

 

-- Quantum Catch-all, by WC Roberts

 

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peripatetic-

a planet adrift with no

orbit to call home

 

Laura Hill

 

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brain scanned

the voices he hears explained

alien microchips

 

 - Simon Kewin

 

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back of the space bus                

just because I’m human

but I can still see the stars

 

LeRoy Gorman

 

*

 

cargo off                       

a vessel from Earth

floats above the mountains

 

LeRoy Gorman

 

*

 

getting off Mars

before a repobot grabs my ship    

red dust turns to gold

 

LeRoy Gorman

 

*

 

no call from Earth

I count dying stars                

in the Martian sky

 

LeRoy Gorman

 

*

 

wearing the boots

she did last night                 

the hooded hangman

 

LeRoy Gorman

 

*

 

taller on Mars

yet I still have to reach          

for the stars                                                    

 

LeRoy Gorman

 

 

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time and tide

plumes of exhaust

from the engine nozzles 

 

-Joshua Gage

 

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planet dust

in our uniform folds--          

no messages yet

 

-Joshua Gage

 

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Earthrise--

the argument left

on the lander              

 

-Joshua Gage

 

 

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artifacts unearthed                                          

correction: uncovered

by off-world archaeologists

 

Lauren McBride

 

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Cloudy collages

Universal graffiti       

Somewhat nebulous

 

Madeleine Maddocks

 

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Valentine's Day

the alien gives her

his bottom heart

 

     Francis W. Alexander

 

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a sudden flow

of heat as he arrives

Envoy del Sol

 

 

assu

 

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silky clouds

the unbelievable softness       

of the Solaran's hand 

 

   Francis W. Alexander

 

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