May 26, 2020

The 2010 Rhysling Anthology.

This week, we present to you that most vaunted of science fiction awards: The 2010 Ryslings, as presented within the 2010 Rhysling Anthology: The Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Poetry of 2009 as selected by the Science Fiction Poetry Association and edited by Jaime Lee Moyer.

If science fiction short stories are the cutting edge of the genre, then Sci-Fi poetry is its shining tip. Fans of this site will recall when we first uncovered the sub-sub-genre some years back; it thrills us to no end that Science Fiction poetry is alive and thriving thanks to the efforts of the good folks at the Science Fiction Poetry Association.

Within this year’s anthology you’ll find it all; alien vistas, dazzling twists, the zombie undead with a conscience, and poems shaped like jellyfish. Throw in a Scifiku or two and a some longer verse and you’ve got an awesome snapshot of the year’s best in science fiction poetry. This year’s anthology features the works of over 60 authors such as Gemma Files, David Clink, Jessica Paige Wick, and more. If the list of past alumni in the back of the anthology is any indication, these are all authors worth watching; former winners include such science fiction heavy weights as Tim Pratt, Joe Haldeman, and Ursula K. Le Guin. All of this is dressed smartly in a slick Hubble Cat’s Eye Nebula jacket cover.

I love science fiction poetry for the way it can be mentally digested, much like flash fiction, in tiny bite-sized chunks. Read a poem a day and reflect on its meaning, or lack thereof. Like most of science fiction, the themes contained within the Rhysling Anthology verge on the sister genres of horror and fantasy on occasion. A brief, but by all means not all inclusive list of our favorites are:

- Finding the God Particle by Sandra Lindow: In the search for the Higgs-Boson, what will we find within us?

- Two Kinds of Time by Meliors Simms: An insightful look at time and the consequences of layered parallel universes.

- A Tale of Three Worlds by David Lee Summers: A poetic study in comparative planetology.

- Corrected Maps of Your City by Kendall Evans and David C. Kopaska-Merkel: Just where does that shiny new map lead to?

- Earthrise viewed from Meridiani, Sol 687: Pale blue dot, Opportunity style…

- Edgar Allan Poe, by Bryan D. Dietrich: The world needs more author/poet action figures!

News flash: On July 12th, 2010 AD, the 2010 Rhysling Awards were announced. The proud speculative fiction poet laureates are;

Short Poem category:

1st: To Theia by Ann K. Schwader

2nd: The Changeling Always Wins by Nicole Kornher-Stace

3rd: Nine Views of the Oracle by Rachel Manija Brown

Long Poem category:

1st: In the Astronaut Asylum by Kendall Evans and Samantha Henderson

2nd: Rattlebox III by Mike Allen, Kendall Evans and David C. Kopaska-Merkel

The SFPA also granted Grand Master status to Ms. Jane Yolen.

… And speaking of the SFPA, why not subscribe and support science fiction poetry? Membership is just $21 US annually which includes the bi-monthly issue of Star*Line and the annual anthology. And just think, you’d be supporting an endeavor that’s uber-hip as well. Surely a more noble investment than the latest super-hero rip-off action flick…

So there you have it; our yearly plug for all things Sci-Fi and poetic. Hopefully, we’ve piqued your interest for more. Next week: all eyes are on Venus as it puts on its encore evening apparition and we review Denialism as part of our ongoing summer of science skepticism here at… let the debunking begin!


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