Scifaiku #5


spiny lizard
creeps across the rocks
spacers crunch like flies


A Memory Deferred

I added a page for the short story, “A Memory Deferred,” which I wrote under my pseudonym Kurt MacPhearson. It was published in the June, 2013 issue of Interstellar Fiction. I decided to post the story because of a recent interview with speculative poet Marge Simon on Darkscrybe (which I re-blogged). I collaborated on a poem with Marge called “Reunion Ltd,” in which a man is given a chance for a reunion with his dead wife. The poem appeared in the Spring/Summer 2011 issue of Paper Crow.

“A Memory Deferred” is derived from our poem. I may have written it alone; however, she provided some valuable input in the revision process. So, if you’d like to read the story, you can click the menu tab, or click here.

Scream Queens: A Women in Horror Month interview (Part 1)

An interview with Marge Simon, a friend, an influence, and one of my favorite speculative poets.


February is Women in Horror Month and while you may ask, why does there have be a gender division in the horror genre, or any genre for that matter, it’s important that all writers get the recognition they deserve. So I decided to give some of today’s leading women in horror the chance to share their thoughts on Women in Horror Month with a special interview.

In part one, you’ll hear from Marge Simon and Stephanie M. Wytovich, two very talented authors/poets from the United States.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMarge Simon’s works appear in publications such as Strange Horizons, DailySF Magazine, Pedestal, Dreams & Nightmares. She edits a column for the HWA Newsletter, “Blood & Spades: Poets of the Dark Side,” and serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees. She won the Strange Horizons Readers Choice Award, 2010, and the SFPA’s Dwarf Stars Award, 2012. In addition to her poetry, she has published…

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$30 Million to Sail Around Europa


The White House has proposed that $30 million of NASA’s $18.5 billion budget be set aside “for Planetary Science including formulation of a mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa.” According to reports, NASA has been flirting with sending a probe called the Europa Clipper to explore the extremely deep oceans under its icy shell. NASA also hopes that the probe will uncover signs of multicellular life.

“For the first time in the history of humanity, we have the tools and technology and capability to potentially answer this question. And we know where to go to find it.”

– Kevin Hand, NASA astrobiologist

We’ve discovered life on this planet in the harshest of environmental conditions (hydrothermal vents on ocean floors), so I wouldn’t be surprised if NASA found something lurking in those frigid depths. And the term “multicellular” is so broad that my imagination swirls with wild possibilities.

What do you think we might find?

Or, do you think it’s a waste of money?

What Do Lunar Phases Look Like From the Other Side of the Moon?

Great video and images on how the Moon looks from the “dark side.”

Lights in the Dark

We’ve all seen the Moon go through its phases over the course of a month’s time (give or take a day or two) as it travels in its orbit around the Earth, and you may have even seen the cool animation from the NASA Goddard Visualization Studio showing an entire year’s worth of lunar phases. But have you ever wondered what the Moon might look like from the other side as it goes around our planet? Thanks to a new visualization from NASA Goddard (using mapping data acquired by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter) you can get a pretty good idea.

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How to Win a Space Race


by Kurt MacPhearson

the spacetime curve:
swing event horizons
and shrink years to months as Einstein

Originally appeared in Star*Line 32.1

AN INTRODUCTION TO WRITING HAIKU – Revised/Restructured — 02022015

If you’re into writing haiku and its subgenres, check out this post.

For the Record



Please, Honey, don’t run away.
I swear I can explain.

Tentacles are more useful than thumbs.
Really, they’re not so strange.
Think of pachyderms;
their trunks are misnamed.

And with these extra limbs
with which to cuddle you…

Such disgust is what’s kept me
hidden in this flesh-toned suit.

Do I complain about the
shortness of your tongue?

No, wait! Don’t go!
My anger’s sheathed,
just like the cilia that pass for my teeth.

Perhaps one day you’ll realize
we’re all the same inside.

Meanwhile, you need not fret.
The suction-cup hickies will fade.