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1Spaceports & Spidersilk

January 2018

Edited by Marcie Tentchoff

Published by Nomadic Delirium Press at Smashwords

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Cover Art: “First One to the Top” by Richard Fay


From the Editor

Drosselmeyer’s Apprentice by Stephanie Bucklin

Reigned Out by Lauren McBride

Sneezy and the Ecologist by Eamonn Murphy

The New Kitten by Christina Sng

Jill by Prisha Mehta

The Day I Flew by Guy Belleranti

A Mile in His Cleats by José Iriarte

Calling It a Day by Marie Vibbert

The Burger Bargain by Wendy Nikel

From the Editor

Welcome, readers, to the January issue of Spaceports & Spidersilk. The holiday season is ending, and soon the lights, the tinsel, and all the entertainments of the December festivities will soon be just another set of memories.

And yet, sometimes it is all too easy to be haunted by such memories. A person can lie in bed, unable to sleep, replaying and worrying over things that happened. Did the outfit they wore to the holiday party really look as good on them as they thought at the time? If they had moved just one step to the left while dancing, would they still have caused punch to spill all over their teacher? If they had performed a puppet show for a different audience, would the results still have been the same?

It is natural, I think, to second-guess and wonder. Sometimes a person can feel trapped, as though not only their past actions, but their future ones are inescapable, as if they are fated to live and act to a specific, limited pattern.

In this issue you will find stories and poems that deal with people trying to change their past, their future, and even the identities they seem to have been born into. You will also find a new Sneezy story, along with other fun stories and poems.

After all, sometimes it’s better to stop worrying about your past, your future, your identity... and just immerse yourself in the lives and adventures of others.


crystal snowflakes drift upward

leaping, the colonists catch them

on moon-silvered tongues

--by Lisa Timpf


About the Poet: Lisa Timpf lives in Simcoe, Ontario, Canada. Her poetry has appeared in Scifaikuest, Liquid Imagination, Eye to the Telescope, and Star*Line. When not writing, she enjoys bird watching, gardening, golfing, and spending outdoor time with her Border Collie, Emma.

Drosselmeyer’s Apprentice

by Stephanie Bucklin

"Why doesn't he ever take you there?" she asked.

"It's not his place. He makes the dolls; what they do after is their business."

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