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1Spaceports & Spidersilk

July 2018

Edited by Marcie Tentchoff

Published by Nomadic Delirium Press at Smashwords

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Cover Art: “Sunflower” by Vonnie Winslow Crist

About the Artist: Vonnie Winslow Crist strives to celebrate the power of myth in her art. Her paintings have been featured on the covers of "Frostfire Worlds," "Spaceports & Spidersilk," "Bards and Sages Quarterly," "Harford's Heart Magazine," "Fantasia Divinity Magazine," "Illumen," "Scifaikuest," "Outposts of Beyond," and elsewhere. For more info:


From the Editor

Stopping Sea Monsters by Lauren McBride

Lena's Wish by Janie Brunson

Flat Dyson by Francis W. Alexander

Green Thumb Grace by Guy Belleranti

Master of the Bridge by Fred Kracke

My Martian Chicken Science Project by Laura Jane Swanson

untitled by Lisa Timpf

Little One and the Loom by J.G. Formato

Acoustic Draconian by Robert Shmigelsky

The Fireflies of Todaji by Russell Hemmell

From the Editor

Welcome, readers, to the July 2018 issue of Spaceports & Spidersilk.

Looking back through my files, I see that I’ve been editing S&S since 2008. That means I’ve been looking through the art, stories, and poetry that people send me for around ten years, trying to put together issues that I hope will appeal to readers aged eight years and up.

There are times when I wonder what right I have, as a person who is (in years at least) an adult, to decide what will appeal to kids. When I was in elementary and high school I devoured fantasy and science fiction at a rate that boggled librarians. I read everything I could find, regardless of whether the books I found were aimed at young children or at adults.

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