I’m delighted to tell you that the first ever issue of Sciencefictionery Magazine is published today, and my poem ‘Falling’ is part of this great issue. My poem tells a story about troubles on a voyage to Mars.
In old Malay, draped in forest lies heat swamped George Town along tree lined avenues abandoned colonial mansions forsaken, cracked, diminished irrelevant to today they rot in new technological haze yet from shattered empty windows evening jazz drifts across warm night air inside, lights flicker shadows dance over damp walls slim couples flirt and smoke your exploratory visit brings silence reveals vacant rooms missing floors instead of lively dancers they were the old tenants hantu partying on the graveyard shift
Old hotel, four square and white now with modern pool and spa and the original private beach golden, secluded, sunlit it’s a long walk but a short drive a bus plies the mountain road past green country and decaying tombs behind collapsing walls the last ride of the day is often full today extra guests board quiet individuals some tall and lanky a woman in a green qipao halfway back, the bus empties although the feverish driver can’t remember stopping his new passengers have truly started their graveyard shift
Dawn creeps across the land Shining her pale light into nests Causing baby birds to call for food Dormice to rub their eyes and blink Ants to speed up their hurrying and scurrying She reaches up to wash the sky with pale blue And a hint of rose at the east And , as a special treat today, the west Smiling to herself as the world awakes She feels a certain self satisfaction as the Sun With a near audible plop Detaches itself from the horizon Then like any other woman Readies herself for a busy day
The aim of the book is to raise awareness of the joint crises of climate change and biodiversity loss that we are facing as a human race, and as part of the vast family of life on this planet.
I have poems in this anthology, but one really important thing is that all proceeds from sales of this book (and all authour royalties) are going to the World Wildlife Fund.
The paperback will be available through Amazon initially (with the possibility of expanded distribution at a later date). The Kindle e-book will be available from Amazon, but the editor and publisher, Ingrid Wilson, will also be selling her own version of the e-book on her site Experiments in Fiction. Payment for downloads purchased in this way will be via donation to WWF.
Many many thanks to Ingrid who has put a lot of time and effort into this project.