So, here we are at the end of the year!
At first glance it appears to have been a slow year for science fiction poetry books with just five books currently listed at the Science Fiction Poetry Association's website for chapbook-length and full-length books published. I'm certain this figure will be amended once the Elgin Award nominations conclude in May. But in the meantime, here are some of the early books we'll likely be considering:
Overall, this is already a fairly diverse selection of books that we will be considering for the Elgin Awards next year.Thanks to Wade German, we'll be looking at at least one volume influenced by Weird literature such as the work of H.P. Lovecraft and Clark Ashton Smith. Horror poetry and the macabre look like they'll be prominent elements for readers to consider thanks to Stephanie M. Wytovich and G.O. Clark. SETI Hits Paydirt is the one most firmly grounded in science fiction, but David C. Kopaska Merkel's work is always wide-ranging and engaging in his topics. Undoing Winter is exploring the fantastic and the historic issues of isolation in motherhood.
If you think you'll be interested in voting in next year's Elgin Awards, now is a great time to consider joining the Science Fiction Poetry Association. In the US, dues are $15 for pdf versions of the organization's publications, or $30 for print copies of the magazine Star*Line, the Dwarf Stars Anthology, and the Rhysling Anthology.
What are some of the poetry books you think should be nominated for consideration next year?