Size / / /

From the brawling bars of Mars

to the dim cafes of Aldebaran,

the music of deep spacers

reaches to the unbounded sky.

Most often it is a raucous music

of passions intense and fleeting,

brutal and lacking in subtlety,

a release from light years passed.

Yet when the last call comes and

the lights flicker, and cafes

and dim bars are shutting down,

the music all at once changes

to a vast and haunting refrain

that echoes the depths of space,

the solitude of ceaseless travel.

Stumbling out into the night,

singly, in pairs, and in groups,

strains of music trailing behind,

the spacers wander alien streets,

in search of temporary lodgings

beneath the static of the stars.




Bruce Boston is the author of forty-seven books and chapbooks, including the novels The Guardener's Tale and Stained Glass Rain. His writing has received the Bram Stoker Award, a Pushcart Prize, the Asimov's Readers Award, and the Grand Master Award of the Science Fiction Poetry Association. You can read more about him at www.bruceboston.com and see some of his previous work in our archives.
Issue 10 Jun 2024
Issue 9 Jun 2024
Phonetics of Draconic Languages 
A Tour of the Blue Palace 
A Tale of Moths and Home (of bones and breathing) (of extrinsic restrictive lung disease) 
Critical Friends Episode 11: Boundaries in Genre 
By Salt, By Sea, By Light of Stars 
Issue 3 Jun 2024
Issue 27 May 2024
Issue 20 May 2024
Issue 13 May 2024
Issue 6 May 2024
Issue 29 Apr 2024
Issue 15 Apr 2024
By: Ana Hurtado
Art by: delila
Issue 8 Apr 2024
Load More