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SETI Hits Paydirt

SETI Hits PaydirtBrand-new to the Popcorn Press poetry lineup is David C. Kopaska-Merkel‘s SETI Hits Paydirt. Here’s what a few other writers have said about it:

SETI Hits Paydirt is a scrumptiously twisted sequence of fibonacci-no ku, unlove poems, delicacies for the ET palate, and more outrageous things. It’s playful (but not sweet), enigmatic (but not obfuscatory), snarky (but not surly), and otherworldly (but not from any otherworld you’ve ever visited). You won’t come away understanding aliens, but you’ll realize how naïve you were before. The inside of your head will be much larger than the outside when you finish reading this chapbook.

—Mary Turzillo
Nebula and Elgin award winner
author of Lovers & Killers


A lively collection of thought-experiments focused on the Three Ss: surrealism, science, and starships—sometimes all at once! These mostly brief verses are weighted with imagination and ring clearly in the void between realities. Deceptively light but never trivial Kopaska-Merkel’s wit shines through this well-crafted assortment.

—Ann K. Schwader
Rhysling Award winner
author of In the Yaddith Time


SETI Hits Paydirt is filled with vivid observations about human and alien nature, and much more. Intelligent, witty, scientifically grounded and wondrously strange.

—G. O. Clark
Asimov’s Readers Award winner
author of Gravediggers’ Dance

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Halloween Haiku II and other hauntings

Halloween Haiku II and other hauntings

We’re pleased to announce that Halloween Haiku II and other hauntings is now available for purchase. You can buy the print version directly from us, or the ebook format from Amazon. Read our our original post announcing the project below:

Popcorn Press loves Halloween. For the sixth year in a row, we’re celebrating the holiday by publishing an anthology of poetry and short fiction, with an open call for submissions.

The title this year is Halloween Haiku II and other hauntings. The theme is open to anything Halloween related.

To help fund the book (and pay its contributors), we’re running a Kickstarter campaign. Visit that page to discover how to submit your own writing.

By the way, the project is a Kickstarter Staff Pick!

Please help to make the book a success by

  • submitting your work;
  • considering a pledge;
  • passing along the link!

To make things easy, you can simply point people to That URL will take them to the Kickstarter page.

Thanks for your help. And Happy Halloween!

—Lester Smith, President, Popcorn Press