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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