Spaceports & Spidersilk January 2016


The new year is almost upon us, and that means it’s time for a new issue of Spaceports & Spidersilk…

Spaceports & Spidersilk features some of the best science fiction and fantasy fiction and poetry for kids of all ages. The January 2016 issue will take you to places you might never have imagined. It will appeal to your inner child, and hopefully take you back to the places you loved as a child…and if you’re still a child, it will open your imagination to all kinds of new worlds.



Don’t forget Quantum Women


If you haven’t read Quantum Women by Tyree Campbell, then you’re missing out on a great science fiction collection.

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A quantum is a self-contained unit—of energy, light, and so forth. It exists in and of itself, irrespective of its surroundings. But it can be, and usually is, part of a team.

A quantum woman, then, is a self-contained person, independent, yet willing to be part of a team if the right teammate comes along.

Quantum women aren’t superheroines with superpowers, they’re not “chicks in chain mail,” although they might be, as Pamela Sargent wrote, “Women of Wonder.” For the most part, quantum women are everyday folks in a science fiction or fantasy setting. They might be home-makers or home-wreckers, homely or homey, but all of them are focused, determined, willful, and independent. To those who have men in their lives, they are partners and companions, equals and not subordinates.

And yet, like any of us, they can find themselves in extraordinary situations where a bit of heroism can save the day. You’ll encounter them on these pages.


Great deals


There are still a few days left to pick up a PDF version of the January 2016 issue of Spaceports & Spidersilk for just 75 cents. You can get your copy at

While you’re at it, you can pick up all four 2015 PDF issues of Spaceports & Spidersilk for just $3 at

And if you’re getting all of that, you might as well grab all four 2015 PDF issues of The Fifth Di… for just $3 at


Get the January 2016 issue of Spaceports & Spidersilk early


It may still be more than a week until the actual release of the January issue of Spaceports & Spidersilk, but you can download a PDF version of the new issue from our website right now…and instead of paying the usual $1, you can get it for just 75 cents until the end of the month, so order now…


Coming this Spring!


This Spring we will be releasing a new novel by Tyree Campbell, titled The Butterfly and the Sea Dragon A Yoelin Thibbony Rescue.

To quote the author: Yoelin had a dark childhood [sold by her parents to pay off gambling debts], and there was no one to rescue her. So she turned her life around by performing Rescues–sometimes for pay, sometimes for free–of people, or artifacts, or even a cheap pendant improperly gained in a divorce settlement. In B&SD, however, she also has to rescue herself, because her task takes her back to the world where she spent her childhood–and she still has psycho-emotional scars from those years. Her ship’s PC is balky and contrary on occasion. Ex: Yoelin: “You ever get drunk, Abby?” Abnoba [PC]: “No, but I once snuck a few volts from a nearby battery.”

And for those of you that are eagerly awaiting the release of Laura Givens’ Crisis Averted, we are waiting for a very special introduction, and then we will have a definite release date.


Have you read The Poet?


If you like off-beat, and we mean REALLY off-beat futuristic fiction, then you need to read The Poet by the late James Baker…

Max checked out of reality years ago. When he comes back, he finds himself to be a bum dressed like a priest. He also finds himself to be the only potent man in an otherwise impotent America.

Max eventually reaches the west coast where he finds himself the host of an hour long TV show watched by billions. His adoring fans begin to call him The Poet, and they see him as the savior of the world.

Joined by his triplet lovers, Max sets out to change the world; a world that is more than a little resistant to his efforts. Smothered by his adoring fans and dogged by men intent on killing him, Max’s multiple personalities fight their own battle in his mind, and no one is ever sure who will win.

Warning: Contains sexual material that some readers may find offensive.


Exciting changes coming to The Fifth Di… in 2016


We’re very excited to announce some changes that will be coming to our long-running zine The Fifth Di… in 2016.

First of all, the zine will still be available as an electronic zine, but it will also be available as a 6X9 print magazine.  Contributors will receive one copy of each.  It’s our hope that adding the print format will allow us to eventually add more stories, bring poetry back, and increase our payments for contributors.

Second of all, we’ve changed our pay rates slightly.  We’ve lowered them for shorter stories, but increased them for longer stories.

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