Greg Beatty

Three Alien Koans


Someday we'll visit
for now, you imagine us
to deny yourself. Fools.


One shooting star marks
spring's brief sweetness. But when one
hits you? Sweeter still.


Harvest moon. On earth
that's a time. In space, a plan.
Both places, winter comes.

Greg's work has appeared in 3SF, Abyss & Apex, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Asimov's, the Internet Review of Science Fiction, Ideomancer, SCI FICTION, Strange Horizons, Star*Line, and The New York Review of Science Fiction. He won the Rhysling Award in 2005 and the 2008 Dwarf Stars Award. For more, visit his website.