Wednesday, January 5, 2022

To the Lighthouse: Scifaiku (Sci-Fi Haiku)

                                                                written on the eve of the first anniversary of the January 6th insurrection                   
                                                                heated debate 
                                                                a black hole in my eMind
                                                                light-hour wide

                                                                Chen-ou Liu

Scifaiku, sometimes shortened to sci-fi ku or sci-ku, is a subgenre of haiku, i.e. speculative haiku, that typically deals with futuristic concepts, such as advanced science and technology (AI, VR,  and Metaverse), space exploration, time travel, parallel universes, and extraterrestrial life, etc. Scifaiku is an integral part of science fiction, often called the "literature of ideas," which explores the potential consequences of scientific, social, and technological innovations. Here are some of scifaiku selected for your reading pleasure:

the tug
of a black hole
this isolation

Tug of a Black Hole, 2021

Deborah P Kolodji

quantum foam
the hiss and pop
of settling surf

Sci-Ku: Explorations into the Poetry of Science, 2019

Jay Friedenberg

abandoned nursing home
the mahjong tiles
still move

Tales of the Talisman, 9.3, 2015

Greg Schwartz

heat lightening --

a robot whines to a halt

in darkness

Star Line, 39:1, Winter 2016
Joshua Gage

virtual confinement
the door I dream
leads me back to you

Prune Juice, 21, March, 2017

Kelly Sauvage Angel

the warm touch
of a robot nurse

Prune Juice, 21, March, 2017

Billy Antonio

off world
first date ...
her shields up

Prune Juice, 21, March, 2017

Sidney Bending

ex-nuclear test site
a prairie dog peers from its hole
with both heads

Prune Juice, 21, March, 2017

John J. Dunphy

To conclude today's Scifaiku post, I would like to ask readers the following question alluded to "Ecclesiastes 1:9" : What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.

a robo-snail climbs 
light-nanosecond by light-nanosecond
snow-capped Mt. Fuji 😄

And two comic haiku about the shadow side of sci-fi economics:

SolarCoin Scam
hackers chained to the dark side
of the moon

crypto price crash
the robot maid doubles
as a sex partner

Happy Reading


FYI: NeverEnding Story contributor, Deborah P Kolodji, a leader in the scifaiku community and the author of a collection of sci-fi related haiku, titled Tug of a Black Hole, published  an article about the history of scifaiku and tips for writing them in Prune Juice, 21, March, 2017, the first full issue dedicated to scifaiku. For more about her scifaiku, see "Cool Announcement: A Freebie, Tug of a Black Hole by Deborah P Kolodji"

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