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Where Rockets Burn Through

Russell Jones (editor)

"An incredibly intelligent, moving, inspiring, educational, humorous and nerd-infested read"

Libby Hart

Blasting into the future, across alien worlds and distant galaxies, fantastic technologies and potential threats to humanity, Where Rockets Burn Through brings science fiction and poetry together in one explosive, genre-busting collection.

Discover an array of poems by more than forty contemporary UK writers, including Edwin Morgan, Jane Yolen, Ron Butlin, WN Herbert, Ken MacLeod and Kirsten Irving, plus an exclusive essay on Sci-fi poetry by Steve Sneyd and a preface by Alasdair Gray.

Jump in, strap up and switch on the photon cannon…



Claire Askew, Simon Barraclough, Ron Butlin, Tom Chivers, Greg Delanty, Joe Dunthorne, Malene Engelund, Andrew C Ferguson, Peter Finch, Matthew Francis, Pippa Goldschmidt, Sue Guiney, Aiko Harman, Bill Herbert, Sarah Hesketh, Kirsten Irving, Andy Jackson, Ken MacLeod, Kona Macphee, Lorraine Mariner, John McAuliffe, Brian McCabe, Chris McCabe, James McGonigal, Jane McKie, Ian McLachlan, Edwin Morgan, Alan Riach, James Robertson, Dilys Rose, Nikesh Shukla, Steve Sneyd, Jon Stone, Ross Sutherland, Kelley Swain, Barnaby Tidman, Ryan Van Winkle, Sarah Westcott, Chrissy Williams, Andrew J. Wilson, Jane Yolen,

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Please note: due to the recent change in tax regulations, we are currently unable to ship to EU countries.
208 pages
ISBN 9781908058058
Published 15 November 2012
Cover design: Henry Simmonds


The sheer variety of poems in Where Rockets Burn Through makes the book a veritable chocolate box ... an excellent addition to the science fiction poetry genre.
8 / 10 - Starburst

An unusual stocking-filler.
The Telegraph

The poems here emphasise both ‘science’ and ‘fiction’, which is to say that some are concerned with current science and its impact on our lives, and some are fantastical engagements with science and the possible futures of mankind. At almost 200 pages this is an eclectic and generous book.
Edinburgh Review

A vital and thrilling anthology.
Scottish Poetry Library

Poetry and Science Fiction are, on this evidence, very complementary forms, in that both require the writer, and reader, to make great leaps of the imagination.
The Skinny

An achievement and a milestone.
Poetry Scotland Reviews

I should probably check my enthusiasm and not say this is a landmark anthology, but I believe it is a major one. [...] What a treasure trove to come across!
Science Fiction Poetry Association

It is a beast. It invites re-reading. Re-dissecting- Re-visiting.
The Rookery in the Bookery

Whether you just love poetry in all its forms, are a SF fan or have a particular interest in the poetry of this genre, I am sure that will find something to enjoy between its covers.
DJ Tyrer

A very important anthology ... The quality of poetry within is stratospherical ... I don’t think there’s a dud in there. And there’s so much which makes you catch your breath or gives little goosebumps.
Amazing Stories

An incredibly intelligent, moving, inspiring, educational, humorous and nerd-infested read.
Libby Hart, What the Bird Said

Listen to five sci-fi poems from Where Rockets Burn Through in the Nature Podcast Extra.

About the author

Russell Jones is an Edinburgh-based writer and editor. He is the author of two collections of sci-fi poetry: The Last Refuge (Forest Publications 2009) and Spaces of Their Own (Stewed Rhubarb Press 2013) and was a guest editor for The Interdisciplinary Science Reviews. He has a PhD in Creative Writing from Edinburgh University and has also published on the sci-fi poetry of Edwin Morgan.

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