IN MEMORIAM: STEVE SNEYD (1941-2018)

Jul 16
By Andrei Dorian Gheorghe

Steve Sneyd was a great, prolific and complex English poet, who mainly opted for science fiction (he published thousands of poems in many countries).

In 2015 he became one of the six Grand Masters of Science Fiction Poetry, a supreme distinction inaugurated in 1995 by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA).

He was also, after my knowledge, the most devoted historian of speculative poetry, editing over 200 issues of a newsletter of science fiction/fantasy/horror/dark fantasy poetry, Data Dump.

At the same time, he wrote on various occasions about the achievements in astropoetry/cosmopoetry of the movement of the Romanian Society for Meteors and Astronomy-SARM (such as Stars in the East - The Romanian Cosmopoets, an article published in 2000 in Star*Line - the Journal of the SFPA) and submitted many astropoems to their international projects (since 1998), becoming the most active foreign contributor.

The world has lost a living monument of culture, but his opera will always remain an inspiring star.

Regarding his astropoetry, I’d like to remember here an astrohaiku which this dear and amazing creator and institution man initially published in a project of Cosmopoetry - SARM and Friends:

GALILEO
By Steve Sneyd

Galileo first
to see spots on sun cried “It’s
not perfect”: love smiled.

(from SUNSPOT HAIKU 2007)

Finally, the president of SARM, Valentin Grigore (astrophotographer) and I (astropoet) dedicate to Steve Sneyd the astrohaiga below (around the most beautiful atmospheric phenomenon created by the Sun).

ssneyd 600

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