Unexpected Malfunction by Jordan Hirsch

Utopia Science Fiction Magazine
1 min readApr 19, 2023

2021 December | Utopia Science Fiction Magazine

Of all the stars I could’ve aimed my lens
at, yours, of course, would greet my cobalt eye.
Expanse of space is not enough to bend
my gaze away from Earth though circuits try
to pass it off as chance. Algorithms
that pick your planet blindly? Please. I must
be truly lovesick, struck and wrapped in him
who wrote the code, the sonic sense at just
the right trajection, finding me out here
alone. To study Sol again — but why?
Not random input guiding system’s gears —
this metal heart awaits your prompt reply.
And yet my program begs a question still:
Is love at first receipt of signal real?


Originally published in the December 2021 issue of Utopia Science Fiction Magazine.

Jordan Hirsch writes speculative fiction and poetry in Saint Paul, MN, where she lives with her husband. Her work has appeared with Daily Science Fiction, Apparition Literary Magazine, and other venues. Find her on Twitter: @jordanrhirsch.