A question for George Allen Miller

Q: Aliens. Are they out there?

A: In short, yes. Scientifically speaking, we have proof that water and organic compounds exist in space. We have a growing body of evidence that planets are plentiful and that they do exist in the habitable zone of solar systems. Which means life is almost a certainty. If life exists, there’s no reason to think technologically advanced life wouldn’t also exist. I think the one dimension not spoken of in the Fermi Paradox is time. Life has existed on earth for four billion years and in all that time a technologically advanced species has only risen on the Earth once and only in the last 100 years. If we add a time dimension to the Fermi Paradox, I think it answers the question quite nicely of where is everyone. They either have already existed or have not yet evolved. If you add to the Fermi paradox the odds to have developed technology and managed to do so in the same 100-200 years that Humanity has, the millions of alien species that should exist are so spread out over time that their odds of crossing another species are likely pretty remote. We also have no idea of the longevity of a technologically advanced species.

George Allen Miller’s story “” will be published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 3 March 2017. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.

A question for Kathryn Weaver

Q: If someone wanted to make an animated series out of your work, based on the title or recurring themes, what would it look like?

A: Regardless of plot – which could be any number of things related to my interests, so long as there were birds somewhere! – the animation would be 2-D, with vivid, definite color palettes.

Kathryn Weaver‘s image “Snails” is the cover art for our March 2017 stories.Metaphorosis

Revision statistics – 2015-2016

Most of the stories we publish have gone through an editorial revision process. I’d estimate that less than 5% are accepted as is. And even the ones that I expect to require only light revision sometimes end up taking longer than expected. In short, revision is central to our acceptance system. As editor, I enjoy the process – the discussion with authors about what they’re really trying to say, the structural adjustments, the fine tuning.…

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About Kate Lechler

Kate Lechler is an outgoing introvert who teaches British literature at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS, where she lives with her husband, a dog, a cat, and seven fish. When she’s not at school, you can find her haunting her favorite bookstore, Square Books, or sitting on a lawn chair in her carport, writing about genetically-engineered unicorns and dragons.


Kate Lechler’s story “The Lost Heirs of Rose McAlder” will be published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 10 March 2017. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.

The Naked Me – N. Immanuel Velez

Jareth eased into a parking spot, turning off the rock ‘n’ roll screaming from the radio. The wind nipped at his skin, so he zipped up his jacket a little tighter. His silver necklace winked at him in the reflection off the convenience store windows. A month ago this place would have been teeming with evening rush hour customers, but not today, not anymore. The bell dinged. Plastic sheeting and caution signs still covered the…

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