It came from Ian Rennie

Ian Rennie’s story “Angels at the Border” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 14 April 2017. Fiction surrounding the technological singularity has always bothered me, even leaving aside the questions that scientists and futurists raise about whether it will actually happen at all. We have this idea that when some form of global digital consciousness happens it will happen everywhere, for everyone. This misses two fundamental things about humanity. The first is that not everyone…

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A question for Benjamin Cort

Q: What work of art has been the most inspiring for you?

A: Eragon by Christopher Paolini springs to mind. I read it when I was little and fell in love, and am still so incredibly impressed by the fact that he wrote it as a teen fresh out of high school. Part of the inspiration is good old jealousy. I joke a lot to my friends about how far behind him I slip with each passing year of age. But more than that, I think the book goes to show that you can never be too young, too new, or too inexperienced to make something great if you’re willing to work hard at it.


Benjamin Cort’s story “Bluebird” will be published on Friday, 27 October 2017.
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About Patrick Doerksen

Patrick Doerksen lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. He wishes that his carbon footprint were smaller and his repertoire of long German compound words were bigger. He is glad a bookish lifestyle furthers both goals.


Patrick Doerksen’s story “Notes Towards a New Fairytale” will be published on Friday, 3 November 2017.
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Beneath the Sea of Glass – Rob Francis

The sand slithered as if it were alive. Leos knew it was the wind, tugging rivulets of dust in its wake like whipping snakes, but even so. The land here was bad, hostile. They should never have come. “Aren’t you glad we came, Leos? Glad!” Agris plodded up the slope behind him, two heavy sacks atop his broad shoulders and a grin splayed across his battered face. “What a land… landscape.” The big man’s smile…

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It came from Juliet Kemp

Juliet Kemp’s story “Scraps” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 7 April 2017. I sew myself, and when I had the idea for this story, I’d just been working on a patchwork quilt. There’s a myth that patchwork quilts were always made from worn clothing and other scraps from dressmaking — undoubtedly sometimes they were, but people have also always bought fabric specifically for making quilts. But when I make scrap quilts (quilts made using…

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