Another question for Simon Kewin

Q: How often do you think about writing during a day?

A: Some days, when all the background noise of daily life gets in the way, I guess I don’t think about writing that much. Other days, when there’s a bit more space, I think about it a lot, playing with ideas in my head, coming up with scenes and dialogues. There’s probably a lesson there: to write you need to give yourself time to let the words and ideas flow. As someone once said, “You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.”

Simon Kewin’s story “What the Darkness Is” will be published on Friday, 22 September 2017.
Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.

About Kathryn Hammond

Kathryn is a potato who lives in Virginia with her superhero dad and yoga teacher mom and her dog, Rusya. Her sister is also an artist, and together they have journeyed through the ups and downs of discovering their true selves within their work. She is hoping to study environmental science in the future and save the world. Kathryn Hammond‘s image “Fire” is the cover art for our October 2017 stories.

Keep reading

About Angie Lathrop

Angie writes science fiction from her farm outside of Madison, Wisconsin. She is also a veterinarian and an artist who works exclusively in the medium of corn mazes. She recently repeated high school while teaching her autistic, science fiction writer son.

Angie Lathrop’s story “Radical Abundance” will be published on Friday, 29 September 2017.
Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.

The Lost Languages of Exiles – Laura E. Price

The shoes they gave her don’t fit. She notices in the waiting area of the IWT counseling office and holds one foot out in front of her. Wiggles her toes and feels them rubbing against the inside front seam of the shoe. It’s felt like this since she put it on, but she’s just now stopped long enough to really feel it. The shoe is canvas and rubber, a basic sneaker, and probably half a…

Keep reading

It came from George Allen Miller

George Allen Miller’s story “Just Five Minutes” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 3 March 2017. This story started as a writing prompt in an online class run by The Brainery and taught by Jerome Stueart. The prompt was to write about your city. Gentrification is tearing through DC and changing the city in drastic ways. This story evolved from my experiences with gentrifiers and families that have lived in my neighborhood their entire lives.…

Keep reading

A question for Michael Gardner

Q: What’s your favorite non-SFF book?

A: The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster. It’s beautifully written, and strange and compelling. Auster puts himself in the stories. Literally. Paul Auster is a character. Another character pretends to be Paul Auster. Yet, these meta-references never detract from the three stories. To me, Auster wants you to be aware that the characters you are reading about are simply reflections of his mind, and yet, despite being conscious of this throughout the book, I was still caught up in the twisting, confusing narratives, the uncertainty between fact and fiction, the ambiguity of the language, and the sense of obsession and loss of identity.

On the off chance someone thinks I’m cheating by calling something as strange as the New York Trilogy a pure, non-SFF book, then my back up would be Brighton Rock by Graham Greene. On the surface, it’s an excellent gangster novel. But dig a bit deeper and you also find these great musings on the juxtaposition between religion and atheism, between good and evil, and right and wrong.

Michael Gardner’s story “Renewal”  was published on Friday, 15 September 2017.
Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.