Angels at the Border – Ian Rennie

The angels moved up the road towards Gethsemene in a triad formation. If they’d walked, that would have been something. If they’d flown, swooped in from the sky, that would have been something else. But they didn’t. They just moved, floating slowly along the road in unison. Behind them — almost too far away to see — was the unnatural mountain of their home, fading into the skyline. Valeria had gate duty that day. It…

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About Carol Wellart

The expedition artist is a term for someone who is creatively working while traveling
and exploring nature. Carol Wellart is a Czech illustrator, constantly on the road with her partner and photographer Paul Schlemmer. She’s inspired by everyday outside stuff. The mountain character is an often-repeated theme in her art, and she and Paul are both searching for new impulses in this enviroment. Exploring the world wilderness, studying animals and surviving in the Earth’s oldest reliefs brings Carol’s work to life.

Carol Wellart‘s image “Heartwood” is the cover art for our May 2017 stories.Metaphorosis

A question for Beth Goder

Q: If you could talk to novice-writer self, what bit of advice would you give?

A: Since I’m fairly new to writing, I’m not convinced that I’m out of the novice stage yet, but if I could go back in time and give myself one piece of advice, I would tell myself not to be afraid of failing. Much of learning to write, I’ve found, is doing things badly until I figure out how to do them better. In my office, I have a bulletin board filled with scraps of paper, a French postcard of citrus fruits, and my writing bingo card. There’s a quote from Richard Bausch up there: “You can’t ruin a piece of writing. You can only make it necessary to go back and try again.”

I’d also tell myself to go read some Anthony Trollope, because he is hilarious and excellent at that whole omniscient narrator thing. Read widely, young writer-self. Also, don’t be too worried about adverbs.

Beth Goder’s story “To the Eggplant Cannon” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 21 April 2017. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.

About Steve Rodgers

Steve Rodgers works in security and cryptography, and has been reading since he was old enough to carry a stack of hard-bound science fiction books out of the library. He and his wife travel when possible (physically or mentally), though their mail is delivered to San Diego. He has published short fiction in various venues, and is a graduate of Viable Paradise XVIII. Writings and musings can be found at

Steve Rodgers’s story “Canoes of Hava’iki” will be published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 28 April 2017. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.

Scraps – by Juliet Kemp

The bell jingled, and Emmeline looked, frowning, at the door through to the front of the shop. She was in the middle of a fitting, and one did not expect interruptions if one was being fitted for charmwear at Emmeline’s. When a moment passed and Joe, her apprentice, did not appear around the corner, she smiled at Mme Gantiel. “My apologies, Madame. Would you excuse me for just a moment?” At least it was cheerful…

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A question for Ian Rennie

Q: Have you ever wondered whether ideas are thought waves directed at you by an AI supercomputer located in the distant future?

A: Honestly it would be a relief if they were.  It might mean that I couldn’t take credit for any of my good ideas, but it would also mean I couldn’t take all of the blame for my bad ones.  I’ve always liked the Terry Pratchett idea of idea particles whizzing through space looking for receptors in people’s brains, meaning we’re surrounded by creativity all the time.  In truth, though, a great idea is only half the battle.  The best idea in the world is nothing more than an idea unless you do something with it.

Ian Rennie’s story “Angels at the Border” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 14 April 2017. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.