Chasing the Light – Gloria Wickman

Markus stood on the rocky hill in front of his house, neck aching as he craned it toward the sky. He’d been waiting for hours. He’d snuck early out of bed, slinking his way through the house and slipping outside into the muggy morning air. He’d climbed the hill, using his hands to steady himself as the ground slipped and slid beneath him, until he reached the highest point in the village. When the light…

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It came from Joachim Heijndermans

Joachim Heijndermans’s story “My Book Report on Starlight” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 17 November 2017. My family moved from the Netherlands to the USA in 1998, when I was about 8 years old. I did not speak a word of English and was terrified of the prospect of attending a school where I couldn’t talk to anyone. By a pure stroke of luck, the school I attended had another student who also spoke…

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A question for Samuel Chapman

Q: What is your favourite short story?

A: “Night Meeting” by Ray Bradbury from The Martian Chronicles. Nothing much happens in it–just a guy driving to a party and meeting a Martian on the way. During their conversation, however, Earthling and Martian realize they cannot tell the difference between future and past, and that therefore the only thing we can count on is the beauty of the present. Bradbury uses simple images to immensely moving effect. The whole book is great, but this is the one I can read over and over.

Honorable mentions: “Seasons of Glass and Iron” by Amal El-Mohtar, “Idle Days on the Yann” by Lord Dunsany, “Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad” by M.R. James.

Samuel Chapman’s story “The Foaling Season” was
published on Friday, 1 June 2018.

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Suzy’s Friend – David Hammond

From: To: Subject: Water temperature Dear Dr. Hanover, I am writing on behalf of the Octopus bimaculoides in your office aquarium whom you call Suzy. The water is too warm. Please reduce the temperature to 18℃. She would greatly appreciate it. Sincerely, Suzy’s Friend                   From: To: Subject: Re: Water temperature I don’t know who you are, and this is obviously some kind…

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It came from Gerald Warfield (again)

Gerald Warfield’s story “The Number of the Tribe” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 10 November 2017. I love to speculate on the origin of things, how one concept is built on another, is built on another, all the way back to—when? Mathematics should be traceable to a time when someone realized that it was useful to have more numbers than one had fingers. But the specifics of those earliest events will remain forever shrouded…

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