It came from Nora Mulligan

Nora Mulligan’s story “The Circe Test” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 14 July 2017. I’ve been fascinated by Greek myths since I was a kid, reading D’Aulieres’ Greek Myths (and then later reading them to my daughter), and I’ve always been fascinated by Circe’s interaction with Odysseus. There was just something about the way she transformed men into pigs that appealed to me for some reason, and I always thought it wasn’t fair for…

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A question for Yaroslav Barsukov

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

A: I have, actually. I don’t know where ideas come from or why it’s sometimes so easy to forget them; it’s as though someone would hand you a Post-it note and, in case you don’t display an immediate interest, pass it on.

Why does the supercomputer have to reside in the future though? I’m a big proponent of digital physics, Universe as an output of a computer program and all, and I strongly suspect that we and everything around us is a simulation. As soon as I say it, people immediately think Matrix; but what if there’s nothing else but the simulation? What if there’s no real us, or beings like us, outside the program’s boundaries?

The thought, to me, is too sad not to be true.


Yaroslav Barsukov’s story “Memory is a Rumor” will be
published on Friday, 26 January 2018.

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About David Z. Morris

David Z. Morris is a fiction writer, journalist, and social scientist. He lived in Fort Worth, Nagoya, Austin, Tokyo, and Tampa before making it to New York City. He is married to the painter Georgia Hourdas and holds a PhD from the University of Iowa.
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David Z. Morris’s story “Love in its Heart” will be
published on Friday, 2 February 2018.

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It came from T. B. McKenzie

T. B. McKenzie’s story “BetaU” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 7 July 2017. “BetaU” is my reflection both on the fast approaching possibility of programmable brains, and also on the way the real world can condition us to conform. Having worked in education for over a decade, I’ve seen the most enthusiastic young teachers burned up by bureaucracy, becoming the mindless middle managers they once so despised. “BetaU” imagines a future where that process…

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Another question for Michael Gardner

Q: Do you write things other than speculative fiction?

A: No, not really. Whenever I start developing a story thinking it might not be speculative, at some point my imagination runs away with me and the finished product ends up including something supernatural, or strange, or weird.

It’s what I enjoy reading, and it’s what I enjoy writing. I love great characters, and reading about interesting people. But I think characters react in even more fascinating ways when you throw them into a speculative world, or you have them face some fantastic or horrifying scenario.


Michael Gardner’s story “This Side of the Wall” was
published on Friday, 19 January 2018.

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About Yaroslav Barsukov

Yaroslav Barsukov is a software engineer from Moscow, currently living in Vienna, Austria. After leaving his ball and chain at the workplace, he goes on to write stories that deal with things he himself, thankfully, doesn’t have to deal with.

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Yaroslav Barsukov’s story “Memory is a Rumor” will be
published on Friday, 26 January 2018.

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