Charlotte H. Lee’s story “HOPper” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 21 July 2017. I’d been wanting to write something about an AI for a while and I was tired of the unending cautionary tales about AI. I wanted to go with a positive, happy character with positive and optimistic themes. One night I read one of the Grimm fairytales and came across one of the stories about Brownies. Going adversarial felt too predictable so…
David Gallay is a writer of speculative fiction and horror. After receiving a B.A in Creative Writing from Binghamton University, and currently resides in Wisconsin where he leads a double life as an IT SysAdmin.
David Gallay’s story “Cheminagium” was
published on Friday, 9 February 2018. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.
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…
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” was published on Friday, 26 January 2018. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.
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.
David Z. Morris’s story “Love in its Heart” was
published on Friday, 2 February 2018. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.