A question for Laura E. Price

Q: Why do you write speculative rather than realistic fiction?

A: The very first time I was ever asked this question, it was as part of a workshop during my final semester of college, posed to the entire class by our professor, in a tone of voice one usually associates with the exhausted parents of unruly teenagers. It boiled down to, “this story is good, why is it science fiction?”

The story was mine, by the way. I didn’t really take the complimentary part to heart at all. I did take the other half of it more to heart than I should have. I spent a good chunk of my graduate school years and beyond writing realistic fiction and feeling really, really defensive any time I wrote anything even a little speculative. “It’s literary!” “It’s magical realism!” “It’s outsized reality!”

Around ten years ago–right around the time I had my son, so maybe the sleep-deprivation helped lower my inhibitions–I stopped writing any realistic fiction. I started writing things because I wondered if I could–can I write steampunk? Epistolary steampunk? How about a superhero story? Sea monsters? Giant fight scenes and a homunculus? Love story complicated by time dilation? I don’t know–let’s find out!

And I realized something that is, ultimately, the answer to the question posed above. I write speculative fiction because it’s cooler, and it’s way more fun.


Laura E. Price’s story “The Lost Languages of Exiles” was published on Friday, 8 September 2017.
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About Michael Gardner

Michael Gardner is a public servant and economist living in Canberra, Australia with his wife and two kids. He loves urban fantasy and horror – really anything strange or weird. And he has a very patient wife who puts up with his taste in TV shows and movies, and lets him spend more time writing then he probably should.


Michael Gardner’s story “Renewal”  was published on Friday, 15 September 2017.
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It came from N. Immanuel Velez

N. Immanuel Velez’s story “The Naked Me” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 17 February 2017. A few years ago on July 4th a friend of mine was telling a story about a girl he’d just met. A group of us listened, and very quickly it became clear that he was embellishing much of the detail. We all gave each other sly glances, but no one called him out on it. I thought if only…

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A question for Wendy Thompson

Q: Do you often include animals in your art? What role do they play?

A: Yes… Animals are the main focus in most of my work, especially the birds. The role they play is to establish and maintain connection with the beauty of Nature, and share the quiet places with you. This world can be hectic and crazy, and if you just slow down a bit to admire the detail of a raven’s feathers, or the hairs on a dragonfly’s legs—it might make you Smile, and Life can be Good.


Wendy Thompson‘s image “Slugs and Crows” is the cover art for our September 2017 stories.Metaphorosis

About Laura E. Price

Laura E. Price lives in southwestern Florida with her husband and son, both of whom do their best to not interrupt her as she’s writing (mostly they succeed). She has degrees in English and writing from the University of Evansville and the University of Louisiana, Lafayette.

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Laura E. Price’s story “The Lost Languages of Exiles” was published on Friday, 8 September 2017.
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It came from Suzanne J. Willis

Suzanne Willis’s story “A Nightingale’s Map of the City” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 10 February 2017. In 2014, my partner and I travelled to Europe and visited Vienna. Aside from being an amazing city with incredible culture, I was blown away by how visually stunning the city is, especially the architecture. I remember making a comment as we wandered the streets that it was like a city made for giants; the buildings, the…

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