It came from N. R. Lambert

N. R. Lambert’s story “Business as Usual” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 13 January 2017. I started writing “Business As Usual” in 2015. I wish I could remember exactly which of the many horrific gun-related incidents that year first planted the seed of this story in my mind. It would mean that these events occurred rarely enough to stand out from each other. Unfortunately, each day in America, an average of 93 people are…

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It came from J. T. Gill

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J. T. Gill’s story “Never Miss: Moses Abebe is a Machine” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 30 December 2016. The inspiration for this story came when I was (shocker) playing basketball. There’s a basketball court not far from our house, and I was out shooting hoops one night in December. It was freezing, and late, and dark, and honestly I don’t know why I was out there except to think. This story is pretty…

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It came from Taylor Hornig

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Taylor Hornig’s story “The Doctor’s Mask” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 23 December 2016. I’ve always enjoyed writing about the woods, and one day I wondered if I could write a story that readers might classify as treepunk. It would look a bit like cyberpunk, I figured, but with technology that draws its power from the natural world. To make the concept more interesting, I decided to include two societies: one that uses this…

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It came from Simon Kewin

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Simon Kewin’s story “The Stars are Tiny Lights on a Perfect Black Dome” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 16 December 2016. This was a story that grew from its title. I’m not sure if I heard the phrase somewhere or it simply came to me, but I liked the sound of it and set about wondering why the stars might only be tiny lights upon a perfect black dome. I also liked the idea…

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It came from Aatif Rashid

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Aatif Rashid’s story “The World’s Secret Heartbeat” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 2 December 2016. The story actually began as a simple 2-page writing exercise for a creative writing class. The assignment was to write a scene with a few characters, a car with no air conditioning, and a hill. I hadn’t written that much science fiction, but I found myself creating a vaguely post-climate-change world where the central character reminisces for the disappeared…

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It came from Kathryn Yelinek

Kathryn Yelinek’s story “Hearts and Roses” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 25 November 2016. “Hearts and Roses” came about by merging two different ideas, as so many of my stories do. First, I’ve always enjoyed stories about individuals who have been turned human from something else, e.g., The Shape-Changer’s Wife by Sharon Shinn. I’d been wanting to write a story like that for some time but couldn’t find a hook for this idea. Then…

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