It came from Eric Del Carlo

Eric Del Carlo’s story “Halfsies” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 3 February 2017. I don’t usually draw a straight line from real world situations or social phenomena when conceiving a science fiction story, but the genesis of this piece is quite clear: I wanted to do an extrapolation/reimagining of the issues facing transgender youth. Having a child more comfortable in an alien skin than a human one was a way to go about exploring…

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It came from Sean R. Robinson

Sean R. Robinson’s story “The Snow Queen’s Daughter” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 27 January 2017. I have a crush on Hans Christian Andersen. More than that, I have a love of Fairy Tales. In my graduate program, I completed a thesis on the relationship between Hans Christian Andersen and a man named Edvard Collin. HCA’s unrequited love for Edvard Collin was the impetus for the fairy tale “The Little Mermaid”. I wanted to…

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It came from Rachel Kolar

Rachel Kolar’s story “Be Prepared to Shoot the Nanny” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 20 January 2017. I’m fascinated by stories that take place long after the zombie apocalypse, from World War Z to Fido to the last five minutes of Shaun of the Dead. Horror fans and academics have spilled gallons of ink analyzing the popularity of zombies in a post-9/11 world—the zombie apocalypse helps us process that apocalyptic day, the breakdown of…

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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

2016 Metaphorosis magazine covers

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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