Table of Contents
- Heartwood – L. Chan
- Ways to Face the Firing Squad – Anna Zumbro
- The Early History of the Moon – Karolina Fedyk
- The Questioning Bell – Jason Baltazar
Cover art by Carol Wellart.
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Since his last publication in Metaphorosis, L Chan has acquired his post graduate degree and moved back to Singapore. He continues to write all manner of speculative fiction, makes up funny comments about cats on the Internet and has reacquired his dog. He has been accused of being a self-aware meme-propagating bot. He’s still looking for the perfect cup of coffee.
L. Chan’s story “Heartwood” will be published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 5 May 2017. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.
Metaphorosis: Best of 2016
Beautifully written speculative fiction from Metaphorosis magazine.
The best science fiction and fantasy stories from Metaphorosis magazine’s first year. Mysterious languages, unusual dogs, solitude, alien communications, and magic. Available for pre-order now.
- The Demon in the Page – Joshua Phillip Johnson
- Heard – Elise Forier Edie
- In Dew and Frost and Flame – Vanessa Fogg
- The Heresy Machine – Gerald Warfield
- Gathering Dust – Meryl Stenhouse
- So, You’re In an Alternate Universe – Jeremy Packert Burke
- Solomon and the Dragon’s Tongue – Molly Etta
- Spoiler: She Leaves Him – Jack Noble
- The World’s Secret Heartbeat – Aatif Rashid
- Whalesong – L. Chan
- How to Survive a Fish Attack – Kato Thompson
- My Dog is the Constellation Canis Major – Jarod K. Anderson
- The Sea Bank of Svalbard South – Octavia Cade
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L. Chan’s story “Whalesong” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 15 April 2016. “Whalesong” started out with a single prompt-like line: the 50 hertz whale is the hero. The 50 hertz whale, also known as the loneliest whale in the world, is a solitary whale who sings at a frequency that other whales can’t hear. The jury is still out on whether there’s truth to that particular factoid, but it formed the kernel of this…
I savour the meal of plastic as I cut through the water; each pass a different symphony of flavour. It is sour and bitter by shifting degrees and always has been so. The meal brings me little comfort in my solitude. I would sing my complaints, but no one is left to hear them. My pod is gone; I am the last. I remember their songs and I moan them to the inky depths. There…
Q: What prompted you to write this particular story?
A: The idea for Whalesong popped into my head one day, probably when two random factoids muddled around in my brain and bumped into each other. The first was the 52-hertz whale, dubbed the loneliest whale in the world because it sings in a different frequency to other whales of its species (this is still up for debate). The other was the cleanup of the great garbage patches around the world’s oceans. The sentence that popped into my head was the 52-hertz whale is the hero, and the rest grew from there.
L. Chan’s story “Whalesong” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 15 April 2016. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.