It came from Rob Francis

Rob Francis’s story “Beneath the Sea of Glass” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 13 October 2017. I’ve always loved adventure fantasy since childhood, but as I got older wondered where all those stories about people seeking treasure to improve their lot in life had gone. So I created Leos and Agris to go find some! They always seem to be in debt and never really get any closer to paying the bailiffs, unfortunately, but…

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Beneath the Sea of Glass – Rob Francis

The sand slithered as if it were alive. Leos knew it was the wind, tugging rivulets of dust in its wake like whipping snakes, but even so. The land here was bad, hostile. They should never have come. “Aren’t you glad we came, Leos? Glad!” Agris plodded up the slope behind him, two heavy sacks atop his broad shoulders and a grin splayed across his battered face. “What a land… landscape.” The big man’s smile…

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A question for Rob Francis

Q: What hero (of any gender) would you name your child after, if we lived in a society with names like that?

A: When I was younger I was determined to name my son Raistlin, after the conflicted character from the Dragonlance books by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. Luckily, I haven’t, and both my kids have pretty normal names. In another reality, things might well have been different! ‘Elric’ also has a nice ring to it…


Rob Francis’s story “Beneath the Sea of Glass” was published on Friday, 13 October 2017.
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About Rob Francis

Rob Francis is an academic ecologist and writer based in London. He spends his days researching urban ecosystems and lecturing students on whatever thoughts happen to arrive in his head during class. On the train to work, he writes fantasy and horror stories.


Rob Francis’s story “Beneath the Sea of Glass” was published on Friday, 13 October 2017.
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