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A Layer Thin As Breath – Thea Boodhoo

July 2019

“Valley. Can you still hear me?”

Julian’s voice filtered through her dying radio. The Prince of Cats was a speck of light, dimming through the gold-grey film that, atom by atom, was devouring her helmet.

Valley tried to say something, anything. Failed.

Julian was sobbing on the other end. “I’m so sorry. I’m so, so kzzzzzzchchchcffft—” and that was it. Her radio was gone.

“Oh god,” she breathed to herself, to no one. “Oh god,” I don’t want to die. I don’t want to die. She sobbed once, twice, and then, with tears pooling in her eyes and the Prince of Cats invisible through the liquid, she found a pocket of calm, like stepping from a noisy bar onto a cool, quiet street.

Something brushed against her hand, and she cried out, startled. Her vision was still blurred by tears, and the thing dissolving her space suit was like an iridescent veil across the glass of her helmet, but through it all she could see the outline of her hand.

Not her glove.

Her hand.

The veil, delicate as a cobweb when it had floated innocuously through space, was finally at the layer of her skin. It felt like cool air at first, then like nothing. Then her fingernails tickled.

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“Valley. Can you still hear me?” Julian’s voice filtered through her dying radio. The Prince of Cats was a speck of light, dimming through the gold-grey film that, atom by atom, was devouring her helmet. Valley tried to say something, anything. Failed. Julian was sobbing on the other end. “I’m so sorry. I’m so, so kzzzzzzchchchcffft—” and that was it. Her radio was gone. “Oh god,” she breathed to herself, to no one. “Oh god,” …
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  • Never Fade Away — Claire Simpson
  • A Bear, or a Spider, or an Elephant — Edward Ashton
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  • The Propagator — Simone Kern
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Claire Simpson’s story “Never Fade Away
in Metaphorosis Friday, 2 August 2019.
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A Layer Thin As Breath – Thea Boodhoo

“Valley. Can you still hear me?” Julian’s voice filtered through her dying radio. The Prince of Cats was a speck of light, dimming through the gold-grey film that, atom by atom, was devouring her helmet. Valley tried to say something, anything. Failed. Julian was sobbing on the other end. “I’m so sorry. I’m so, so kzzzzzzchchchcffft—” and that was it. Her radio was gone. “Oh god,” she breathed to herself, to no one. “Oh god,” …

It came from M.J. Gardner

M.J. Gardner’s story “The Book of Regrets” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 4 January 2019. In writing “The Book of Regrets”, I used two of my friends as the main characters. I have always used real people in creating characters, but usually just bits and pieces of them. I will take one person’s habit of pursing their lips when they are thinking, another’s voice, someone else’s hair, facial expression, or fashion sense. Sometimes I …

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Q: Are you an outline or discovery writer?

A: I’m very much an outline writer. I like to think through where the story and the character are going before I get started. I might make changes along the way, but I find that structure is vital in freeing up my brain to focus on the words.


Andrew Knighton’s story “Communication Breakdown
in Metaphorosis Friday, 19 July 2019.
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About Josh Taylor

Josh Taylor was born in Baltimore and lives in Toronto. In addition to science fiction, he enjoys playing squash and baking cakes, but lately has only had time for cakes.

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Josh Taylor’s story “The Offshore
in Metaphorosis Friday, 26 July 2019.
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