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Reach for Your Ocean Heart – C.M. Fields

February 2021

Just like her mother, Olia begins to hear the Voice when she is nineteen. She lies awake in her cot in the morning heat, scratchy wool sheet cast to the side, when the word wandering sounds like a small, clear bell in her mind. The Voice does not sound the way she expected it to; her mother describes the sounds of her ancestors as divine, woven from gold and seagrass. To her it sounds like a voice arising from the blacksmith’s steam, like a sword being forged.

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More about Chris Cornetto

Chris Cornetto is a physics teacher by day and writer by night. In addition to physics, he has degrees in chemistry, philosophy, and psychology. He likes exploring ethical questions through fantasy settings, and enjoys long walks with small dogs.


Chris Cornetto’s story “Sanctuary
in Metaphorosis Friday, 19 March 2021.
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It came from Michael Gardner

Michael Gardner’s story “All That Remains” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 21 August 2020. Despite current events, this story wasn’t inspired by the coronavirus. I wrote this a good six months before COVID-19 broke out. I’d been reading a number of dystopian fantasy and horror stories at the time. I began wondering what might happen to a doomsday prepper who hid away from the end of the world, only to find out years later …

A question for V.G. Campen

Q: How does writing speculative fiction affect your daily life (not as a writer but as a person)?

A: Writing speculative fiction—and reading the works of others—is like calisthenics for the imagination. It opens the mind to the fantastic. What if the weather were sentient? What if whales abandoned the ocean for the skies? On a deeper level, writing speculative fiction has increased my curiosity about, and empathy for, other members of the contrary species known as Homo sapiens.


V.G. Campen’s story “Spells for Going Forth by Day
in Metaphorosis Friday, 5 March 2021.
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About Martin Westlake

Martin Westlake has followed parallel careers as a civil servant and as an academic and has lived, studied, and worked in the UK, Italy, France, and Belgium. The only thing he has ever always wanted to do is write creative fiction. Science fiction exercises a special, but not exclusive, attraction in that regard. For the past fifteen years he has been working seriously at it and he thinks maybe he is starting to get there.

martinwestlake.eu, @MartinWestlake


Martin Westlake’s story “Going Home
in Metaphorosis Friday, 12 March 2021.
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