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A Universe All to Himself – Ryan Priest

April 2021

Except death, this was the worst-case scenario. This was the inevitable cost of the space program. Given enough runs, this was going to happen to someone and you just prayed it wouldn’t be you. The very mention of the possibility passed like a cold draft through the rec rooms or cafeterias of any space station. When a pilot failed to return from a mission, you hoped secretly, for their sake, that they were dead. The alternative was a man or woman hopelessly lost in space.

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The Big S – David Hammond

It was another New Year’s Eve at my brother-in-law’s house on the lake.
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Siberia in Four Dimensions – Esem Junior

Physicist Boris K. is one of three men held responsible for the catastrophic failure of Russia’s largest supercollider, a classified, subterranean loop running 260 kilometers through Siberia.
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It came from Hannah Costelle

Hannah Costelle’s story “Cactus and Lizard” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 9 October 2020. “Cactus and Lizard” originated from a conversation with my brother Caleb. Caleb and I often brainstorm ideas for graphic novels or fantasy stories that we usually never actually getting around to creating. All we knew when we sat down this time was that we wanted a story set in a desert. We came up with lots of ideas, including futuristic …

A question for Sharmon Gazaway

Q: What is your favorite word?

A: That’s a tough one. If I’m going on the meaning of words, I guess it would have to be love, since there is no point to life without it. But I have a deep affection for the English language, love words for their sound and feel in the mouth. Words that sound like what they mean, such as undulate, haunting, sassy, poignant, and vicious are favorites. Poetically invented words like one I used in my story, moonshadowed, are always fun. I like ugly words that fit just right too, like muck or gutta-percha. Right now corvid (not to be confused with Covid!) is probably my favorite—I’ve written a string of poems, a short and a flash on crows and birds of the corvid family.


Sharmon Gazaway’s story “Autumn’s Come Undone
in Metaphorosis Friday, 23 April 2021.
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May 2021

May 2021

Beautifully written speculative fiction from Metaphorosis magazine.

All the stories from the month, plus author biographies, interviews, and story origins.

Table of Contents

  • Vertical Flight — Laura Duerr
  • The Song of the Moohee — Emmett Swan
  • Leiprenese 101 — Jason A. Bartles
  • The Nocturnals I — Mariah Montoya

Cover art by Danos Philopoulos.

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