Chloe Smith was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her first job ever was as a shop assistant at a SF/F-themed bookstore, and she never lost the taste for speculative fiction, although the world took her through a wide range of places and vocations before she stumbled back to her writerly ambitions. She currently works as a 7th-grade English teacher, moonlights as the proofreader for Locus and Fantasy magazines, and ekes out time in between her jobs to think up more stories about strange worlds and familiar problems.
It started when Leda lifted her head from her pillow and a dead fly tumbled onto her pillowcase.
Jordan Chase-Young’s story “Shards” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 17 July 2020. I’ve always suspected that magic, if it existed, would be a profound threat to human survival. It would empower tyrants, create lasting fault lines between groups, and permit destruction on a vast scale. But magic would also afford great opportunities. It would cut down on drudgery, make life more interesting, and in the right hands allow for great progress. “Which of the …
Q: How do pets/children/significant others help/hinder your process?
A: My partner helps by giving me time and space to do my work. She helps by understanding how important writing is to me. And once, when I was stuck with a story, she dreamed about how I could finish it.
Aaron DaMommio is a husband, father, writer, and juggler who came to Austin, Texas for college and never left. During the day he tries to make the world safe for a team of technical writers in need of technical support navigating the strange hierarchies of XML. He has three children and a share in four dogs. On a good day he can name all the dwarves from The Hobbit.
“Doran?” Michaela says. “I don’t like you.”