It came from Simone Kern

Simone Kern’s story “The Propagator” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 23 August 2019. I live near the Houston ship channel, the chemical refinery capital of America, so both the causes and effects of climate change are right at our doorstep. Summers are brutally hot, and the city (and our house) floods regularly. In March of 2019 we had a major industrial accident, the ITC plant fire, which put a black cloud of poisonous smoke …

A question for Chris Panatier

Q: Are you optimistic about the future of humanity?

A: Depends from whose perspective the question is asked, doesn’t it? From my perspective, no. And I’m an optimist. And while I have a generally positive attitude about humans, I do not hold out much hope for the species as a whole, if that makes sense. MLK said that the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice. We make strides here and there. Socially, moreso in the past fifteen years than the many years prior. This is a good thing. But not if we commit suicide via climate change. It’s already happening.

The problem, as far as I can see it, is the consolidation of power and control around the world in a handful of people who are not good; who for short term financial and political gain, unwind environmental protections, burn rain forests, dump poison and trash into the oceans and water table, and then deregulate the industries that pollute. Greed, and the fear of shrinking fortunes by those who have them, are perhaps the most potent driving forces behind the failure of humankind to do something about the crisis.

From the perspective of a future nature that doesn’t include humans, I’m very optimistic.


Chris Panatier’s story “The Eighth Fathom
in Metaphorosis Friday, 6 March 2020.
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About Rhema Sayers

After 35 years as a doctor, first in Family Medicine, and then in Emergency Medicine, Rhema Sayers retired. She and her husband had adopted three little girls from China. Their daughters were all grown by the time she retired. So she turned to writing as a second career. It had been a passion when she was young.

In addition to writing, she loves hiking with her three dogs in the Arizona desert where they live and traveling with her husband, carrying a camera during both activities. Photography is another hobby.

She writes fiction, but also historical articles and stories based on her experiences in the ER.


Rhema Sayers’s story “The Wicked Stepmother
in Metaphorosis Friday, 13 March 2020.
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Grow, Divide, Sacrifice, Thrive – Jo Miles

The circular driveway at the Randolph family house was already full when Chris arrived, packed tight with cars all the way out to the curb, so Chris parked on the street. It seemed fitting that there was no space left for them, and anyway, their scraped-up little Honda didn’t belong next to the family’s Lexuses and Teslas. Evening bathed the neighborhood in softening shadows, drawing the eye to the lit windows of the Randolph home, …

It came from Dawn Lloyd

Dawn Lloyd’s story “The Last Duty” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 16 August 2019. I wrote this story when I was teaching at the American University of Afghanistan. When I first moved to Kabul, I was fortunate that a guard at the bombed out Darul Aman Palace accepted a “tip” to let a group of us inside. I remember one particular guard who followed us around whistling and watching to make sure we didn’t …

March 2020

March 2020

Table of Contents

  • The Eighth Fathom — Chris Panatier
  • The Wicked Stepmother — Rhema Sayers
  • The Draining — Matt Hornsby
  • Sonata III: Canta — L. Chan

Cover art by Chris Panatier.

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