Luke Murphy’s story “A Sacrifice for the Queen” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 26 April 2019. Metaphorosis

I wanted to submit a story to an anthology on the theme of alien invasions. I had a spark of an idea: I was intrigued by how, in the ancient world, a city might have its own deity. Athena, for example, was the goddess of Athens. I asked myself what that would look like in the modern world.

That spark didn’t take fire, and I missed the deadline. But the idea continued to smoulder and I became more intrigued by the world decades after the invasion: what had changed and what was the same? How would humans relate to powerful alien rulers? And could a person ever know what it was like to have that power?


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