Q: How does writing speculative fiction affect your daily life (not as a writer, but as a person)?
A: For me, speculative fiction is a way of engaging with metaphor. Often that involves different ways of writing and thinking about science. I think if you want to attract more people to science – more than just the logically-minded, for instance – you’ve got to provide a different sort of pathway, a different means of engaging. I find science fiction in particular helps me to perceive science more broadly, from a place of imagination as well as method.
Octavia Cade’s story “The Sea Bank of Svalbard South” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 11 March 2016. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.