Gunnar De Winter is a biologist/philosopher hybrid who explores ideas through fictional fieldwork.
Katrina Smith’s story “Somewhere to be Going” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 3 May 2019. I have an obsession with birds who leave their young to be fostered by different species, and I have a fifteen year old son. Over the years, he’s given me motivation when I’ve needed it and been my biggest fan. I’ve written him a short story for his birthday nearly every year since he learned to read. Sometimes these …
Q: Do you often include animals in your stories? What role do they play?
A: It’s funny, although animals (particularly dogs) have always played a huge role in my life, I usually don’t include them in my work. That’s not to say I won’t do so in the future.
Aside from “A Time For Understanding,” I did write (and was fortunate enough to publish) a flash fiction piece – political satire – about a healthcare system that proposed using dogs as doulas to save costs on childbirth for the uninsured. It’s a crazy and bizarre story; the comfort my yellow lab (my real-life Cody) provided me during my two pregnancies – especially when I was on bed rest with my first – was an inspiration. And back in high school, I wrote a short story about how it felt to say goodbye to our 17 year-old poodle. It was riddled with teen angst but the sentiment was certainly there – it was a story I needed to write at the time.
I think animals serve so many different roles for us in life and I am personally convinced that that “one special dog” is the one waiting, tail wagging, to bring us to the other side when we pass on. Maybe I should write more about animals…
Jess Koch is a speculative fiction writer and graduate student at the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA Program. She works professionally as a software engineer in the animal healthcare industry and lives in Portland, Maine.
Luke Murphy’s story “A Sacrifice for the Queen” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 26 April 2019. 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. …
Q: What’s your favorite non-SFF book?
A: The Mirror Crack’d by Agatha Christie. I first read it when I was about twelve years old–a cheap, tattered paperback I found in a cardboard box in storage. Despite its problems reflecting the era it was written in, to me it was a revelation: women, in their old age, didn’t have to sit around knitting socks and doing housework (unless they wanted to); they could solve mysteries, or even write stories.