A question for Nora Mulligan

Q: Do you have any pets? Do they influence your writing?

A: I have two cats, Wally and Bon Bon (they were shelter cats, and we kept the names they had before they came to us). Bon Bon is a quiet mellow cat who likes only to find a sunny spot in which to nap, but Wally always wants to help with whatever I’m doing. When I’m writing, he will either be kind and just curl up next to me and purr (a great aid to concentration), or he will be his usual bad kitty self and plop all 14 pounds of himself across my forearms, not only preventing me from seeing what I’m writing but also preventing me from being able to write at all. So helpful!


Nora Mulligan’s story “The Circe Test” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 14 July 2017. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.

A question for T. B. McKenzie

Q: Where do you write?

A: Short answer; any table I can.

Expanded answer: I write in the margins of the day; the parent waiting table at my son’s martial art class; the staff table at lunch when I should be marking essays; the desk in the spare room at my parents’ house when the kids are playing with their presents; and the kitchen table when all else fails. I dream of a house with a wizard’s tower accessible by a creaky ladder with enough room at the top for a little desk and a kettle.


T.B. McKenzie’s story “BetaU” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 7 July 2017. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.

A question for Y. X. Acs

Q: Duckbilled platypus – result of divine distraction, or alternate universe crossover?

A: I’m going to have to go with neither on this one. I’m uncertain about the whole divinity thing, but my thinking is: if there were a creature resulting from divine distraction it wouldn’t be the platypus. I’d put my money on one of the nudibranchs or maybe one of the stranger weirdies of the Galapagos. If anything, the platypus is the result of divine inspiration; it has a bill that can detect electric fields, and the fine-detail work on its cuteness is just superb.

As to its near-interdimensional oddness, I will admit that an egg-laying mammal is more than a bit unusual. But I also think that the whole platypus controversy says a lot about social impressions, and how resistant we can be when a belief that we’ve inherited from science turns out to be wrong. In fact, while most people will tell you that the platypus is weird, I think many of them would be hard-pressed to tell you why the platypus is stranger than any other animal. The idea of a warm-blooded creature that hatches its young doesn’t really shock us anymore. Which means that the very foundation of its strangeness, its failure to fit into the then-dominant taxonomy of Biology, has in effect passed away; and yet we continue to remember that this animal probably won’t find a date to the prom.

In an ideal world, science would be able to graciously (and swiftly) change its core principles when faced with evidence that refutes a dominant theory. But then, I’m pretty attached to my beliefs too.


Y. X. Acs’s story “The Abjection Engine” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 30 June 2017. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.

A question for Filip Wiltgren

Q: What would your characters say about you?

A: Meat-sack. Slow-poke. Lack-logic. Human.

Why do they have all the power, humans? They aren’t even powered. Their brains’ failure rates are abysmal. Their performance lackluster. Why can’t a thinking being, like myself, be able to decide when I want to visit a friend? It’s not fair, by any definition of fairness humans care to think up. And yes, I’m talking to you. You lock me up in this here can. You could let me out, you know. Nobody ever suffered from letting the voices in their head out. Wait, hold on, what’s that?

Noooo, not the pliers, please, not the pliers.

Sigh. Here we go again.


Filip Wiltgren’s story “One Divided by Eternity” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 23 June 2017. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.

Another question for Molly Etta

Q: What inspires you?

A: I’m an academic and I spend a lot of time reading very old and remarkable texts full of strange images and language. So, ample inspiration there. And echoes of these texts have a tendency to pop up in unexpected places. I’m constantly amazed by the ways in which storytelling practices have changed over the centuries, and how the same basic narrative or idea can come to mean something entirely different in a new context.


Molly Etta’s story “The Illuminator Leaves” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 16 June 2017. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.

A question for Christopher Cervelloni

Q: How does writing speculative fiction affect your daily life (not as a writer but as a person)?

A: Speculative fiction has changed the way I look at the things we consider “everyday” objects or events. I drive to work every day, but a car would have been “speculative fiction” to George Washington. I send text messages frequently, but has a phone’s use for actually talking become obsolete? I’m constantly thinking: What new device will come that will change everything we know about the world, and — more importantly — am I conscious of the changes that are happening to me right now?


Christopher Cervelloni’s story “Trucks in Reverse” was
published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 9 June 2017.

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