A question for Pablo Valcárcel

Q: What are you reading now?

A: Currently, I’m reading Gareth Hanrahan’s excellent debut The Gutter Prayer. It feels very fresh to me, and kind of reminds me of the first time I read China Miéville’s Perdido Street Station. Both are urban fantasy tales set in labyrinthine cities, and both have some really fascinating worldbuilding behind them. Other fresh reads in my mind are Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus and Stanislaw Lem’s Solaris. The Night Circus was a delightful read. It offered plenty of dreamlike, romantic vistas wrapped up in exquisite prose. Lem’s Solaris, on the other hand, ended being up a much harder read for me, but at the same time, the power of its imagery and its philosophical ideas made the journey completely worth it.


Pablo Valcárcel’s story “The Thousand Revolutions of Kronstadt
in Metaphorosis Friday, 14 June 2019.
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About Marilee Dahlman

Marilee grew up in the Midwest and studied English at the University of Minnesota. She spent ten years studying and practicing law in New York. She currently lives in Washington, DC, and when she’s not working or writing, she’s hiking, cooking soups from scratch, or seeing movies the old-fashioned way—in the theater.


Marilee Dahlman’s story “Las Vegas Museum of Space Exploration
in Metaphorosis Friday, 21 June 2019.
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It came from L’Erin Ogle (yet again)

L’Erin Ogle’s story “Sorry, Sorry, Sorry, and I Love You” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 23 November 2018. “Sorry, Sorry, Sorry, and I Love You” was about grief. It started as in idea—what would you do to gain a moment to say goodbye, to explain to someone what they meant, and why you weren’t able to convey that when they left you? What would a person do, to gain a moment in time to …

A question for Matthew Amundsen

Q: What is the first/most recent book that you lost sleep reading/thinking about?

A: The most recent book I lost sleep over was William S. Burroughs’ The Western Lands. His reimagining of the Egyptian Book of the Dead was a dense and bittersweet coda to a long history of difficult works.


Matthew Amundsen’s story “Country Whispers
in Metaphorosis Friday, 7 June 2019.
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About Pablo Valcárcel

Pablo Valcárcel is based in Madrid where he teaches entrepreneurship, mentors startups and writes speculative fiction. You can follow his musings on mortality, Scrum for writers, and haunting songs on Twitter @awakedreamer.


Pablo Valcárcel’s story “The Thousand Revolutions of Kronstadt
in Metaphorosis Friday, 14 June 2019.
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It came from Tris Matthews

Tris Matthews’s story “When the Last Friend is Gone” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 16 November 2018. I did cognitive science at university and became fascinated with what consciousness and cognition are, how they emerge in animals, how we will achieve this in robots, and the possibilities this will open, such as the solution to currently unimaginable questions and the shift to a hive mind society with utterly different desires and goals. Along the …