Thomas Ha is a former attorney turned stay-at-home father who enjoys writing speculative fiction during the rare moments when all of his kids are napping at the same time. Thomas grew up in Honolulu and, after a decade plus of living in the northeast, now resides in Los Angeles.
Laura Duerr’s story “Vertical Flight” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 7 May 2021. I come from a family that loves wine, and I married into a family that also loves wine. My sister-in-law even worked at a winery for several years, which gave us all some insight into the industry as well as allowed us to try some wines we otherwise might never have even seen. It’s through her that I learned about ‘vertical …
Q: Duckbilled platypus – result of divine distraction, or alternate universe crossover?
A: The Aboriginal Australians have several theories on the origin of this noble monotreme. Generally, these involve a duck mating with a water-rat. This is true enough, but it leaves out that these creatures were biologically compatible only because the duck in question was from a universe where birds are mammals. The crossover event is believed to have coincided with the formation of the Chicxulub crater. It is unknown what else, if anything, crossed alongside.
Jordan Chase-Young is an American SFF writer living in Australia with his wife and their stable of cyborgized battle koalas. He’s kind of obsessed with the future: What will it look like? Where will it lead? His first published story, “Shards”, appeared in the July 2020 issue of Metaphorosis. Since then, his stories have appeared in Unidentified Funny Objects 8, The Colored Lens, McCoy’s Monthly, and the Zombies Need Brains anthology When Worlds Collide.
Thomas Ha’s story “A Compilation of Accounts Concerning the Distal Brook Flood” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 30 April 2021. I was a lawyer in another life, and I always found it funny in legal dramas when some major revelation resolved a case decisively and tidily. While I wouldn’t claim the legal mechanics of this particular story are realistic, I wanted to write something that captured more of the anti-climactic reality of most cases …
Q: Do you write with a particular audience in mind?
A: I’ve tried in the past to write with a particular audience in mind, and each of those stories has failed. In The Emotional Craft of Fiction, Donald Maass writes, “The novelist…is not causing readers to feel as the novelist does, or as his characters do, but rather inducing for each reader a unique emotional journey through a story.” That line took a lot of pressure off me as a writer by helping me realize I have no control over how a reader interprets my work. That boils down to each reader’s life experiences and preferences. Now, I write to entertain myself or work through an idea I find challenging. I do my best to explore ideas in a way I find interesting, and I hope that my readers experience some of the same wonder reading my stories that I felt while writing them.