A question for Sara Kate Ellis

Q: What do you think makes for a good story?

A: Oh, that’s tough, but with speculative fiction, I guess I would say stories that show me the future while forcing me to take a harder look at the present. My favorites often alert me to some mad, screaming deficiency in my perception. Ted Chiang’s The Great Silence is a good example, a gut-wrenching twist on that old Now Voyager line, “don’t let’s ask for the moon. We have the stars.” Or in this case, “we [still] have” these rapidly dwindling species we’re paying zero attention to while we search for alien life.


Sara Kate Ellis’s story “Sturm und Clang
in Metaphorosis Friday, 29 April 2022.
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About C.H. Rosenberg

Writing as an armchair economist, in real life C.H. Rosenberg is a grizzled policy wonk who spent an early career fighting in the trenches of local politics in Southern California. Rosenberg currently works at one of Washington, D.C.’s many alphabet-soup think tanks, brainstorming all sorts of amazing ways to save the planet.


C.H. Rosenberg’s story “Indicative of Future Results
in Metaphorosis Friday, 6 May 2022.
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It came from J.C. Pillard

J.C. Pillard’s story “The Tick of the Clock” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 8 October 2021. Like many of my stories, “The Tick of the Clock” started with an image: a young man speaking to an old woman, begging for her help. It was a compelling image, but I wasn’t sure what he needed help with, which really put a wrench in my plans to turn it into a story. The idea stewed in …

Another question for J.C. Pillard

Q: Aliens, are they out there?

A: Probably. The visible universe has over 400 quadrillion stars in it, and if even a tiny fraction of those stars have a planet that could support life…well, a tiny fraction of a gigantic number is still a gigantic number. I think it would be rather anthropocentric to imagine we’re the only life, or even the only intelligent life, in the cosmos.
So yeah, they’re probably out there. Maybe they’ll even read this story one day. If so, hi! What took you so long?


J.C. Pillard’s story “The Spinster and the Sea
in Metaphorosis Friday, 22 April 2022.
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About Sara Kate Ellis

Sara Kate Ellis was born in Oregon but has lived most of her adult life in Japan. She lives Tokyo with her partner and their two ornery cats and has been served more than once by a robot bartender.

@Skellis13


Sara Kate Ellis’s story “Sturm und Clang
in Metaphorosis Friday, 29 April 2022.
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It came from Ivy Grimes

Ivy Grimes’s story “Ennui Tea” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 1 October 2021. I must have been feeling ennui while drinking tea, because “ennui tea” came to my mind first, and the story of a young woman learning magic at a goth coffee shop followed. I imagined how great it would be to have a goth coffee shop nearby and to live in a town where everyone mopes and reads poetry all day. Yet …