It came from Thomas Ha

Thomas Ha’s story “Orla, Always” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 3 December 2021. I mainly wanted to write about losing a loved one to an influence beyond your control, the pain and animosity that can accompany that kind of gradual loss, and your inability (especially if you’re a parent estranged from a child) to let go of the hope that you’ll reconnect, which can be risky, if not outright dangerous. I’ve written other stories …

A question for L.A.W. Butler

Q: What do you think is the single most important quality for a good writer to possess?

A:  Humility.  There are a finite number of plot lines (usually numbered from five to seven) and everything you create is going to be a variation on those themes.  It is how you play with those ideas, whom you choose to grapple with those conflicts, and the words you assign to each that make you a writer.  That means you are sharing space with a great many talented people.  Appreciate the fact that you are part of an amazing world of people who read, who write and who value both.


L.A.W. Butler’s story “Her Spirit Animal
in Metaphorosis Friday, 17 June 2022.
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It came from Jordan Chase-Young

Jordan Chase-Young’s story “The Great Contradiction” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 26 November 2021. Earlier this year, my friend Robin Hanson shared a provocative paper exploring the possibility that humankind’s early emergence in cosmic history, and the apparent absence of other civilizations in the universe, may be a selection effect due to most of the universe’s future being under alien control (https://arxiv.org/abs/2102.01522). I puzzled over how to turn this insight into a story and …

A question for Anna Madden

Q: Do you prefer your SFF as books or movies?

A: SFF books take me on an internal journey that movies can’t often replicate. Written works are fluid, with rich details that I can sow and feed with my own imagination. I crave stories that seem to breathe as they unfold, becoming uniquely mine as I consume them. In All the Murmuring Bones by A. G. Slatter, I loved exploring that dark, secret-laden world through Miren’s eyes, seeing her thoughts and perspective so intimately. But I certainly enjoy SFF movies, the talents of many creating a few hours of magic. Dune blew me away last year even though I knew the story already. I enjoyed the insect-like ornithopters and seeing those colossal sandworms, and I’ve re-listened to the soundtrack often while writing. Perhaps I should retry answering this question and say SFF books are like strawberry ice cream to me, but that doesn’t mean I won’t eat mint chocolate chip if it’s offered.


Anna Madden’s story “Time, Wolf, Emit, Flow
in Metaphorosis Friday, 10 June 2022.
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About L.A.W. Butler

Ms. Butler began writing speculative fiction in 7th grade after bingeing on a stack of Superman comics. Her academic background in both science and economics allows her to find many strange and wonderful places to put spunky girls and enlightened creatures of all kinds.


L.A.W. Butler’s story “Her Spirit Animal
in Metaphorosis Friday, 17 June 2022.
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