It came from Patrick Doerksen

Patrick Doerksen’s story “Notes Towards a New Fairytale” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 3 November 2017. “Notes towards a New Fairtale” was written at a hinge moment in my life. I was trying to decide whether or not to go “all in” with fiction or to let myself keep dabbling and making more career-oriented lifestyle choices. I was discouraged by a number of rejections and feeling quite lost; so I wrote a story about …

It came from Benjamin Cort

Benjamin Cort’s story “Bluebird” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 27 October 2017. “Bluebird” started as a sci-fi riff on some of the early scenes of Grapes of Wrath. I imagined a cowboy of sorts with a hulking harvester monstrosity talking a family off their dusty farm so that a high tech city could make its way in. The “City” in Bluebird is inspired by another short story I wrote for an American Protest Literature …

It came from Rob Francis

Rob Francis’s story “Beneath the Sea of Glass” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 13 October 2017. I’ve always loved adventure fantasy since childhood, but as I got older wondered where all those stories about people seeking treasure to improve their lot in life had gone. So I created Leos and Agris to go find some! They always seem to be in debt and never really get any closer to paying the bailiffs, unfortunately, but …

It came from David Hammond

David Hammond’s story “Making the List” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 6 October 2017. This story was inspired by The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert. Kolbert talks about the extinction of the Neanderthals and the idea that Homo sapiens survived by being a bit crazier than previous human species. (I don’t have a copy of the book, so I’m copying these quotes from Goodreads.) “Archaic humans like Homo erectus ‘spread like many other mammals …

It came from Angie Lathrop

Angie Lathrop’s story “Radical Abundance” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 29 September 2017. What if the means for radical abundance—in the world of this story, strong nanotechnology/ Anatomically Precise Manufacturing Machines/molecular assemblers/von Neumann machines (the butterflies)— were put directly into the hands of people who might really need it? How would those people be able to sort out what they needed? Molecular manufacturing technology has the potential to usher in an age of abundance, …

It came from Simon Kewin (again)

Simon Kewin’s story “What the Darkness Is” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 22 September 2017. “What The Darkness Is” grew out of wanting to write a story in which worlds are nested within other worlds, so that it isn’t clear which is the “real” world and where the lines between them start and end. Books, songs, paintings – all can be portals through to a “next” world. I liked the idea of the slipperiness …