It came from Simone Kern

Simone Kern’s story “The Propagator” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 23 August 2019. I live near the Houston ship channel, the chemical refinery capital of America, so both the causes and effects of climate change are right at our doorstep. Summers are brutally hot, and the city (and our house) floods regularly. In March of 2019 we had a major industrial accident, the ITC plant fire, which put a black cloud of poisonous smoke …

It came from Dawn Lloyd

Dawn Lloyd’s story “The Last Duty” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 16 August 2019. I wrote this story when I was teaching at the American University of Afghanistan. When I first moved to Kabul, I was fortunate that a guard at the bombed out Darul Aman Palace accepted a “tip” to let a group of us inside. I remember one particular guard who followed us around whistling and watching to make sure we didn’t …

It came from Edward Ashton

Edward Ashton’s story “A Bear, or a Spider, or an Elephant” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 9 August 2019. Most of my shorter pieces start with an image that gets stuck in my head, and won’t go away until I figure out something to say about it. In the case of “A Bear, or a Spider, or an Elephant,” that image was a night sky, clear and cold, deep black and packed tight with …

It came from Claire Simpson

Claire Simpson’s story “Never Fade Away” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 2 August 2019. The whole of this story grew from the opening scene, which is unusual for me. Usually when I write I have some concept of the plot, or at least the ending, but here I had nothing more than the image of the old woman working in her garden and the kid showing up to drag her out of retirement. The …

It came from Josh Taylor

Josh Taylor’s story “The Offshore” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 26 July 2019. I recently read the book The Hidden Wealth of Nations: The Scourge of Tax Havens by Gabriel Zucman, which I recommend to anyone interested in the topic. People evade taxes by putting their money in other countries with lower tax rates. Anonymous bank accounts and shell companies make it possible to do it in a way that looks legal. So what …

It came from Andrew Knighton

Andrew Knighton’s story “Communication Breakdown” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 19 July 2019. This story started with a character. I created Julian Atticus years ago, for a short story called “Our Man in Herrje” that appeared in Jupiter SF. The story was about the difficulties of communicating with someone whose language and world view are completely alien to yours, specifically a species who hate lies. Working in PR, Atticus’s propensity for lying got him …