It came from Paul A. Hamilton

Paul A. Hamilton’s story “Oven Game” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 18 August 2017. I originally wrote “Oven Game” as an unsolicited piece for a specific magazine with a certain quirky, dark aesthetic. I don’t usually write without any concepts or outlines at all, just stringing words together, but this story I just sat down at my kitchen table and tried to warp my imagination around something odd and a bit unsettling. Which probably …

It came from Kimberly Kaufman

Kimberly Kaufman’s story “What Have You Done to Be Happy Today?” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 11 August 2017. I was washing dishes and listening to an NPR piece on a pizza company in Silicon Valley that would soon be using robots to deliver their pizzas when I started to form the ideas that would become this story. Also mentioned in this article – and something that has been up for debate in some …

It came from Karl Dandenell (again)

Karl Dandenell’s story “Papa Pedro’s Children” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 28 July 2017. “Papa Pedro’s Children” is one of those stories that took years to write. Literally. The situation came to me while I was sitting in a big, comfy rocking chair, giving my daughter a bottle. (She’s now in high school.) I wanted to explore the idea of a main character who was caring for a child that wasn’t his, so I …

It came from Charlotte H. Lee

Charlotte H. Lee’s story “HOPper” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 21 July 2017. I’d been wanting to write something about an AI for a while and I was tired of the unending cautionary tales about AI. I wanted to go with a positive, happy character with positive and optimistic themes. One night I read one of the Grimm fairytales and came across one of the stories about Brownies. Going adversarial felt too predictable so …

It came from Nora Mulligan

Nora Mulligan’s story “The Circe Test” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 14 July 2017. I’ve been fascinated by Greek myths since I was a kid, reading D’Aulieres’ Greek Myths (and then later reading them to my daughter), and I’ve always been fascinated by Circe’s interaction with Odysseus. There was just something about the way she transformed men into pigs that appealed to me for some reason, and I always thought it wasn’t fair for …

It came from T. B. McKenzie

T. B. McKenzie’s story “BetaU” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 7 July 2017. “BetaU” is my reflection both on the fast approaching possibility of programmable brains, and also on the way the real world can condition us to conform. Having worked in education for over a decade, I’ve seen the most enthusiastic young teachers burned up by bureaucracy, becoming the mindless middle managers they once so despised. “BetaU” imagines a future where that process …