Stories


Beautifully written science fiction and fantasy.



Snow Queen – T. R. North

“Do you remember the first time we met?” she asked, her voice thick and opium-drowsy, the slight thaw of early spring making her as lazy as the white-hot sun of high summer makes the old cows in their pastures. I did, but she didn’t, and I stopped my teeth with an embroidery thread instead of telling her. She watched me with those ice-pale eyes as I clipped the thread, a gold-scarlet against my lips, hardly…

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Never Miss: Moses Abebe is a Machine – J. T. Gill

Metaphorosis December 2016

“After just one year, undrafted rookie Moses Abebe has taken the league by storm, becoming the first player in NBA history to make every shot in a single season…” “Moses Abebe continues to dominate headlines as well as opponents after his performance in game four of the NBA championship, making him the only player ever to complete two full seasons with an unprecedented one hundred percent completion percentage. But some do not agree with the…

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The Doctor’s Mask – Taylor Hornig

Metaphorosis December 2016

I let Cameron take me to him, but I already knew where he was. I smelled him as clearly as I smelled old Barty’s woodsmoke. He had a bad scent. Sweet and sick, like rotting flowers. “Did you touch him?” I asked. It was a frigid afternoon, the sun clear and bright, the air frosty and still. When Cameron spoke, his breath bloomed in a cloud of white. “No, Dr. Slatewall.” The boy clambered onto…

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The Stars are Tiny Lights on a Perfect Black Dome – Simon Kewin

Metaphorosis December 2016

“Chancellor, it’s Zend, at the University. One of your research students. I think you should come and see something.” The voice on the other end of the line was groggy. The Chancellor didn’t bother to keep the irritation from his voice. “Are you aware what hour it is, Zend?” “Sorry, yes, it’s late, I know. Or I mean early, depending on how you look at it.” “Have we inadvertently fabricated another black hole in Astrophysics?…

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The Nature of Glass – Sandi Leibowitz

Metaphorosis December 2016

Whispers from the Jewish quarter about the raising of a golem. A clock where every hour Death pursued sins and set them quaking. Astronomy, botany, art. Bohemia in the days of Rudolf II was famed for many things. Among them was the making of glass. Zoja was a master glassblower who lived in the outskirts of Prague. In her youth she had married Jozef, learned his trade and worked alongside him. What greater happiness than…

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The World’s Secret Heartbeat – Aatif Rashid

Metaphorosis December 2016

Blake tried once again to start his car, a mustard-yellow vintage two-door from back when companies still made gasoline cars — but the engine only sputtered and groaned. It sounded to Khalid like a dying person, coughing and wheezing through its final moments of life with a few last and naive gasps of ill-conceived hope. “I told you we should have taken the electric,” Khalid said. “Don’t worry!” Blake called from the driver’s seat. “It’ll…

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