It came from Amelia Fisher

Amelia Fisher’s story “Lingua Franca” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 16 October 2020. The first version of “Lingua Franca” bears little resemblance to the way it ended up. The concept I began with was, why does telepathy always involve language? If people could communicate mind-to-mind virtually from birth, directly sharing images and emotions and ideas, what use would there be for words? What does a society with communication but no language look like? Having …

A question for Amelia Fisher

Q: Do you generally start with mood, title, character, concept…?

A: I’m an ideas-gal. I love to start with a big, weird, capital-C Concept. When I stumble across a world or scenario full of questions and potential, I start looking for the tension point: the moment or location or character that makes the story come alive. Once I have a general idea of what kind of world or situation I want to explore, the first line usually staggers in, fashionably late and slightly inebriated, and the story takes off from there.


Amelia Fisher’s story “Lingua Franca
in Metaphorosis Friday, 16 October 2020.
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