A Bear, or a Spider, or an Elephant – Edward Ashton

“The night sky is beautiful,” Seven says. “Deep and dark, blue-black and starless. It has a certain ineffable purity to it, don’t you think?” Mara glances up. This world is a young one, snugged tight against the galactic core. The stars above her are so fat and bright and crowded together that this can barely be called a proper night at all. She looks back to Seven, one eyebrow raised. “Not here,” he says, his …

A question for Edward Ashton

Q: What hero (of any gender) would you name your child after, if we lived in a society with names like that?

A: Honestly, I don’t much believe in heroes. I’ve never been a fan of the Chosen One trope, and the protagonists in my stories are mostly ordinary people who are forced by circumstance to do extraordinary things despite being manifestly unqualified for the job. That said, I’ve always had a soft spot for Jonah from Cat’s Cradle. If I had a son, maybe I’d go with that?


Edward Ashton’s story “A Bear, or a Spider, or an Elephant
in Metaphorosis Friday, 9 August 2019.
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About Edward Ashton

Edward Ashton lives in Rochester, New York with his inordinately patient wife, an adorably mopey dog, and a steadily diminishing number of daughters. He studies new cancer therapies by day, and spends his evenings writing speculative fiction, and occasionally trying to explain how an MRI works to an extremely bored sixteen year old girl.

edwardashton.com, @edashtonwriting


Edward Ashton’s story “A Bear, or a Spider, or an Elephant
in Metaphorosis Friday, 9 August 2019.
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