It came from Elise Kim

Elise Kim’s story “The Three Thousand” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 11 December 2020. I was reading Herodotus’ Histories one summer when I found the initial inspiration for “The Three Thousand”. Herodotus is a great author to consult for ideas. I like to imagine him as an intrepid but easily distracted explorer, more focused on what would make a good story than what is actually factual history. He writes this of the religious beliefs …

A question for Elise Kim

Q: Have you ever wondered whether ideas are thought waves directed at you by an AI supercomputer located in the distant future?

A: I can’t say that I have, although I know I’ll be thinking about it at random moments for some time in the future. It’s entirely plausible, considering our rate of technological progress, but I don’t think it’s likely. The ideas that lead to the stories I like to write, and the ideas that lie at the heart of the stories of the writers I admire most, likely aren’t of interest to AI in the distant future. To me, much of what lies at the core of a good idea is emotional, and I have always seen AI as distinctly logical. I have a hard time believing that artificial intelligence can be programmed to think of ideas evoking wonder, emotional connection, and empathy in the same way a real human being living in this age and this moment can.


Elise Kim’s story “The Three Thousand
in Metaphorosis Friday, 11 December 2020.
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About Elise Kim

Elise lives in San Diego, California, where she spends most of her time ignoring the perfect weather to scribble down stories indoors. When she’s not writing, she likes to cultivate her ever-growing collection of fancy wood-case pencils, mechanical typewriters, and crumbly old books.


Elise Kim’s story “The Three Thousand
in Metaphorosis Friday, 11 December 2020.
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