A question for Jacob Coffin

Q: Duckbilled platypus – result of divine distraction, or alternate universe crossover?

A: I can only hope for an alternative reality where the platypus is perfectly mundane; an entire ecosystem of egg-laying, bird-part-having, venomous mammals, where all the no doubt equally strange and venomous human-analogues are baffled by the humble Australian woodchuck or whatever we were supposed to get. I’d like to trade books and movies with that alternate dimension.


Jacob Coffin’s story “The Frozen Generation
in Metaphorosis Friday, 10 February 2023.
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February 2023

Beautifully written speculative fiction from Metaphorosis magazine.

All the stories from the month, plus author biographies, interviews, and story origins.

Table of Contents

  • The Excursionist of JCPenney — Chris Panatier
  • The Frozen Generation — Jacob Coffin
  • The Numismatist — Cecelia Isaac
  • The Zoo Diaries II — Frances Pauli

Cover art by Kirsty Greenwood.

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