Another question for Jordan Chase-Young

Q: Can beautiful things be funny?

A: Humor’s a funny thing. Though many writers say humor’s tougher to write than drama, funny stories have always been harder to sell than dark ones. If I asked you to name the most beautiful story ever written, I bet you’d pick a drama, maybe even a tragedy. Beauty and darkness feel oddly close, whereas humor seems somehow more frivolous. Hence attempts to call comics “graphic novels” to make them more respectable.

Where do these associations come from? Maybe humor is mainly about incongruencies in the world, such as paradoxes in language or social relations, whereas beauty hinges more on congruency, elegance, symmetry, order. Humor may also be time-serving and culture-bound, beauty timeless and universal. Still, it’s a rare masterpiece that doesn’t have a dollop of mirth to lessen the gloom, and nature, the greatest masterpiece of all, is often wickedly funny. Look at a blobfish lately?


Jordan Chase-Young’s story “The Great Contradiction
in Metaphorosis Friday, 26 November 2021.
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Jordan Chase-Young is an American SFF writer living in Australia with his wife and their stable of cyborgized battle koalas. He’s kind of obsessed with the future: What will it look like? Where will it lead? His first published story, “Shards”, appeared in the July 2020 issue of Metaphorosis. Since then, his stories have appeared in Unidentified Funny Objects 8, The Colored Lens, McCoy’s Monthly, and the Zombies Need Brains anthology When Worlds Collide.

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Jordan Chase-Young’s story “The Great Contradiction
in Metaphorosis Friday, 26 November 2021.
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Jordan Chase-Young’s story “Shards” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 17 July 2020. I’ve always suspected that magic, if it existed, would be a profound threat to human survival. It would empower tyrants, create lasting fault lines between groups, and permit destruction on a vast scale. But magic would also afford great opportunities. It would cut down on drudgery, make life more interesting, and in the right hands allow for great progress. “Which of the …

Shards – Jordan Chase-Young

Shona’s seaweed harness creaked loudly as a cold, whistling gale tried to fling her off the Spire. She held onto the masonry until the air stilled, until her guts ceased to cartwheel. In the six years since Shona had escaped the deluge, she’d rarely felt vertigo. Even when her fellow earthmasons raised the Spire as high as it hung now—a mile or so above the ocean that now wrapped the world—the sun-pummeled water below seemed …