Another question for Laura Duerr

Q: Do you prefer your SFF as books or movies?

A: While I have experienced phenomenal examples of both, I have to go with books, and not just because I’m working on one. I love being able to visualize the world and characters in my own way. I also think themes and messages can be conveyed more subtly, but also more powerfully through writing. Honestly, though, I might pick a third answer: comic books, where gorgeous writing and stunning visuals give the reader the best of both worlds.


Laura Duerr’s story “Vertical Flight
in Metaphorosis Friday, 7 May 2021.
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More about Laura Duerr

Laura Duerr is a speculative fiction writer from Washougal, WA, where she lives with her husband, a rescue dog, and two cats. When she isn’t conjuring words, she can be found hiking, reading, playing video games, or baking. This is her second appearance in Metaphorosis and her other stories can be found in Cast of Wonders, Escape Pod, and Shoreline of Infinity.

lauraduerr.wordpress.com, @laura__duerr


Laura Duerr’s story “Vertical Flight
in Metaphorosis Friday, 7 May 2021.
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May 2021

May 2021

Beautifully written speculative fiction from Metaphorosis magazine.

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

Table of Contents

  • Vertical Flight — Laura Duerr
  • The Song of the Moohee — Emmett Swan
  • Leiprenese 101 — Jason A. Bartles
  • The Nocturnals I — Mariah Montoya

Cover art by Danos Philopoulos.

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It came from Laura Duerr

Laura Duerr’s story “What Lies in Light” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 13 December 2019. “What Lies In Light” originally began as an answer to a contest prompt, but I couldn’t let the story vanish into my hard drive after it was rejected. Shifting the setting from an Earth-based volcano to an alien planet let me play with all my favorite sci-fi world-building toys: how did StellBio reach Janus? What communication challenges would they …

What Lies in Light – Laura Duerr

I dream about the volcano again. The broad bowl of its crater is filled with shimmering light. I am standing at the rim like always, watching the warm and welcoming glow eddy and dance just a few feet below me in a swirling ocean of opal. I keep thinking I can see something beyond, or under, or within the lights, but it’s too distant to view clearly. I hear voices, too. That’s new. The voice …

A question for Laura Duerr

Q: Do you ever feel bad for what you put your characters through?

A: It’s funny that this question comes up in conjunction with this story because this is far and away the cruelest I’ve ever been to my characters. This story has a high body count (actually, this is only the second story in which I’ve killed a character), a narrator with a pretty high degree of self-loathing, and three other characters who confront past traumas. But I like to think everyone except Colin (sorry, Colin) got a happy ending, somehow. In everything I write, I want there to be an element of hope or redemption, so while my characters may go through challenges, they survive them and conquer them, and hopefully inspire readers to keep conquering the darkness their own lives.


Laura Duerr’s story “What Lies in Light
in Metaphorosis Friday, 13 December 2019.
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