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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About Laura Duerr

Laura Duerr is a social media coordinator and writer of speculative fiction. A lifelong Pacific Northwest resident, she currently lives in Washougal, Washington, with her husband, their rescue dog, and too many cats.

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