It came from Mahmud El Sayed

Mahmud El Sayed’s story “The Lost Library” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 8 July 2022. Well, I first got the idea for “The Lost Library” while writing an essay for my Library Science degree. My essay was about automation, specifically looking into the concept of a lights-out library (a fully automated library with no human staff) and ultimately concluding that while we do currently have the technology for such an endeavour, it is a …

A question for Mahmud El Sayed

Q: What is your favorite fairy tale?

A: One Thousand and One Nights. It has everything. Charismatic heroes. Terrifying villains. Djinns. Thieves. Adventures. Magic carpets and healing apples. Proto-sci-fi and murder mystery. My favourite story is probably “The Fisherman and the Jinni” which tells how a quick-witted fisherman is able to get one over on an all-powerful genie.


Mahmud El Sayed’s story “The Lost Library
in Metaphorosis Friday, 8 July 2022.
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