A Final Resting Place – Matt Hornsby

The lander sloped down from orbit towards the jagged peninsula that leaked westwards from Earth’s great landmass. Salzmann’s eyes tracked across the surface as they broke the cloud cover. It stretched brown-green to the limits of his vision, shorn of angles and straight lines. He heard Nguyen grumble under her breath as she wrestled with the command console, urging the craft towards a suitable landing site. When he had offered to co-pilot, she declined, and …

A question for Matt Hornsby

Q: Aliens. Are they out there?

A: I’ve never been able to decide on this, but at the moment I am leaning towards yes, although quite possibly in some format that we would find quite disappointing or incomprehensible. Certainly no Klingons or beautiful green women. Arthur C. Clarke said, either we are alone in the universe or we are not, and either way the answer is terrifying – but it’s also quite amazing.


Matt Hornsby’s story “A Final Resting Place
in Metaphorosis Friday, 20 September 2019.
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About Matt Hornsby

Matt Hornsby is based between London, United Kingdom, and Dublin, Ireland. When not writing, he works on environmental and economic policy, after previous lives as a scrap metal dealer and English teacher. Follow him on Twitter at @Matth0rnsby.


Matt Hornsby’s story “A Final Resting Place
in Metaphorosis Friday, 20 September 2019.
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