A question for Josh Taylor

Q: What other writers inspire you?

A: This is a hard question to answer concisely! There are many writers I enjoy, and many writers that inspire me in writing and other ways. So I’ll pick two that I don’t think are mainstream now in speculative fiction.

I like reading about infrastructure, and my favorite such book is The Big Necessity by Rose George—unfashionable topic, new stuff in every chapter instead of variations of one main idea, a real balance of skepticism and optimism, and humor that’s funny but respectful. And unlike most nonfiction books, I can still remember some of what it was about.

In fiction, I recently read Seize the Day and Herzog by Saul Bellow. I always assumed that he’d be too hard to read to enjoy, when in fact he’s right on the line. It’s an effort, for me, and not a lot happens, but he is so funny. Herzog brought the phrase ‘ludicrous shmegeggy’ into American literature. I didn’t know it was possible to take apart a characters to such a degree, and without ever dropping long, twisty sentences that take multiple readings just to parse.


Josh Taylor’s story “The Offshore
in Metaphorosis Friday, 26 July 2019.
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About Claire Simpson

Claire Simpson writes code by day and stories by night (or at least that’s what she claims to be doing when she’s actually looking at Twitter). Congenitally incapable of doing nothing, she also sews, crochets, and favours a peaty single malt if you’re buying.

@RexMagenta


Claire Simpson’s story “Never Fade Away
in Metaphorosis Friday, 2 August 2019.
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A question for Andrew Knighton

Q: Are you an outline or discovery writer?

A: I’m very much an outline writer. I like to think through where the story and the character are going before I get started. I might make changes along the way, but I find that structure is vital in freeing up my brain to focus on the words.


Andrew Knighton’s story “Communication Breakdown
in Metaphorosis Friday, 19 July 2019.
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About Josh Taylor

Josh Taylor was born in Baltimore and lives in Toronto. In addition to science fiction, he enjoys playing squash and baking cakes, but lately has only had time for cakes.

joshbtaylor.home.blog


Josh Taylor’s story “The Offshore
in Metaphorosis Friday, 26 July 2019.
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A question for Thea Boodhoo

Q: Have you ever consciously written a ‘message’ story? Was it easier or harder than usual?

A: The most popular thing I’ve written to date is called “Open letter to the tech bro who spat at me, from that pigeon eating a noodle on Market Street.” I wrote it after seeing a man spit at a pigeon. It took me forty-five minutes and was fueled by pure rage. I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to write something like that again. The message was: don’t be a dick to pigeons.


Thea Boodhoo’s story “A Layer Thin As Breath
in Metaphorosis Friday, 12 July 2019.
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About Andrew Knighton

Andrew is a British ghostwriter, who pays his way by writing books and articles in other people’s names. He lives in Yorkshire with his cat, his computer, and a huge pile of unread books. When he’s not writing, he enjoys board games, bouldering, and trying to get through that pile of books.

andrewknighton.com, @gibbondemon


Andrew Knighton’s story “Communication Breakdown
in Metaphorosis Friday, 19 July 2019.
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