B. Morris Allen (“The Humblebract Expedition”) – Fun + Love, (“Fountainhead”) – Longing + Sorrow

Interviewer: In “The Humblebract Expedition,” the key to fun is “a lack of appreciation of risk” and a true sign of love is “eyes tightened at the corners,” or, in other words, pain. How did you manage to utilize the full power of fun and love in your story without …

Score: an SFF symphony

What if prose were written like music?

Score is an anthology of varied stories arranged to follow an emotional score from the heights of joy to the depths of despair – but always with a little hope shining through.

Contents

  • “Homecoming” — A.C. Worth
  • “Tree and Flame” — Rob Francis
  • “The Trader” — Damien Krsteski
  • “Faux Ami” — A. Martine
  • “Raising Mira” — Pauline Yates
  • “Universe of Ghosts” — Samuel Chapman
  • “The Humblebract Expedition” — B. Morris Allen
  • “Selkie’s Song” — Mariah Montoya
  • “Fountainhead” — B. Morris Allen
  • “The Interrogation of Kelstrom Nor” — T.B. McKenzie
  • “Orl, His Master, and the Egg” — Adan Berkowitz
  • “Obliteration” — Caleb Warner
  • “Naves Autem Vacuo” — Thom Connors
  • “The Factory” — Michael Gardner
  • “That Moment You Realize” — David Hammond
  • “Shiver Soft Feathers” — L’Erin Ogle
  • “The Bully Pulpit” — Ian Rennie
  • “The Bureau of Sinful and Emotional Gods” — David A. Gray
  • “The Silence of Mother” — Gerald Warfield
  • “Potential” — Felicity Drake

Cover art by Carol Wellart

Available as a paperback and an e-book on 2 March 2019.

 

September 2018

Beautifully written speculative fiction from Metaphorosis magazine.

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

Table of Contents

  • Graven Image – B. Morris Allen
  • The Yarnball Woman – Michael Milne
  • Familiar in Her Angles – E.A. Brenner
  • Combustion – Kai Hudson

Cover art by Carol Wellart.

Available as a pocket-sized (4″x6″) paperback and an e-book.

Susurrus

A darkly romantic story of magic, love, and suffering

No evil sorceress is born evil

Iskra wants magic and a home, but her magic keeps killing the people she loves. Just when happiness is finally with in her grasp, another wizard intervenes. Now, she needs to choose: rebuild her life again, or channel her destructive power into bloody revenge.


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Metaphorosis: Best of 2016

Beautifully written speculative fiction from Metaphorosis magazine.

Mysterious languages, unusual dogs, solitude, alien communications, and magic. The best science fiction and fantasy stories from Metaphorosis magazine’s first year. Metaphorosis: Best of 2016

  • The Demon in the Page – Joshua Phillip Johnson
  • Heard – Elise Forier Edie
  • In Dew and Frost and Flame – Vanessa Fogg
  • The Heresy Machine – Gerald Warfield
  • Gathering Dust – Meryl Stenhouse
  • So, You’re In an Alternate Universe – Jeremy Packert Burke
  • Solomon and the Dragon’s Tongue – Molly Etta
  • Spoiler: She Leaves Him – Jack Noble
  • The World’s Secret Heartbeat – Aatif Rashid
  • Whalesong – L. Chan
  • How to Survive a Fish Attack – Kato Thompson
  • My Dog is the Constellation Canis Major – Jarod K. Anderson
  • The Sea Bank of Svalbard South – Octavia Cade

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Allenthology – Volume I

AllenthologyCoverESpeculative stories of love and disaster.

Aliens, androids, magic, destruction and romance, all mixed together in this quarter century of science fiction and fantasy stories from B. Morris Allen.

Includes the complete contents of the collections Metaphorosis, Start With Stones, and Tocsin, plus a few extras, and author’s notes for each story.

Contents

First Era – Waiting for Inspiration

  • Blind – Who says you’re not god?
  • Sacrifice – When you don’t stop for death.
  • Erm the Invincible – Sometimes, they’re not wrong.
  • Proteus’ Revenge – Words are tricky, mutable entities. Be nice to them.

Second Era – So That’s How It Works

  • Spring and the Arachnodactylist – It’s a warm, sunny day. Why not stay inside and read?
  • Metaphorosis – Never change, sweetheart. Not into that.
  • Manifest Destiny – In the city of prophecy, a hero arrives on the wings of destiny – just in time for his appointment.
  • The Digital Revival – Don’t point that at me, it has a nail in it.
  • Silver Lining – Why can’t the elder races just learn to get along?
  • One Fine Day in Asgard – What the gods do before twilight
  • The Matter of God – Just what are gods made of, anyway, and who makes them?
  • The First Assembly of God – Putting together a god is a delicate business. Especially if you don’t read the instructions.
  • All’s Fair – On the day before the last battle, the old powers rally for a final effort.
  • Drive Like Lightning … – After following an ancient trail into the territory of the deadly Mechanics, one woman and her ship must escape with vital information.
  • …Crash Like Thunder – The alien Mechanics attacked from nowhere and for no reason. Or did they?

Third Era – In Search of Misplaced Time

  • Maison d’Etre – Are you living someone else’s life? Should you be?
  • The Dark Distillery – Where does evil go when it’s gone?
  • Crash Boom Bang – A story at any length you like.
  • Parabolic – One man, one cave, an audience.
  • The Girl Who Just Went Wrong – And why she did it.
  • Dancing Through Winter – Having played all summer, the human race must dance all winter to stay warm.
  • Coup de Tart – The true story of the Knave of Hearts
  • At Stake – Condemned as a witch, a woman searches for one last sign of love.
  • House of Hope – Stone and timber make a house, and much, much more.
  • My Trip to the Awe Tanks – A young boy’s look at progress.
  • Palimpsest – Change is for the better. Isn’t it?
  • Tocsin – A lonely buoy stands guard.
  • Crust – Where do you go when the going gets painful? And how do you get back?
  • Start with Stones – If you look for magic under rocks, you might find something you don’t expect.
  • The Stone in the Sword – Some things TH White never quite got around to explaining.

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Tocsin – and other stories

Stories of adventure and determination. A collection of (mostly) science fiction stories.

  • Tocsin – A lonely buoy stands guard.
  • The Digital Revival – Don’t point that at me, it has a nail in it.
  • Drive Like Lightning … Crash Like Thunder – The alien Mechanics attacked from nowhere and for no reason. Or did they?
  • Maison d’Etre – Are you living someone else’s life? Should you be?
  • The Dark Distillery – Where does evil go when it’s gone?
  • Dancing Through Winter – Having played all summer, the human race must dance all winter to stay warm.
  • My Trip to the Awe Tanks – A young boy’s look at progress.
  • Crash Boom Bang – A story at any length you like.
  • Crust – Where do you go when the going gets painful? And how do you get back?

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