Metaphorosis Books

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Metaphorosis Books

Metaphorosis Books

Our imprints

Metaphorosis Magazine

Verdage

Plant Based Press

Imprints

Metaphorosis Books operates a number of imprints. These include:

  • Verdage – science fiction and fantasy anthologies, often with an innovative approach to the creative process.
  • Metaphorosis Magazine – monthly issues of the magazine, along with annual Best of and Complete compilations.
  • plant based press – vegan-friendly science fiction and fantasy, including annual Best of Vegan SFF anthologies.
  • Driftwyrd – self-published books by authors who have appeared in Metaphorosis Magazine.
  • Vestige – science fiction and fantasy from authors previously published in Metaphorosis Magazine

July 2021

July 2021

Beautifully written speculative fiction from Metaphorosis magazine.

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

Table of Contents

  • Singot — E.C. Fuller
  • Souls Like Sea Glass — Josie Smith
  • Free Hugs — Jennifer Shelby
  • The Art of Unpicking Stitches — Jennifer Hudak
  • The Nocturnals III — Mariah Montoya

Cover art by Carol Wellart.

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

June 2021

June 2021

Beautifully written speculative fiction from Metaphorosis magazine.

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

Table of Contents

  • The Secret Keeper — Pauline Yates
  • Satyajit Ray’s Beard or the Lack Thereof — Abhijato Sensarma
  • The Stranding — Maud Woolf
  • The Nocturnals II — Mariah Montoya

Cover art by Max Pitchkites.

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

Best Vegan Science Fiction & Fantasy of 2020

Best Vegan SFF 2020

Fourteen stories of aliens, sacrifice, magic, dinosaurs, and hope. And they’re all vegan-friendly to boot!

  • Lingua Franca — Amelia Fisher
  • Rekindled — Mikko Rauhala
  • Seven Scraps Unwritten — L. Chan
  • The First Step in Our Evolution — Marisca Pichette
  • The Skin of Aquila Cadens — Chris Panatier
  • Everything But the Moon — Bo Balder
  • The Firmament — Douglas Anstruther
  • The Preserved City — Charles Schoenfeld
  • Where the Old Neighbors Go — Thomas Ha
  • Lighter than Air — Liam Hogan
  • Regret’s Relief — Travis Wade Beaty
  • Old News — Gustavo Bondoni
  • The Chorley — Rachel Ayers
  • The Dinosaur’s Valentine — Abra Staffin-Wiebe

Cover art by vegan artist Bonnie Leeman.

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May 2021

May 2021

Beautifully written speculative fiction from Metaphorosis magazine.

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

Table of Contents

  • Vertical Flight — Laura Duerr
  • The Song of the Moohee — Emmett Swan
  • Leiprenese 101 — Jason A. Bartles
  • The Nocturnals I — Mariah Montoya

Cover art by Danos Philopoulos.

Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.

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

April 2021

April 2021

Beautifully written speculative fiction from Metaphorosis magazine.

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

Table of Contents

  • The Big S — David Hammond
  • The Otherside of Memory — Kelly Sandoval
  • A Universe All to Himself — Ryan Priest
  • Autumn’s Come Undone — Sharmon Gazaway
  • A Compilation of Accounts Concerning the Distal Brook Flood — Thomas Ha

Cover art by Philip McCulloch-Downs.

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

Tower of Mud and Straw – Yaroslav Barsukov

Nebula nominated!

THE QUEEN RUINED HIS LIFE. HE WOULD DO ANYTHING TO RECLAIM IT… OR SO HE THOUGHT.

Minister Shea Ashcroft refuses the queen’s order to gas a crowd of protesters. After riots cripple the capital, he’s banished to the border to oversee the construction of the biggest anti-airship tower in history. The use of otherworldly technology makes the tower volatile and dangerous; Shea has to fight the local hierarchy to ensure the construction succeeds—and to reclaim his own life.

He must survive an assassination attempt, find love, confront the place in his memory he’d rather erase, encounter an ancient legend, travel to the origin of a species—and through it all, stay true to his own principles.

Climbing back to the top is a slippery slope, and somewhere along the way, one is bound to fall.

 

Stellar reviews!

“One of the best and most compelling fantasy novellas of the year.” ―RisingShadow.net

“In the ever growing market for novellas, Barsukov’s story is a contender for the top brackets. It’s clever, it’s feverish, and leaves much up for interpretation.” ―The Quill to Live

“It’s different, and eye-catching, with stunning prose and a shocking amount of depth and story.” ―Bookworm Blues

“A fine example of a novella format.” ―Fantasy Book Critic

“Like a good opera, Yaroslav is a master at setting the stage and pulling at heartstrings.” ―Queen’s Book Asylum

“A very intriguing look into a world that I hope will be further explored.” ―Novel Notions

“Tower of Mud and Straw is a poetic tale of love, loss, and otherworldly powers. The luscious bittersweet feel of this novella will haunt readers in the best sort of way.” ―Beth Cato (author of Breath of Earth)

“Barsukov’s prose is not merely a feast for the eyes, it is an explosion of textures, a narrative metaphor that wraps the reader in gritty burlaps of politics, the oaken solidity of wonder, and powerful silks of longing.” ―Lawrence M. Schoen (author of Barsk: The Elephants’ Graveyard)

“Yaroslav’s steampunk and magic world sets a vividly imagined stage for a novella full of otherworldly political intrigue.” ―Tobias Buckell (author of Halo: The Cole Protocol)

“Poetry in prose… I love a story that is huge, but also incredibly intimate, and this novella managed to encompass both of these things.” ―Miltos Yerolemou (Syrio Forel in Game of Thrones)

Metaphorosis 2020: The Complete Stories

Beautifully written speculative fiction from Metaphorosis magazine. Fifty-two great science fiction and fantasy stories. All the stories we published in 2020. Contents From the Editor January Kozuna, the Ogre’s Child — Felicity Drake Magical Whistleblower Tells All — Michael Sherrin Choice — Tomas Marcantonio Bedwyr by the Sea — C.B. …

March 2021

March 2021

Beautifully written speculative fiction from Metaphorosis magazine.

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

Table of Contents

  • Spells for Going Forth by Day — V.G. Campen
  • Going Home — Martin Westlake
  • Sanctuary — Chris Cornetto
  • Siberia in Four Dimensions — Esem Junior

Cover art by Kathryn Weaver.

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

 

February 2021

February 2021

Beautifully written speculative fiction from Metaphorosis magazine.

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

Table of Contents

  • Vacation Gnomes — Aaron DaMommio
  • Rock Adda’s World — Chloe Smith
  • Endless — Ted S. Bushman
  • Reach for Your Ocean Heart — C.M. Fields

Cover art by Caleb Costelle.

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