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.


  • “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.


Metaphorosis: Best of 2018

Beautifully written speculative fiction from Metaphorosis magazine.

The best science fiction and fantasy stories from Metaphorosis magazine’s third year. Gods, ghosts, and dinosaurs who are definitely not dragons.

  • The Bagel Shop Owner’s Nephew — J. Tynan Burke
  • Hishi — David A. Gray
  • Just a Fire — A. Martine
  • Koehl’s Quality Impressions — Tim McDaniel
  • The Foaling Season — Samuel Chapman
  • The Little G-d of Łódź — Evan Marcroft
  • Of Hair and Beanstalks — William Condon
  • Familiar in Her Angles — E.A. Brenner
  • Cheminagium — David Gallay
  • The Stars Don’t Lie — R.W.W. Greene
  • The Dream Diary of Monk Anchin — Felicity Drake
  • Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost — Douglas Anstruther
  • Velaya, the Dreaming City — Beston Barnett

Cover art by Saleha Chowdhury.

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Metaphorosis 2017: The Complete Stories

Beautifully written speculative fiction from Metaphorosis magazine. Fifty-three great science fiction and fantasy stories. All the stories we published in 2017.


From the Editor

“Snow Queen”, T. R. North
“Business As Usual”, N. R. Lambert
“Be Prepared to Shoot the Nanny”, Rachel Kolar
“The Snow Queen’s Daughter”, Sean R. Robinson

“Halfsies”, Eric Del Carlo
“A Nightingale’s Map of the City”, Suzanne J. Willis
“The Naked Me”, N. Immanuel Velez
“Chambers of the Heart”, B. Morris Allen

“Just Five Minutes”, George Allen Miller
“The Lost Heirs of Rose McAlder”, Kate Lechler
“Bad News from the Future”, Angus Cervantes
“Lake Oreyd”, Damien Krsteski
“Sundown on the Hill”, Timothy Mudie

“Scraps”, Juliet Kemp
“Angels at the Border”, Ian Rennie
“To the Eggplant Cannon”, Beth Goder
“Canoes of Hava’iki”, Steve Rodgers

“Heartwood”, L. Chan
“Ways to Face the Firing Squad”, Anna Zumbro
“The Early History of the Moon”, Karolina Fedyk
“The Questioning Bell”, Jason Baltazar

“Light Winds With a Chance of Velociraptors”, Michelle Ann King
“Trucks in Reverse”, Christopher Cervelloni
“The Illuminator Leaves”, Molly Etta
“One Divided by Eternity”, Filip Wiltgren
“The Abjection Engine: Fragments From the Diary of Alexi Alanovonovich”, Y. X. Acs

“BetaU”, Travis McKenzie
“HOPper”, Charlotte H. Lee
“The Circe Test”, Nora Mulligan
“Papa Pedro’s Children”, Karl Dandenell

“Shadows on Glass”, Jamie Lackey
“What Have You Done to Be Happy Today?”, Kimberly Kaufman
“Oven Game”, Paul A. Hamilton
“An Aftertaste of Earth”, Pauline Yates

“A Conversion of Crows”, B. Morris Allen
“The Lost Languages of Exiles”, Laura E. Price
“Renewal”, Michael Gardner
“What The Darkness Is”, Simon Kewin
“Radical Abundance”, Angie Lathrop

“Making the List”, David Hammond
“Beneath the Sea of Glass”, Robert Francis
“Lock Rise”, Phil Berry
“Bluebird”, Benjamin Cort

“Notes Towards a New Fairytale”, Patrick Doerksen
“The Number of the Tribe”, Gerald Warfield
“My Book Report on Starlight”, Joachim Heijndermans
“The Wife of Fabian Vitalik”, Mariah Montoya

“The Cure for Cancer”, Ryan Fitzpatrick
“Sharpington Coffers – Current Score: 49.8”, Erik Goldsmith
“Wytchen Wood”, Lori J. Fitzgerald
“Dekker’s Miracle”, Frank Oreto
“Rowboats – a cautionary tale of linguistics”, Filip Wiltgren
“Emeralds or Amethysts”, Alexandra Grunberg

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Best Vegan Science Fiction & Fantasy of 2017

The best vegan science fiction and fantasy stories of 2017

A baker’s dozen of the best science fiction and fantasy stories of 2017 that happen to be vegan-friendly. Mysterious giant birds, fossil snails, an instant prose analyzer, and much more!

  • Bluebird – Benjamin Cort
  • Ligeia is Waiting – Russell Hemmell
  • Oven Game – Paul A. Hamilton
  • Cold Comforts – Graham Robert Scott
  • Lake Oreyd – Damien Krsteski
  • A Nightingale’s Map of the City – Suzanne J. Willis
  • Angels at the Border – Ian Rennie
  • Sharpington’s Coffers: Current Score 49.8 – Erik Goldsmith
  • Sundown on the Hill – Timothy Mudie
  • Business as Usual – N.R. Lambert
  • Bad News from the Future – Angus Cervantes
  • The Cure for Cancer – Ryan Fitzpatrick
  • The Lost Languages of Exiles – Laura E. Price

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Metaphorosis 2016: Nearly Complete Stories

Beautifully written speculative fiction from Metaphorosis magazine. Fifty-three great science fiction and fantasy stories. Almost all the stories we published in 2016.

From the Editor

January 2016
“The Demon in the Page”, Joshua Phillip Johnson
“Cat Play”, Mari Ness
“… and now He erases”, Rhoads Brazos
“The Machinery”, Julia Warner
“In the Belly of the Angel”, Henry Szabranski

February 2016
“Heard”, Elise Forier Edie
“Rowboat”, K. G. Anderson
“How to Survive a Fish Attack”, Kato Thompson
“Seeders”, Jamie Killen

March 2016
“La Belle Dame”, Sabrina N. Balmick
“The Sea Bank of Svalbard South”, Octavia Cade
“The Heresy Machine”, Gerald Warfield
“Spoiler: She Leaves Him”, Jack Noble

April 2016
“The Flight Home”, Kaitlin McCloughan
“The Sound Barrier”, Tony Clavelli
“Whalesong”, L. Chan
“Murder on the Adriana”, James Ross
“Gathering Dust”, Meryl Stenhouse

May 2016
“Tides of Reflection”, Mark Rookyard
“A Song Without a Voice”, Brad Preslar
“Solomon and the Dragon’s Tongue”, Molly Etta
“Mr. McAvennie’s Freedom”, Dan Micklethwaite

June 2016
“In Dew and Frost and Flame”, Vanessa Fogg
“Sheer”, Phil Berry
“Adaptations to Coastal Erosion”, B. Morris Allen

July 2016
“Regarding the Sainted Pirate Nicholas”, Michael M. Jones
“My Dog is the Constellation Canis Major”, Jarod K. Anderson
“Serenity”, Jeanette Gonzalez
“The Last”, Premee Mohamed
“Luminaria”, Matt Thompson

August 2016
“Duet for Unaccompanied Cello”, Chanel Earl
“Out Where the Rivenbuds Grow”, Mark Rookyard
“The Bonesetter”, Santiago Belluco
“So, You’re In an Alternate Universe”, Jeremy Packert Burke
“Dragons I Have Slain”, B. Morris Allen

September 2016
“Shiplight”, Benjamin C. Kinney
“Strix Antiqua”, Hamilton Perez
“Showtime”, Jamie Brindle
“Flann Brónach and the King’s Champion”, Allison Wall

October 2016
“The Hole in the Wall”, Andrew Leon Hudson
“Shine”, Amelia Aldred
“Undertow”, Jared Leonard
“Comes the Tinker”, Karl Dandenell

November 2016
“The Cartographer”, Caleb Warner
“My Last Summer at Camp Unterlaken”, Eugene Morgulis
“Pandemonium”, Allison Epstein
“Hearts and Roses”, Kathryn Yelinek

December 2016
“The World’s Secret Heartbeat”, Aatif Rashid
“The Nature of Glass”, Sandi Leibowitz
“The Stars are Tiny Lights on a Perfect Black Dome”, Simon Kewin
“The Doctor’s Mask”, Taylor Hornig
“Never Miss: Moses Abebe is a Machine”, J. T. Gill

September 2015
“Metaphorosis”, B. Morris Allen

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Reading 5X5

Five stories, five times

Five science fiction and fantasy themes, each explored five times by five different authors.
Contemporary Fantasy, High Fantasy, Soft SF, Hard SF, Other – you name it, it’s here.

Available now!

The Reading 5X5 anthology comes in two different versions:

Readers’ edition

A stripped down edition for those who just want 25 great SFF stories.

Writers’ edition

Everything in the Readers’ edition, plus two extra stories, all the story briefs, and extensive author’s notes for each story and brief.
100 pages of extra content specifically for writers!

See more at the Reading 5X5 website

Stories by:

Contemporary Fantasy – Meryl Stenhouse, Caleb Warner, L. Chan, T.R. North, Vanessa Fogg, Michael Gardner*
Soft SF – Juliet Kemp, K. G. Anderson, James Ross, Beth Goder, Matt Thompson
Other – Suzanne J. Willis, Chanel Earl, Y. X. Acs, Filip Wiltgren, Rhoads Brazos, Jason Baltazar*
Hard SF – Ian Rennie, David Hammond, Damien Krsteski, Pauline Yates, Karl Dandenell
High fantasy – Paul A. Hamilton, Sean Robinson, Sandi Leibowitz, Rob Francis, Karolina Fedyk

* Writer’s edition only.

Based on briefs by: Meryl Stenhouse, Beth Goder, Y. X. Acs, Karl Dandenell, and Sean Robinson

Metaphorosis: Best of 2017

Beautifully written speculative fiction from Metaphorosis magazine.

The best science fiction and fantasy stories from Metaphorosis magazine’s second year. Snow queens and their daughters, invisible giants pining for vanished lovers, transformations, searches, quests, and voyages of all kinds.

  • Snow Queen – T. R. North
  • Making the List – David Hammond
  • A Nightingale’s Map of the City – Suzanne J. Willis
  • The Questioning Bell – Jason Baltazar
  • Lake Oreyd – Damien Krsteski
  • The Illuminator Leaves – Molly Etta
  • Sundown on the Hill – Timothy Mudie
  • Notes Towards a New Fairytale – Patrick Doerksen
  • The Lost Languages of Exiles – Laura E. Price
  • HOPper – Charlotte H. Lee
  • The Wife of Fabian Vitalik – Mariah Montoya
  • Radical Abundance – Angie Lathrop
  • The Snow Queen’s Daughter – Sean R. Robinson

Cover art by Kathryn Weaver.

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Best Vegan Science Fiction & Fantasy of 2016

Best Vegan SFF of 2016The best vegan science fiction and fantasy stories of 2016.

Twelve stories of mysterious aliens, unusual pets, messages from the future, witchcraft, and much more. And what’s more, they’re all vegan friendly. No skipping over the ugly parts; there are none. Just interesting ideas, good stories, and great writing!

Stories include:

  • My Dog is the Constellation Canis Major – Jarod K. Anderson
  • Images Across a Shattered Sea – Stewart C. Baker
  • Rowboat – K. G. Anderson
  • Daughter of the Sea – George Nikolopoulos
  • Tides of Reflection – Mark Rookyard
  • Lift Up Your Cores, O Ye Ships – Tracy Canfield
  • Strix Antiqua – Hamilton Perez
  • May Dreams Shelter Us – Kate O’Connor
  • Spoiler: She Leaves Him – Jack Noble
  • Murder on the Adriana – James Ross
  • Closed Circuit – J. S. Arquin
  • Small Magics – Kelly Sandoval

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Metaphorosis: Best of 2016

Beautifully written speculative fiction from Metaphorosis magazine.

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


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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