Metaphorosis: Best of 2022

Best of 2022

Beautifully written speculative fiction from Metaphorosis magazine.

Beginnings, endings, and transformations. Quirky alien visitors, hand-knit wormholes, sandcastles with attitude –  the best science fiction and fantasy stories from Metaphorosis magazine’s seventh year.


  • Hope on the Vine — R.E. Dukalsky
  • Indicative of Future Results — C.H. Rosenberg
  • The Girl Who Drew the World — L.D. Oxford
  • Holding On — Justen Russell
  • In the House of Geometers — David Cleden
  • Through the Middle — J.B. Kish
  • Portals and Other Lost Things — Elizabeth Rankin
  • A Lie in the Sand — Devin Miller
  • Since We Don’t Have Wings — Gwen Whiting
  • A Xenothanatologist’s Guidebook to Death Practices Among the Sapient Species of the Outer Perseus Arm of the Milky Way Galaxy — P.G. Streeter
  • Snowman — Han Whiteoak
  • Her Last Will — Karl El-Koura
  • For the Love of Wild Things — Mande Matthews

Cover art by Carol Wellart.

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Reading 5X5 x3: Changes

Reading 5X5 x3

How do SFF stories move from ‘maybe’ to published?

What’s needed to take a story from interesting to publishable? What changes during the editorial process?

Reading 5X5 x3 presents 15 case studies of stories published in Metaphorosis magazine. For each story, the anthology includes:

  • Final version – the published version of the story
  • Revision notes – the editor’s initial feedback on the submitted version; the author’s intent for the piece; and notes from both author and editor about the editorial process: what surprised, pleased, or disappointed them about the process and the result.
  • Original version – the version of the story originally submitted.

There’s also an extensive list of common writing flaws, suggestions on how to address them, and examples of stories from the anthology that faced those issues.

Reading 5X5 x3 offers not only a selection of great science fiction and fantasy stories, but a terrific learning tool for writers.

If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to get a story published, here’s the answer for 15 stories from Metaphorosis.

Available as an e-book, paperback, and hardcover.

Metaphorosis: Best of 2021

Beautifully written speculative fiction from Metaphorosis magazine.

Dreams, spells, devotion, and other forms of commitment, both scientific and fantastic. Stories to keep you going in adversity. The best science fiction and fantasy stories from Metaphorosis magazine’s sixth year.

Metaphorosis: Best of 2021


  • Spells for Going Forth by Day — V.G. Campen
  • The Stranding — Maud Woolf
  • Tell the Crows I’m Home — Laurel Beckley
  • The Song of the Moohee — Emmett Swan
  • A Wizard Comes to Shorehaven — L.J. Wetherby
  • Superbloom — Lynne Peskoe-Yang
  • Souls Like Sea Glass — Josie Smith
  • A Universe All to Himself — Ryan Priest
  • Rapunzel Dreams of Elephants — Rachel Delaney Craft
  • Reach for Your Ocean Heart — C.M. Fields
  • All We Ever Look For — Cécile Cristofari
  • The Big S — David Hammond
  • Tides — Ailsa Bristow

Cover art by Carol Wellart.

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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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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. …

Reading 5X5 x2: Duets

How do authors’ voices change when they collaborate?

A round-robin of great science fiction and fantasy stories: five authors collaborating with each other and writing solo.

Epic duels both human and divine, alien spaceships, a train full of sacrifices barreling straight toward a god’s seat of power, and much, much more.

Including stories by Evan Marcroft, David Gallay, J. Tynan Burke, L’Erin Ogle, and Douglas Anstruther.

Table of Contents
Children of a Wine-Dark World
The Relic
Lambs Fight to Die
The Third Chamber From the Left
Boro Boro
Sudden Oak Death
Memories Written in Scars
Project Blackbook
The Blood Dance of Ape and Mouse
The Firmament
Infernal® Policies and Procedures Have Changed

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