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When Lars Bjornsen learns the young Empress Anna is finally pregnant after years of trying, it confirms his suspicions that the Emperor Gustavus was inadvertently poisoned by an overdose of the aphrodisiac Sweet Agony. Lars provides an antidote, but before he can petition the emperor for his freedom, he is taken prisoner. Now, Lars faces a choice: does he join the spymaster’s conspiracy and return to the splendors of the imperial c...
It’s Thursday night in a Reykjavík bar. Arni, coming down from a recent loss, is hoping for a good thing. He takes a chance on a bartender’s smile, just as a series of strange, bright objects enter the solar system from interstellar space.
Narrated by host Matt Gomez. Published in Metaphorosis on 22 September 2023. Find the original at magazine.metaphorosis.com.
One summer day, on the shore of an island in the Pacific Northwest where the wild and the otherworldly are intimately entwined, Sigun falls asleep, leaving her son playing alone by the cusp of a deep channel of water. What they encounter there shakes Sigun, awakening her grief and challenging her to reclaim her own fierce nature.
Narrated by host Matt Gomez. Published in Metaphorosis on 15 September 2023. Find the original at ...
Yvonne is living her dream career: tending to clients at an arborification facility, where people can choose to turn themselves into trees. When the program is threatened by an act of vandalism, Yvonne must face her own fear and anger at the prospect of arborification being shut down for good.
Narrated by host Matt Gomez. Published in Metaphorosis on 08 September 2023. Find the original at magazine.metaphorosis.com.
Bettina has always been the explorer, the collector; Madhup the homemaker and tinkerer. But now Madhup is gone, and all that's left to Bettina is memory and the alien artifacts she brought home and Madhup made sense of.
Narrated by host Matt Gomez. Published in Metaphorosis on 01 September 2023. Find the original at magazine.metaphorosis.com.
Lars Bjornsen, the exiled imperial poisoner, has reunited with his old friend, Fredrik Magnusson, who now serves as physik to the imperial family. Together they race to unravel two mysteries: the sudden illness of Emperor Gustavus and the death of the newest imperial poisoner, Lord Anders. While the clues point to a possible coup attempt, Lars begins to suspect that Spymaster Maja Viklund and Lord Anders were dosing the emperor wit...
In the wake of Earth's apocalypse, a hardened group of survivors has settled on Mars. Melanie lives on the fringes of this violent new society, her little sanctuary visited only by settlers coming to request rewrites of their favorite books from Earth. Until, two young boys show up one day, and she is forced to choose between her comfortable life and helping them face a looming threat.
Laura’s job with the Department of Magical Resources has left her no time or desire for human connection but when a mysterious magical infant is thrust into her care, she is forced to confront elements of her painful past. As she tries to help the child, the integrity of herself and those around her will be tested. But no matter how the assignment is finished, Laura will never be the same.
You settle in beside the child. Her pulse is rapid and weak beneath your fingers as you bring your thoughts to the focal point of the girl’s origin. You set yourself like a fulcrum in the space between what is yet to come and what has passed, and stretch.
Narrated by host Matt Gomez. Published in Metaphorosis on 04 August 2023. Find the original at magazine.metaphorosis.com.
Lars Bjornsen was once an influential member of the Society of Poisoners, serving as imperial poisoner to Emperor Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden, but Lars has been in exile for the past three years because he failed to assassinate the son of the Russian tsar. When an imperial messenger brings word that Emperor Gustavus has taken ill and the current imperial poisoner is dead, Lars realizes his oath of fealty requires he assist. He must...
The story of Miranda Southbrook has been told and retold with all manner of embellishment and fancy. But this recovered journal is the story told in her own words, the story of a young woman given a terrible choice and tested with an impossible circumstance. It is the account of an extraordinary person wrestling with the most ordinary of questions: what is my place in the world?
In the halls of the House of Hassam, a prince meets an oracle. The prince seeks to master his fate and bend fortune to his will. The oracle sits and watches.
Narrated by host Matt Gomez. Published in Metaphorosis on 14 July 2023. Find the original at magazine.metaphorosis.com.
All Derek wants is to survive his shifts as an antibacterialist at the Museum of Anthropological Findings and bask in the projection light of infomercial titans like Vince Offer and Joe Gray. But when someone decides to desecrate a display he’s responsible for, Derek finds himself thinking about the Old World, the New, and who he is in all of it.
The animals of the Rainriver Zoological Gardens experience the backlash of Oliver the tortoise's escape and the zoo's sudden popularity. Overstressed and driven to the edge of desperation, the animal and human inhabitants of the zoo race toward an unintended intersection that is bound to end in tragedy.
Narrated by host Matt Gomez. Published in Metaphorosis on 30 June 2023. Find the original at magazine.metaphorosis.com.
A young refugee living out of a tenement becomes the unwitting avatar of her lost country's god.
Narrated by host Matt Gomez. Published in Metaphorosis on 23 June 2023. Find the original at magazine.metaphorosis.com.
Born in a mall, raised in the food court, lured by otherworldy music to the mall's forbidden region, allured by a strange woman, enticed by a wide world only glimpsed in ads and music videos. What, if anything, exists beyond the mall's walls? To find out, a budding young musician must pay with his life.
Narrated by host Matt Gomez. Published in Metaphorosis on 09 June 2023. Find the original at magazine.metaphorosis.com.
What if universities were massive machines, and the only way to gain admittance were to chase them down and catch them…or die trying? Every kid in Hilltown wants to catch Parbrier College when it rumbles towards town, and Kai is no exception. But faced with a tracked behemoth big enough to crush several city blocks, she must reckon with the reality of her dreams, and whether the risk is worth it.
Oliver the tortoise escapes his cage and stirs the inhabitants of the Rainriver Zoological Gardens into a frenzy of addiction, obsession, and discontent. A growing mob of overeager zoo visitors leaves a wake of damage and detritus behind, and the animals in the zoo are left careening toward disaster.
Narrated by host Matt Gomez. Published in Metaphorosis on 26 May 2023. Find the original at magazine.metaphorosis.com.
A hyperspace accident leaves the survivors stranded, among them a young woman disturbed by strange visions, and a man desperate to return home before his daughter wakes up to the reality they find themselves in.
Narrated by host Matt Gomez. Published in Metaphorosis on 19 May 2023. Find the original at magazine.metaphorosis.com.
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