B. Morris Allen

B. Morris Allen

Stories of love and disaster

Songspiration

Frequent readers of this blog will know that I’m often inspired by music. Having no musical talent of my own, I make up for it by listening to music all the time. Really all the...

Beginnings

I thought it would be fun to do a long series of posts with the first lines of all my stories (so far). I started playing with it, and the idea expanded to the first...

About

I’m a biochemist turned activist turned lawyer turned foreign aid consultant, and frequently wonder whether it’s time for a new career. When I can, I make my home on the Oregon coast. In between journeys,...

About

I’m a biochemist turned activist turned lawyer turned foreign aid consultant, and frequently wonder whether it’s time for a new career. When I can, I make my home on the Oregon coast. In between journeys, I edit Metaphorosis magazine and workon my own speculative stories of love and disaster. My dark fantasy novel Susurrus came out in 2017.

Technicalities…

  • Serial comma? Of course.
  • Punctuation within quotation marks? Not when you don’t have to. It only went within the quotes to begin with to make the text look nicer – there’s no logic to it.
  • Ending a sentence with a preposition? Who cares?
  • Two spaces after a period? Break the habit. It’s hard, but you just don’t need them.
  • Adverbs? Sure, they can be overused. Anything can. But I don’t hold with the modern fad of abolishing all adverbs all the time. Why refuse to use a perfectly good part of speech? Adverbs are useful; it’s just a question of moderation and appropriate use. So, if someone tells you to cut an adverb, they may be right. If they tell you to cut all the adverbs, move on to a more thoughtful reviewer.

You can contact me here.


Metaphorosis

Projects from Metaphorosis Publishing and B. Morris Allen.

Occasional anthologies and novels. Beautifully written speculative fiction, every week. Reviews of current and classic SFF. Discussion of science fiction and fantasy topics. Speculative stories of love and disaster.
Metaphorosis Books
Metaphorosis magazine
Metaphorosis Reviews
Bigfoot
B. Morris Allen
Beginnings 020 – Grand Central
As Walter came into the station he saw the usual groups of young people, sitting on the floor waiting for the three AM and four...
Read More "Beginnings 020 – Grand Central"
Beginnings 016 – Spring and the Arachnodactylist
Long, slender fingers enclosed the book, captured it in a cradle of skin and bone. The book, a paperback space opera in the grand style...
Read More "Beginnings 016 – Spring and the Arachnodactylist"
Beginnings 015 – Manifest Destiny
On the day that Kvald of the Sword came to the fabled City of Fate, black clouds covered the sky, thunder rumbled in the distance,...
Read More "Beginnings 015 – Manifest Destiny"
Beginnings 014 – Last Train
“Old-time Rail Yard,” the sign said. The man standing in front of the Transportation Museum read it carefully. For the next three days, a small...
Read More "Beginnings 014 – Last Train"
Beginnings 013 – … Crash Like Thunder
It was a hum of warning buzzers when it was spotted at system’s edge. It was a rumble of fear when it passed through the...
Read More "Beginnings 013 – … Crash Like Thunder"
Beginnings 002 – Erm the Invincible
"The ogre," they told Erm, "is unstoppable." "Nonsense," he replied. "Nothing is unstoppable."... “Erm the Invincible”AllenthologyPublished 25-Sep-2015
Read More "Beginnings 002 – Erm the Invincible"

Oddities

Hivernaculum is a set of static links that nonetheless tells a story of alien life.

C B B tells one story at varying levels of detail, depending on how long the reader has available. Because the sections are short, and I thought readers might read several, I also tell a slightly different story at each level, while staying within the same basic facts. Finally, for those that read the whole sequence, there are a couple of extra sections at the end to round things off.

“Oh no, not again” was written to explain one of the funnier and more mysterious parts in a popular writer’s story.  Except that once I’d finished and gone to tidy up some details, I found he’d provided his own answer in the only book I hadn’t read.  If you don’t get it, don’t panic! It’s an inside joke.

The Orange Donkey is the first story I can recall writing, when I was about six.  You have to be really interested to want to read this.

Beginnings 014 – Last Train
“Old-time Rail Yard,” the sign said. The man standing in front of...
Read More "Beginnings 014 – Last Train"
Beginnings 018 – Silver Lining
Wolf’s bane. It’s properly arnica montana, but my grandfather insisted on the...
Read More "Beginnings 018 – Silver Lining"