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
Laying my snowflakes on the table
The first and only worldcon I've been to was in Spokane, in 2015. There was a controversy at the con involving a group called the...
Read More "Laying my snowflakes on the table"
Awards eligibility 2018
It was a slow year, writing-wise, but I did find homes for a few stories. “The Irrigation Ditch”Shards (anthology) 1 October 2018 (read here, $)...
Read More "Awards eligibility 2018"
Curious Fictions
So, I've signed up for Curious Fictions - a newish way to publish reprints. If you're curious, I'll be publishing stories there from time to...
Read More "Curious Fictions"
Awards eligibility 2017
Short stories “Letters to Larry About Guns”, Disarm anthology - a near future epistolary story about gun control “When Dooryards First in the Lilac Bloomed”,...
Read More "Awards eligibility 2017"
Memory eclipses truth
I saw my first total solar eclipse in Madrid, when I was 6 or 7. It was at school, and we all gathered outside with...
Read More "Memory eclipses truth"
SFF markets that pay on acceptance
Some magazines pay the author when they accept a story; some pay only on publication; some are in between. From the writer's perspective, payment on...
Read More "SFF markets that pay on acceptance"

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.

Awards eligibility 2018
It was a slow year, writing-wise, but I did find homes for...
Read More "Awards eligibility 2018"
Curious Fictions
So, I've signed up for Curious Fictions - a newish way to...
Read More "Curious Fictions"
Awards eligibility 2017
Short stories “Letters to Larry About Guns”, Disarm anthology - a near...
Read More "Awards eligibility 2017"
Memory eclipses truth
I saw my first total solar eclipse in Madrid, when I was...
Read More "Memory eclipses truth"
Stories for patrons
Now it's serious. Travel and work got in the way of the...
Read More "Stories for patrons"
Now on Patreon
So, I decided to try out Patreon as an author (in addition...
Read More "Now on Patreon"