Skulls #2: “The Metaphor”, Interzone, September 2011.

I’d liked the rock crystal pendant skull so much, I bought another from the same shop. This one’s a little larger (and it’s one you’ll often see me wearing at cons when I’m in my Pirate Queen outfit). It’s also jade, which is associated with longevity, death and the afterlife, so appropriate for a story whose narrator lies in suspended animation, generating fantasy metaphors for the virtual work they do.

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Professor Fiona Moore

Academic, anthropologist and SF writer, living, teaching and working in a global city.

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