Ted Snyder

Ancestor Simulations: A Past, Revisited, nonfiction, Issue 49, December 15, 2019

Ted Snyder is a writer in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Insects have long fascinated him, and when he isn’t writing, he can be found peering through a microscope at mosquitoes and cockroaches.  He has studied entomology at UC Riverside and NC State University, and has studied creative writing at UW Milwaukee.  His erasure poetry has appeared in Split Rock Review and is forthcoming in Fissured Tongue, his traditional poetry has appeared in The Mythic Circle and Mosaic, and his fiction has appeared in Leaping Clear and is forthcoming in the anthologies From Seoul to the World and Strange Stories.

Get to know Ted...


October 16.

When did you start writing?

I first started writing when I was around ten. My dad painted lead miniatures, such as the those made by Ral Partha, and there was a large table in his den, covered in green felt (a “landscape”), where I would play with them. This formed the basis for the first stories I would write.

When and what and where did you first get published?

My first publication was a poem in Mosaic, my university’s undergrad literary journal, in 1992.

Why do you write?

I write non-fiction to help me sort out what is on my mind. Sometimes what comes out is of general interest and publishable. Most often, though, it isn’t.

As for fiction, I have such an outpouring of material from my unconscious that I need an outlet. Western culture is so outwardly focused that the inner world, the realm of the unconscious, is devalued and cast aside. I don’t know how other people function in this way. Perhaps that’s the true sickness of our culture. Regardless, writing allows me to honor and engage with my inner world.

Why do you write Science Fiction and/or Fantasy?

I don’t know. Something within me, when I sit down to write, invariably takes the story in a speculative fiction or a weird direction. The unconscious often uses mythic images and symbols when it communicates, and perhaps my speculative and weird leanings come from the surreal nature of the inner world’s landscape.

Who is your favorite author? Your favorite story?

To me, few stories can compare to Gene Wolfe’s Solar Cycle (The Book of the New Sun, The Book of the Long Sun, and The Book of the Short Sun).

What are you trying to say with your fiction?

This question is best answered by my readers.  Once a story is published, it is no longer the author’s to explain.

If you could write your own epitaph, what would it say?

Aut viam inveniam aut faciam.

Do you blog?

I do not currently, but I do have a website:


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