– Exegesis –
Metalstar mirrors Promethean mythology. Prometheus stole fire from the gods and gave it to mortals becoming the champion of mankind. In this case, however, the gods themselves offer to the humans the fire in the form of the Metal Stars. The monsters, represented by the aliens turn against their creators in a bid to aide their new found counterparts, the humans, and form an alliance based on mutual suffering.
It is always possible to reduce a work of literature to its basic psychic components. Often we send our monsters out to do the work that we cannot ourselves, as writers, perform. At a deeper level the monsters actions express the emotional intention of the authors themselves. In the case of Metalstar the aliens are a literal translation of those humans who seek to do harm to the planet and cannot seem to find a balance and harmony with nature, loosely referred to as the great robber barons of history. In this recipe the humans are the heroes of the downtrodden and the masses, they represent the larger percentage of the pie, those who are disenfranchised and lack the potency to effect real change. They evoke the help of gods, those stronger than themselves, to help restore the balance of power. Baring more then just a resemblance to the French Revolution, the story embodies elements that are found throughout history whenever a stronger power seeks to dominate a weaker force.