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A contest for Science Fiction/Fantasy short stories inspired by recent scientific discoveries. Get the winning entries in print!
A contest for Science Fiction/Fantasy short stories inspired by recent scientific discoveries. Get the winning entries in print!
53 backers pledged $1,201 to help bring this project to life.

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UPDATE 5/13/10: We MADE IT! We've reached our goal! Thank you everyone! We'll have more updates as things develop. Remember that May 31 is the last day of the Kickstarter drive!

UPDATE 5/10/10: We've announced that Julie Dillon will provide the cover art for the book!



THE BLOG

Science in My Fiction is a blog intended to get science fiction and fantasy writers and fans thinking ahead of science again. Playful bloggers take a look at recent scientific developments and extrapolate potential futures from them.

THE CONTEST

SiMF is hosting its first contest! Authors enter a science fiction or fantasy short story inspired by a recent scientific discovery or innovation. It can't be peripherally added: the science must be integral to the story. In fact, writers must include a link to a relevant article or study of the applied science when they enter their stories.

A panel of judges will select the winning stories:

Athena Andreadis - Associate Professor of Cell Biology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School; author of To Seek Out New Life: The Biology of Star Trek.
Nicola Griffith - Nebula, World Fantasy, Tiptree, and Lambda Literary Award-winning author
Michael Kabongo – Agent; owner, The Onyxhawke Agency
Randall Munroe – Creator of the webcomic xkcd; Programmer
Cat Rambo – Author; Fiction Editor of Fantasy Magazine.
Brett Savory – Editor-in-Chief of Chizine: Treatments of Light and Shade in Words; co-Publisher of Chizine Publications

The top 3 stories will win prizes of $250, $100 and $50, respectively, and will be published by Crossed Genres magazine. (More details on the contest are available here.)

THE FUNDRAISING DRIVE

We're trying to raise the money to put the winning 3 stories into print. We're paying the prize money out of our pockets, but we can't afford the cost of producing a print edition. And that's where you come in!

The print edition this drive funds will be the one and only time the contest winners are put into print - it's now or never! Pledging to the drive is the only way to get a copy of the winning stories!

If we successfully raise the funds, the print edition will be thoroughly edited by the editors of Crossed Genres, and published with original cover art.

Questions? Please email us at simf@crossedgenres.com.

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    A science fiction or fantasy themed thank-you Tweet from the SiMF twitter account (with your name or Twitter Handle). Plus, everyone who pledges will get access to some bloopers from when we recorded our video with our son Baz!

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    The tweet, the digital bundle, & the e-subscription, plus one (1) copy of the paperback edition SIGNED BY THE THREE WRITERS! We'll send the copy around to all the writers to be signed and then send it on to you. LIMITED TO 5.

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    The tweet, the digital bundle, TWO (2) copies of the paperback edition, a LIFETIME online subscription to Crossed Genres, and artist K.T. Holt will include you in a cartoon group portrait (with SCIENCE!) to be included (with your name) in the print edition. (K.T. Holt's art gallery: http://sandykidd.deviantart.com/gallery)

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