The winner of the 2017 Sci-Fi-London 48hr Flash Fiction Challenge was announced last night (I should know, I was there to help announce the results!) and here are the results...
1st place: The Truth Value (1300 words) by Sian Summers (Edinburgh, Scotland) - the liberating power of music in a supercomputer-controlled totalitarian state.
2nd place: Honour is Everything (1900 words) by Claire McKenna (Victoria, Australia) - in an era of human bio-engineering, one road-warrior still believes in family values and honour.
3rd place: Dawn Chorus (1450 words) by Mike Sizemore - urban warfare in an era of AI, smart-guns, and bio-mechanical machines that can still remember when they were human!
Credits: As ever, a big thank you to Louis Savy and the entire Sci-Fi-London team. And also to Simon Ings of the New Scientist who helped me sift through the 440 entries to draw up the shortlist. And finally to our jury panel, comprising Pat Cadigan, Mike Carey, and Marcus Gipps, who selected the winner and runner-up. The winning entry will be published online by the New Scientist.
A total of 418 entries were submitted and the judges (including yours sincerely) read through them all (that's about 800,000 words in total) and drew up a shortlist of six which are now before our final jury. The winner will be announced on the evening of Thursday 4th May in London. Here is the shortlist (in alphabetical order)...
James Howell - Alone (United States)
Dora Klindžić - Exit Zone (Croatia)
Claire McKenna - Honour is Everything (Australia)
James Parfitt - The Shake Up (Australia)
Mike Sizemore - Dawn Chorus (Somewhere)
Sian Summers - The Truth Value (Scotland)
Yes, an AI wrote all the dialogue for this movie, which makes its debut at this week's SCI-FI-LONDON film festival. The Ars Technica article tells you all you need to know.
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