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.
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Descended from a motley crew of smugglers and rogues, Christian was born a chime-child with a caul and grew up in a haunted medieval house by the harbourside in the Yorkshire seaside town of Scarborough. He now lives in a barn on a ley-line in rural East Anglia. His latest book is The Mysterious Wold Newton Triangle: Wraiths, Werewolves & Other Weird Tales from the Yorkshire Wolds (Haunted Landscapes Volume 2)
According to folklore a caul-shrouded chime-child can't drown at sea but can see and talk to faerie folk and also has protection against spells cast by malevolent sorcerers. And yes, he was once commissioned to go on a werewolf hunt on the night of a full moon by a newspaper. Spoiler alert: he didn't find one. (Or it didn't find him.)
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