RESULTS OF F&SF COMPETITION #75
POETS HAD to retell a science fiction or fantasy story in the form of a Haiku, a Japanese poem where the first line is five syllables, the second line is seven syllables, and the third line is five syllables.
There were too many good ones to include here. Interestingly, S. Hamm noticed that Fredric Brown's "Knock" almost completely fits the Haiku form: "The last man on earth/Sits alone in a room. There's/A knock at the door."
NOTE: Always include your address, with your city, state, postal code, and if outside the United States, your country. No address = no fabulous prizes.
"I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream" by Harlan Ellison
I learned the hard way
It's not nice to fool AM
But I won't complain.
—N. Diane Simpson
"The Nine Billion Names of God" by Arthur C. Clarke
TO N; RUN GOD_NAMES; NEXT I;
[stars going out]; DONE
San Francisco, CA
Nova by Samuel R. Delany
We're going to fly
Into a star's dying core.
But first, let's do drugs!
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
"The Boy Who Lived" offed
"Him Who is Not to Be Named."
And I'm gay. Adjust.
—Esther M. Friesner
War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
Intellects vast and cool
Saw the pamphlets, packed too fast,
Forgot their vaccinations.
Cote St. Luc, Quebec
Neanderthal Parallax by Robert J. Sawyer
Canadians will love you—
You're so much like them....
—Patrick J. O'Connor
Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang by Kate Wilhelm
Crushing on your cuz
Doesn't make the cloning of
Her any more fun.
"A Boy and His Dog" by Harlan Ellison
Dog chow: hundred percent girl
And girl by-products.
San Francisco, CA
F&SF COMPETITION #76: CHILDISH THINGS
Before they became the luminaries they are today, many authors tried their hand at writing fiction when they were young. Unfortunately for them, but fortunately for us, some examples of their yet-to-bud talents have recently come to light.
Provide an example of an author's childish attempts at fiction. You have a maximum of six entries. Keep each entry under fifty words and make sure you tickle our funny bone. And, please, no crayons.
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
There was this cool theme park with these great big dinosaurs, and suddenly the dinosaurs got out and ate everybody. Next time I hope they eat my sister.
Send entries to Competition Editor, F&SF, PO Box 3447, Hoboken, NJ 07030,
email entries to carol [a-t] cybrid [d-o-t] net.
Be sure to include your contact information. Entries must be received by May 15, 2008. Judges are the
editors of F&SF, and their decision is final. All entries become the property of F&SF.
First prize will receive a copy of Lorelei of the Red Mist: Planetary Romances by Leigh Brackett, compliments of Haffner Press.
Second prize will receive advance reading copies of three forthcoming novels.
Any Honorable Mentions will receive one-year subscriptions to F&SF.
Results of Competition #76 will appear in the October 2008 issue.