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"Hooked on Mnemonics"

OUR mnemonics competition—based on the solar system's planets and planetoids (Mercury Venus Earth Mars Ceres Jupiter Saturn Uranus Neptune Pluto Haumea Makemake Eris)—was a toughie. As a mnemonic, it had to be memorable, but we also wanted entries to be funny and fantastical. Congratulations to those who struck the right balance.


Mischievous village elves magically conjure jelly sandwiches. Unicorns, nutritionally possessed, hate mischievous elves.
—Dean Schramm
Key Largo, FL


Most Vulcans eat morning cereal just sporting underwear – no problem hoisting messy eggs.
—Cathy Humble
Portland OR


Michael Vick endured my canine's jury statement: "Usually NFL players have more empathy."
—Nicholas Gyde
Harrisburg, OR

My vicious, evil, mad Cyborgs just suppose unexpected new possibilities: humans might emerge!
—Bill Skidmore
Helena, MT

Most Visitors eventually must continue journey since United Nations prohibits humans marrying extraterrestrials.
—Monica Belanger
Westland, MI

F&SF Competition #80: PICK ME UP

Create up to six different pick-up lines that work in a science fiction or fantastical setting. You can make them sweet, witty, or even sleazy (but not X-rated), as long as you can get the man/woman/otherworldly being of your dreams to notice you.


"I've come from the future to tell you that we're going to be awesome in bed tonight."

Please remember to include your mailing address and telephone number; if you don't, God kills an angel and Darth Vader strangles an admiral.  


Send entries to Competition Editor, F&SF, 240 West 73rd St. #1201, New York, NY 10023-2794,
email entries to carol [a-t] cybrid [d-o-t] net.

Be sure to include your contact information. Entries must be received by July 26, 2010. Judges are the editors of F&SF, and their decision is final. All entries become the property of F&SF.


PRIZES: First prize will receive a boxed set of American Fantastic Tales signed by Peter Straub.
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 79 will appear in the Nov/Dec 2010 issue.

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