RESULTS OF F&SF COMPETITION #92
EVERYTHING old in science fiction is new again, as our most recent competition "Updated" proved. The winners brought classic science fiction into the 21st century—and beyond. We hope only a few of these scenarios come to pass.
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Before: It was a pleasure to burn.
Updated: It was a pleasure to burn—click here for tutorial.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Before: Little Mike Teavee rushes at the chance to become the first person in the world to be sent by television. He survives unharmed, but comes out shrunk to one inch tall.
Updated: Little Mike Teavee rushes at the chance to become the first person in the world to be sent by Internet. He survives unharmed, but comes out ad-supported.
Givat Shmuel, Israel
Thundering Worlds by Edmond Hamilton
Before: "You can't abandon Mercury, no matter how small it is! It's as important as Pluto or any other world!"
Updated: "You can't abandon Mercury, no matter how small it is! It's as important as any of the other Eight Worlds!"
Oakland Gardens, NY
A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr.
Before: Brother Francis Gerard of Utah might never have discovered the blessed documents, had it not been for the pilgrim with girded loins who appeared during that young novice's Lenten fast in the desert.
Updated: Brother Francis Gerard of Utah might never have discovered the blessed documents, had it not been for the young man in the T-shirt and skinny jeans who appeared during that young novice's Lenten fast in the desert, and retrieved the lost data from his hard drive.
Lee's Summit, MO
She by H. Rider Haggard
Before: Only She was obeyed throughout the length and breadth of the land, and to question her command was instant death.
Updated: Google Reminder: Today is your anniversary!
1984 by George Orwell
Before: The horrible thing about the Two-Minute Hate was not that one was obliged to act a part, but that it was impossible to avoid joining in.
Updated: The horrible thing about the Trump Rally was not that one was obliged to act a part, but that it was impossible to avoid joining in.
—Rosendo Rodriguez III
F&SF COMPETITION #93
Not every book or short story has the best possible title. But because Fantasy & Science Fiction readers are obviously psychic, you can divine the truth. For this competition, we want you to write the title of a popular book, short story, film, or TV show. Then give the title that it should have had: one that is far more true-to-life than the one we now know. Make it accurate, make it funny, and you too can win a prize. (Thanks to John Ordover.)
Current name: Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein
True name: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Martian Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask)
In fifty words or less, give us the true name of a famous work. You have a maximum of six entries (either in one email/letter or six separate ones, it makes no difference). Make it funny, and win a fabulous prize.
Include your snail mail address. If you don't include a snail mail address, you'll make an editor cry.
Send entries to Competition Editor, F&SF, 240 West 73rd St. #1201, New York, NY 10023-2794, or email entries
to carol [a-t] cybrid [d-o-t] net.
. Be sure to include your contact information. Entries must be received by January 15, 2017.
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 signed copy of Flying Saucers Are Real by Jack Womack, courtesy of Anthology Editions, LLC.
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 #93 will appear in the May/June 2017 issue.