Fantasy and Science Fiction - Competition #83
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"What's in a Name?"

WHAT DO you first think of when you hear the title of a certain science fiction book? Sometimes, the story isn't what you'd expect. In our last competition, we wanted our readers to combine the plot of a science fiction novel with the story that came to mind when they first heard the title. Congratulations to the winners for their literal imaginations.

Forward the Foundation by Isaac Asimov
JOIN THE TERMINUS ENCYCLOPEDISTS! Earle P. Thwimble of Trantor DID NOT CONTRIBUTE AN ENTRY to the Encyclopedia Galactica, and his Empire COLLAPSED, ushering in a DARK AGE lasting 30,000 YEARS! You must send COPIES OF THIS LETTER to ALL YOUR FRIENDS!
—Ziv Wities
Givat Shmuel, Israel

The Screwfly Solution by Raccoona Sheldon
A woman discovers that aliens plan to wipe out her species by creating a virus that makes male humans want to get it on with bugs.
—Matthew Sanborn Smith
Port Saint Lucie, FL

Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
A guileless young hobbit journeys with eight companions to the fires of Mount Doom to destroy a mysterious videotape that causes the death of anyone within a week of viewing it.
—Stephanie Peaden
Titusville, FL

A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
The heiress to a vast chocolate and snack food company goes up against corporate goons who try a leveraged buy-out but is saved by a traveling Virginia planter named Jack.
—Teel James Glenn
Union City, NJ

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
Three co-adjacent kingdoms risk war over the rights to hunt deer, boar, partridge, and other comestibles.
—Nigel Parsons
Cardiff, United Kingdom

Grumbles from the Grave by Robert Heinlein
Lately, kids playing at Shady Acres have been hearing spectral voices, telling them to "Get off my lawn." Will zombies keep their ball?
—Lee Howard
Fairfax, VA

The Uplift Wars by David Brin
The leading bra manufacturers rage an all-out battle to perfect the ultimate bra.
—Dale Clinton
Rancho Cucamonga, CA

F&SF Competition #85: CHICK LIT

In fifty words or less, take your favorite science fiction/fantasy story and rewrite it as "light women's fiction," in other words, "chick lit."

A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a Lannister in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife. Or a prostitute.

Make us laugh and win a prize…which we can only give you as long as you INCLUDE YOUR MAILING ADDRESS. You can submit as many entries as you want, as long as you don't submit more than six.  


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 January 15, 2013. 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 The Dragon Griaule by Lucius Shepard (published by Subterranean 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 #85 will appear in the May/June 2013 issue.

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