Post industrial fiction writing challenge
I am in the process of putting together a book of short stories set in the future. Many of you will be famliiar with John Michael Greer's 'After Oil' series and the types of stories that appeared therein, and it is in a similar vein that I hope to compile a selection of stories that open up imaginative insights into possible future scenarios.
The competition has been running for a while and I've already received some excellent entries which will likely make it into the book. Some entries, however, have defied the brief and veered off into more traditional sci-fi staples, including colonies on Mars, robots with laser guns, giant space bats etc. So I'm hoping the collective imagination of the Green Wizards will be able to fill in the remaining gaps.
In brief, stories should be between 2,000 and 8,000 words and set up to 100 years into the future from now. In framing the story, the following assumptions should apply:
1 - Humankind's access to highly concentrated forms of energy will be severely curtailed in the near to medium term
2 - There will be a corresponding collapse in the complexity of civilisation and the population it can support
3 - The future will be haunted by the mistakes of the past, especially in the form of inappropriate technologies
That said, I'm pushing the boat out a little on this and am hoping to attract some really inventive stories. To that end, stories may, if you like, feature aliens, ghosts and metaphysical whatnots, just so long as it sounds plausible and not too Dan Dare. Full details of the competition can be found on my blog.
The stories selected will be published in an anthology print-on-demand book through a small post-industrial fiction press I have created here in the UK - Belenos Press - and 70% of any proceeds from sales will be shared out equally between the authors. The deadline for entries is midsummer, which is June 21st.
Please just email me at email@example.com or add a comment here on this post if you have any questions.
Thanks for listening!