Congratulations to our 2012 winners!
GRAND PRIZE: “Taking the High Road” by R.P.L. Johnson
SECOND PLACE: “Scramble” by Martin L. Shoemaker
THIRD PLACE: “One Cog” by James Wymore
I just got the word from Bill (William Ledbetter, Contest Administrator and a Writers of the Future winner last year) last night, and I’ve been in orbit ever since! This contest means a lot to me, because its mission means a lot to me:
Since its early days, science fiction has played a unique role in human civilization. It removes the limits of what “is” and shows us a boundless vista of what “might be.” Its fearless heroes, spectacular technologies and wondrous futures have inspired many people to make science, technology and space flight a real part of their lives and in doing so, have often transformed these fictions into reality. The National Space Society and Baen Books applaud the role that science fiction plays in advancing real science and have teamed up to sponsor this short fiction contest in memory of Jim Baen.
WHAT WE DO WANT TO SEE:
Moon bases, Mars colonies, orbital habitats, space elevators, asteroid mining, artificial intelligence, nano-technology, realistic spacecraft, heroics, sacrifice, adventure.
WHAT WE DON’T WANT TO SEE:
Stories that show technology or space travel as evil or bad, Star Wars type galactic empires, paranormal elements, UFO abductions.
It’s like a contest designed specifically for my favorite kind of stories to read. And to write!