A contest inspired by the serious need for more good sci-fi
Welcome back to the Science Fiction Short Story Contest, where each month will offer a new and broad prompt for a science fiction story. Here, you can bring your hopes and fears about science and technology to life.
"You can't change the past, Charles. At least, not your past. But it doesn't mean you have to stay here. Here, humanity will the price for its shortsightedness, its hubris. You can't save us all. But you can make sure there's a world somewhere that doesn't have to, and I'll take some comfort in that."
The brown-haired young man shook his head. "Why me? I'm still in school. Shouldn't you choose someone with a little more experience to save the world?"
The middle-aged man's cheeks crinkled as he smiled. "I told you: we can't save the world, not this one. But if there's a chance that anyone could see a world with more hope, well I'm just selfish enough to want to send my son. Even if there were time to recruit someone else for my little project. But the news has been wrong - there's no time left even to talk about it. I only wish there was more time to prepare. Step in the chamber, and know that I love you."
Charles warily looked over the glass and metal capsule. It was something like a beached personal submarine and something like a steampunk mining pod. "I - when are you sending me to, Dad?"
"New York, in about 2025. That should give you a few years before it all happens. The alternate timeline should fork off immediately. Or, if some of the theories are correct, it's already there, and I'm just sending your consciousness into it. Either way, it's time to go - now!"
Charles sighed, and stepped inside. Tears had begun to streak down his father's dusty face. "I love you too."
Everything faded into a blinding white light, and then it began.
A staple of science fiction, time travel can be a clever way to mix the fantastic and the familiar - or it can be where plot goes to die. This month's contest theme is time travel, but with a caveat: time loops are impossible because you can't visit your own past. At best, you can travel to a parallel universe that has quite caught up to the timeline in this one. But that one you can change!
(Due to the late prompt, entries will be accepted until February 7th)
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December 2022 Entries
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