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A contest inspired by the serious need for more good sci-fi

In my brief time here, I've come to really enjoy writing.com: the people, the stories, the contests, and the kind reviewers. However, I have really been missing out on some good short science fiction and an incentive to get involved with a community of writers who also enjoy it. To the end of inspiring both, I've decided to host a Science Fiction Short Story Contest.

The rules are simple:

Write a short story inspired by the prompt that is of less than 2000 words.
I will pay 15,000 (updated) Gift Points for the best submissions and an awardicon (as per recent request - I'm open to discussion about adjusting the prize).
Post in the forum with BITEM only.
I will judge entries starting August 1st, and provide (hopefully) thoughtful reviews for all submissions.
May the best sentient being win!

Contest Re-opening for July!

The Prompt:

Reagan chewed his lip, peering into the drifting haze and the twisted remains of the building ahead. His mind was fuzzier than it ought to have been, a side effect of the trip that was both instantaneous and covering eons. Another tragedy to correct, if he could. But something was different this time - or rather something was eerily familiar, and that shouldn't be possible.

"This looks familiar," he wondered aloud.

A vicious chuckle sounded behind him, startling him out of his skin. The voice that followed was bitter and gravelly, much like his own. "Heh. You don't know the half of it."

Time Travel! Unleash your creativity on that most prevalent cliche of science fiction. Whether you invoke the many worlds interpretation or end reality in an all-consuming paradox, now's you chance to struct your sciecne fiction stuff!

July Entries:
The final frontier  (ASR)
Space: the final frontier. Or is it?
#2163708 by Ricardo Monascal

 The Capella Star System Run   (18+)
It was invented two-hundred-years ago but buried for ten-thousand-years
#2163695 by Circuit Rider

 A Stitch In Time  (13+)
A tale of time travel and regret
#2164008 by BrokenPen

June Entry and Winner!
Survival  (13+)
A spaceship's mission to a distant world threaten's the crew's survival
#2160722 by BrokenPen

May Winner!
These seem to be getting harder and harder to judge, but this entry spoke to me, especially the ending:
The Homemaker's Helper  (18+)
Good help is hard to find
#2159714 by LJ-Swinging on the stars

Runners Up:
This had a lively tone and feel:
Fake News  (13+)
Whatever happened to Marvin Pride?
#2158262 by bobturn

This rather disturbing partnership is surely memorable:
 Lize  (E)
Partnership with a robot.
#2158382 by Paul~D

And this shouldn't be missed, by virtue of sheer cuteness if nothing else:
 Robotic Love   (E)
A story of a girl, a guy, and their dog.
#2159699 by Hanna ~ Dare to be silly 😜

May Entries
"Substitute Teacher [E]
"Fake News [13+]
"Lize [E]
"In Between Times [13+]
"The Implant [E]
"Robotic Love [E]
"The Homemaker's Helper [18+]

April Winner!
There were some dark, powerful entries this month, but this gritty and coherent piece took the prize:
Matilda  (18+)
Scavenging the wasteland, Max and Spell stumble into the territory of a fearsome cult.
#2155953 by James Heyward

April Entries
"The Hill [E]
"The Threat [13+]
"Matilda [18+]

March Winner!
As usual, judging was difficult, and all three entries were clever, creative, and well-written. Still, this piece edged out the win:
Man's Best Friend  (13+)
Everyone knows there's no intelligent life out in the universe...right?
#2153118 by Genipher

March Entries
"Invalid Item
"Parking Space [13+]
"Man's Best Friend [13+]

February Winner!
Thanks for all the entries. All were excellent, making this a tough choice to make. Still, this story won me over with its roguish charm:
The finest little ship in the cluster  (13+)
One lucky token and a little blarney goes a long way
#2148872 by bobturn

Runners Up:
This one is too fun to miss:
One Man's Junk  (13+)
Captain Dave finds a diamond in the rough.
#2149983 by Genipher

And another well-deserved example of comeuppance:
 A Dangerous Game  (13+)
A spaceship pilot has tales to tell
#2148593 by BrokenPen

February Entries:
"The Transnian Contract [13+]
"The finest little ship in the cluster [13+]
"A Dangerous Game [13+]
"The Passing of Pfhisspok [E]
"One Man's Junk [13+]
"Hope for the Universe [13+]

January winner:
While both entries were evocative, this piece on time travel edged out the win:
Déjà Vu  (13+)
Time travel can create all sorts of problems.
#2147690 by Genipher

January Entries:
"Our World Was Becoming Extinct [E]
"Déjà Vu [13+]

December Winner:
All entries were a joy to read. However, I don't want to burn through those GPs too quickly! In recognition of its excellent use of the prompt, solid writing, and compelling setting, I'm going to award the December prize to:
"Nothing here [E]

Honorable Mentions:
Most comedic: "Dear Diary [E]
Great plot, setting, and use of prompt: "Captain Blainst's Decision [E]

December Entries:
"Nothing here [E]
"Dear Diary [E]
"The Mysterious Planet [E]
"Captain Blainst's Decision [E]

November Winner
This was a difficult decision, as I had to choose among craft, emotional impact, and a number of other factors. However, in the end, I chose this entry because of its timely nature and how it touched me:
"Grief [E]

Despite the difficulty of judging among the creative pieces offered, all of which were a pleasure to read, these were my favorites among the runners-up:
"The Junkyard [E]
"Android [13+]

November Entries:
"The Junkyard [E]
"Grief [E]
"Through her eyes [ASR]
"Take Pride in Yourself [13+]
"Android [13+]
"Portal Team 9: New World [E]
"Skinless Aliens [18+]
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by Circuit Rider · 07-15-18 @ 2:53 pm
by BrokenPen · 07-02-18 @ 11:44 am
by BlackAdder · 07-02-18 @ 8:35 am
by RimaD~StarShield · 07-02-18 @ 1:13 am
by BlackAdder · 07-01-18 @ 9:39 pm
by BrokenPen · 06-11-18 @ 4:04 pm
by RimaD~StarShield · 06-05-18 @ 1:22 pm
by LJ-Swinging on the stars · 06-05-18 @ 12:02 pm
by BlackAdder · 06-05-18 @ 2:09 am
by BlackAdder · 06-01-18 @ 10:21 am
by LJ-Swinging on the stars · 05-31-18 @ 11:51 am
by Hanna ~ Dare to be silly 😜 · 05-31-18 @ 10:50 am
by Bedrock - Requiem for Stefan · 05-30-18 @ 11:55 am
by BrokenPen · 05-20-18 @ 2:41 am
by Paul~D · 05-17-18 @ 7:37 pm
by bobturn · 05-16-18 @ 5:04 pm
by Abby Gayle ~ Therma · 05-15-18 @ 8:36 pm
by James Heyward · 05-10-18 @ 10:05 am
by BlackAdder · 05-10-18 @ 10:02 am
by James Heyward · 05-10-18 @ 9:18 am
by BlackAdder · 05-10-18 @ 8:49 am
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