The prompt for the 2013 DFTBA short story contest is:
Applied 21st Century Research
Specifically, we want you to write a story about something that was proposed/researched/discovered/developed/invented etc in the last 13 years.
Examples could include:
A story about interstellar travel based on the warp drive proposed in the following Sci Show video.
A story about how it came to be that Richard III’s body was buried in what became a car park.
A story about people with artificial limbs being allowed to compete in the Olympics.
A story about the cure for AIDS being developed, and what that might mean.
A story about how the conquest of the Mexicans by the Aztec Empire changed them so radically.
A story about just how much you can learn about someone from their face and what that kind of thing could mean.
A story about travel in the Roman world that we can now better understand thanks to research.
A story that looks at immersive, collaborative gaming now, and sees where it could go.
When submitting your story, you’ll need to include a link to a source that describes what you are basing your story on, to make it absolutely clear what your link is.
Just one point of clarification, this does not necessarily mean stories about the research itself. The anthology isn’t looking to be filled with fictionalised accounts of research from this century. Its more looking for stories that take the subject matter of the research (or the applications of the technologies etc) and make stories out of that.
This area has a lot of breadth, and potential for people to be exceptionally inventive. Go forth and write!
God Bless, Best Wishes, and DFTBA