Deadline: Sunday, July 31, 5 pm EST
Science fiction has been known to predict the future. But as anyone who has seen Star Trek and knows that ensigns no longer need to carry clipboards, the future can pass the world of science fiction by. For this competition, we want you to update a science fiction/fantasy story for the 21st century. So you can either, 1) Reproduce the original sentence/sentences, then give me the update, or 2) Write out the plot synopsis of a story, then update it from there. This way, everything from the future will be new again.
Neuromancer by William Gibson
Before: The sky above the port was the color of a television tuned to a dead channel.
Updated: The sky above the port was the color of an HDTV tuned to hex color=#808080.
  • Update a story in 100 words or less, with a maximum of fifty words for “Before” and fifty for “Updated.” Hint: Briefer tends to be punchier.
  • You have a maximum of six entries (either in one email/letter or six separate ones, it makes no difference). Make it funny, win a fabulous prize.*
  • Email your entries to
For the love of all that is holy, include your snail mail address.

*First prize will receive a novel, typically a hardcover. Second prize will receive advance reading copies of three forthcoming novels. Any Honorable Mentions will receive one-year subscriptions to F&SF. Results of Competition #92 will appear in the Nov/Dec 2016 issue.