The Future Powered by Fiction

The Future Powered by Fiction

Hundreds of thought-provoking submissions were sent in by entrants hailing from 15 countries and 36 states. The Tomorrow Project is thrilled to announce the top 10 winners – the recipients of the $1,000 USD prize!

Take a whirlwind tour of tomorrow through the eyes and minds of these 10 young authors as they share their stories and visions for how science and technology will shape our future.

 
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Congratulations to the $1,000 Prize Winners!

A Flavorful FutureA Flavorful Future

Aliah Eberting

Utah, USA

Young Revere dreams of becoming a Flavorologist, a noble profession in which delicious artificial flavors are added to make Food® more palatable. But he’s a lousy student: all creativity, no time for rules and tests. Instructor Smith has had enough of his slacker ways, and kicks Revere out of class. A trip to the cafeteria might just be the answer to Revere’s academic troubles, and save him from following in his mother’s footsteps and becoming a quantum physicist.

Lost DreamsLost Dreams

Carlos Duralde

Georgia, USA

The year is 2110, and Alice Tuttles is a little bit different. When two policemen save her from an assault in an alleyway and take her back to the station, one of them tries to pick her brain and is forced to make a decision. Let her go on living an illegal life, or turn her over to higher authorities.

And the Tapestry of the StarsAnd the Tapestry of Stars Curled Up To Reveal the Face of God

Christine Ann Hurd

Texas, USA

Helen Baker is faced with several difficult tasks. Not only must she write a eulogy for her dying mother, she herself must die when she is done delivering it. Helen’s daughter, Athena, is part of the new generation of immortals, and try as they might, immortals just don’t understand the complexities of a short lifespan. Helen clutches onto a shred of hope that she will be spared the agony of death. Will her prayers be answered?

The Last AllocationThe Last Allocation

Michael Arteaga

Ontario, Canada

Dr. Queenie Arkwright has a problem with her job. The clandestine Global Disease Allocation Program is worse than she thought, and her work there is suffering. In the year 2091, cancer and other diseases have been eradicated, and this has left a hole in the medical industry—a hole that G.D.A.P. carefully fills by “allocating” future diseases into each and every newborn. Some are coded to have minor problems, like Hepatitis A; others will have to die to keep fueling the medical machine.

A Toothache for the TruthA Toothache for the Truth

Natalie Petit

Ohio, USA

Not even a toothache can put a damper on Hugo’s joyful disposition. He loves the sights, sounds, and smells of the city. But a strange encounter with Dr. Colbie, from the Earth and Human Development Institute, has him questioning everything about his A-Chip technology, and wondering if he really should be so happy all of the time.

ParenthoodParenthood Planned

Alycia McCreary

Kentucky, USA

It’s no picnic working as an armed guard at the Genetic Clinic. The protests never stop, and they’re getting more violent by the day. It’s hard for clients to even make it through the gate. Two of the guards are dreaming of the ways they can alter their own baby, and banking on the Clinic’s employee discount to make it happen.

The Genes of TomorrowThe Genes of Tomorrow

Claire Spackman

Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong

Amanda Stone, like millions of other young people in America, sold her genetic information for a quick $200 to get an iPhone 19, thinking her donation would only help to cure diseases. Now she can’t get hired anywhere she goes. It seems her billionaire hero, and founder of Schemer Genetics, is using his vast database of genetic road-maps in less than ethical ways.

Family FeastFamily Feast

Hannah Reese

North Carolina, USA

The drones deliver fresh food and water to the poor villagers every day. Clothes, sandals—all the luxuries of the West. But one husband and wife have stopped eating their deliveries. They’re stockpiling supplies and preparing to flee, in order to get a taste of the old way of life, before the drones, before the West came up with a Global solution to overpopulation.

LifetimeLifeTime

Jorge Tenorio

Arizona, USA

Antonio Verraz’s LifeTime reads 175 years. Implanted in his arm, it accurately tells its user the day of their death. Such scary knowledge has led to whole industries devoted to extending the human lifespan. But at what cost? A new disease threatens to cull the herd, and even the richest and healthiest among us are not immune. LifeTimes can suddenly go from 100 years to 5 days—even for Antonio.

DescentDescent

Diya Basrai

California, USA

There’s a right answer, and there’s a wrong answer. And when you’re a disembodied brain whose only job is to process information and spit out answers, you have a lot of time to think. You can try to remember what it used to feel like to breathe, or to eat. You can revel in your superior intellect. You can think back to the crime and punishment that turned you into this strange new being. But, unfortunately, you can never die.

Other Excellent Submissions – Being Published in Quarterly Anthologies

Dark Futures – Winter 2014

An anthology that explores the dangers of technology – stories concerned with what happens when technology goes too far

The Metamorphosis

Joseph Hirshorn

New York, USA

A Short Story

Jacob Brefka

Arizona, USA

The Hippocampus Dream Machine

Valerie Narumi

California, USA

The Ocean

Pavel Chvykov

Massachusetts, USA

Involution

Clayton Cone

Arizona, USA

Intelligence Testing

Clancy Flynn

London, UK

Unpredictable

Ben Hylak

Pennsylvania, USA

Heaven

Andrew Crawford

Indiana, USA

La Vida es Sueno

Philip Arcuni

California, USA

Troubleshooting

Fallon Leyba

Arizona, USA

Screens

Becky Mandelbaum

Kansas, USA

Living Tomorrow – Spring 2015

A compilation of visions for the future of humans and the environment

 

Miniatures Day

Paige Dempsey

Minnesota, USA

The Gene Dilemma

Paul Kim

Piece by Piece

Deborah Park

Illinois, USA

The Race

Saatvik Mohan

Tennessee, USA

The Cursed Nootropic

Thomas Stanczyk

Connecticut, USA

90 Stories High

Jessie Zhao

California, USA

Programmed to Die

Tristan Neal

Arizona, USA

Tunnel Vision

Ava Trimble

Arizona, USA

The da Vinci Project

Shannon Babb

Utah, USA

Bloodgivers

Molly Steen

Oklahoma, USA

The Fountain of Youth

Joshua Ferris

New York, USA

 

Journeys through Time and Space – Summer 2015

A grouping of stories that explore journeys through time, spaceworlds and eras we’ve never seen before

 

Distance

Kwan Wei and Kevin Tan

Singapore

O.C.U.L.O.S.

Skyler Hughes

New Mexico, USA

Desolation Wilderness

R.A. Bennett

Nevada, USA

Mindwalk

Kellie Takahashi

Oregon, USA

Packet Switched Tube Transportation System

Siddanta Bastola

Kathmandu, Nepal

Internal Drive

Heidi Benefiel

Arizona, USA

Worm

Abrianna Reddy

New York, USA

The Beginning in the End

Sergio Parra

Georgia, USA

The Beauty of Being Connected

Jessica Kennedy

Georgia, USA

Empty Space

Jenna Muiderman

North Dakota

The Dream of Forty Centuries

Andrew Abbott

Indiana, USA



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