Post Human Conditions

Post Human Conditions

“Post Human Conditions” was the theme for Arc’s second Science Fiction Competition. Authors were encouraged to read Arc 1.2 to gain inspiration for their own stories.

The short stories are set in the near future – near enough to be recognisable, but not so near as to be boring. These speculations of the future feature technology – from robotics to synthetic biology to geo-engineering – but don’t neglect the all-important human element.

Arc’s editors selected one story for publication in the September issue of Arc Magazine. That author received a £500 prize, while the five runners up were awarded £200.


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Congratulations to the Prize Winners!

ScrapmetalNan Craig


A young woman spends most of her life being groomed and artificially enhanced, or “patched” by bio-technology, only to learn she has become obsolete by the time she enters the workforce.

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ScrapmetalDerek Thompson

Perfect Circle

Young Billy is a thug and a playground bully, but when he surprises everyone with a unique artistic ability, his destiny is forever changed by an innate inner strength and confidence he never knew he possessed.

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A Private PartyRoman Alexander

Circle of Life

As people begin to enjoy increased longevity in their lives, they discover it comes with a price. Faced with population control, many are faced with a decades-long wait in order to be allowed to start a family.

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A Node in the NetworkAndrew Gray

A Node in the Network

In a world of uncertainty and carefully engineered human augmentation, two young women meet and strike up an unexpected friendship. Following a catastrophic event, they find their fates are intertwined in an unusual and spectacular fashion.

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Health CeilingBen Sherlock

Health Ceiling

In a near-future utopian society, scientific advances have rendered humans virtually disease-free. Bored teens rebel and search for a way to buck the system by contracting and cultivating rare and incurable sexually transmitted diseases.

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