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Got science?

As autumn hits, the SiMF crew needs a little break. We’ll be back soon with all sorts of new science! And of course we’re always looking for new contributors.

We’re looking for people who love science and fiction both, regardless of their formal qualifications in either, love to write, and want to share those enthusiasms with the world. SiMF is an all-volunteer outfit: we do it for love, not money.

We’re most interested in short essays about how current science topics are relevant to speculative fiction, and we’re not particularly interested in reviews. An ideal writer will be able to contribute something every couple of months, but we’re also willing to consider one-off guest posts.

To apply, please email sarah.goslee at gmail dot com with a brief description of your qualifications and why you’re interested in SiMF, and either a link to relevant online articles you’ve written or a sample of your work that would be appropriate for SiMF.

So much science…

… so little time.

There’s so much nifty science out there that our small group of writers is utterly overwhelmed, and that’s why we need you.

That’s right, you too could be part of the SiMF crew. We’re looking for people who love science and fiction both, regardless of their formal qualifications in either, love to write, and want to share those enthusiasms with the world. SiMF is an all-volunteer outfit: we do it for love, not money.

We’re most interested in short essays about how current science topics are relevant to speculative fiction, and we’re not particularly interested in reviews. An ideal writer will be able to contribute something every couple of months, but we’re also willing to consider one-off guest posts.

To apply, please email sarah.goslee at gmail dot com with a brief description of your qualifications and why you’re interested in SiMF, and either a link to relevant online articles you’ve written or a sample of your work that would be appropriate for SiMF.

Winter hibernation

Science in My Fiction is hibernating for a bit. We’ll be back in 2013 with new science to inspire and fascinate you.

On holiday

SiMF is taking a very short break.

Miss the science? Consider writing for us.

Science in My Fiction is looking for writers, people interested in sharing neat science topics with the science fiction community. The ideal topic is of interest to both readers and writers in our genre, and presented at a not-too-technical level. While many of our writers have formal scientific training, that is not at all necessary.

We are not interested in reviews or non-science topics, nor are we currently soliciting fiction.

To apply, please email sarah.goslee at gmail dot com with a brief description of your qualifications and why you’re interested in SiMF, and either a link to relevant online articles you’ve written or a sample of your work that would be appropriate for SiMF.

Got science?

Science in My Fiction is looking for writers, people interested in sharing neat science topics with the science fiction community. The ideal topic is of interest to both readers and writers in our genre, and presented at a not-too-technical level. While many of our writers have formal scientific training, that is not at all necessary.

We are not interested in reviews or non-science topics, nor are we currently soliciting fiction.

To apply, please email sarah.goslee at gmail dot com with a brief description of your qualifications and why you’re interested in SiMF, and either a link to relevant online articles you’ve written or a sample of your work that would be appropriate for SiMF.

Science in My Fiction contest – CANCELLED

SiMF regrets to announce the cancellation of the 2011 Science in My Fiction short story contest.

This is due primarily to lack of apparent interest. With just two weeks remaining until the entry deadline, SiMF has received just 25% as many entries as we’d received by the same time in last year’s contest.

The lack of interest could be partly due to the more specific nature of the entry guidelines (i.e. the requirement that stories take place off Earth). Another possible reason is the SiMF managing editors have experienced a series of setbacks which prevented them from dedicating time to promotion of the contest. The final setback occurred this past weekend when our 5-year-old son fell and broke his arm. This proved to be the final straw and solidified our decision to end the contest.

We’d like to thank the judges for agreeing to aid us in the contest. We apologize to them, and to all the writers who did enter or were planning on entering. We would have preferred the results to be different, but unfortunately at this point we feel this is the only decision left to us.

Thanks to all readers, fans, and those who submitted for your support!

Just 3 weeks remain to enter the Science in My Fiction contest!

There are just 23 days left to enter 2011 Science in My Fiction contest!

What do you have to do to enter? Write a science fiction or fantasy short story which is inspired by a scientific discovery or innovation made or announced within the past year.

A panel of five judges will select the winner:

Tobias Buckell – Author (NYT Bestselling novel Halo: The Cole Protocol)
Liz Gorinsky – Hugo-nominated editor at Tor Books & Tor.com
Cameron McClure – Agent, Donald Maass Literary Agency
Joan Slonczewski – Campbell Award-winning author; Professor of Biology
Lavie Tidhar – Author (The Bookman, Camera Obscura)

The top 3 stories will receive cash prizes (pro rates for the winner!) and will be published in the 2011 Science in My Fiction anthology (November 2011)!

Entries close after Wednesday, August 31! Show us your science fictional chops!

2nd Science in My Fiction contest open for submissions!

The 2nd @SciInMyFi contest, Science in My Fiction: Off-World, is now OPEN for submissions!

Entries will be accepted until August 30. Prize details and entry guidelines are here.

Thanks again to our amazing panel of judges! Now let’s see some incredible stories! For SCIENCE!

Announcing the 2nd annual Science in My Fiction contest!

Science in My Fiction and Crossed Genres Publications are thrilled to announce our 2nd annual Science in My Fiction contest!

Last year’s contest was a huge success, and we’re excited to see what new and creative ideas authors can come up with this time!

This year the contest is slightly different. Here’s how it works:

Authors write a science fiction or fantasy short story inspired by a scientific discovery or innovation made or announced within the past year. It can’t be peripherally added: the science must be integral to the story. We’ll be looking for thoughtful, creative and well-researched application of science to a story. Writers must include a link to a relevant article or study of the applied science when they submit their stories.

Entries will be narrowed down to 10 finalists by the Crossed Genres publishers. Then a panel of judges will read and rank the finalists based on a points voting system. The top 3 stories will be published in Crossed Genres’ Science in My Fiction 2011: Offworld, an anthology of the 3 winning stories plus the 12 monthly stories published to the SiMF blog (Release date: 11/24/11).

Why is the anthology called Offworld? That’s the twist to this year’s contest. All story submissions must be set somewhere off Earth. It can be in orbit, on the moon, a distant world or in deep space, but the story has to take us away from the comfort of our home planet.

The winner will receive professional pay (5¢ per word) for their story, plus print and ebook copies of the anthology. Second place will receive 3¢ per word plus copies, and third place will receive 1¢ per word plus copies.

FULL DETAILS AND GUIDELINES FOR THE CONTEST HERE

2011 CONTEST JUDGES:

Tobias Buckell – Author (NYT Bestselling novel Halo: The Cole Protocol)
Liz Gorinsky – Hugo-nominated editor, Tor Books & Tor.com
Cameron McClure – Agent, Donald Maass Literary Agency
Joan Slonczewski – Campbell Award-winning author; Professor of Biology
Lavie Tidhar – Author (The Bookman, Camera Obscura)

Huge thanks to our amazing panel of judges for agreeing to help us out!

Submissions will be open from June 1 through August 31. So show us your science chops – prove to us there’s still a place for science in SFF!

FULL DETAILS AND GUIDELINES FOR THE CONTEST HERE

And Still She Moves: A year of Science in My Fiction

Today marks one year since we launched Science in My Fiction!

Since then our amazing contributors have written over 100 blog posts, ranging in topics from sapient dolphins to piezoelectrics to quantum gravity to the color of alien pants.

In late April, less than 2 months after our launch, we were approached by the editors of the popular science site io9 with a request for the rights to reprint occasional SiMF posts on their site. Numerous SiMF posts have been reprinted on io9 since then.

In late July, Kay Holt’s tongue-in-cheek post I Know Why The Vampire Sparkles (Inspired after a grudging read of Twilight) was picked up on BoingBoing; it spread from there, being linked literally hundreds of times and translated on numerous international sites. To date the post has been read by over 125,000 people on the SiMF site alone.

Over the summer, SiMF hosted the first annual Science in My Fiction short story contest! The contest was a big success and we hope to host more contests soon!

And in October SiMF began publishing monthly science-inspired fiction with our first story, Stephanie King’s “Ending Alice“.

We have lots more in store for the future, including (if there’s enough interest) a print collection of Science in My Fiction posts, with proceeds going to science-based charities. Thanks to everyone who supported us during this remarkable first year, and please keep reading and writing!