Daily Archives: June 2, 2010

METAtropolis Contest, One of Five: Win the Tor Edition!

As many of you are no doubt aware, on June 8, the Tor edition of METAtropolis hits the bookstores. Naturally, we the authors of METAtropolis are excited about this fact. We’re so excited, in fact, that we want to share our joy by having a contest, the winner of which will receive a free! copy of the Tor version of METAtropolis.

But we’re not satisfied with running just one contest — why should we be? There are five fine writers of this Hugo-nominated anthology! — so each of the authors is running a contest of his or her own devising. If you go ’round to each of our Web sites, that means you will have five chances to win a free! copy of METAtropolis. How excellent is that.

Here is my contest:

In the comment thread to this entry, write a haiku about life in a future post-oil world. A haiku, just in case you need the definition, is a three line poem with five syllables in the first line, seven in the second, and five in the third (it’s actually slightly more complicated than that, but that’s the definition we’re going with for now). So, for example:

Our car rusts out back
Raccoons live in the back seat
And peer through windows.

Your haiku can be funny, serious, poignant, whatever you like, it just has to reflect a day when oil is gone (or near enough gone that the little that remains is a hot commodity). It doesn’t have to be dystopic — hey, we might just get out of the oil era alive, you know — so don’t feel you have to write The Road Warrior in seventeen syllables. Although that would be cool, too.

So: write no more than three haiku per person, and drop them into the comment thread by 11:59:59pm Eastern on Monday, June 7. Then check out the other contests as well. We’ll each announce our winners on the 8th — that’s the release date — and have the books shipped to you.

And now, follow these links to the other contests!

Elizabeth Bear

Tobias Buckell

Jay Lake

Karl Schroeder

Enjoy, have fun, and good luck!

Splice This

Over at FilmCritic.com this week I ruminate on whether the genetic engineering SF movie Splice is helped or hindered by the real-life creation of artificial life, and whether the soft box office of the summer movies so far has movie studios wishing they had more science fiction on their schedules. Go and visit, you know how much you like reading me ramble. And of course feel free to leave a comment or two. Because I love to read you ramble too!

I’m Alive

But after spending yesterday depressurizing from travel and gleefully watching teh Interweebs freak out about Unicorn Pegasus Kitten, today I have to work. I know! I think it sucks too. But what are you going to do.

However, swing by this afternoon because I’ll have a different contest for you, with a different prize! Yes, I’m all about contests this week, clearly. See you later.