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The Best of The Week

BrevityQuest. We want your writeups, 300 words or fewer.

  • The quest starts Friday, July 3, 00:00 and ends Friday, July 31, 23:59 E2 server time.
  • We're looking for well-crafted fact or fiction, both poetry and prose. New writeups only.
  • Post as many submissions as you wish. It is okay to post hidden writeups if you prefer.
  • Quest entries should be labeled as such, and a /msg to confirm is welcome.
  • Bounty will be awarded at 10GP per writeup. A panel of mystery judges (applicants welcome) will do mysterious judging things. Lord only knows what the result will be.

Need some inspiration? Check out the BQ submissions listed in BrevityQuest11, BrevityQuest12, and BrevityQuest14. Need some counting? Check out the E2 Word Counter.


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Ancillary Justice
By Ann Leckie
Orbit, 2013


Ancillary Justice is a science fiction novel set in the far future; it might reasonably be described as a space opera. It is the first in the Imperial Radch trilogy.

Justice of Toren is a warship -- but not just a warship. She is the ship and all of its solders, a compound mind that splits her awareness between dozens of bodies. Most of our knowledge of…

Cyberpunk, which is now extraordinarily quaint, was the product of 1980s science fiction speculating a dystopian future viewed from a society's underclass. Whereas 1940s and 1960s sci-fi mostly championed the idea of a brave new world where humanity sheds its internal strife and marches in unison across the stars (Star Trek is literally Wagon Train in space) with pretty, breast-enhancing clothing and beehive hairdos - the 1980s envisaged a world where gene splicing and nanotechnology wouldn't…