3 Minute Futures - Our Favorites

In all, we received more than 750 submissions to our 3 Minute Futures flash fiction contest. Here are just a few of our favorites, in no particular order. Great big, scifi thanks to everyone who sent in a story!

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First Place - Social Scene Alert by J.M. Perkins

Social networking takes a dark turn in this story by J.M. Perkins.

Average: 3.2 (30 votes)
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Second Place - Food Production by Michelle Clay

Michelle Clay brings us a story that gives new meaning to the idea of locally sourced food.

Average: 4.6 (30 votes)
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Third Place - Dogs in the Snow by Jedediah Berry

Jedediah Berry imagines a future where science can unlock buried thoughts.

Average: 4.3 (28 votes)
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The Sponsorship - Kelsi Evans

What would you do to make sure someone you love gets a quality education? Students become walking brands in this story by Kelsi Evans.

Average: 4.8 (6 votes)
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The Commute - David Tigner

A typical commute turns interesting in David Tigner's story about autonomous cars.

Average: 4.3 (6 votes)
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Would You Like Neurotransmitters with That? - Nathan Witkin

Restaurants serve food and feelings in this story by Nathan Witkin.

Average: 4.8 (10 votes)
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Flip Flop - Jeff Bauer

A researcher stumbles on a key to rapid evolution in this story by Jeff Bauer.

Average: 2.3 (3 votes)
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E-Disharmony - Ryan DeCurtidor

Ryan DeCurtidor brings us this story of a couple breaking up during a mass exodus from Earth.

Average: 4.5 (6 votes)
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War Games - Lido Giovacchini

What happens when war becomes just another video game? Lido Giovacchini tells a story of futuristic combat.

Average: 2.6 (8 votes)
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3 Minute Futures - David J. Fielding

How do you preserve reality in a virtual world? David Fielding tells us in this story about a tribunal tasked with that responsibility.

Average: 2 (4 votes)
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Companion 3000 - Margery Harrison

Gadgets become companions in this story by Margery Harrison.

Average: 4.8 (5 votes)
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Boil Over - Andrew Graff

A dinner party takes a turn for the worse in this story by Andrew Graff.

Average: 4.1 (14 votes)
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Nine Years - Richard Pumilia

A couple tries to stave off aging in this story by Richard Pumilia.

Average: 4.1 (7 votes)
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3 Minute Futures - Carter Lee

Humans become walking advertisements in Carter Lee's tale of sponsorship run amok.

Average: 3.8 (6 votes)
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Patchwork Flight – Rebecca A. Demarest

Rebecca A. Demarest brings us this story of flight in a remote island community.

Average: 3.6 (7 votes)