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Friday, July 23, 2010

The Friday Challenge - 7/23/10

Bruce Bethke passes around all sorts of credit for putting together the first issue of Stupefying Stories. Unsurprisingly, he fails to credit the person most responsible for bringing the magazine to life; himself. Join the discussion...

Kersley Fitzgerald
reviews Ray Bradbury's Green Town trilogy and finds it holds together quite well. Join the discussion...

Henry Vogel remembers his short stint as a science fiction editor, describes the strange circumstances that led to the magazine's demise, and mourns a lost friend. Join the discussion...

Guy Stewart
offers up story ideas 26 - 50 in his attempt to draw 100 story ideas from a single non-fiction book on AIDS. Join the discussion...

Ultimate Geek Fu asks the question, "Who are the heirs to Heinlein, Asimov, Clarke, and Hogan. Join the discussion...

Work on the first issue of Stupefying Stories delays the announcement of the winner of the "Dilbert Days of Summer" challenge, Kersley Fitzgerald shows why writers should develop their own style of writing, and the inmates discuss the view from their respective locations in the asylum. All this and more, this week in THE FRIDAY CHALLENGE.

Now for latest Friday Challenge:

"Fly Me to the Moon"
We have the following entries for the 7/16/10 lesser Friday Challenge:

M, "Ave Maria" (drop.io - password "challenge")

Tom, "Come and See the Solar System"

Arvid Macenion, "Welcome to Mimas Final" (drop.io)

If we've missed any entries, or if anyone has snowdogged in an entry after the deadline, please let us know so we can fix this list. As always, even if you haven't posted an entry this week—even if you never enter in any week—you are invited to read, comment on, and vote for your favorites. Don't be shy about leaving feedback on the writer's sites, either. Writers thrive on knowing that somewhere out there, someone is actually reading the words that they have written. The winner will be announced Sunday evening.

And now for our next Friday Challenge:

"The Same Thing We Do Every Night, Pinkie..."

We now turn the microphone over to Al:

"He starts monologuing! He starts like, this prepared speech about how feeble I am compared to him, how inevitable my defeat is, how the world will soon be his, yadda yadda yadda..." --FroZone, The Incredibles


Now's your chance. Prepare to indulge your Inner Super-Villain! Reveal your super-secret plot to take over the world--or, at least, corner the market on the specific brand of paper used to print the world's supply of comic books and toilet paper.

The more intricate (and therefore convoluted), the better. Details count, of course. Bonus points for describing how your plot is specifically customized for taking down your arch-nemesis, whosoever that might be. And even more points for actually having said arch-enemy properly ensnared as a captive audience!

Maniacal evil laugh totally and completely optional.

So, hop to it, people! The world won't conquer itself!

As always, we're playing by the loosely enforced and rarely updated Official Rules of THE FRIDAY CHALLENGE, and playing for whatever is behind Door #3. The deadline for this one is midnight Central time, Thursday, July 29.
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