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Friday, January 6, 2012

The Friday Challenge — 1/6/2011

This week in The Friday Challenge:

The first annual STUPEFYING STORIES year-end roundup is posted! (Seriously, we do plan on being able to post one again next year.) • Join the discussion...

Bruce Bethke preempts the usual Open Mic Saturday post with glad tidings, good wishes, and an abundance of hope. • Join the discussion...

Daniel Eness takes inspiration from Bruce Bethke's recent offering, and self-publishes a bit of apocalyptic science fiction. • Available via Smashwords...

John Scalzi slings the opening pitch of Silly Season, and several Friday Challengers come out swinging. • Join the discussion...

All this and more, as the fifteen days of Christmahanukwanzakastivus come to a dignified close, with only a brief interruption from Fruitcake Toss Day, and the inmates debate the value of New Year's resolutions.

“And now, for the next century and a half...”

As a reminder, the following entries are under consideration for our previous challenge:

If you have not yet left feedback for this “Thunderdome: Christmas Edition” challenge, there's no time like the unopened present.

Higglety Pigglety Pop!

As of this morning, we have received the following entries for our current challenge:

An enthusiastic “Huzzah” to all who have entered! The judges are considering your submissions, and winners for both of our outstanding challenges will be declared by the evening of Sunday, 8 January 2012.


And now it is time for this week's Friday Challenge, once again inflicted by M:

Happy 2012! We've debated the worth of resolutions, but with only a few practical exceptions, we've been surprisingly reticent about sharing any of them this year.

Understandable. After all, half the world expects everything to end in only eleven and a half more months because the Mayans didn't have room to inscribe a longer calendar, and the other half hasn't quite accepted the fact that it didn't already end once or twice last year. What would be the point in actual resolutions, in the face of such fatalism?

Let me relieve your fears. I absolutely, unequivocally, and irrefutably promise the world will not end in 2012 (and I'm willing to take side bets on this)... but if it did, how would it happen?

You may post your entries as comments below, post on your personal blog and give a link below, or add to The Friday Challenge Yahoo Group in our current directory.

Anyone can enter, with no restrictions, and you may enter as many times as you wish.

As of now, we are playing by the loosely enforced and slightly modified rules of The Friday Challenge. All entries are due by 6 AM Eastern time on the morning of Friday, 13 January 2012. A winner will be declared by the evening of Sunday, 15 January 2012.

Oh, there is one more thing... but it is the most important! Have fun. Always have fun.
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