iContest with Kevin Brooks

In Kevin Brooks’s iBoy (which you can start reading here on Figment for a limited time), Tom Harvey is just a regular boy until he wakes up in the hospital and finds himself in the unique situation of being part human and part machine.

Specifically, he’s part smartphone, due to the fact that an iPhone has fallen from the thirtieth floor of an apartment building window andembedded itself in his brain. The result? iBoy, a mysterious superhuman who uses his computer-hacking, phone-tracing, and electricity-producing abilities to track down criminals and literally shock them into submission. If there were a word for how cool we think this is, it would be “iAwesome.”

Machine mash-ups are a big part of speculative fiction. Cybermen in Dr. Who? Machine outsides with human insides. Will Smith in iRobot? Human with a cybertronic arm. It’s the future, guys. All the signs point to it. Don’t fight the inevitable change—our eventual robot overlords won’t like it.

Your challenge is to write a story set in a future in which the line between human and computer intelligence is blurred. Entries must be fewer than 1,500 words.

How to enter:

1. Read the full rules.
2. Sign up for an account on Figment.com.
3. Create a new story and write your entry.
4. Tag it “iBoyContest” on the “Details” tab.
5. Press “Publish Now.”
6. In about two hours or so, your story will appear among the submissions.

Entries can be submitted until Monday, November 14 at 11:59:59 p.m. EST. Voting will continue until Friday, November 18 at 11:59:59 p.m. EST, at which point the five (5) most-hearted finalists will be sent to Kevin Brooks, who will choose the winners. The first place winner will receive a copy of iBoy and a $25 iTunes gift card. Second place will receive a copy of iBoy and a $15 iTunes gift card. Third place will receive a copy of iBoy and a Figment tote. Potential winners will be required to sign an affidavit to confirm their eligibility to participate, so finalists should check the emails they used to register with Figment.

Click here to read the finalist entries.

6 thoughts on “iContest with Kevin Brooks

  1. I am so not a fan of “hearts” determining the finalists. I’m not sure I could think of a less fair way of determining the best stories (as opposed to simply determining who has the most friends and family willing to sign up to Figment to heart their entries).

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