Greetings, short story lovers, and welcome to our 48th battle.
It has been said that good things come in small packages, and this week we’re going to see just how true that is. Our authors’ goal this week is to write us a story which features miniaturization; we want them to make something really small.
This concept is older than one might think. Books like Gulliver’s Travels and tales like Jack and the Beanstalk, while not technically shrinking anything, definitely put the hero into a world where everything was massive, thereby making the hero tiny. Naturally though, when the genre of science fiction came along, things became a bit more straightforward and tales with shrinking devices started popping up. A medical crew was shrunk down to operate on a patient in Fantastic Voyage, radiation made a nice scapegoat for someone shrinking in The Incredible Shrinking Man, and recently Ant-Man has become a mainstream superhero by donning a shrinking suit.
The task is to write a story where something gets made tiny. The genre, reasons for shrinking, and setting of the story are up to our authors.
Who will go big and who will go home?
Let’s find out…
The Shrinking Scuffle has begun!
And remember, if you like one of this week’s stories, vote it up in the new all-time best of list (new stories appear at the bottom).
We have two judges that will render their decision next Monday. The third vote comes from you, the readers. We ask that you read both stories objectively, and then leave a comment below or on the story itself. Authors are not allowed to comment on their own stories, but we’re sure they’ll be checking in here. We’ll tally up the totals and announce our champion on Monday.