Any kind of story is permissible so long as it is your own original unpublished work, and contains futuristic technology as if it were devised in past times. So to clarify, the technology in question need not necessarily be typical Victorian steam-powered machines, but could be elaborate medieval water-, wind-, or pendulum-powered; ancient steam-, animal-, or human-powered (à la Roman galley?); or indeed prehistoric inventions that mimic futuristic or contemporary technology (mammoth dung-powered?). Heck, you could even come up with a fanciful power source that some crazy inventor stumbled upon that even we don't know about. The important thing is that cool shit goes down in historical (or fantasy) times due to wicked creative inventions.
Deadline for the contest is Saturday November 19, 2016, with voting to start the following day.
Voting will be based on the following categories:
Best Character: the most believable/captivating/magnetic/unique character
Best Setting: the most vividly evoked background world, or most gripping atmosphere
Best Plot: the best organized, coherent and well-executed story with appropriate pacing, climax, etc.
Best Word Choice: the technical art of combining words in a memorable way
Best Technical Innovation: Which invention/technology is most impressive from a creative perspective?
Most Substantive: Which story best reveals a lesson about the relationship between humanity and technology?
Good luck to all contestants. Let the writing commence!