ANTIMATTER is a new digital magazine for story experiments and flash fiction inspired by the latest science news and discoveries.
“Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of the imagination.” — John Dewey
HOW IT WORKS
Antimatter Magazine publishes scientific flash fiction and story experiments linked to current science headlines and discoveries.
Antimatter stories are sparked by every type of science — exploring the cosmic to subatomic, living cells to the frontiers of AI.
It’s science fiction of the moment, on a platform that welcomes deep imagining and narrative experimentation.
WE LIVE IN THE FUTURE
A recent Guardian Lab Notes summary was titled “Teleportation, encoding film into DNA and Jupiter’s great red spot.”
All of these headlines came from a single week of news stories. They read like plots of science fiction stories, but they all really happened.
Through all these advancements and discoveries, story remains our most powerful tool for comprehending change and understanding our universe. And story, in turn, fuels our drive to keep exploring.
THE POWER OF SCIENCE FICTION
Science fiction (and speculative fiction in general) is rightly regarded as a powerful tool for imagining our future.
For example, in Smithsonian Magazine, Eileen Gunn writes “The task of science fiction is not to predict the future. Rather, it contemplates possible futures.”
But fiction on Antimatter isn’t simply predictive. It interprets and imagines the implications of science through a condensed narrative lens.
“Science fiction encourages us to explore… all the futures, good and bad, that the human mind can envision.” — Marion Zimmer Bradley
FLASH FICTION CAPTURES OUR MOMENT
Also known as sudden fiction, micro fiction, short-short stories, and quick fiction, flash fiction has several definitions.
For our purposes, we’re defining it as a story with a plot written with fewer than 500 words. They can be read aloud in less than five minutes.
As a reader, flash fiction is compelling and fun to read. It’s also perfect for this era of short attention spans and screen-based reading.
As a writer, crafting flash fiction is challenging and highly satisfying.
Here are three links to get you started writing flash fiction:
- The Remarkable Reinvention of Very Short Fiction via ThoughtCo
- Flash fiction via Wikipedia
- Flash Fiction — How Stuart Dybek, a master of the short story, captures elusive memories and moments
WRITING FOR ANTIMATTER MAGAZINE
To write a piece of scientific flash fiction for ANTIMATTER, first find a recent scientific news article or discovery that sparks your imagination.
Then, weave a very short story around the ideas or themes from that article.
Potential story ideas based on recent science headlines:
From the Scientific American article “Wandering in the Void, Billions of Rogue Planets without a Home,” a story about a civilization eking out an existence on a dark planet, far from any sun, under a dome constructed by forgotten beings far in the ancient past.
From the LiveScience article “Scientists Use CRISPR to Edit Human Embryos,” a story about a scientist pushing ahead with research at the edge of ethics to save her own future baby.
From the MIT Technology Review article “AI Shouldn’t Believe Everything It Hears,” a story about a prosecutor who has to save her client by proving an algorithm was spoofed and its evidence can’t be admitted to court.
You can find a selection of science headlines updated daily at AntimatterMag.com/Science-News
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If what we are doing is not seen by some people as science fiction, it’s probably not transformative enough. — Sergey Brin