Contest: ENTER July/Aug: Trouble with Critters

Discussion in 'Fan Fiction' started by Robert Bruce Scott, Jul 4, 2022.

  1. Robert Bruce Scott

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    The challenge:

    The discovery of a new, non-anthropoid critter (or population of critters) causes sudden mayhem that Star Fleet must deal with.

    Time period: Any
    Location: Any
    Characters: Any (at least one must be Star Fleet - either franchise or original)
    Humor/Horror/Drama/Romance/Tragedy - in any combination.

    Critter Design: Non-humanoid (or any other sort of monkey). Could be animal/plant/fungus/other. Make it big enough to see - at least the size of a murder hornet or a small tree-frog. No upper size limit. Either unintelligent or so alien that we cannot communicate either by language or any form of telepathy. The more original and creative, the better.

    No word limit, but I suggest a short story rather than a novella. Deadline to submit your entry is August 27. Voting will end August 31.
     
  2. TheLoneRedshirt

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    Interesting challenge . . . I like the non-humanoid aspect. I need to ponder this.
     
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  3. Hawku

    Hawku Transwarp Specialist Premium Member

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    Nice one! Will have to come up with something.
     
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  5. Sgt_G

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    Now, if you hadn't made it non-primates, I would have directed you to my story "So Clever".
     
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  6. Robert Bruce Scott

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    No humanoids, apeoids or other monkeyoids.
    Lemurs, marmosets and tarsiers (or alien thingies of such form) are fair game...
    Thanks!! rbs
     
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  7. Sgt_G

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    Actually, Marmosets are primates. They are amongst the smallest creatures in the Order / Suborder / Infraorder that includes us Humans.

    Yes, I had to look that up: Kingdom --> Phylum --> Class --> Order --> Suborder --> Infraorder --> Family --> Subfamily --> Tribe --> Genus.
     
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  8. Robert Bruce Scott

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    Nice catch! I had to look it up too - Marmosets are simiformes (specifically New World monkeys) and thereby disqualified (as are tamarins). i did not know they were among us monkeys. For some reason I was thinking they were wet-nosed primates.

    I'm excluding only simiformes (or, rather, their alien analogues.) All other primate(oids) are fair game.

    Thanks!! rbs
     
  9. Sgt_G

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    Well, that's okay. "So Clever" runs 38K words ... a bit long for a writing contest.

    Still, I do invite y'all to read it. [shameless self-plug]
     
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  10. Robert Bruce Scott

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    Feel free to add the link - please mark as "not an entry" so that it doesn't get swept up into the voting thingy. (I have no idea how that works yet.)
     
  11. Sgt_G

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    Links to "So Clever" and "Timelines" are in my signature.

    I have an idea for a story, if I can find time to type it out.
     
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  12. Count Zero

    Count Zero No nation but procrastination Moderator

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    If you want, I can set up the voting thread.
     
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  13. Robert Bruce Scott

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    A bit early? Or was I supposed to set the end date for end of July?

    Thanks!! rbs
     
  14. Count Zero

    Count Zero No nation but procrastination Moderator

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    No, I meant when the deadline is up. :lol:
     
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  15. Sgt_G

    Sgt_G Commodore Commodore

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    Suggestion for the next writing challenge: Uhura doing anything other than saying "Hailing frequencies open", like something that puts her in a command / leadership / teaching role, or perhaps just something "interesting" happens while she's off-duty and she gets to put her talents to good use.
     
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  16. Robert Bruce Scott

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    Time to put out the ask again - Surely we can get some critter entries...

    The challenge:

    The discovery of a new, non-anthropoid critter (or population of critters) causes sudden mayhem that Star Fleet must deal with.

    Time period: Any
    Location: Any
    Characters: Any (at least one must be Star Fleet - either franchise or original)
    Humor/Horror/Drama/Romance/Tragedy - in any combination.

    Critter Design: Non-humanoid (or any other sort of monkey). Could be animal/plant/fungus/other. Make it big enough to see - at least the size of a murder hornet or a small tree-frog. No upper size limit. Either unintelligent or so alien that we cannot communicate either by language or any form of telepathy. The more original and creative, the better.

    No word limit, but I suggest a short story rather than a novella. Deadline to submit your entry is August 27. Voting will end August 31.
     
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  18. Hawku

    Hawku Transwarp Specialist Premium Member

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    Here's mine! Not sure how I qualify. Creatures are derivative. But was fun to write. Lesson is, don't leave your mad doctors unattended.

    Trouble with Critters: Marauding Moosaval (First story on Page 2)
     
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  19. Count Zero

    Count Zero No nation but procrastination Moderator

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    We have 3 entries and the deadline has passed. Should I set up the voting thread or would you like to do that yourself @Robert Bruce Scott ?
     
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  20. Robert Bruce Scott

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    It would make me very happy if you were to do the honors - Thanks!! rbs
     
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