Free – short science stories

By Grant Jacobs 26/10/2012

The shortlisted entries for this year’s Manhire Prize* are now available on the Royal Society website as PDF files, free for you to read.

One sciblogger features in the fiction section – Gareth Renowden, author of Hot Topic and, more recently in fiction, The Aviator (The Burning World 1). Well done, Gareth!

The stories for the shortlisted entries are listed on the right-hand side of the page – you may need to scroll to the right to see them. There are both fiction and non-fiction stories.

An anthology of past winners from the past five years of the competition is also available as a free eBook in either PDF, .mobo or epub formats. (Cover shown to left.)

Postscript: I’d like to also give a shout-out for Deborah Blum’s new book, Angel Killer, available on-line for $US2. Deborah has written about writing her book about Albert Fish—“the tale of this serial killer of the 1920s and ’30s, this gifted child kidnapper, this notorious American cannibal”**—at Wired.


* I didn’t enter. I did research a topic for a non-fiction piece and develop a story structure for an entry then learnt entries were paper-only, which I had thought meant it would not be possible to write and submit an entry from outside Wellington in time.

** Reading that, I’m not sure I even want to pick it up! Just kidding, of course: her books are excellent, I’ve previously reviewed Poisoner’s Handbook.

Other articles on Code for life:

Temperature-induced hearing loss A few rare individuals have temperature-sensitive hearing, losing it when they have a high body temperature.

The inheritance of face recognition (should you blame your parents if you can’t recognise faces?) Prosopagnosia is surprisingly common and has fascinated me for years.

Book sales, frumpy readers, and mental rotation of book titles While attending the famous-in-Dunedin 24-hour book sale I wondered if there was a ‘right’ orientation to scan rows of books.

I remember because my DNA was methylated Epigenetics meets neural systems, meets memories. I get a little lyrical in the beginning, which I confess I enjoyed.

Doggie ERVs Man shares ERVs with his (her) best friend.

Finding platypus venom Instead of extracting the venom, researchers created them by comparing the platypus genome with known venomous proteins and expressing their genes.