HQC Writing Contest Winners!
We’re proud to announce the winners of our fiction writing contest! These stories focus on unique takes on space, space exploration, and space technology in the HQC Victorian setting.
Our congratulations to the winners!
Space Man’s Anchor
By Neal Holtschulte
The Royal Space Navy destroyer Trafalgar is in a race to reach Lagrange five and hold the point against all foes. The Russians, seeking to extend their advantage over the Queen’s space navy, have their own ships enroute. Second Lieutenant Leander Fitzpeter must see the mission through to completion, prevent outright war, and uncover the traitor among the Trafalgar’s crew, all while facing his own personal demons.
Neal’s blog can be found at https://hastewriting.wordpress.com/
He was recently published in volume 76, issue 2 of Amazing Stories: https://www.amazon.com/Amazing-Stories-Winter-2018-Issue-ebook/dp/B07L9HSWPG
Hearts & Bones
By K.M. Chavez
Miss Ella Shaw, one of the few women in London to receive a surgical license from the Royal College of Physicians, has now been stationed in an Earth-run hospital on Venus. She is part of a programme to bridge the gap between the medicine of Earth and of Venus. However, as she enters her first major surgery, she wonders if the horrors of gruesome Victorian-era medicine will haunt her no matter where the stars take her.
By Brady Alexander
A misanthropic big game hunter goes to Venus on vacation.
A very different man returns to Earth.
Brady’s has published in a number of venues:
- Stony Brook University Short Fiction Contest: https://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/southampton/mfa/special_programs/fiction.php
- Miracle Monocle Literary Journal: https://louisville.edu/miraclemonocle/issue-11/brady-alexander
- University of Louisville’s White Squirrel literary magazine
The Thundering of Guns
By Chris Holden
Set in around 1880, Royal Navy Lieutenant Farrow is dispatched to the HMSS Thor, an experimental gun armed space cruiser as gunnery officer to prove an experimental concept that would enable space-going ships to effectively use conventional breech-loading guns in space combat.
The early tests seem to indicate that the concept works and that could put Britain well ahead in terms of space military technology. Until disaster strikes…
Chis has written stories for magazines and several technical articles. This is is first foray into VSF/steampunk. The story is inspired by the gun control room on the gun direction room at Languard Fort, Suffolk,