“Park in front of Hussein’s,” I told the car.
“It doesn’t exist,” it replied.
“I can see it, there.”
“Sorry, destination not found. As you can see on the map, there’s nothing there.”

When I moved to Manaus, I realized that many places weren’t listed on Google Maps, and there’s no sure way to list them. And Google listings are, like anything online, vulnerable to tinkering (and corporate whim), which can fail restaurants, for exampleIf driverless cars become commonplace, maps provided by internet-based, monopoly-like companies can render people and places invisible. // Statement by the Author

With the potential for misuse for Facebook and other social media already well known, how long before Rodrigo’s suggestion becomes reality? At Story Seed Vault, we think it’s far closer than this sci-fi piece might suggest…. // Alex Massey

//Rodrigo Assis Mesquita is a mostly strong-willed SFF writer from Brazil.//

106 | 1st Place

Fly away with your tiny wings, my Charon. No monkey-business for me anymore. Flee, for pain is yellow, and death is human.

This story tied for 1st place in our 48 HOUR FLASH FICTION CONTEST. There’s an outbreak of yellow fever in southeastern Brazil, and people are clubbing infected monkeys to death, mistaking the victims for the vectors—the mosquitoesResearchers are investigating whether the outbreak is linked to Rio Doce (river) pollution caused by the Samarco’s dam collapse in 2015, which destabilized the ecosystem. The dam collapse, an event also known as the Mariana tragedy, is considered the worst environmental disaster in Brazilian history.

//Rodrigo Assis Mesquita @RGMesquita is a mostly strong-willed SFF writer from Brazil.//


Winners | Virology Flash Fiction

Ahhhhh! It’s time to announce the results of our 48 HOUR VIROLOGY FLASH FICTION CONTEST!! I’m thrilled to reveal that once again we got enough submissions for this competition to be worthwhile.
Thank you to all those who submitted and to our amazing judges, Dr. Ben Johnson, Head of Communities & Engagement at Springer Nature and Dr. Bish Marzook, virologist, comedian, and writer. Ben and Bish kindly volunteered their services and as thanks, we are donating their combined $40AUD fee to Virology Comics.


This time around, we have an astonishing result – a tie for first place!

First Place: “Death is Yellow” by Rodrigo Assis Mesquita AND “Arbitrium” by Alex Robinson @pronerdalex

Second Place: “Relapse” by Bijou Lin

Third Place: “The Heist” by Megan Hippler @MeganHippler


Congrats to all our winners and thank you to all those who submitted! The winning stories will be published next Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

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