In our last newsletter we invited you to answer the question: What would it be like to live in Free Private Cities of the future? What stories and dramas can you imagine, and what dilemmas would be faced by the people who inhabit them?
We are pleased to pass on that we received an excellent batch of submissions. Some were intriguing, some unusual… and some even shocked us!
Given that we received so many stories in different languages, the review took a bit longer than expected – so we thank you for your patience.
Your submissions took us on a literary journey. We explored life in middle of the ocean on the first free private floating cities and seasteads. We were transported to outer space and – amidst its frigidity – encountered the warmth of family, and the excitement of a search for a freer and more human home. We visualized the hard life of a security guard in a Free Private City and – through his struggle – understood that the cost of freedom is eternal vigilance.
We were presented with many great, life-changing stories. There were three that stood out from the submissions, and we are pleased to announce their authors as the winners of our first-ever Free Private Cities story contest.
Story Contest Winners
First prize goes to Sebastian Grell for his romantic story that expresses the wonderful diversity of Free Private Cities: La Façon de Vivre.
Second prize goes to Volodymir Halyshin for his tale of a modern refugee that experiences a true homecoming: Alea iacta est.
Third prize goes to Robert Aro for his futuristic story that shows the immense potential of positive science fiction: Express to City Center ONE.
Congratulations Sebastian, Volodymir and Robert!
Once translation and final editing is complete, these stories will be published on our website. If you enjoy fiction that gives hope, please help us share these stories widely. We are also considering publishing the best longer stories as e-books or maybe even creating an anthology.
If you are interested in sponsoring another contest like this one – perhaps helping us to incorporate artwork and graphics – please let us know by replying to this e-mail. We would love to run contests like this regularly, maybe even awarding prize money (in Bitcoin!) to the winners!
We’d also like to draw your attention to a similar contest run by our friends over at 1729 on the subject of Afrofuturism. You can check it out via this link.
As always, we’re counting on your support to help spread the idea as much as possible. Please share our website, book and content with friends, think-tanks, (social) media channels, politicians and others that might be interested. If you’d like to represent Free Private Cities, consider applying to become a local ambassador for your region.
Thank you for your continued interest and support. For any questions, proposals, criticism, etc. you are welcome to write at [email protected].
Zurich, Switzerland, May 2021.
Rahim Taghizadegan, Titus Gebel & Marc-Felix Otto