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A romantic short story for the I/O M/F/? Award by Maya Spore.   I still couldn’t believe it. After all those years of posting my work to various publishers, magazines, and book review sites, I finally got my first job offer to be a writer. Agreed, it was also the very last one on my long list, but a job is a job. I was sitting behind my freshly polished desk, my laptop booted up, and was excited to get started. Then it struck me. What the hell does a girl know about computer games? Game Monster is a growing new website in a growing industry. We are therefore looking for new, enthusiastic game reviewers to reinforce our staff. Do you have a talent for writing? Send us your resume, …

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A short story by Clarissa N G for the I/O M/F/? Award   She came in when I was about to close the game centre. Clothes dripping wet from the rain, she was a mess. ‘I want to use station number seven,’ she said, pointing to the unit. For a moment, I was speechless. I knew she was bad news. Bad, bad kind of bad news. And to be honest, I wanted to send her away. But if I did that, I knew she would break into tears. And a real man doesn’t make a girl cry, does he? ‘We’re already closed. But if you like, you can still play for a while,’ I said. She took out a few dollar notes from her jacket. ‘Don’t worry about it,’ I …

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A short story fable by Charlie Novak for the I/O M/F/? Award   ATTN: Mr. A. Watson DIVISION: Scripting and Story Concept RE: Sun, Moon, and Talia FROM: Leila Simmons — To Mr. A. Watson, You recently instructed my team and I to begin work on a script based on the Sun, Moon, and Talia story concept that you provided us with. It was explained to us that the driving force behind the decision to choose this particular fairy-tale, is your desire for us to produce a darker, grittier, and “more disturbing” story than what we usually use for our interactive storytelling. So far, Interactive Fairytales™ has by and large “played it straight” in regards to the tales we usually adapt. As I understand it, you have expressed an interest …

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A Science Fiction Short Story by Joey To for the I/O M/F/? Award A Preliminary Study On Inter-Xeno Marketing People require amusement and this fact is never lost on two major types: (1) those who demand toys and/or entertaining games and; (2) those who profit from the manufacturing and distribution of said toys and games. The popularity of Live-Action Role-Playing (LARP) games have been increasing across the galaxy, always involving participants from different worlds. Terrans [T], Orcs [O], Dwarves [D] and Elves [E] are the four main races interested with 99.6% of all recorded LARP games hosting all four races. However, despite the relative increase, participants are still low. Efforts have been made by various organizations to form leagues to attract new players whilst others have attempted to manufacture and …

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