Six-Word Sci-Fi: Stories Written By You

THIS MONTH’S PROMPT

In six words, write a story about an international digital heist.

Submit stories on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, or email us at mail@wired.com. We’ll choose one to illustrate.

Disclaimer: All #WiredSixWord submissions become the property of WIRED. Submissions will not be acknowledged or returned. Submissions and any other materials, including your name or social media handle, may be published, illustrated, edited, or otherwise used in any medium. Submissions must be original and not violate the rights of any other person or entity.

MAY 2021

A Story About a Freaky Discovery in Physics

ILLUSTRATION: VIOLET REED

GRAVITY WAS A CONSENSUAL, SHARED ILLUSION.

–Mark Crane, via Facebook

Honorable Mentions:

Schrodinger’s cat is actually a dog. –@tynanwrites, via Twitter

You’re the observed. Not the observer. –@parkerstmailbox, via Instagram

Our last seconds appear the longest. –Paul Hagenaars, via email

It was simultaneously huge and microscopic. –@Cezary_Z, via Twitter

All lost socks found at Cern. –Felix Quarnstrom, via Facebook

Astonishingly, up was down all along! –Christopher Walton, via email

Actually, the tides pull the moon. –@the4lw, via Instagram

A seventh Infinity Stone is found. –@taayywells, via Instagram

Faster than light announcement scheduled yesterday. –David Cinabro, via email

APRIL 2021

A Review of a Future Work of Art

ILLUSTRATION: VIOLET REED

IT TICKLED ALL OF MY SENSES.

–Jacky Reif, via Facebook

Honorable Mentions:

So that’s an AI self portrait? –Jason Cohen, via Facebook

I prefer Boston Dynamics’ earlier work. –@sscarsdale, via Twitter

Uninspired. Lacking originality. Try again, Earth. –Amanda Bull Chafin, via email

NFT or not, it is great. –Peter Boersma, via Facebook

Not as good as Banksy’s virus. –Simon O Wright, via Facebook

Brave to show an unfiltered canvas. –@Alcestronaut, via Twitter

Not what teleportation was invented for. –@Arturo_thrdez, via Twitter

Shame mortals will not appreciate it. –@asylbek0205, via Instagram

Reminds me of the Before Times. –Jacqueline Jaeger Houtman, via Facebook

MARCH 2021

A Story About a Tech-Centric Religion

ILLUSTRATION: VIOLET REED

IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE “WWW” …

–Eduardo Bolivar, via Facebook

Honorable Mentions:

I swiped right and found salvation. –Conrad Dean, via Facebook

Praying to AI got better results. –@jgmclean0, via Twitter

The prophet revealed the source code. –@the4lw, via Instagram

Atop the hill, sayeth he, “reception”? –@dghutt, via Twitter

The app works in mysterious ways. –Tyler Hughs, via Facebook

Move fast. Break things. Repent. Repeat. –@iampinch, via Twitter

Always back up to be saved. –Tadeusz Walter Misztela, via Facebook

Chip implanted, the new priest rose. –@wlmoseley, via Twitter

“Worship the Apple.” –iBook of Jobs –ThoreauRug, via email

FEBRUARY 2021

A Story About a WFH Office Scandal

ILLUSTRATION: VIOLET REED
THEY WERE IN THE SAME ROOM.

–@abhignak, via Instagram

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