Update: The contest is closed and the winners are here.
For most of my life the videophone was telecom’s holy grail, & now? Just another of the Net’s many afterthoughts, & a B‑teamer at that..
Julian Dibbell, on Twitter
Julian is right and videophones aren’t the only example of this kind of thing. I’ve thought of two already (chess-playing computers and space stations) but I’m sure there are more. So I’m running a contest to find them. You can read the post introducing the idea here and the details are below.
Send me your nomination for holy grails that didn’t quite get there. I and two judges will pick the best one and I’ll buy the winner one “Not all dreams can come true” shirt by the very handsome Ryan North, shipped straight from Topatoco to your door in the far flung future of 2010.
Length: In keeping with the Spirit of the Times, this is a microfiction contest. Except that it’s nonfiction. So it’s a micrononfiction contest. Entries must be 100 words or less.
Entering: Too late! The contest is closed and the winners are here.
Deadline: January 1st, 2010.
Limit: One entry per person.
Diversity Initiative: If you nominate a b‑list grail that no one else thought of, I will send you this shirt by Kate Beaton of Hark! A Vagrant which depicts Victorians anticipating a new invention. In the event of a tie, I’ll choose randomly between the unique entries.
A Hint: Quality of writing matters in nonfiction just as much as in fiction. Craft your entries to perfection.
Have at it.