Art from Lisbon Metro station

Hundertwasser tile art at Oriente Station, Lisbon Metro.

I’m thrilled to have been selected as a winner in the Flash Fiction contest organised by New_Public. My story is about an idealistic group of programmers in Vienna who are developing a new social networking app … and are now being pursued by … who?

It’s part one of the story, if there’s enough interest I’ll write and publish more episodes in this blog.

The idea of using stories to describe alternative futures isn’t new. Last year I worked on a proposal for using a story-writing process to explore possible futures in the City of Vienna’s Digital Humanities Call for Proposals, but I couldn’t find any interested partners. So, I thought I’d write my own story, Vienna Woods was the result.

I hope you enjoy it.

New_Public is a project from the University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Media Engagement and the National Conference on Citizenship. According to the website “New_ Public is a place for thinkers, builders, designers and technologists like you to meet and share inspiration.”