In Britain, on July 27, 1982, Neil Harbisson was born with greyscale vision. Since 2004 he has had an antenna implanted in his skull that lets him HEAR colors and SEE sounds! He is best known for being the first person in the world with this type of augmentation and has been officially recognized as a cyborg by his government. His antenna uses audible vibrations in his skull to report information to him. This includes measurements of electromagnetic radiation, phone calls, music, as well as video or images which are translated into sound. His wifi enabled antenna also allows him to receive signals and data from satellites. We thought this was friggin’ awesome! Way to overcome what life has dealt you.

In honor of this amazing man and our current Kickstarter campaign for Defending the Future: Man and Machine, which ends in two days, your challenge, should you chose to accept it, is to write to us of cybernetic enhancement in 727 words or less.

If interested you can learn more about Neil Harbisson here.

Entries should be mailed to especbooks@aol.com as a .doc, .docx, or .rtf attachment. Please include your name, story title, and contact information on your manuscript itself. If we cannot identify your entry from the file you will be disqualified. Multiple submissions are permissible, but reprints are not. Winning entry will be published on the eSpec Books blog and the winner will receive a free ebook copy of the eSpec Books title of their choice. Prize can be reserved for a future book if the winner already has the available titles.

Visit http://www.especbooks.com for a list of titles.


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