The delta of records | Buckhannon native wins major sci-fi award
BUCKHANNON – A Buckhannon native recently won third place in the Mike Resnick Memorial Short Story International Competition. This national competition is designed to identify and showcase the best emerging talent in science fiction.
Christopher Henckel, now a resident of Wellington, New Zealand, composed his short story Echoes of Gliese for the national competition. Henckel has been writing for 12 years and has since published three amateur stories and received nine other awards. Her most recent award in the Mike Resnick Memorial Short Story competition is her 10th prize and her first professional publication.
The Mike Resnick Memorial Award is an annual recognition sponsored by Galaxy’s Edge (published by Arc Manor) and DragonCon. The three winners of this year’s contest were announced at DragonCon in Atlanta, Georgia on Sunday, September 12. Resnick, who died in 2020, was a prolific author who wrote more than 200 novels, according to Henckel. He was known to cultivate new talent, hence the inspiration for the Mike Resnick Memorial Short Story Competition.
Among his previous awards, Henckel highlighted his most outstanding accomplishments in addition to his most recent award, including his publication in Escape Anthology (2019) and Sci-Fi Lampoon magazine (2020), as well as a finalist for the international Writers of the Future competition. Contest (2020), semi-finalist of the Writers of the Future competition (2021) and nominated for the Dream Foundry award (2020).
According to Henckel, his winning story Echoes of Gliese, tells of a man who fights to save a living vessel seriously ill from euthanasia. According to Henckel, the story was inspired by the eruption of White Island. In this story, a planet (Gliese 832c) erupted. Gideon, captain of the living biological spaceship, strongly opposes euthanasia, so the story is about his quest to save a critically ill Starship baby from euthanasia and the lessons he learns hidden in the echoes of the Gliese disaster.
This sci-fi news will be published by Galaxy’s Edge Magazine in March 2022 and will also be on Amazon.com. Henckel has expressed his intention to continue writing, but focusing more on novels in the future. “I have always focused on novels,” he said.
Buckhannon lived in Henckel for 27 years before moving to New Zealand in 2004. He is currently Senior Procurement Specialist at the Department of Education.