The 13th Speculative Fiction Submissions

Sponsored by the:

Technology Section
Actuary of the Future Section
Predictive Analytics and Futurism Section

A big thank you!

This year’s contest was a pleasure in which to participate. In reality, judges and readers are the actual winners as we are granted a peek at the future of actuarial science! We are given the treat of hearing a plethora of futuristic ideas and actuarial dreams which cross the entire range of science fiction and dazzle us with creativity at the same time. Thank you for sharing your visions/nightmares with us!

And now for the prize winners!

Most impressive speculative overall story ($400): Zombie Raptors by Nate Worrell, FSA, MAAA
Second most impressive speculative overall story ($300): No Offense by Chris Fievoli, FCIA
Third most impressive speculative overall story ($200): Head in the Cloud by Camille Knepper
Most creative and unique use of technology (Technology Section) ($150): Nowhere to Hide by Doug Blum, FSA, MAAA
Most novel prediction forming the basis for the narrative (Predictive Analytics and Futurism Section) ($150): We All Have a Green Heart by Anna Bearrood
Most innovative actuarial career of the future (Actuary of the Future Section) ($150): The Temple of Screens by Nate Worrell, FSA, MAAA
Reader’s Favorite Story ($150): 0000001: The First Actuary by Tyler Heasley, ASA, MAAA


I would like to thank the following for all their time, work and extensive support of this contest:

  • Dr. Bob Mielke, Professor of English at Truman State University – our judge
  • Jane Lesch and all other SOA employees, who helped with this contest
  • Tracy Kirkman who has provided valuable assistance, new ideas and comments on the stories
  •  And especially, the Technology Section, Actuary of the Future Section and Predictive Analytics and Futurism Section and their members for their sponsorship and support of this contest

Congratulations to all who participated. I’m proud of the exciting creativity shown by actuaries! 

Remember Ray Bradbury, “You fail only if you stop writing.”

See you next time around,

Gary Lange, FSA, MAAA and Tracy Kirkman, ASA, MAAA

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