Fabio Aloisio’s short story Mercy is the winner of the Premo Urania Short.
His was one of three stories released by Italian publisher Urania last November, in the appendix of the Premia Urania winning novel by Francesca Cavallero. The other two stories were Elia Gonella’s Sei mesi in una notte and Axa Lydia Vallotto’s Reboot. The winner was decided by a vote of the readers.
Aloisio, from Trieste, engineer, was also a finalist in the Premio Robot.
Mondadori’s new Premio Urania Short will recognize Italian short sff fiction, as the Premio Urania for novels has been doing for three decades.
The judges received 190 entries, and say the quality of the submissions led them to increase the number of finalists from five to fifteen.
The inaugural finalists are:
- La prima volta by Fabio Aloisio
- Metallo by Roberto Bommarito e Alessandro Napolitano
- Ascensione negata by Lorenzo Davia
- Magister by Francesco De Filpo
- Saltare avanti by Linda De Santi
- Il margine by Eros Fratini
- Il gemello by Dario Giardi
- L’occhio del futuro by Elia Gonella
- Oxygen by Lorenzo Iacobellis
- Umani, troppo umani by Enrico Lotti
- Vedere insieme le stelle by Damiano Lotto
- Disconnessione by Emiliano Maramonte
- Madri by Diego Matteucci
- Rumore vuoto by Andrea Montalbò
- Un giorno perfetto by Simonetta Olivo
The judges also gave honorable mention to these stories: Fino all’ultimo ricordo by Luigi Boccia, Viaggi su Marte by Sauro Ciantini, I piloti non sanguinano by Alessandra Cristallini and Andrea Pomes, Per una corretta interpretazione dei dati by Giorgio Burello, L’errore by Marco Eletti, Non la Terra by Fabio Maria Emery, L’amico immaginario by Cristiano Fighera, Entropia inversa by Valentino Poppi, La donna invisibile by Fabio Vaghi, Caligine by Emanuela Valentini, and Stringa numero 18 by Antonio Varchetta.
The judges are Urania’s curator Giuseppe Lippi and editor Franco Forte. The winner will be announced at Stranimondi 2017 in Milan on October 14-15, and be published (without payment) in the magazine’s December 2017 issue.