So, there's an opportunity to write for a Science-based Fiction anthology. There's a lot of information at the link at the bottom of this page, but I've extracted and rearranged enough of the information to whet your appetite (or realise that it's not for you):
This book is designed to showcase and help develop Australian science-based fiction which is both scientifically rigorous and entertaining.
The stories should be scientifically informed as well as accessible to a wide readership.
The science should be an integrated part of a compelling story. People should enjoy the story; not tolerate the story because of an interest in the story’s basis in science.
The stories should be suitable for adults and teenagers.
The Australian Literature Review is collecting stories of this sort from 4,000 to 10,000 words. Stories will be grouped in three major sections, relating to The Pursuit of Knowledge, Discovery, and Implications.
3-4 stories are being sought for each of the above headings. Each author will receive royalties of 4.5-6% of net revenue (gross revenue minus direct costs of production and distribution) from sales of the anthology, depending on the final number of authors.
There will be an article relating to general tips and guidance for story submissions in the first week of November, based on works-in-progress submitted by October 31st, but this is merely a guide - you can continue to submit until midnight of December 31st. It would seem the article will be more to guide new story submissions.
There is also a workshop opportunity for shortlisted authors, which I've always found personally very valuable:
Each shortlisted authors will receive feedback on their story and be invited to take part in a private Facebook group for the month of January to discuss, workshop and refine their story. Editor Steve Rossiter and perhaps some guest novelists, editors and/or experts in relevant scientific fields will also contribute to the discussions.
So get writing, folks. Hard Science-Fiction seems to be the call, but there is definitely a focus on contemporary or near-future work. Check out their suggestions:
The stories can be historical fiction based around a recorded discovery, contemporary or near-future fiction based around a hypothetical new discovery, the personal story of the impact of a person gaining and applying scientific knowledge in their own life (such as a contemporary Australian child becoming aquainted with some of the wonders of the universe; a Spanish adult from 500 years ago learning about construction, mechanics, chemistry or how to navigate an ocean journey by the stars; a pacific islander learning about buoyancy, mechanics, woodcraft, light refraction through water, etc and applying that in their boating, fishing and recreation; a Sumerian several thousand years ago using mathematics for land management or map-making, etc), a story in which the narrator uses a scientifically informed (and entertaining) style of narration, etc.
Their home page, including submission information, is at: http://auslit.net/2011/06/10/science-based-australian-fiction-anthology-call-for-submissions/