L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Volume 22

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The best sf/fantasy of the year selected by top authors including: Kevin J. Anderson, Algis Budrys, Orson Scott Card, Brian Herbert, Anne McCaffrey, Larry Niven, Frederik Pohl, Jerry Pournelle, Tim Powers, Robert J. Sawyer and Robert Silverberg.

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The best sf/fantasy of the year selected by top authors including: Kevin J. Anderson, Algis Budrys, Orson Scott Card, Brian Herbert, Anne McCaffrey, Larry Niven, Frederik Pohl, Jerry Pournelle, Tim Powers, Robert J. Sawyer and Robert Silverberg.

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In 1983, L. Ron Hubbard began the annual Writers of the Future contest as a singularly unique means for gifted new science fiction/fantasy writers and illustrators to have their work acknowledged on a worldwide stage. Since then, over the past 22 years, the contest has become "the standard by which any aspiring writer and illustrator in science fiction and fantasy… measure their work," according to editor Algis Budrys.

Notable selections in Volume XXII include Diana Rowland's "Schroedinger's Hummingbird," which takes on quantum mechanics in a story à la Ray Bradbury's time-travel classic, "A Sound of Thunder." Carol and Mark have lost their young son in a tragic accident and Carol, who has the ability to move back and forth through time, is futilely trying to recreate their idyllic past -- again and again and again. "The Sword from the Sea" by Blake Hutchins is a darkly poetic fantasy (reminiscent of Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea sequence) that revolves around an orphan girl named Gull. She possesses magical abilities that some in her oceanfront village consider heretical, and her life changes dramatically when a strange warrior washes ashore. Brandon Sigrist's "Life on the Voodoo Driving Range," about a homeless man's struggle to survive, is equal parts contemporary fantasy and cautionary tale.

One of the joys of reading anthologies is discovering exciting up-and-coming authors -- with breathtaking new visions, innovative writing styles, etc. -- and in the 22nd annual edition of Writers of the Future, that literary bliss couldn't be more satisfying. If the dozen winning stories featured within are any indication, the future of the genre is in more than capable hands… Paul Goat Allen
Publishers Weekly
The best speculative fiction reaches beyond the bells and whistles of the genre to explore the deeper complexities of the human condition. The original stories selected in this year's "Writers of the Future" contest include strong attempts to do just that, as well as some promising work that doesn't quite measure up. Standouts include Judith Tabron's Bradburyesque "Broken Stones," the story of a woman facing a crisis of faith when her fellow Muslims, colonists who left Earth centuries ago to escape social and religious persecution, aim that same prejudice toward the indigenous life of their adopted planet; Diana Roland's "Schroedinger's Hummingbird," the heartbreaking tale of a young woman who dooms herself to relive her past again and again in an attempt to save her only child; and Lee Beavington's "Evolution's End," an old-school science fiction romp about a group of explorers who discover a simple cellular organism whose evolution has made it the greatest and deadliest of survivors. Also included are four short essays offering advice to young writers and artists. Except for Orson Scott Card's illuminating "Are We at the End of Science Fiction?" these essays are rudimentary at best, condescending at worst. Illustrations are adequate, with special mention going to Daniel Harris and his artwork for Roland's story, and Eldar Zakirov for his work for Joseph Jordan's excellent story of faith lost and found, "At the Gate of God." (Nov.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
VOYA - Kathy Starks
L. Ron Hubbard is probably best known for his bestselling novels and for being the founder of Scientology. Perhaps less publicized is his role in encouraging emerging writers by initiating various writing contests, including the Writers of the Future Contest(r). This volume contains the twelve winning entries from the 2005 contest, as well as illustrations by the winners in the Illustrators of the Future(r) program and essays on writing and art by such authors as Hubbard himself and Orson Scott Card. The stories vary widely in subject matter, but all exhibit consummate skill in crafting an imaginative and thought-provoking tale. A few of the stories merit particular applause. The opening story, The Sword from the Sea by Blake Hutchins, is reminiscent of Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea cycle with its nautical focus, mystical elements, and character-driven plot. Schroedinger's Hummingbird by Diana Rowland takes the familiar notion of traveling backward through time to change history to a new and eerie place. David John Baker's contribution, On the Mount, provides a provocative look at the relationship between creator and creation. Many stories challenge the reader to ponder complex scientific concepts such as cosmology, nuclear fusion, cellular biology, and xenolinguistics, especially in At the Gate of God by Joseph Jordan and Tongues by Ozzie Rodriguez. Without oversimplifying the material, each author manages to make the complicated subject matter understandable and relevant to the theme of the story. Card, in his essay, Are We at the End of Science Fiction?, speculates on reasons why "hard" science fiction has not maintained the level of success it had in the 1960s and 1970s, especiallyin comparison to fantasy literature. The stories contained in this volume demonstrate that the genre still attracts skilled, thoughtful writers who promise hope for the future of such speculative fiction.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592123452
  • Publisher: Galaxy Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Series: Writers of the Future Series, #22
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 493
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 1.40 (d)

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  • Posted May 25, 2009

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    A Must-Read!

    Briefly, I did enjoy this book as well as the writer's articles on how to succeed in the business. I'm not a writer, but do know a good work of fiction when I read it. I do know that a lot of the writers of the earlier volumes went on to bigger and better things. Maybe I'll jot up a manuscript and turn it in anyway, who knows?

    Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2006

    Orson Scott Card has a great article

    I read the stories and they were great. But the article by Orson Scott Card was a really good piece - I already love his Enders Game - but to hear him claim that Writers of the Future is what keeps science fiction alive really impressed me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2006


    I absolutely loved these stories. I am not a big reader, but these stories were perfect, because they are short and gripping. You can read a story a night before going to sleep. Plus these stories were picked by some of the current top authors, like Anne McCaffrey, Orson Scott Card, Larry Niven, Brian Herbert and others, so they are bond to be good. The authors in Writers of the Future are our up coming big authors - so I HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommend this book. As a writer, one has to read these volumes. I am not a writer, but I read the articles in the book and they're GREAT advice.

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