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

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

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by L. Ron Hubbard
     
 

AN EXPLOSION OF NEW TALENT AND VARIETY IN TWELVE ORIGINAL TALES

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. See more details below

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AN EXPLOSION OF NEW TALENT AND VARIETY IN TWELVE ORIGINAL TALES

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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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
Pages:
493
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range:
10 Years

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