Writers of the Future Volume 23

Writers of the Future Volume 23

by L. Ron Hubbard
     
 

"The Writers of the Future Contest has not only provided a place where new writers could break into print for the first time—but it also has a record of nurturing and discovering writers who have gone on to make their mark in the science fiction field. Long may it continue!"
Neil Gaiman, Author

"The best anthology published

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"The Writers of the Future Contest has not only provided a place where new writers could break into print for the first time—but it also has a record of nurturing and discovering writers who have gone on to make their mark in the science fiction field. Long may it continue!"
Neil Gaiman, Author

"The best anthology published today.... It's what keeps science fiction alive." 
Orson Scott Card, Author 

"Writers of the Future is a terrific program for new writers, and goodness knows, there are few enough of those. It has my heartiest support and unqualified recommendation."
Terry Brooks, Author 

"Prior to L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future Contest starting, there was no field which enabled the new writer to compete with his peers—other new writers."
Kevin J. Anderson, Author 

"Here's skill and storytelling fervor aplenty—these writers of the future have already arrived!"
Robert Silverberg, Author 

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"The Writers of the Future Contest has not only provided a place where new writers could break into print for the first time—but it also has a record of nurturing and discovering writers who have gone on to make their mark in the science fiction field. Long may it continue!"
Neil Gaiman, Author

 "A very generous legacy from L. Ron Hubbard—a fine, fine fiction writer—for the writers of the future."—, Author - Anne McCaffrey

L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future: Volume XXIII 
Edited by Algis Budrys. Galaxy, $7.99 (554p) ISBN 978-1592123988

Those looking for a new group of classic, hard science fiction writers need look no further than the latest volume of Galaxy's always-reliable original anthology series. A distinguished panel of judges, including Orson Scott Card, Larry Niven and Jack Williamson, selected 13 quality stories by relative newcomers touched with imagination and inventive plotting. The standout is Jeff Carlson's "The Frozen Sky," a pulse-pounding account of an encounter with extraterrestrial life beneath the surface of Jupiter's moon Europa, but several others will linger in the reader's mind. Fresh names worth watching include Tony Pi, who presents a chilling story of the world's end, and Douglas Texter, whose vision of reality television's future features time-traveling lensmen sent to capture historic events. Also included are essays by Hubbard and artist Judith Miller, and illustrations from a number of different artists, a mixed collection marked by occasional brilliance. While readers will relish these short pieces, many of the ideas explored in them would likely work well in a longer format, auguring well for the future of these talented up-and-comers. (Sept.) - Publishers Weekly 

VOYA
For twenty-three years, the Writers of the Future contest and its sister competition, Illustrators of the Future, have been awarding prizes to new science fiction writing and drawing talent. The contest is judged by major science fiction writers and artists, creators who have proven to be gifted and successful. One must wonder, then, why the resulting anthology is so uninspired. Several titles have interesting premises, such as Aliette de Bodard's Obsidian Shards, a religion-steeped mystery set in the ancient Aztec empire, or The Sun God at Dawn, Rising from a Lotus Blossom by Andrea Kail, featuring a correspondence between Abraham Lincoln and Tutankhamen, which is intriguing but tries too hard to make a point at the end. Many pieces, however, are a little too reminiscent of older, better-crafted works of science fiction. The illustrations are likewise a disappointment, although their lackluster appearance might stem from being reprinted in black and white in a mass-market paperback format. They offer little to the stories they illuminate and are not even laid out before the story they accompany, even though the contest rules state that the illustrations are selected based on the judge's "personal opinion on the extent to which it makes the judge want to read the story it illustrates." Rules and submission information for both contests are included, so libraries with avid science fiction writers or artists might consider steering them toward this book, although they are the only likely readers. Reviewer: Snow Wildsmith

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592123988
Publisher:
Galaxy Press, LLC
Publication date:
09/17/2007
Series:
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, #23
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
500
Sales rank:
1,007,875
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile:
840L (what's this?)

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