Writers of the Future Volume 23


Imagine a place where anything is possible, nothing is beyond reason, and everything is an adventure. Get into their worlds....

These are the visionaries. The masters of the universe. The power players of tomorrow. They have seen the future. Have you?

Kevin J. Anderson calls the anthology, "Awesome" and Orson Scott claims that Writers of the Future is "...the best anthology published today."

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Imagine a place where anything is possible, nothing is beyond reason, and everything is an adventure. Get into their worlds....

These are the visionaries. The masters of the universe. The power players of tomorrow. They have seen the future. Have you?

Kevin J. Anderson calls the anthology, "Awesome" and Orson Scott claims that Writers of the Future is "...the best anthology published today."

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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

 "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 

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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With nineteen New York Times bestsellers and more than 230,000,000 copies of his works in circulation, L. Ron Hubbard is among the most acclaimed and widely read authors of our time. As a leading light of American pulp fiction through the 1930s and '40s, he is further among the most influential authors of the modern age.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2007

    Excellent SF Short Stories

    I am a long term fan of Writers of the Future and volume 23 is probably the best yet. I really like the fresh story ideas that these books always provide. The first story, 'Primetime' by Douglas Texter is a futuristic setting of reporters going back in time to film major incidents in our past for the homeviewers across the galaxy. 'The Sun God at Dawn, Rising From a Lotus Position' by Andrea Kail tells its story through a series of letters between King Tut and Abraham Lincoln, in the future, where their cells had been used to genetically recreate these people as live museum pieces. 'Mask Glass Magic' by John Burridge, is a fantasy story set in Oregon. I highly recommend this collection to anyone who enjoys good SF and Fantasy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2007

    A Great Book

    I just finished the book and highly recommend it to fans of science fiction in the style of Asimov's and Analog. Especially liked the stories 'Primetime' 'Saturn in G Minor' and 'The Frozen Sky.'

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