Writers of the Future Volume 25

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Embark on Voyages of Imagination and Wonder. Discover the new visionaries of imagination in the Writers of the Future—celebrating 25 years of showcasing the best new talent. Established in 1983 by L. Ron Hubbard expressly for the aspiring writer, Writers of the Future has become the most respected and significant forum for new talent in all aspects of speculative fiction. Never before published first-rate science fiction and fantasy stories selected by top names in the field. "Some of the best Sci Fi of the ...

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Overview

Embark on Voyages of Imagination and Wonder. Discover the new visionaries of imagination in the Writers of the Future—celebrating 25 years of showcasing the best new talent. Established in 1983 by L. Ron Hubbard expressly for the aspiring writer, Writers of the Future has become the most respected and significant forum for new talent in all aspects of speculative fiction. Never before published first-rate science fiction and fantasy stories selected by top names in the field. "Some of the best Sci Fi of the future comes from Writers of the Future and you can find it in this book." —David Hartwell, Editor

Includes essays written by professionals of the craft: L. Ron Hubbard, Robert Silverberg & Ron Lindahn

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"Not only is the writing excellent...it is also extremely varied.  There's a lot of hot new  talent in it." —Locus Magazine

"Keep the Writers of the Future going.  It's what keeps sci-fi alive." —Orson Scott Card

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

"Writers of the Future 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

"A first-rate collection of stories and illustrations." —Booklist

"...most enduring forum to showcase new talent in the genre.” ­—Publishers Weekly

"Writers of the Future is a terrific program..." —Terry Brooks

"The first-rate stories show incredible variety." —Robert Sawyer

Publishers Weekly
Starred Review.

Previous recipient of the award, K.D. Wentworth (The Course of Empire, Stars Over Stars) returns to edit this top-notch anthology of this year's winners in the contest's 25th year. The collection offers a dozen strong stories that range from well-conceived fantasy to classic science fiction reworked. Standout stories include Donald Mead's touching "The Shadow Man," with its lingering postwar ghosts in Hiroshima; Matthew S. Rotundo's exploration of the ethical boundaries of military intelligence in "Gone Black"; and Jordan Lapp's portrayal of the short, fiery life of a phoenix in "After the Final Sunset, Again." Other featured writers such as Emery Huang, Fiona Lehn, and Mike Wood depict the rise of mega-corporations with paramilitary patent enforcers, for example; or competition for government financing turned into a dangerous sporting event; and computerized risk management taken to dangerous extremes. Each of the 12 stories is paired with the work of one of the winning illustrators from L. Ron Hubbard's companion contest. Several essays round out this volume, complimented by noted author and perennial judge Robert Silverberg's piece on the history of the contest. Always a glimpse of tomorrow's stars, this year's anthology is definitely a must-have for the genre reader.
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  • Posted April 22, 2010

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    Another good crop from Writers of the Future

    Book review of WOTF 25

    I'm a regular reader of WOTF books, and a contest contributor. I like these because it's a chance to read some new ideas and some new points of view. .It's a chance, sometimes I see something new and interesting, and I'm very pleased when I do.

    Here is my assessment of some of the stories in the WOTF 25 crop:

    Garden of Tian Zi

    The strong part of this story is its exotic setting, western China. The weak part is the pretty standard story formula. We have evil corporate monopolist types chasing down an entrepreneurial go-getter who is doing his enterprising for the rebels. He has to do his work, raising genetically modified frogs, under cover. It's never clear why being in this remote location is going to offer any safety, and, as the story unfolds, it doesn't. So, it's an action-love-spy story, and not too special from my point of view.

    The Shadow Man

    This story has an interesting twist. It takes some contemporary Japanese urban legend -- that the "shadows" of people created by the Hiroshima atomic blast shelter their spirits -- and weaves it into an interesting tale. The tale centers around protagonist conflict with some ho-hum gangster types, but the ending twist is good enough that I liked this one.

    Life in Steam

    The setting for this story is exotic -- the firmament is a for-real ceiling, and there are ships that wander from place to place on this ceiling and visit colonies of humans. That's the interesting part. The story part is a science versus religion conflict as told from the point of view of a conflicted Grand Inquisitor, and it's not as exotic.

    The Assignment of Runner ETI

    This is yet another death race story. In this case we have young lady cross-country marathon runners who are running to win money for various charities. They run through various obstacles, and betrayals, and. ho-hum. I could not suspend disbelief at the obstacles they encountered, and the twist at the end did not work for me at all.

    The Candy Store

    A mix of having the townspeople of nearly ghost town Old West town meeting a Mephistophelian magic wish-giver who sets up a magic candy shop on Main Street overnight. The people of the town are not completely amazed by this turn of events because they pack some magic as well.

    The story has its moments.

    Risque Man

    Risque Man I liked a lot. It's my kind of story because it deals with the ramifications of a new technology. In this case we have some effective computer-aided personal forecasting that works well enough that the government gets interested. and then things get screwed up.

    Gray Queen Homecoming

    This one set up an interesting exotic setting that is similar to ones I write about: we have a slower-than-light space ship returning home after an interstellar journey, and a lot of time has passed on the home world. In this case the ship is crewed by only a single person and the ship's computer. When they get home they find their world has completely changed, and not for the better for them.

    I like the setting and I liked the story. But since I have written about his concept myself, and thought a lot about it, I found this one not well thought through -- their final tragedy should have been avoided.

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