From the Publisher
"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
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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