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Overview

Celebrate
New Writers
New Winners
New Worlds

Writers of the Future: Volume 30

This is your window into incredible worlds of wizardry, warfare and wonder.

This is your escape into fantastic realms of the human mind lurking just beyond your imagination…and reaching deep into your wildest dreams.

This is your ticket to tomorrow.

Celebrate the future of science fiction and fantasy…now.

“Keep the Writers of the Future going. It’s what keeps sci-fi alive.” —ORSON SCOTT CARD


Included: Bonus short stories by Orson Scott Card, Mike Resnick & L. Ron Hubbard & a color spread highlighting the story illustrations

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With 19 New York Times bestsellers and more than 230 million 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. Indeed, from Ray Bradbury to Stephen King, there is scarcely a master of imaginative tales who has not paid tribute to L. Ron Hubbard.
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  • Posted July 19, 2014

    I can't say that I absolutely loved every story, but I can see w

    I can't say that I absolutely loved every story, but I can see why every one was chosen in the contest. They are all imaginative, well written, and not your run of the mill stories. My favorites were 'Another Range of Mountains', 'The Pushbike Legion', and 'Memories Bleed Beneath the Mask'.
    I definitely have found some authors from this collection that I'll be following in the future!
    I was given a copy of this through Story Cartel in exchange for my honest review. It was well worth the read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 16, 2014

    Outstanding collection of stories!  The Writer's of the Future V

    Outstanding collection of stories!  The Writer's of the Future Vol 30 just gave me a whole new list of authors I want to follow!  This is actually the first anthology of SciFi and Fantasy stories I've ever read.  (I'm usually into Stephen King, Michael Connelly, Janet Evanovich, Jude Deveraux, etc.)  I suppose I had the preconceived idea that it was only going to be about space ships, etc.  Wow!  Was I ever surprised!  Each story was unique, well written, and thought-provoking.  The illustrations were outstandingly awesome.  I'm now searching for more writing from these authors, as well as researching the illustrators.  The caliber of talent contained in this 418 page volume is astounding.  The best part is that this is volume 30!  I can immediately go to the other 29 volumes for, I'm certain, more top of the line writing.  One of the treats embedded in this volume is a story entitled "Robots Don't Cry" by Michael Resnick.  I now have another favorite author!  He's one of the judges for the contest, and aptly chosen.  He's an outstanding writer!  Looking forward to more from L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 30, 2014

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    I have been a fan of the "Writers of the Future" serie

    I have been a fan of the "Writers of the Future" series ever since reading Volume 29. I love the collection of fresh voices in the science fiction that are imaginative and creative. I loved this volume as well, especially because it involved human drama and emotion more heavily than in the previous volume. I loved stories like "Another Range of Mountains" and "Robots Don't Cry"(my favorite), which featured human emotion and drama in (literally) alien situations that will keep a reader questioning how the plot will end. "Shifter" was also something that was completely different, but welcome, as a different voice and literary style that I didn't expect to see in a book like this. 




    It was a great collection of creative, unique, and diverse stories that I wouldn't have come across anywhere else! 

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 9, 2014

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    A collection of science-fantasy/speculative-fiction short storie

    A collection of science-fantasy/speculative-fiction short stories featuring the winners of the annual Writers and Illustrators of the Future contest.

    I enjoyed the majority of stories in this collection. A couple stories couldn't hold my attention but I'm not going to name them because they just weren't my cup of tea. That doesn't mean they won't appeal to others. Each story was well thought out and it shows in the quality of the writing.

    I received a free copy of this book from Library Thing in exchange for a review. I'll admit, I'm not into Scientology so I was wary of L. Ron Hubbard's name in the title but none of that stuff made it into this book and, to be honest, the more I read this book, the more I didn't want the book to end. I'm a huge fan of short story collections, especially when they are well-done, so I'm glad I had the opportunity to check this book out. I look forward to hunting down other volumes.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 19, 2014

    I knew this collection was something special when the opportunit

    I knew this collection was something special when the opportunity was presented to me, never did I realize that there would be more than just stories held within the pages of this wonderful book.  I found myself pulled in several different directions all at once in terms of my emotions, thoughts, moral questionings, and every other thought or precedent I had ever come across or experienced.  This up and coming group of authors quenched your thirst for their stories, leaving the reader grasping and reaching for more.  Each one of the stories opened my mind to worlds unknown and outside of my scope of imagination, which I will sadly admit is sorely lacking, I was left living inside these worlds and inside the minds of the numerous writers who were honored to be within the pages of this book.  There were many a story inside these pages that I sincerely felt for the characters, like Terri Madden’s Animal where I was left wondering if the main character was able to complete the mission she set out for; or if in Orson Scott Card’s Carousel did our main character move on with his life in completion and did his new baby’s parents find her later on and figure out what happened?  And lastly, the one that spoke the most to be would have been Mike Resnick’s Robots Don’t Cry I truly felt for Sunny and truly felt what it was to yearn to be loyal to a friend even though they had long since passed on, not that I have had friends who have passed on, but instead seeing it as a metaphor for friends who have passed out of my life.
    I cannot speak highly enough of this collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy stories. As one whose only romp into the world of Fantasy stories includes just the first two books in Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance Series and Cornelia Funke’s Inkheart series I have very little reference material to go off of, so I came into reading this with wide eyes and no preconceived notions of what this genre would bring to me, and I was pleasantly surprised.  And maybe going forward my mind will be opened to the possibilities of reading more of these genres’ s going forward.
    Five out of Five Stars for Writers of the Future, Vol. 30 I very much look forward to seeing where these writers and illustrators’ careers go from here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 17, 2014

    I've only read the first two stories, but I'm excited to read th

    I've only read the first two stories, but I'm excited to read the rest! I'm savoring them though. :)
    This is a great series. I've read a couple before. It makes me feel good to support the upcoming artist. What a great program this is to keep the genre alive.
    Mr. Hubbard was a great man, and a great writer and I respect him greatly.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2014

    For anyone unfamiliar with Writers of the Future, the book is ac

    For anyone unfamiliar with Writers of the Future, the book is actually an anthology of 12 short stories by authors who are previously unpublished. It is actually based around an annual contest where winners have their work featured in that years edition of the book.




    Over the years I have read about 5 volumes of the series and each time I find it hard to believe that the authors featured are previously unpublished. While anyone can submit to the contest only the very best are chosen and I'm always impressed at how much talent is just sitting out there untapped. In case you're the kind of person who would be turned off by the fact that the authors are not established professionals whose name you already know, note that the contest judges include people like Mike Resnick, Dave Wolverton and Orson Scott Card (and if you don't know any of those names then you're probably not the type to be concerned about how "known" the author is).




    Prior to reading this series I had never read much short fiction, preferring the longer novels more usual in the genres of Sci-Fi and Fantasy. However, at the recommendation of a friend (and after letting it sit on my shelf awhile) I read a copy. I was totally blown-away! I couldn't believe I hadn't previously heard the names of the authors before and was totally unfamiliar with them (at that time I didn't know the book was based on an international writing contest).




    I'm also continually impressed by how many of the stories actually create a real impact on me and leave me thinking about them and working them over in my mind. I find that each story is succinct in order to fit the format of "short-fiction" yet powerfully written so that it stands out from thousands of others as worthy of publication.




    As every story is by a different author, each is completely different as to writing style, story, characters, etc. and the collection is always very diverse. For example this years collection has a story that had me seriously questioning the impact we as a species have on this planet while another had me wondering what would happen if one were completely cut off from contact with all humanity while at the same time made into the God of his own universe.




    There are several other reviews here that give a short synopsis of each story so I won't repeat all of that here. As each person has their own tastes, a story I loved you might not be as interested in and one that didn't stand out so much for me could be your favorite. With that in mind, I'll refrain from a "mini-review" of every title and just say that if you are at all interested in sci-fi or fantasy then this title is a must read.




    As a final word, I also HIGHLY recommend checking out [...] if you are an aspiring writer or artist (the same group that does Writers of the Future also hold an annual illustration contest with the artists work featured as story illustration for each of the 12 stories that are published).

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 6, 2014

    Love this book. Fantastic short stories that will suck you righ

    Love this book. Fantastic short stories that will suck you right in. I Love that the storys are shorter, I dont have a lot of time to read so I need shorter stories and they must be good. This book is perfect.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2014

    I'm a huge fan of scifi. I can't get enough of it. So when I was

    I'm a huge fan of scifi. I can't get enough of it. So when I was offered a copy of this collection, I was thrilled. And I wasn't disappointed. The stories are short, yet interesting and thought-provoking. And the fact that there are stories by a couple of my favorite authors (Orson Scott Card and L. Ron Hubbard) just made it even better. If you love scifi, you'll love this book!

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  • Posted May 6, 2014

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    I was very impressed by the quality of writing found within this

    I was very impressed by the quality of writing found within this book. It can sometimes be hit-or-miss with multi-author anthologies (or even single author anthologies), but this one is almost entirely hits.

    Obviously what constitutes a good story and good writing is somewhat subjective; if you don’t care for science fiction or fantasy, you probably won’t enjoy most of the stories in Writers of the Future. If you’re a fan of the genre(s), though, you’re in for a treat with this book. I’m a fan of fantasy, and a bigger fan of science fiction (though I don’t write in those genres personally), so I was thrilled when I realized that the judges found some amazing new talent to share with the world. I didn’t love every story in this collection (some of the stories just weren’t my cup of tea, but that’s the way it goes with reading), but none were bad, and some were excellent.

    Some standouts:

    I’m a huge fan of Orson Scott Card, so it’s no surprise that I loved his story “Carousel.” It’s one of those stories that’s entertaining and a good story on its own, but it also gives you something deeper to keep thinking about long after you’ve finished reading the story.

    I also loved Paul Eckhart’s story “Shifter” – the ending gave me chills (and very nearly brought me to tears).

    The premise of Shauna O’Meara’s “Beneath the Surface of Two Kills” was clever, and the resolution reminded me of one of my favorite childhood fairy tales.

    "Memories Bleed Beneath the Mask" by Randy Henderson is one of those stories where I hope (please please please!) the author will someday expand the short story into a full novel, or even a series of novels (sort of like Orson Scott Card did with Ender’s Game). An amazing story (and winner of this year’s Golden Pen Award), 12-year-old Trystan wants to change the world, and I’d love the chance to read more about him and what he can accomplish with his grandfather’s memories.

    If you enjoy science fiction and/or fantasy, you’ll definitely want to pick this collection up and add some names to your “Authors to Watch” list!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2014

    I've been familiar with the Writers of the Future Contest for ov

    I've been familiar with the Writers of the Future Contest for over 20 years. There was even a time, many moons ago, that I entered. Surprise, I didn’t win. My forte isn’t short stories, but I’ve enjoyed reading the anthologies, some more than others, and love looking at the illustrations. They even include short stories and thoughts on writing from well-known authors and illustrators. Of course, one of L. Ron Hubbard’s pulp fiction short stories is included, Beyond All Weapons the chosen story this year. Plus, there are contributions from Mike Resnick, Val Lakey Lindahn, Robert Silverberg, and Orson Scott Card, who was honored this year at the awards ceremony.

    One of my favorites was actually the first story in the book, “Another Range of Mountains”. The main character, Lacra, is a mirrorpainter, someone who can pull moments in time, past images, from reflections – mirrors, water, glass, etc. She’s been called to a count’s home to help track down his kidnapped daughter, but she must navigate a city that fears her and her own strange past. She soon realizes that not everything is as it seems. The author, Megan O’Keefe, paints a colorful world and an interesting main character with a skill I’ve never had the pleasure to read before. Her descriptions made me feel like I was right there seeing what Lacra was seeing, and I know for certain I would buy a whole series featuring her. Also, I really like the illustration by Sarah Webb that accompanies this story. It tells a colorful story all by itself.

    My next favorite was “Long Jump” by Oleg Kazantsev. It basically asks the quest, “What happens when you stick a person in an experimental star craft with only an intelligent computer simulation to keep him company?” The story was a little hard to follow at first, but I loved where Kazantsey took it. He really delved deep and calculated in how a person’s histories and flaws could be reflected back on them. The computer’s response was enlightening, and I love when a story stretches the mind. Also, I liked the illustration by Adam Brewster that went with this story, especially the color version.

    Finally, I want to bring attention to Timothy Jordan’s “The Pushbike Legion”. When I started reading it, I really thought it was going to be a snorefest. It’s an end-of-times type story where a single town has been spared from a cataclysmic event. The town is surrounded by a desert that just appeared out of nowhere one day and anyone who tries to enter it turns to dust. The human race is dying off and there aren’t enough people with creative skills, like leather crafting and blacksmithing, so they just keep reusing resources until a simple bike chain is as valuable as gold. The collective mind of the town has degraded and many of the residents act like sheep following the flock. It got to be frustrating to read. It wasn’t until when one of the local farmers decided to recount the day the desert appeared did I start to actually get into it. Jordan takes the story into a whole direction I really didn’t see coming. The illustration by Cassandre Bolan that accompanies this story takes the image of the town to a whole new level. She definitely made the desert more dramatic than I first imagined it.

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading Writers of the Future Volume 30. I had my doubts at times, but ended up pleasantly surprised. I recommend it to readers who like science fiction and fantasy, or stories that stretch the mind.

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  • Posted October 31, 2014

    Writers of the Future Volume 30 I have loved science fiction si

    Writers of the Future Volume 30

    I have loved science fiction since I was little, sitting next to dad watching Star Trek episodes on TV.  So when this book came across my
    desk, I decided to give it a read.  It is really a great read and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading different kinds of science
    fiction.  Each author - and each story - are very different and the artwork that the illustrators did were beautiful.  What an awesome idea
    to put all of these together every year, giving these authors the opportunity to get their stories out there.  And, considering this is number
    thirty, I have a lot of back reading to do. :)

    Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.  No other consideration was offered, expected or received.

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  • Posted September 25, 2014

    I've been reading the Writers of the Future anthologies for many

    I've been reading the Writers of the Future anthologies for many years. This one did not disappoint. Though the quality of the stories do vary (as it does in any anthology pursuant to each reader’s personal taste) this is a solid entry in the series. As these stories are by mostly new authors we can also look forward to more to come.

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    Posted September 13, 2014

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    Posted September 2, 2014

    Starr

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2014

    The Reader

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    Posted August 31, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2014

    Camp Eagle. cod name: Lion

    Okay General.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2014

    Camp Eagle

    Not accepted because: recruitment is not here. General is not allowed, General Eagle is one, and Colonel Loiness will be your wife so LOL. P.S recuitment is rangers res one

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  • Posted May 6, 2014

    The book is filled with short stories and each one is unique. I

    The book is filled with short stories and each one is unique. I am a total fan of each one.  You will absolutely have to pick up a copy for yourself.

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