Writers of the Future Volume 25: The Best New Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year

Writers of the Future Volume 25: The Best New Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year

by L. Ron Hubbard, K. D. Wentworth

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781592128136
Publisher: Galaxy Press, LLC
Publication date: 09/15/2009
Series: L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future , #25
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 650
Sales rank: 990,699
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

L. Ron Hubbard (1911 ¿ 1986), often referred to by his initials, LRH, was an American author and the founder of the Church of Scientology. Hubbard established his career as a writer with science fiction and fantasy novels, including the novel Battlefield Earth, which was adapted into a feature film in 2000. Starting in the 1950s, Hubbard created a system called Dianetics, which is a wide-ranging set of doctrines and practices that became the foundation of the religious movement Scientology.

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Writers of the Future, Volume 25 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Angie_Lisle More than 1 year ago
I adore short story anthologies, especially when multiple authors are involved, but I avoided this series for a long time because L Ron Hubbard's religious cult scares me. Then, I received two volumes (29 and 30) in exchange for reviews and now I'm reading the series backwards. I described the Volume 26 as my least favorite volume (to date) but it's now tied with this one. What I like about this book/series is the exposure to authors that I haven't read before but this book, like Vol. 26, is dull. Many of these short stories revolve around the same themes so the stories began to feel repetitive as I read on and, maybe because I'm reading this volume years after its publication date, none of the ideas felt new. I needed several weeks to get through this volume because I kept putting the book aside in favor of other books. I will pick up Volume 24 - I am eager to read some of the older volumes, to see the earlier works of authors I may already be familiar with - but it will be at my leisure.
Cyreenik More than 1 year ago
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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