Writers of the Future Volume 29

Writers of the Future Volume 29

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Writers of the Future Volume 29 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
BillyB More than 1 year ago
The Writers of the Future contest has been helping new writers and illustrators publish their stories and illustrations in the annual anthology that was founded by the late author L. Ron Hubbard. Galaxy Press sent me an advanced copy of Volume XXIX, which contains of thirteen stories from the 2012 quarterly contests along with illustrations for each story, free of charge in exchange for my honest review. This volume has an introduction by Dave Wolverton, a writing essay by Nnedi Okorafor, an essay on illustrating by Larry Elmore, and an essay titled "The Manuscript Factory" by L. Ron Hubbard. The thirteen stories are: War Hero Written by Brian Trent Illustrated by Jon Eno Planetary Scouts Written by Stephen Sot tong Illustrated by Joshua Meehan Twelve Seconds Written by Tina Gower Illustrated by Luis Menacho The Grande Complication Written by Christopher Reynosa Illustrated by Olivia Nu Cop For a Day Written by Chrome Oxide Illustrated by Jon Eno Gonna Reach Out and Grab Ya Written by Eric Cline Illustrated by Daniel Reneau Vestigial Girl Written by Alex Wilson Illustrated by Jackie Albano Holy Days Written by Kodiak Julian Illustrated by Aldo Katayangi The Ghost Wife of Arlington Written by Marylyn Guttridge Illustrated by Sida Chen Everything You Have Seen Written by Alisa Alering Illustrated by Karsen Slater Scavengers Written by Shannon Peavey Illustrated by James J. Eads Dreameater Written by Andrea Stewart Illustrated by Lucas Durham Master Belladino's Mask Written by Marina J. Lostetter Illustrated by Tiffany England Reviewing an anthology with thirteen tales is completely different than reviewing a novel; therefore I'm not going to summarize each story individually. I read the previous volume a few months back, which for me contained a mixed of great to average stories, but volume XXIX has a wider range of stories, from fantasy to dark science fiction. All the stories were nicely written with amazing illustrations. My favorites are: War Hero - An exciting futuristic Avatar-like tale set on Mars. I love the ending twist. Planetary Scouts - Another off-Earth tale that gave me that Twilight Zone feeling while reading it. Gonna Reach Out And Grab Ya - Dr. Molly Boyle (aka - Mole) is a medical examiner who has a strange encounter while preforming an autopsy on a John Doe at night. The author is from my home state of Missouri! Overall, I enjoyed reading every story in Volume XXIX and I recommend it to other readers.
ctfranklin28 More than 1 year ago
I had heard about the L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest ever since middle school and even (for a moment) tried my hand at composing something. When I got the chance to review a book that showcased this year’s winners, I jumped at the chance for two reasons: 1. I love sci-fi and fantasy literature! 2. I wanted to see (selfishly) what the words of contest winners would look like and compare it to my own scrambled attempts at writing science fiction While I lost interest very quickly in Goal #2, receiving this book did provide an ample opportunity for me to get lost in a world of aliens, time travel, and more. Writers of the Future has a little bit of everything for the sci fi/fantasy fan from ghost wives, alternative realities, conspiracies and something I have never come across before, dream eaters. It’s been awhile since I read science fiction, so I appreciated the chance. Writers of the Future’s anthology was an opportunity not to read the same old science fiction (aliens land on Earth, human go crazy), rather it was a chance to hear some new, unfiltered voices within the genre. As I mentioned a few sentences ago, there are plethora of themes, ideas, and concepts that make it an interesting read. The anthology is not organized by themes (as far as I can tell), rather it’s more organic. The stories just follow each other, which created an interesting surprise because you never quite know what story was coming next, even if you read the title. I also appreciated two other things that set this anthology apart: 1.Mixing in non-fiction articles and short compositions about the art and craft of creative writing (like “The Manuscript Factory”). I had never seen this before in a sci-fi anthology. The fact that I haven’t read a lot of science fiction anthologies is a moot point. I think that it was clever and inspiring for readers of the sci-fi who eventually want to become writers. 2. Adding a little biographical piece before each story that shares the author’s journey up to that point. I liked this aspect too, though many anthologies have this. Reading the bios of the authors and illustrators inspired me and allowed me to connect on a personal level with the writer. I was not just reading a story from a contest entrant. I was reading a story from a writer who is embarking on a second career. That made a huge difference. So, in short a great and interesting read.There was the typical action-adventure, romance, mind transference, artificial intelligence, scary, ironic, etc. but they all had a different style and different voice. That made it interesting the whole read through. Great book if you are a sci-fi fan, but also fantasy fan. Be aware, though, that the book is heavily geared toward the sci-fi side. Favorite Stories: “War Hero” “The Ghost Wife of Arlington”, “Scavengers” “Dreameater”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a nice anthology of short stories by new science fiction writers. The stories were all good and these writers have lots of potential! Some of these stories (like with any anthology) I liked more then others, but they all were worth the read. Its cool to see what these new writers come up with and what we as readers have to look forward to it the furture! I also loved how different and diverse these stories all were. The freshness and uniqueness and diversity of these stories were also very much appriciated! I would recommend this book. It is a must read for sci fi and fantasy lovers everywhere!
TabbysPantry More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for all to read. It is a book of short stories that these great writers have submitted and were so great they have won a spot in the next book. They are up and coming writers whose imaginations are just spectacular. Every story just drew you right into the story where you could not put it down. Disclosure, I received this book free
rjjorgen More than 1 year ago
I like science fiction and fantasy anyway - it's one of my favorite genres. Since the stories written here were all for a competition, they are quality examples of work by little-known authors. I also enjoy short stories - very easy to read with little kids in the house! Each story had a very different feel to it and tackled different futuristic themes. It's a great way to discover new authors! Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy.
BetteronaBudget More than 1 year ago
I’ve always been a fan of futuristic stories and ideas.  It boggles my mind that people can think up such stuff!  And yet, volume 29 of the Writers & Illustrators of the Future is chock-full of imaginative and…well, mind boggling short stories!  These stories are FASCINATING.  Because this is a competition, the stuff in the book is of the highest quality and caliber.  I honestly don’t know if I could pick a favorite, but I’ll tell you, this book is one I COULD. NOT. PUT. DOWN.  There was one short story in particular (Cop for a Day) that had me desperate for more, even after the story had ended.  I will be keeping my eyes out for this author, that’s for sure…and really, I could say the same for almost every one of the other authors featured. If you are a fan of science fiction, or futuristic adventures, you’ll LOVE this book.  If you are a fan of the Ender’s Game saga by Orson Scott Card, or of The Host by Stephanie Meyers, or anything like either of those books, you will LOVE this book.  In my humble opinion, you will LOVE this book no matter what, ha ha!  It is full of so many different short stories…stories with different feels to them, different writing styles, and different futuristic ideas/themes. I am giving The Writers and Illustrators of the Future Vol. 29 5 full stars.  I LOVED it!
juliet888 More than 1 year ago
The stories this year are all very original and creative.   As there are 13, it is difficult to write a summary that encompasses them all. In one story for instance, although the hero dies, he does not really die.  In fact the twists and turns of this one will leave you wondering what it would take to make this really happen - brilliant. In another, the author takes you on several suspenseful intergalactic adventures to far off planets, and while you are the edge hoping the protagonist "makes it" in each harrowing mission, the author reflects on real emotions and situations that strike home. While another explores the depths of insanity and far one will go to protect those he cares about. While in another, the author unravels the mystery of the time in a intricate story, where you feel the balance of the universe and its dependance on "time". What a great find. Bravo to the judges selecting this year's winning stories.  It is a truly entertaining mix!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rilbur_Skryler More than 1 year ago
Every year, this contest successfully delivers a new set of interesting, entertaining stories well worth the read, for sci-fi readers and aspiring writers looking to learn alike.  Highly recommend.
Angie_Lisle More than 1 year ago
This collection of science-fantasy/speculative-fiction short stories features the winners of the annual Writers of the Future contest. Overall, I'm still not a fan of L. Ron Hubbard himself but I love short story anthologies and I enjoyed most of stories in this volume. A couple stories couldn't hold my attention but that's to be expected with any collection. Each story, even the ones I'm not crazy about, is well-written. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review. I look forward to hunting down other volumes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best things I've ever read.
manirul01 More than 1 year ago
Amazing
withspirit More than 1 year ago
The judges did it again, picked stories they knew I would like, loaded them into an ebook, and I had to buy it, again. Great stories. I will keep buying these (wondering if you can put subliminal messages in an ebook?).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The authors in this book have a bright future writing judging from the stories in this book. The art work is fantastic also.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is a large selection of short stories, all of which are about 30 pages long. The stories each have artwork as well which I really enjoyed because it gave me a better idea of what elements of the stories looked like without ruining anything. Each story has a unique idea in it which keeps you from getting bored as you read from beginning to end. The stories are also easy to read, which is a welcome thing for me in the summer. I tend to gravitate toward "brain candy" books during my time off from my job as a high school teacher, and this book is great for when I want to sit down and just read a little at a time. If I want to read longer, I can do that too just by reading an extra story or two. Writers of the Future includes science fiction and fantasy authors that have never been published before. This particular book is volume 29; clearly there are many great science fiction and fantasy authors out there waiting to be discovered. If you are looking for a good, easy read that you can spend 20 minutes or 2 hours on and if you enjoy science fiction and fantasy, I highly recommend this book. Because of how many different stories are included and that fact that I never give things away, I'm not going to go into detail about characters and plotlines. Just trust me when I say it's a good choice!
SunMtnReviews More than 1 year ago
This exciting anthology is a collection of science fiction stories by talented, new writers and illustrators who were selected from The Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests.  These original stories and illustrations are a fine example of what readers can anticipate in the future of the science fiction genre. This stories in this collection are imaginative, and some provide glimpses into an advanced future world and its repercussions on the existence of our society and our humanity.  At times, some of the stores made me cringe, thinking…this could really happen.  Here are some of the stories that lingered in my mind after reading this latest volume of works. The beautiful illustrations that accompany the stories helped me to really grasp the visions of a different type of world.  Two stories that deal with future worlds and government greed and corruption are “Planetary Scouts” and “Cop for a Day.”  Aiden, a seasoned scout breaks in Lester, his new partner in “Planetary Scouts.”  Numerous planets exist, and humans want to venture beyond Earth and explore possible places for settlement and expansion.  As a result, scouts are sent out to foreign planets to observe and provide feedback on whether the planet is suitable for habitation. The story is filled with action and suspense as Aiden and Lester struggle to survive in unchartered terrain. The sacrifices made by scouts provide an alarming look at the potential for devastation as a consequence of someone’s territorial greed.  “Cop for a Day” describes a world where government controls and restrains capitalism. Citizens are forced to rely on government aid and intervention that is meager and sub-standard. The protagonist, Mark, a convicted felon gets a probationary job that requires him to roam the streets and enforce “asset forfeiture.” While on the job, he partners with a highly intelligent car and by the end of his first day on the job, Mark has the potential to change his current situation.  The story made me think hard about governmental control and human rights.  The concept of death is presented from different angles in some of the stories. Imagine a world where death no longer is exists. “The War Hero” depicts the notion of body regeneration with minds even swapping bodies as needed or desired in order to facilitate covert operations.   On a different, note, consider the possibility of the dying able to communicate the final twelve seconds of their lives to officials.  “Twelve Seconds” reflects the point-of-view of Howard, a man with autism who also suffers from PTSD. He works in the homicide department viewing the last seconds of murdered victims. Precision is a must for Howard, who becomes suspicious of those whose deaths do not meet the 12 second standard showing their last memories before death.  This was one of my favorite stories showing Howard’s perseverance in solving the mystery behind these particular deaths. Although the story involves tragic events, the ending left me hopeful about Howard’s future.  If Death were a live entity, what would he or she be like? “The Ghost Wife of Arlington” is a paranormal romance that personifies Death, an immortal who has taken a “shade,” a mortal woman who is known as the “Ghost Wife.” She walks down “Bone Rattler Street” leaving various gifts for the ghosts who reside there in the city of Arlington.  I enjoyed analyzing this story, looking at the overt and subtle symbolism found throughout that strengthens and unifies the plot.  A final favorite of mine is “Dreameater,” a disturbing and suspenseful tale of a prostitute mother who craves men’s dreams to the point she eats their brains. This zombiesh tale is told from her young daughter’s point-of-view as she gradually learns the truth about her mother and the genetic impact on her future.  Expository essays that offer tips and advice for aspiring writers are also included in this anthology.  One of my favorites is the essay, “The Manuscript Factory” by L. Ron Hubbard where he describes the economics of writing and offers advice on how authors can examine their creative writing from a business perspective. “The Sport of Writing” shows that writing and sports have many similarities, an unusual comparison that I hadn’t considered.  The captivating tales in this anthology are insightful, stimulating, thought-provoking and a thoroughly enjoyable read! I received a copy of this book from Galaxy Press in exchange for an honest review. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been reading Writers of the Future volumes for many years now and they just get better and better. Volume 29 is no exception. There is some very innovative story telling here with some very impinging story endings I found myself pondering on long after finishing. These are definitely the up and coming best selling authors. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was very impressed with this collection of short stories.  I love Sci-Fi and I was not disappointed.  I think I may have found several new authors to follow.  There was a nice variety of story types to keep me interested to the end.  I look forward to checking out past issues of Writers of the Future.
BruceD More than 1 year ago
I am really liking this collection of stories of new talent. There is such a diversity of stories and many read like seasoned authors, Planetary Scouts and The Ghost wife of Arlington come to mind.... There are 3 new award winners from Northern California and one from Southern California, which is nice as I am from the San Francisco Bay Area myself. This book is renewing my love for the short stories. I have a few more left to read to be done.
Patty432 More than 1 year ago
This year's Writers of the Future Vol. XXIX is filled with 13 science fiction and fantasy stories, each as good as the next. I couldn't believe the places these stories took my mind. Escaping to a whole new world through a book is something I enjoy, and with the Writers of the Future Volume XXIX, I was with each of these masterpieces. The plots themselves were all original, and some even bone-chilling. I found myself not being able to put it down, and when one story ended, I couldn't wait to begin the next. Not only were all of these stories amazing, the illustrations were too. It seemed like every time I pictured the story in my head, I would turn the page, and there it would be - exactly as imagined! Now that I have read Volume 29 of the Writers of the Future, I am looking forward not only to the future volumes, but also reading the past ones as well! So if you are looking for an absolutely brilliant science fiction or fantasy story, then I completely recommend L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume XXIX.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
[ Thanks to everyone for the character bios! They will appear soon! A special thanks to SK for making an awesome story and an interesting character for me to use! ] <p> &Omega Iopa's P.O.V. &Omega <br> I walk towards the Big House, glancing back momentariy to check if Phaux is following. I step onto the porch and open the screen door, stepping aside to allow Phaux to enter first. After she steps through into the cool interior, I follow. <p> Chiron is in his wheelchair, sipping a cup of tea. He looks up as we enter, his eyes brightening. <p> "Ah, hello, Iopa. The satyrs found a new camper?" <p> I nod. "Her name is Phaux. Unclaimed." <p> Phaux stands there nervously, shifting her feet. <p> Chiron wheels outside into the humid summer air. We follow him. <p> Phaux lets out a shocked gasp as he begins to rise from the wheelchair; I just stand there, a half smile playing at my lips. <p> "That's better, don't you say?" Chiron asked, now fully out. He flicks his white tail. Phaux seems lost for words. Chiron glances from her to me. "Iopa, would you give me a moment?" <p> I nod. "Sure, Chiron." I walk down the steps and head for the cabins. <p> ~~~ <p> I enter the courtyard to the cabins to see Jordan and his buddies returning from killing the hellhound. He winks as he passes, making my face flush red. I try to quel the heat in my cheeks, but to no prevail. <p> A slip of paper airplane flies back at me from his direction. It lands gracefully in my hand; I unfold it and read the words, whispering them as I go, "Meet me at the beach. 7:30." <p> I grumble and crumple the paper, tossing it into a nearby brazier. I try to ride my mind of him, but I can't get his pale blond hair and sparkling blue eyes out of my head. <p> "Stupid son of Zeus..." <p> A high laughter catches my attention; I turn and see Syder hot on the trail of a nymph. The nymph's giggle rings like bells through my ears. I smirk and watch as Syder faceplants a pine tree that springs up where the nymph was. He spits out bark and collapses backwards. <p> I walk into Cabin 6 and take off my armor, my t-shirt clinging to me. I grab a book, The Hobbit, and sit in a chair outside the Athena cabin, flipping through the pages until I find the one I was on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Finally wound up skimming fast through it to see if, by any chance, there was something good in there. There wasn't.