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L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 38 Kindle Edition
…this Anthology stands out for three reasons:
The stories. The art. The extras. Which will you love most?
Standing on the shoulders of giants, these writers of the future have earned their place in the hallowed pages of volume 38. With 25 award-winning authors and illustrators, this collection is a masterwork.
These diverse stories will fill you with wonder and new ideas.
And a few just might break your heart.
- It’s game on, the fate of the universe is on the line—and you’re about to go all in.
- Saving the mammoths is in your hands—can you conjure the magic to make it happen?
- You’ve got a monster BFF—whom you’re hiding from your own monster-hunting family.
- You’re part of a sting, out to catch some bar hoppers who are not only bending their elbows, but bending time as well.
- And much more!
The beautiful art and writing tips by Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson, Frank Herbert, L. Ron Hubbard, and Diane Dillon are just as wonderful as the collection of stories. How would you like to read one of Frank Herbert’s rare stories or know his “Single Most Important Piece of Advice?”
Volume 38 is a treasure.
You’ll love this collection from past and future science fiction masters, because these stories are hand-picked by some of your favorite authors—including Brandon Sanderson, Orson Scott Card, Nnedi Okorafor, Robert J. Sawyer, and Jody Lynn Nye.
Get it now.
From the Publisher
"For the Federation" by J. A. Becker
"For the Federation" by J. A. Becker "The Island on the Lake" by John Coming
"The Magic Book of Accidental City Destruction: A Book Wizard's Guide" by Z. T. Bright
"Lilt of a Lark" by Michael Panter
"Tsuu, Tsuu, Kasva Suuremasse" by Rebecca Treasure
The Last Dying Season WOTF 38 WOTF 38 "The Last Dying Season" by Brittany Rainsdon
"The Professor Was Thief" by L. Ron Hubbard
"The Mystical Farrgo" by N.V. Haskell
"A Word of Power" by David Farland
"Psychic Poker" by Lazarus Black
"The Daddy Box" by Frank Herbert
"Gallows" by Desmond Astaire
“Science fiction as a genre has always looked to the future and the Writers of the Future looks to the future of science fiction.” —Kevin J. Anderson (co-author of the Dune sagas)
“Some of the most excellent speculative fiction that you can find. They’re cutting edge.” —Nnedi Okorafor
“These are the people who are going to be creating trends.” —Brandon Sanderson
“Writers of the Future, as a contest and as a book, remains the flagship of short fiction.” —Orson Scott Card
“The best new stories by new writers, anywhere.” —Larry Niven
“See the best of the best culled for you, curated and selected in a single volume every year.” —Robert J. Sawyer
“An absolute wealth of imagination, adventure, excitement, stimulation and joy, every possible human emotion.” —Sean Williams
“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 is a terrific program for new writers, and goodness knows, there are few enough of those. It has my heartiest support and unqualified recommendation.” —Terry Brooks
“The Writers of the Future Contest has not only provided a place where new writers could break into print for the first time but it also 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
“It all started when I won the Writers of the Future Contest. Without them, I can honestly say I would not be where I am today.” —Patrick Rothfuss
“The Illustrators of the Future is an amazing compass for what the art industry holds in store for all of us.” —Dan dos Santos
“The best-selling SF anthology series of all time.” —Locus Magazine
“Writers of the Future collection is exciting and engrossing, with stories that range across the spectrum of SF and fantasy. Tried-and-true space opera and epic fantasy, these stories explore new mysteries and ideas.” —Publishers Weekly
“Verdict: Speculative fiction fans will welcome this showcase of new talent.” —Library Journal, Starred Review
“Writers of the Future Vol 38 is a literary smorgasbord where each new story comes with a feeling of excitement and mystery. With so many short stories one might imagine it easy to put down between breaks, but instead it's a binge read. Just one more, you think, and the next thing you know the entire book is gone! I truly enjoyed it. As each story comes up you never quite know what you're going to get, and it’s so delightful finding out. The illustrations alone make Writers of the Future Vol. 38 worth every single penny and minute spent! My favorite line in the book: ‘Everyone’s got a story to hide, and I enjoy stealing it out of them.’ Honestly, this line is pure gold for me!” —The International Review of Books, (Gold Badge of Achievement)
“This anthology includes last year’s WotF winners, which is reflected by the overall high quality of the stories. This anthology contains thirteen original stories that are described as powerful, unpredictable, nicely crafted, appealing story with many twists, has an engaging balance, one successfully re-invents time travel stories, and another pulls the reader in from the mystery’s opening and zips along until the shadowy end.” —Tangent Online--This text refers to the paperback edition.
Writers of the Future Vol 38 is a literary smorgasbord where each new story comes with a feeling of excitement and mystery. With so many short stories one might imagine it easy to put down between breaks, but instead it's a binge read. Just one more, you think, and the next thing you know the entire book is gone! I truly enjoyed it. As each story comes up you never quite know what you're going to get, and it’s so delightful finding out.
The illustrations alone make Writers of the Future Vol. 38 worth every single penny and minute spent!
My favorite line in the book: “Everyone’s got a story to hide, and I enjoy stealing it out of them.” Honestly, this line is pure gold for me! —The International Review of Books, Gold Badge of Achievement (Masa Radanic April 17, 2022)--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B09VXXCP5T
- Publisher : Galaxy Press, Inc. (April 8, 2022)
- Publication date : April 8, 2022
- Language : English
- File size : 8498 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 525 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #489,867 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on December 2, 2022
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The stories are so varied; they redefined my conception of what science fiction can and should be. There’s also a level of excitement, as new authors come to the fore and show us why they were chosen for this latest volume.
Although I enjoyed them all, some standouts for me were:
“The Magic Book of Accidental City Destruction: A Book Wizard’s Guide” by Z.T. Bright – whether it was intentional or not, this story was a clever and metaphorical statement on social media.
“Lilt of a Lark” by Michael Pantere – if you’ve ever played an RPG or tabletop fantasy game, you’ll recognize the true power of the Bard in a satirical and exciting adventure that plays off a theme of birds.
“The Phantom Carnival” by M. Elizabeth Tichnor – a noir tale that asks: what is darker, the denizens of the freak show, or that which seeks to keep them?
“The Island on the Lake” by John Coming – if you could examine outcomes from not just your past and present but the future, would you want to? And what would you be willing to pay?
As always there were also essays like “Boos and Taboos” by L. Ron Hubbard, on breaking tropes to tell a good story, and “The Single Most Important Piece of Advice” by
Frank Herbert, who urges writers to help each other along the way, rather than competing with each other.
The illustrations by the artist winners are always intriguing, and you’ll find yourself fascinated by what they have to say about each story.
At 525 pages, the entertainment value is apparent, and you’ll be overwhelmed by the talent of this group of winners.
I’ll be eagerly awaiting the next installment, and my thanks to all the creators. Keep up the good work!
However, this year's volume is frankly over the top. These are some of the best written stories I've ever read, and the extras by the Judges and even L Ron Hubbard himself make it a real treasure. The quality of the writing and stories are astounding, plus it goes on and on for hundreds of pages. I expect to find some good, some OK and some just blah stories in Anthologies, but not so in this volume. Every single one is unique, imaginative and superbly written. In reviewing this I tried to pick out which I felt were the best and laud those in particular - but I can't do it. THEY ARE ALL GREAT STORIES!
I've heard that this Contest is the premier nurturing ground for the best upcoming writers in Speculative Fiction in the world and now I believe it. Expect to see a lot of these authors in the future. For all that I've heard about L Ron Hubbard, his sponsorship of this Contest and help to these writers is a godsend to us readers who appreciate great fiction, as are the Judges and pro Writers who support this endeavor. Thank you all!!
And if you have not yet procured your copy and are reading the Reviews to decide, I guarantee you will not be disappointed. In fact, you will be blown away by how good this Anthology really is.
"The Squid is My Brother" - has a lot of heart, a strong connection to childhood, and a great character arc
"Gallows" - I don't normally like law enforcement/procedural stories, but this one kept my interest even so.
"Lilt of a Lark" - Had my favorite protagonist and great worldbuilding, starts a little slow, but kept my attention all the way through.
"Tsuu, Tsuu, Kasva, Suuremasse" - this one is dark but beautifully written and the character's struggles seem especially human. I like how it breathes fantasy into Napoleon's invasion of Russia.
"The Greater Good" - This was probably my favorite of the bunch, in part because I think it will help me write the legal scifi/generation ship story I've been trying to write. Took me a little while to get my bearings, but it was wonderfully written. I loved the mystery angle and how it wove space travel with gaming
"For the Federation" - I admit this one confused me at points, but great emotional hook at the beginning. The world was wonderfully alien: ash sky, neon green trees, two red suns like devils eyes.
"Psychic Poker" - I think this story made the biggest promises and had the best premise. It kept me the most engrossed. Definitely worth a read, although the ending didn't quite make good at what it felt this story was aspiring for.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on December 2, 2022
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I was pleased to be an ARC reader for WOTF #38. This is the last volume to be edited by Dave Wolverton, who sadly passed away this year. Fortunately, they have also included his last short story, "A Word of Power," an uplifting and sweet flash fiction story accompanied by the cover artist Bob Eggleton's fantastic image of mastodons and space ships.
As usual with the Writers of the Future anthologies, an impressive and scintillating breadth of story, illustration, and great advice is offered.
From the intricate gambler story of Lazarus Black to the sweet, hopeful flash fiction of Dave Wolverton, these stories never disappoint.
There are beautiful illustrations for each story, which I love to see. They enrich my understanding of the stories. In addition, there are advice articles from both illustration and writing points of view. The articles are full of great advice for both writers and illustrators.
"Agatha's Monster" by Azure Arther is a deep family story with depth about confronting your own monster.
"The Magic Book of Accidental City Instruction: A Book Wizards Guide" by Z. T. Bright is a metaphorical and insightful fantasy romp illustrating the consequences of certain types of knowledge.
I particularly enjoyed "The Squid Is My Brother" by Mike Jack Stoumbos. This was a spacefaring civilization's classroom drama that hit home and addressed significant issues of inclusion and bullying.
The story "Gallows" by Desmond Astaire is a fascinating portal-in-time concept with an exciting time-traveling lead character and a complex plot.
I enjoyed the article "Booze and Taboos by L. Ron Hubbard, originally written in 1936. There were several salient points regarding writing short stories that still apply today.
"The Professor Was a Thief" by L. Ron Hubbard (1940) was a rollicking newspaperman story that features a unique take on 'downsizing.'
"Lilt of a Lark" by Michael Pantere featured a unique fantasy setting with a satisfying turnabout in the plot. I admired the concept of the Larks and the other avian fantasy powers.
"The Mystical Farrago" by N. V. Haskell is an engaging tale of two species who inhabit and interbreed the same world and care for each other despite those who seek to enslave one of the species.
"Tsuu, Tsuu, Kasva Suuremasse" by Rebecca E. Treasure is a moving Napoleanic era fantasy set in old Russia. It is a profoundly engaging piece about true love.
"The Single Most Important Piece of Advice" by Frank Herbert (1986) still provides excellent notes to authors. He says to concentrate on the story, and always help others. I particularly loved the quote, "the more good writers there are, the more good readers there will be."
"The Daddy Box" by Frank Herbert is a great story about a special box that can affect behavior and character.
"Teamwork: getting the best out of two writers" by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson is a fascinating deep dive into these world-class collaborators and their work.
"The Island on the Lake" by John Coming is a Stephen King type of modern horror fantasy that felt very real.
"The Phantom Carnival" by M. Elizabeth Tichnor is very evocative of the dirty 30s when riding the rails could lead to dark outcomes.
"The Last Dying Season" by Brittany Rainsdon is a moving reexamination of colonization and what it means to inhabit a new world. This was a surprising and evocative story.
I was particularly interested in the article "The Third Artist" by Diane Dillon, who explained her early career and how she collaborated with Leo Dillon, her partner. I still treasure a print by Leo and Diane Dillon, which was also the cover of the ConText '89 Convention book (Edmonton, AB). It takes pride of place above my working desk.
"A Word of Power" by Dave Wolverton is gritty but has a kindly and uplifting point of view. It ends with a worthy quote: “To the stars, my friends. Lay down your weapons and come.”
"The Greater Good" by Em Dupre is a fascinating spacefaring psychologist turned detective yarn. It posits what could happen if a civilization meddles too much with human behavior and guilt.
"For the Federation" by J.A. Becker is a story of death and rebirth on an alien planet. This is an action story that keeps you guessing until the end.
"Psychic Poker" by Lazarus Black is a remarkable modern gambler story with a very clever twist ending that kept me wanting more.
All in all, another excellent anthology by Writers of the Future.