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Discover Imaginative New Worlds of Tomorrow. Discover the new visionaries of imagination in the Writers of the Future. Let tomorrow's masters of science fiction and fantasy books take you on a journey.
Meet a female warrior created to fight horrific, high-tech future wars, who discovers her humanity.
Get lost in a magic room that comes to life, in the midst of rivaling magicians.
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Can an android marked for death become human instead in a twist of fate?
Established in 1983 by L. Ron Hubbard expressly for the aspiring writer, Writers of the Future has become the most respected and significant forum for new talent in all aspects of speculative fiction. Never before published first-rate science fiction and fantasy stories selected by top names in the field. Authors and artists discovered by Writers of the Future have gone to publish more works than other Writing Contest. It is a leading showcase of Creative Writing.
“Not only is the writing excellent...it is also extremely varied. There's a lot of hot new talent in it.” —Locus Magazine
Writing Contest Judges: Kevin J. Anderson, Doug Beason, Gregory Benford, Orson Scott Card, Brian Herbert, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Eric Kotani, Anne McCaffrey, Rebecca Moesta, Larry Niven, Frederik Pohl, Jerry Pournelle, Tim Powers, Robert J. Sawyer, Robert Silverberg, K.D. Wentworth, Sean Williams and Dave Wolverton (AKA David Farland).
Illustrating Contest Judges: Vincent Di Fate, Diane Dillon, Leo Dillon, Bob Eggleton, Frank Frazetta, Laura Brodian Freas, Ron Lindahn, Val Lakey Lindahn, Stephan Martiniere, Judith Miller, Cliff Nielsen, Sergey Poyarkov, H.R. Van Dongen and Stephen Youll.
Why, in the pages of Sybil’s Garage No. 7, of course.
In this seventh issue of the highly acclaimed series, you will find twenty-seven original works of fiction and poetry from today’s top talent, with suggested musical accompaniment, our trademark design aesthetic, and much more. But be sure to leave a trail of breadcrumbs on your way into Sybil’s Garage, or you may not find your way out.
Authors include Campbell Award finalist Aliette de Bodard, Margaret Ronald, Marissa Lingen, Nebula Award Finalist Tom Crosshill, and WSFA Small Press Award Finalist Yoon Ha Lee, and more. Their stories take readers to awe-inspiring steampunk worlds ranging from a steampunk alternate Aztec society to an alternate Renaissance Italy powered by mechanically imprisoned demons; from Baroque Paris and Bavaria and Vienna to a steampunk 1920s silent movie studio and a fantastical mechanical city that bounces up and down like a pogo stick.
In our November 2012 issue, we have original science fiction by Sandra McDonald (“Searching for Slave Leia”) and Tom Crosshill (“A Well-Adjusted Man”), and SF reprints by Eleanor Arnason (“Ace 167”) and Tobias S. Buckell (“A Game of Rats and Dragon”).
Plus, we have original fantasy by Jeremiah Tolbert (“La Alma Perdida de Marguerite Espinoza”) and Richard Bowes (“Seven Smiles and Seven Frowns”), along with fantasy reprints by Aliette de Bodard (“As the Wheel Turns”) and Carrie Vaughn (“A Princess of Spain”).
For our ebook readers, our ebook-exclusive novella is “West” by Orson Scott Card, and of course we have our usual assortment of author and artist spotlights, along with feature interviews with bestselling authors Alastair Reynolds and Terry Brooks.
These are just some of the dizzying visions contained in "Fragmentation", a collection of Tom Crosshill's best short stories. This volume includes three pieces nominated for the Nebula Award, a story presented at the Venice Architecture Biennale, a story that won the Writers of the Future contest and much more.
Tom Crosshill’s fiction has been nominated for the Nebula Award (thrice), the WSFA Small Press Award and the Latvian Annual Literature Award. He is a winner of the ESFS Award for Best Author and has been a resident at the International Writing Program of the University of Iowa. Tom is the author of THE CAT KING OF HAVANA — a YA novel of Cuba, salsa and lolcats published by Katherine Tegen Books — and THE CATTLE EXPRESS — a literary novel of Wall Street and Siberia published by Shirtsleeve Press. To find out more, visit him at http://www.tomcrosshill.com.
Lolcats. Salsa dancing. Unrequited love. Tom Crosshill's smart and witty debut teen novel treads a colorful coming-of-age journey from New York City to Havana that will appeal to fans of books by Matthew Quick and Junot Díaz.
When Rick Gutiérrez—known as "That Cat Guy" at school—gets dumped on his sixteenth birthday for uploading cat videos from his bedroom instead of experiencing the real world, he realizes it's time for a change. So Rick joins a salsa class . . . because of a girl, of course. Ana Cabrera is smart, friendly, and smooth on the dance floor. He might be half Cuban, but Rick dances like a drunk hippo. Desperate to impress Ana, he invites her to spend the summer in Havana. The official reason: learning to dance. The hidden agenda: romance under the palm trees.
Except Cuba isn't all sun, salsa, and music. As Rick and Ana meet his family and investigate the reason why his mother left Cuba decades ago, they learn that politics isn't just something that happens to other people. And when they find romance, it's got sharp edges.
Two big messages are intertwined in this short, dense and punchy story by Tom Crosshill. Two messages connected by a common denominator: the goodbye – the goodbye to our beloved as they get old and disappear, and the daily goodbye to what we are, due to a process of transformation and fragmentation, that's getting faster and deeper; if it’s true that the cells in our body are renewed every seven years and we cannot be anymore what we were even in one of them, what happens when we cause the transformations and continuous fragmentation of our body and mind? And when we get to the point of fragmenting even death?
In what dark betrayals of ourselves will the desire to live forever lead us?
A dazzling story, that you will never forget.
"Tom Crosshill is a major new writer with a powerful vision. I fully expect him to become one of the biggest breakout authors of the decade!" - David Farland, New York Times bestselling author of the Runelords series, Writers of the Future 1987 Gold Prize winner, and Hugo- and Nebula-award nominee
"Crosshill manages to interweave powerful, often beautiful human poignancy into stories of complex technology and scientific wonder. And he makes it look effortless! This is hard science fiction with a soul." - N.K. Jemisin, Hugo- and Nebula-nominated author of The Inheritance Trilogy, winner of the Locus Award
The author: Tom Crosshill is an award-winning writer of science fiction, fantasy and young adult literature. His works have won the Writers of the Future award and been nominated for the Nebula Award (thrice) and the Latvian Literature Award. He was a Resident Fellow at the International Writing Program (University of Iowa). His debut novel "Salsa for Fidel" is forthcoming from Katherine Tegen Books (HarperCollins) in 2016. After many years spent in the US, he now lives in his native Latvia.
Due grandi messaggi s'intrecciano in questo racconto di Tom Crosshill, breve, denso e incisivo. Due messaggi collegati da un comune denominatore: l'addio - l'addio ai nostri cari che invecchiano e scompaiono, e l'addio quotidiano a quel che siamo, dovuto a una frammentazione-trasformazione sempre più veloce e marcata; se infatti è vero che le cellule del nostro corpo si rinnovano ogni sette anni e noi non possiamo essere più quelli di prima nemmeno in una di loro, che cosa succede quando siamo noi stessi a provocare trasformazioni e continue frammentazioni del nostro corpo e della nostra mente? Quando arriviamo al punto di frammentare anche la morte?
In quali oscuri tradimenti nei confronti di noi stessi ci porterà il desiderio di vivere in eterno?
Un racconto folgorante, di quelli che non si scordano più.
Hanno detto dell'autore:
“Tom Crosshill è un ottimo autore emergente, dotato di una visione potente. Sono molto sicuro del fatto che diventerà una delle migliori scoperte del decennio!” – David Farland, autore della serie Runelords, bestseller del New York Times, vincitore del Writers of the Future Gold Prize 1987 e candidato ai premi Hugo e Nebula.
“Crosshill riesce a infondere una potente e spesso bellissima intensità emotiva dentro storie piene di meraviglie tecnologiche e scientifiche. E la fa sembrare una cosa facile! Questa è pura fantascienza con un’anima.” – N.K. Jemisin, candidato al premio Hugo e Nebula con la trilogia “The Inheritance” e vincitore del premio Locus.
L'autore: Tom Crosshill è un pluripremiato autore di fantascienza, fantasy e narrativa per ragazzi. I suoi scritti hanno vinto il premio Writers of the Future, sono stati candidati al premio Nebula (per tre volte) e al premio di letteratura lettone. Ha vinto una borsa di studio all’International Writing Program (Università dello Iowa). Il suo primo romanzo “Salsa for Fidel” è in uscita nel 2016 per l’editore Kathrine Tegen Books (Harper Collins). Dopo molti anni trascorsi negli Stati Uniti, vive adesso nel suo paese natale, la Lettonia.
In “All That Touches the Air” author An Owomoyela explores the boundaries of differing moralities, as humanity tries to live alongside an unlikely ally—a parasitic being that believes only in natural law.
In “Maneki Neko” Bruce Sterling takes us to a networked Tokyo, where strangers offer anonymous gifts, and what is needed is freely given without question.
Tom Crosshill brings us a story of a boy, his dog, a lab, and many universes in “Mama, We are Zhenya, Your Son.”
“Velvet Fields” by Anne McCaffrey, is a tale of a newly-settled world, the consequence of ignorance and the price people of conscience might pay for it.