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L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 32: Science Fiction & Fantasy Anthology Kindle Edition
Science Fiction & Fantasy Anthology and Advice to Writers 2016
You are about to meet:
YOUR NEXT FAVORITE AUTHOR
The 32nd edition of Writers of the Future may be the best new book yet! Brand-new adventure through space, time and possibility.
Along the way these new authors will introduce you to fascinating characters such as Nate, a very loyal companion—like most werewolves would be. Keanie has a parasite that lets her morph and so transform into anyone. Liz owns a dinosaur maker, but raw ingredients can be a problem. Anna slaves away in a factory but her magic leaves her unfulfilled. These authors take creative writing to a whole new level!
The answers, the stories, the visions, and the mind-stretching possibilities are all waiting inside.
Welcome to the future of Science Fiction and Fantasy. It gets better every year. These are the award winning short stories of the international contest that have launched the writing careers of some of the best new books!
BONUS stories and articles on how to write by New York Times best sellers Tim Powers, Sean Williams, Brandon Sanderson, Sergey Poyarkov & L. Ron Hubbard
“The Writers of the Future contest looks for people with the best imaginations who can see through the possibilities of the strangest and best ideas and tell stories that intrigue us and involve us.” —Orson Scott Card
Celebrate the 32nd anniversary of the Writers of the Future contest and the 27th anniversary of the Illustrators of the Future contest
“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
“Some of the best SF of the future comes from Writers of the Future.” —David Hartwell Hugo-Award-winning editor
“This collection shows why I'm happy to be a judge for the Writers of the Future Contest it always finds great stories by the new writers who will be winning Hugo and Nebula Awards a few years from now.” —Tim Powers
“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
“Supports new and enthusiastic artists pursue their dream...” —Stephen Youll
“Writers of the Future played a critical role in the early stages of my career.” —Eric Flint
“Writers of the Future was an accelerator to my writing development.” —Jo Beverley
“WOTF judges encouraged me to write more.” —Eric James Stone
“I highly recommend it to everyone...” —Ken Scholes
“Writers of the Future launched my career...” —David Sakmyster
“They really do know how to pick and train talent.” —Mike Resnick
“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
“This is a fine collection that will appeal to both fans of science fiction and fantasy short stories and aspiring writers looking for ways to improve their craft.” — Booklist
“Verdict: Speculative fiction fans will welcome this showcase of new talent.” —Library Journal, Starred Review
“Sally Gardner, the enormously creative author of I, Coriander, chucks magic, a quest and scoopfuls of jeopardy into the first book in her new series. It's also got dyslexia-friendly type, and Nick Maland's illustrations add to the fun” — Alex O'Connell, The Times, Children's Book of the Week.
“This enchanting new series is an absolute delight ... Striking just the right note of whimsy and magic” — Fiona Noble, The Bookseller, Editor's Choice
“An idiosyncratic genius” — The Times
“An enchanting story, in which elements of traditional fairy tale verge on the surreal. But Gardner's skill is to contain even her wildest ideas within a meticulous plot” — Emily Bearn, Daily Telegraph, Books of the Year 2018.
About the Author
When not writing, working in technology, or taking care of his family, Jonscuba dives. He prefers the Northwest's cold-water diving, but won'tturn down a free trip to Hawaii or Bonaire if offered.
Stewart C Baker is an academic librarian, haikuist, and speculative fiction writer. His poetry has appeared in various haiku magazines, and hisfiction in Writers of the Future, Nature, and Flash Fiction Online, among other places. Stewart was born in England, spent time in SouthCarolina, Japan, and California, and now lives in Oregon with hisfamily--although if anyone asks, he'll usually say he's from theInternet.
Christoph Weber is an arborist and author in Reno, Nevada. His work has appeared in Nature and other venues. christophweber.com
Matt Dovey is very tall, very English, and probably drinking a cup of tea right now. His surname rhymes with "Dopey"; any other similarities to the dwarf are purely coincidental.
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- Publisher : Galaxy Press; 1st edition (May 3, 2016)
- Publication date : May 3, 2016
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Reviewing an anthology is a difficult task, and I’ll admit I dragged my feet on this one. I read it back in July of last year, but in some ways, this adds a weight to my comments based on which stories unfold before my eyes from a note here or there, and which didn’t have that staying power. As with all anthologies, some of the stories worked for me and some didn’t. I prefer to focus on the ones that did as people’s tastes vary, though I’ll mention a couple where they didn’t quite succeed with me but had some strengths…much like I do for book reviews.
Overall, I found some incredible stories and many that had merit.
I do want to state that while I have no notes on the artwork, a failing in my opinion, neither do I have the background to comment on art the way I do stories meaning whether I liked or disliked a piece would carry little weight.
Now on to the stories (with an essay or two slipped in).
Möbius written by Christoph Weber
This story had me engaged from the start. Genetic manipulation is a dicey topic that’s becoming all too present with recent advances. The seeds were well laid in the story so that the answers I posited while reading proved true, though there’s more to it still. My final comment was “Okay, mean on so many levels” but it was an appropriate resolution. This story ends in a cliffhanger, one that asks you the question and makes you own up to the results. On the one hand, I hate to be left hanging, but on the other, the story engaged me and triggered important questions that lingered enough for me to remember some of the story without prompting.
How to Drive a Writer Crazy by L. Ron Hubbard
This is an amusing list, but the scary part is how the first couple are spot on for the type of writer I am.
The Last Admiral written by L. Ron Hubbard
It took me a sec to envision this as steampunk rather than straight science fiction, but once that confusion cleared, I enjoyed the old salty. The admiral with his can-do attitude was a wonderful character, but ultimately the ending weakened the story for me. I’d already had issues with illogical sexism brought into space where everyone was at risk, but to convert a very much “in the now” story into a history lesson looking at it from the future offered no value. If this had stuck to the navy and their determination to make the point whatever it cost them, it probably would have been my favorite so far.
The Jack of Souls written by Stephen Merlino
I absolutely hated the ending of the story, but in the way you hate something that is so right but so much not what you wanted to happen. The story had character, strong world building, and a deeper meaning. It was well done, and while I don’t remember every detail, the sense of the story lingered.
Swords Like Lightning, Hooves Like Thunder written by K. D. Julicher
This story connected with me on so many levels I hesitated to put it down when my reading time ended. It was hands down my favorite of all I’d read so far in how honor and respect won the day over bullies. I’ll admit I didn’t remember it as well as I might have expected with the above reaction, but a quick skim brought the story with its shifting alliances, cultural conflict, and complexity back to me.
Squalor and Sympathy written by Matt Dovey
This story won the title of favorite and kept it even after so much time. I loved the look at how both sides in the conflict were missing the point and how the best result would come from finding a different answer. Speaking as to the strength of this story, I wanted to refer someone to it when we were in a discussion a short time ago. Sadly, I thought I’d read it as a standalone and so couldn’t find it, but I shared the concept of squalor and abuse of same so hope my friend was able to find it. This without prompting or even notes to help my memory.
Dinosaur Dreams in Infinite Measure written by Rachael K. Jones
I had mixed feelings about this story, though it also proved memorable. The story is a grand moment of connection between a mother and daughter, but the idea is wrong on so many levels. For the daughter to have gone along with it is a huge gimme for me, and I didn’t buy it.
Cry Havoc written by Julie Frost
This story had what I was looking for in the endings that didn’t work for me. Not just the twist, but a twist that takes the hoped for answer and does one better. The writing is evocative enough to have inspired my own creativity while the world seemed so real and the characters alive to share in it. I had no trouble remembering this story despite the title lacking an obvious memory prompt.
The Broad Sky Was Mine, And the Road written by Ryan Row
This was a weird story with illogical parts and inconsistencies, but at the same time, it was strong on voice and description. Not really my kind of thing, but an interesting enough variant on zombies to be worth a mention.
Between Cooks and Chefs by Brandon Sanderson
I enjoyed this essay for the neat analogy about writing and how it offers good advice filled with self-reflexive questioning and caveats. Too much advice is adamant when what works for one person’s creativity could crush another’s.
The Jade Woman of the Luminous Star written by Sean Williams
This was an odd story with what I found to be an obvious ending, but it had an interesting premise and some curious philosophy, too. I enjoyed it.
The Sun Falls Apart written by J. W. Alden
This was a powerful story. I still don’t understand the whole of what was happening, which is frustrating, but the ignorance was shared with the POV character, and I knew enough to understand his choice in the end and approve of it. As far as parenting methods go, the one demonstrated in the story was that of a bully. An educator might still discipline a child, but would tell why rather than expecting absolute obedience. I did have to skim the end to remember the story, but then it came back clearly.
But overall the anthology is just average. The clever twists are good but don't shift any paradigms, and the characters are competent but not new or innovative. None of the stories is particularly compelling. It was worth reading, but just to see what the competition is up to, not to learn new things.
Images Across a Shattered Sea - an intriguing back and fourth of causality as the present attempts to spy upon the future. A thinking piece that keeps a good pace.
Jack of Souls - a straight forward fantasy piece about a cursed card shark. It is a satisfying take on underdog good vs evil.
The Broad Sky Was Mine; And the Road - a beautifully written sci-fi action piece, like if Shakespeare wrote Transformers. I dug this one particularly.
Squalor and Sympathy - I only got a taste of this one, but what I got was nice writing and the promise of an industrial revolution fantasy story.
I bought the full edition and am looking forward to the rest. All in all quality writing across styles and subjects from up and coming writers. Enjoy.
Over all it is a pretty normal Science fiction and fantasy collection but with new authors and some amazing pictures. It is geared towards writers and artists with chapters on how to write and some hilarious ones at the end on art critics. Since I am not a writer or an artist it still enjoyed the book and will look forward to next years edition of it.
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Please read and maybe use the attached articles written by professionals to start writing yourself.