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Writers of the Future Volume 27 (L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future) Mass Market Paperback – June 30, 2011
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“Keep the Writers of the Future going. It’s what keeps sci-fi alive.” —ORSON SCOTT CARD
"Prior to L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future Contest starting, there was no field which enabled the new writer to compete with his peers other new writers." —Kevin J. Anderson, Author
"Here's skill and storytelling fervor aplenty these writers of the future have already arrived!" —Robert Silverberg, Author
"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, Author
"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, Author
"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, Author
"A very generous legacy from L. Ron Hubbard a fine, fine fiction writer for the writers of the future". —Anne McCaffrey, Author
"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, Author
“Some of the best SF of the future comes from Writers of the Future.” – David Hartwell Hugo-Award-winning editor
"...the best-selling SF anthology series of all time." —Locus Magazine
"The most enduring forum to showcase new talent in the genre." —Publishers Weekly
About the Author
With 19 New York Times bestsellers and more than 230 million copies of his works in circulation, L. Ron Hubbard is among the most acclaimed and widely read authors of our time. As a leading light of American Pulp Fiction through the 1930s and '40s, he is further among the most influential authors of the modern age. Indeed, from Ray Bradbury to Stephen King, there is scarcely a master of imaginative tales who has not paid tribute to L. Ron Hubbard.
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Top Customer Reviews
I was so excited to see this book on kindle. I've read the last two volumes as well. The increase in quality of stories has been amazing. Winners of the contest show awesome promise and I'm eagerly looking forward to their next work. Some of the stories that really stuck out for me were: The Unreachable Voices of Ghosts, The Truth From A Lie of Convenience, In Apprehension How Like A God, Bonehouse, This Peaceful State of War, and Medic!
I usually tend toward Fantasy stories, but the Science Fiction stories in this volume where just outstanding.
If you enjoy reading talent before they are famous this is the book for you.
The stories are disparate of theme and subject, but a common thread of wonder runs throughout. The writers are newly published, but nothing herein is amateurish. All of these authors have been vetted by the best names in speculative fiction and any one of these ten stories would be worth paying for.
I loved all these stories, but John Arkwright's "The Sundial," Lyman's "The Unreachable Voices of Ghosts," and Perin's "Medic!" stood out for me.
"The Unreachable Voices of Ghosts": Spacers set out to catch black holes, but if they don't get one, they (usually) don't come back. It's kind of a community out there, and some people end up closer to each other -- both physically and emotionally -- than they had originally planned. :: This is dark and very character-driven, which is hard to do in the limitations of a short story with such a complicated world to build. 3.5 stars.
"Maddy Dune's First and Only Spelling Bee": I'm not telling you anything about this. You have to go read it. :: Dear Patrick O'Sullivan, I would like to read a novel featuring Maddy and Tan. Love, Emily. 5 stars.
"The Truth, From a Lie of Convenience" : At first, this seemed very, very similar to Heinlein's The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. It seems to be pretty much the same setting, except the fight for Luna's independence was won in a very different way. Our hero is a washed-up journalist who might have possibly stumbled upon a conspiracy that killed many Luna City residents. :: I liked Heinlein's work a lot, but could really see how the Lunar government could have tried some different tactics to secure sovereignty. Particularly if they didn't have Mike. However, I didn't particularly connect with Marianne, and found it hard to root for her. 3.5 stars.
"In Apprehension, How Like a God": An envoy-type guy is investigating the apparent suicide of a high muckety-muck at an Academy that - I think - controls the veracity of the internet.Read more ›
This has been my favorite volume so far and I'm adding several of these writers to my to-read list.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This annual issue of Writers of the Future delivers great Sci-Fi by new authors. The editors never fail to choose amazing short stories from (mostly) unpublished authors, based on... Read morePublished 23 months ago by withspirit
So this is an anthology of short stories. It is actually a contest that the winners actually get published. So to give it five stars is really misleading. Read morePublished on May 14, 2013 by Lincoln Dewey
Great new stories of sci fi. Great forum for new writers. Highly recommend. Love the article on Art by Hubbard.Published on February 17, 2013 by capt367272
This is the first Writers of the Future anthology I've read and I was impressed. Although there were only 4 stories that I really enjoyed, they were unique ideas with unexpected... Read morePublished on May 20, 2012 by Soggie