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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

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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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Product Details

  • Series: L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future (Book 27)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Galaxy Press (June 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159212870X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592128709
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,816,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Christina A. Smith on July 11, 2011
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Writers of the Future is a writing contest dedicated to discovering new and emerging writers in the Science Fiction and Fantasy field.

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.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. E. Geiser on November 13, 2011
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I had forgotten how much I love these books. A friend turned me on to this volume and reading it was like coming home.

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.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. S. Charpentier on January 10, 2013
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I have to concur, these are truly the writers of the future. However, a lot of the submissions seemed quite similar. All but one take place in the future, and most take place in space or on another planet. Several feature a type of envoy as the main character. So, let's break it down:

"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.
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As a longtime science fiction fan and as an author writing my first scifi novel, I really enjoyed this book. I read and reread the "how-to" articles interspersed among the stories, and learned a few things I hope to utilize as I finish my editing process. Although the themes were familiar...ie, the isolation of space travel, the discovery of misunderstood species, the conflicts of immortality...the stories were fresh and enjoyable.
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By Angie Lisle on October 27, 2014
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I avoided this series for a long time because L Ron Hubbard's religious cult scares me. Then, I received two volumes (29 and 30) in exchange for reviews and now, I'm reading the series backwards.

This has been my favorite volume so far and I'm adding several of these writers to my to-read list.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard Winder on August 13, 2012
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"L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Vol. 27" is a good read for fans of SF, and new authors, too. The collection spans a range of SF types offered by new authors- from hard SF where technology is king, to the softer kind that delves into the mythical and metaphysical. I'm a fan of the former type myself, although I'm not adverse to reading a good fable. The anthology also offers artwork from up-and-coming illustrators, and technical articles on writing and publishing SF and SF art. I thought all of the stories were of at least four-star quality, with nary a boring one in the lot. A general pattern I did notice with many of the stories was the occasional bit of uneven pacing and a few rapid jumps in the plot in the rush to tighten things up. Not that any of this detracted from my reading, however. I think many of these stories, including the ones I do not specifically mention below, could be expanded to very enjoyable novellas or novels if the ideas were more fleshed out, or if the plot were to continue from the beginning point established in the short story. The stories I most admired, that I would give four and a half stars, included "The Truth from a Lie of Convenience," by B. Harvey, in which a washed up reporter confronts a murder mystery on the moon, "In apprehension, how like a God," by R.P.L. Johnson, in which higher learning takes on a whole new meaning, and "Medic," by A. Perin, which features the moral struggles of a broken soul trying to complete his stint as a military medic. I also enjoyed "The Dualist" by V.A. Hughes, with its timely message about religious competition, "Sailing the Sky Sea," by G. Lanesskog, featuring a daring survival effort in the upper atmosphere of a gas giant, and "The Sundial" by J.Read more ›
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