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Writers of the Future Volume 28 (L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future) Mass Market Paperback – June 17, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1619860766 ISBN-10: 1619860767 Edition: 1ST

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  • Series: L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future (Book 28)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 568 pages
  • Publisher: Galaxy Press; 1ST edition (June 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1619860767
  • ISBN-13: 978-1619860766
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #408,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Overall, I enjoyed reading Volume XXVIII and I recommend it to others.
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And there's an illustrator's contest as well, such judges as Robert Castillo and Diane Dillion checking out the illustrations.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Coffee Addicted Writer's Reviews TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 17, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Writers of the Future is a yearly writing contest founded by the late L. Ron Hubbard. The contest takes placed quarterly. The contest is held quarterly for new unpublished writers with the winner receiving $1,500. The quarterly winners compete for an additional $5,000 and a trophy with a gold quill and star set in red-based lucite. The four top writers from each quarter also get published in an annual anthology.

I was well aware of the Writers of the Future anthology, but I have never read one before Volume XXVIII, which I received free of charge from Galaxy Press in exchange for my honest review.

Volume XXVIII features pure science fiction from new authors such as Marie Croke, William Ledbetter, David Carani, Roy Hardin, M. O. Mureil, William Mitchell, Nick T. Chan, Harry Lang, Lost Pine, Shaun Tan, Corry L. Lee, Tom Doyle, Gerald Warfield, and Scott T. Barnes. The introduction is by K. D. Wentworth and author Kristine Kathryn Rusch writes about The Importance of Short Fiction. For a bonus is the essay Story Vitality by L. Ron Hubbard. Along side these stories are illustrations by Emily Gandin, J.F. Smith, Paul Pederson, Hunter Bonyun, Rhiannon Taylor, Craig Trowbridge, Mago Husang, Pat R. Steiner, Greg Opalinski, Fiona Meng, Jay Richard, and John W. Haverty Jr.

The stories are intriguing, ranging from classic science fiction plots such as rain implants, island of floating garbage, cyborgs, trips to Mars, and aliens. My favorite would have to be Fast Draw by Roy Hardin. I also enjoyed The Rings of Mars by William Ledbetter and Contact Authority as both reminded me of the Twilight Zone. The other stories are well written, but the plots didn't keep my interests. Writers of the Future anthologies are one of the last pulp-like short stories out there. Overall, I enjoyed reading Volume XXVIII and I recommend it to others.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cissa on November 25, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the first time I've read one of these anthologies- I can see I've been missing out!

No bad stories here, though some were more polished than others. To mention a few:

"The Siren" by M.O. Muriel was truly weird and surreal; nicely paced, though, as our understanding of what was going on tracked the events quite tightly.

"Contact Authority" by William Mitchell was a good first-contact story with a twist. Nicely done in the first-contact aspects, and the galactic ramifications were interesting and well-thought-out.

I'm not sure what to think about "My Name is Angela" (Harry Lang), except that it will stay with me for quite a while. it was an intense and compelling read.

These stories were the high points for me, though I did enjoy several of the others. A few of them, though, were pretty predictable- "The Command for Love" by Nick T. Chan, for example, and the first 2 stories. And "While Ireland Holds These graves" by Tom Doyle just never really came together; I think there was too much world background needed, and not enough was included.

Unfortunately, we only get to see small grayscale versions of the winning illustrator's work, and that's really not enough to make any informed opinions on it- color would make such a difference!

This MMPB is also ungainly- it is too big to even open comfortably without cracking the spine, and a number of the pages had printing so close to the binding that it was difficult to read. If one really must make such a huge MMPB, being careful to have sufficient margins toward the spine is vital to keep it readable.

I appreciate all the effort that went into writing and collecting these stories and illustrations, and for the most part I enjoyed this collection more than most anthologies i read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Randy Stafford VINE VOICE on February 16, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Don't think of this as a collection of amateur stories. These stories are as proficient as those you will find in any anthology, more than many I'd say. Many of these stories are not even the first publication of their authors.

And don't think of this as some sort of talent-spotting exercise, a dutiful survey to see who might be the subject of "buzz" in the future. As with past winners, some of these authors will go on to distinguished careers. Others will fade away.

There is something here for most tastes in the fantastic: fantasy, surrealism, a bit of steampunk, and military and straight science fiction.

Some of that science fiction is conceptually inventive. If it isn't entirely groundbreaking, it at least looks at some old ideas in a new way. Three stories in this category were my favorites.

Actually, my favorite, Gerald Warfield's "The Poly Islands", may do something completely new in its setting - the famed island of floating garbage in the Pacific Ocean. Here, it's populated by criminal gangs, those on the run from those gangs like protagonist Liyang, and political refugees. Add in the mysterious nature of the Crab, leader of the Poly Island community, some intrigue, and the well-worked out details of living on an unstable platform of plastic garbage, and you have a winning story marred only a tiny bit by a somewhat schmaltzy ending.

You don't have to be enamored of James Joyce or all things Irish - and I'm not - to appreciate Tom Doyle's "While Ireland Holds These Graves". In a second revolution of independence, Ireland has decided to turn its back on the global order, to become a self-consciously ethnic state (though anybody, from anywhere, can join - Gallic speaking enabled by brain implants) apart from the bland global order.
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