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  • Series: L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future (Book 29)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 586 pages
  • Publisher: Galaxy Press (June 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161986200X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1619862005
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #778,381 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

“The Contest has opened the way for scores of writers and has set them out on the fine careers they deserve.” – Jack Williamson

“Some of the best SF of the future comes from Writers of the Future.” – David Hartwell Hugo-Award-winning editor


Publishers Weekly, in their starred review for Writers of the Future volume 29 wrote:
* L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 29
Selected by a panel of judges and edited into a cohesive collection by Wolverton, this year's Writers of the Future collection is exciting and engrossing, with stories that range across the spectrum of SF and fantasy. Eschewing tried-and-true space opera and epic fantasy, these stories explore new mysteries and ideas. Death takes a bride in Marilyn Guttridge's "The Ghost Wife of Arlington." The secrets of the clock that powers the world are revealed in Christopher Reynaga's "The Grande Complication." Shannon Peavey's "Scavengers" introduces the Vulture Lady and explains why no one who leaves her domain ever returns. Adventurous, lighthearted, thought-provoking, and grim, these stories cover a wide range of science and magic, each unique, refreshing, and innovative in a variety of different ways. The anthology is fleshed out by essays from the late Hubbard, Nnedi Okorafor, and artist Larry Elmore. This book is not to be missed, full of exciting new writers to watch.

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.

Customer Reviews

If you are a science fiction fan, I highly recommend this book!
Connie Gruning
Each story has a unique idea in it which keeps you from getting bored as you read from beginning to end.
Melissa
Once I started reading this new volume, I must say that I enjoyed it even more than the last one!!
Teressa Morris

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Teressa Morris on June 14, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Once I started reading this new volume, I must say that I enjoyed it even more than the last one!! I enjoyed every story, but my two favorite were The Ghost Wife of Arlington, about Death's mistress, and Holy Days, which speculates about some extra special days being added to the calendar. What if there was one day a year when all ailments were healed, just for the day?

I also really appreciated the helpful articles in the book. There is an article for illustrators by Larry Elmore, Journey For a New Artist, but it was the two articles for writers that really struck a chord with me. The first, by L. Ron Hubbard, is titled The Manuscript Factory. In it, Hubbard gives a great perspective on writing for money that should resonate with all of us who do this for living, be we bloggers, journalists or artists:

"If you write insincerely, if you think the lowest pulp can be written insincerely, and still sell, then you're in for trouble unless your luck is terribly good. And luck rarely strikes twice."

The second article is by Nnedi Okorafor, one of this year's judges. She writes in The Sport of Writing:

"Rage can be a great blade sharpener. It doesn't feel good but it's burning inside you, so you might as well use it. Don't let it stop you from producing; channel it into your work instead. Let it serve a purpose. Produce something positive."

I recommended the previous volume of Writers of the Future for anyone who enjoys science fiction. I believe Volume 29 will be appreciated not just by science fiction and fantasy enthusiasts, but also by those who are looking to learn from the best.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review. All opinions are 100% my own.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tom McNulty on July 20, 2013
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Yes, you can judge a book by its cover. Writers of the Future Volume XXIX features a breathtaking cover by Stephen Youll titled "Retro City." Take a good look. There's a little bit of Flash Gordon and old fashioned pulp. The adventurer poised on some futuristic/retro rooftop is holding a ray gun and sporting an aviation helmet. The jetpack on his back says it all. Now look at the detail of the cityscape. I want to be there, and so do you!

Such magnificent covers are not unusual for the Writers of the Future, now entering its 30th year. Previous artists such as Frank Frazetta have offered eye-splitting covers for several of these anthologies. Best of all, this contest works in tandem with the Illustrators of the Future contest and the stories are illustrated with work by the winning contestants. The winners for this 29th volume are John Eno, Joshua Meehan, Luis Menacho, Olivia Xu, Daniel Reneau, Jackie Albano, Aldo Katayanagi, Sida Chen, Karsen Slater, James J. Eads, Lucas Durham and Tiffany England. All of their wonderful illustrations had another depth of quality to this book.

As expected, the stories are all top-flight entertainments. "War Hero" by Brian Trent kicks the anthology into high gear with this outstanding tale about vengeance and warfare. A few slight-of-hand plot twists and really solid writing make "War Hero" a splendid piece of science fiction writing. Next up is "Planetary Scouts" by Stephen Sottong, a hard-hitting sci-fi tale that had me mesmerized from the first paragraph. Two scouts are sent to distant planets to report on the possibility of discovering intelligent life, and quite often surviving the expeditions can be hair-raising if not fatal. Tina Gower's "Twelve Seconds" is the third straight science fiction story and equally as good as the others.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stacie D. Wyatt on June 24, 2013
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I read Writers of the Future, in exchange for honest review from Business 2 Blogger. I received a paperback book. The book was also published by Galaxy Press, LLC.

The book provides 13 stories from the Writer's of the Future International Writers' Program, in addition to three essays on writing and illustration. Before each story, there is a bio of both the author and illustrator. The first story was War Hero by Brian Trent and illustrated by Jon Eno. Wow, the story was amazing. It was a science-fiction story about a man, who has to kill a leader again. Both men have been given new bodies. The War Hero has been given the body of the leader's son. The story is taking place on Mars. The story was a little confusing at first, but after reading further, I was hooked. This is one of the best science-fiction books I have read in a long time. I have not read any L.Ron Hubbard books yet, but I plan to. The books provide a great collection of upcoming authors.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lincoln Dewey on June 22, 2013
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First story about body swapping and spying very cool.

Story two...Planetary Scouts..Determining if alien planets are livable and do not possess intelligent life already. The entire story is good however our scouts go from one ruthlessly lethal planet to the next, each time striving to reach mission 25 and retire. They don't quite make it to mission 25, but hey they do get to retire.

Story 3 a heart felt story told from the perspective of an autistic man. It was very good and if people could see passed his "disability" he would of been able to solve the mystery of the story. Poignant.

Story 4 is a how to become a writer by L. Ron Hubbard and was written in 1935. It says something when the same principles apply in 2013. Not a story per say so I read some of it and moved on. If I wanted to be real writer I probably would of given it more time.
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Story 5 has to be inspired by the book and movie "Hugo" Time stops and the world clock has to be repaired.

Story 6 is a reflection of government taking over society. To make a profit is a crime..free health care as long as you have insurance and pay for the ambulance in advance. Government housing projects. The main character a felon because he dared run an electronic repair shop without paying for setup fees and paying the unions and paying the beast of government. Its a sad statement on the way things are leaning.

Story 7 is an out of time autopsy..pretty cool

Story 8 is another motivational speech about writing, I skipped it, however it starts with an epic tennis match that I suppose few people cared about.

Story 9 is told from the perspective of an ultra intelligent 4 year old. She has something constricting her vocal chords and as such has not been able to speak.
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