- Paperback: 568 pages
- Publisher: Bridge Publications (CA); First Edition edition (October 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1573182044
- ISBN-13: 978-1573182041
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,049,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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L. Ron Hubbard Presents The Best of Writers of the Future Paperback – October, 2000
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This first volume started it all and is definitely a must read for Sci-fi fans as the stories hail from different worlds, different cultures and different sub-genres. It creates a good pace as from story to story the reader never knows what the next one holds in store for them.
This program is open to new writers only, and all work is reviewed by noted SF authors, anonymously (the submissions are numbered & coded.) The best from each quarter are chosen, and there are monetary prizes for the quarterly and annual winners. Part of the prize is that the work is published at the end of the year in that year’s book. Another part is that the winners are flown to LA for the awards ceremony.
Thus, each volume is completely full of new, unpublished work, by new authors chosen by the best writers in the field.
This is great for readers, because it ensures that nearly any fan will find a good proportion of the volume to be of interest to them, and the entire volume is full of well written stories. Interspersed in the book are how-to tips for new authors, so the book functions as a mini-textbook on SF writing, with articles about the business and well-written stories to demonstrate good writing.
But that is not the best part, the best part is that the program encourages new writers in the best possible manner—it pays them well for their work and publicizes it.
Over the 2+ decades that the program has run, it has launched a sizable number of new SF authors into their careers.
Any volume of this series is full of good reads, and they are often very fresh views in a field which has, over the decades, ranged from fresh and experimental to stodgy and hidebound. If you haven’t read a particular volume, you cannot go wrong in reading it.
Algis Budrys, the editor for the past few years, is well known as both a writer and editor in the SF field.
For those who enjoy sci-fi or are aspiring authors but have never read one of these Writers of the Future collections, you are missing out. The stories, even when they aren't great, often give you new worlds to think about and tips from authors on writing better. The article on suspense from L. Ron Hubbard in this edition was especially interesting.