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L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future/10th Anniversary Edition Paperback – May 1, 1994
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Pre-order today
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For almost 15 years, this widely heralded, award-winning anthology series has been propelling readers into realms beyond time and space, parallel worlds and alternate realities and place at the infinite edges of the imagination. The impetus for these startling voyages has come from the best new writers of speculative fiction--the winners of the internationally acclaimed Writers of the Future Contest.
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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.
When you turn these pages, be prepared to look into many futures -- including the future of science fiction and fantasy itself. The names in front of the stories are new, but many of them are likely to become as familiar to the readers of tommorow, as the judges who chose these stories for inclusion in this anthology are to today's readers. Judges like Gregory Benford, Orson Scott Card, Anne McCaffrey, Andre Norton, Frederik Pohl, Robert Silverberg, Jack Williamson, Dave Wolverton, and others, all stellar -- even legendary -- figures in their own right. Read and I think you'll agree: they chose these Writers of the Future carefully and well.
When the story starts out, the demon lives in the waters beneath Charon's boat (in the River Styx), where he often interrupts the Charon's job ferrying the dead across the water. While toying with a deceased soul, the demon is conjured into the Elenora, a woman who has apparently gained some skill as a witch. Elenora wants to use the demon in a plot to torment, torture and then kill the Miara, her brother's new wife. She is upset about the end of her incestuous relationship with her bother, and the fact that her brother's new wife will replace her as the heir to his great fortune.
Conjured by Elenora, the demon's body remains in her cellar within a chalked five-point star and circle of candles, while Elenora commands the demon's ethereal spirit to accompany her on her devious errands. The demon's ethereal self has impressive power to direct suggestions and temptations to other people.
Elenora's evil designs and the demon's lustful impulses cause pain in the lives of all those they encounter in the execution of the Elenora's plan to regain her place as the only woman in her brother's life. But the demon's own cruel actions shock him into a remembrance of when he was mortal youth, before he died and was consigned to his demon state. His recalls the event when, as a young soldier, he let violent and sexual urges overcome him to victimize a fleeing civilian woman -- an act which transformed him into a monster even while he was still human. The demon is also affected by the nobility and goodness within Miara, and even by the deeply hidden honor and ethical sense within Elenora's outwardly soulless brother. Eventually the story, which has intentionally shocked with depravity, reveals a shocking amount of redemption and morality.
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