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L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Vol. 24 Mass Market Paperback – September 8, 2008
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This latest collection of thirteen science-fiction and fantasy stories from novice authors upholds the high standards set by previous volumes in the series. In Erin Cashier's compelling post-apocalyptic tale "Cruciger," 30 WC Planet Builder Duxa, an intelligent spacecraft, undertakes a mission to recreate humanity on a terra-formed world after a plague destroys nearly all human life on Earth. Duxa's struggle to accomplish her mission is a sophisticated exploration of morality and faith. Kim A. Gillett's beautifully written "The Bird Reader's Granddaughter," a narrative of prophecy and fate, follows teenager Catia as she tries to learn the seer's craft from her grandmother. Based on these efforts, fans of the fantasy genre need not worry about an infusion of fresh blood; readers can expect more gripping, imaginative creations from these authors, and others represented in this volume, in the future.
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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
Top customer reviews
L. Ron Hubbard was a noted writer of pulp fiction in the 1930s and 1940s before he embarked upon his establishment of Dianetics. Despite media reports to the contrary, his output of science fiction was minimal, being more heavily influenced by adventure stories (similar to Jack London's tales), crime drama, fantasy and mysteries and even the occasional western and romance tale.
In the Eighties he created a contest for writers, which the publishers later expanded to illustrators. The winners get monetary prizes and some exposure. Some who have been published didn't really take advantage. Others such as Kevin J. Anderson went on to write Star Wars novels and adaptations.
Anyway, Volume XXIV (24) is not the best set of new stories I've read, which is usually what I expect in an anthology of anyone. But the themes of being more than you are, of freedom and slavery, of relationships with higher authority pepper all these tales.
I've read the majority of the book but will keep my comments to a few that I've read.
"A Man in the Moon" by Dr. Philip Edward Kaldon is a longish tale of a guy who finds out that he is dying and yet wants to go to the moon to establish a colony that is nearly finished being built. The relationship with his friend the doctor is interesting but there is no real conflict except for the occasional political rhetoric.
"Bitter Dreams" by Ian McHugh is an acquired taste. If you enjoy Australian writing, then this may be for you. Racism is confronted heavily in this story.
"Taking a Mile" by J. Kathleen Cheney was interesting. Viviana is a "facsimile". Facsimiles are androids made with a limited lifespan of a week and then they die. The Corporation wants to keep it that way. The facsimiles want human rights. Like a Cylon story, in a way.
"War Bird in the Belly of the Mouse" by David Parish-Whittaker was fun. Imagine two World War I pilots time-snatched from the past to help tourists fight fake war games in Sopwith Camels in the 21st Century. Sounds hokey but comes off nicely at the end.
"Snakes and Ladders" by Paula R. Stiles was a creepy tale about a future war where nanobots invade and kill life. In our hero's body are 'good' nanobots that achieve intelligence and start worshiping him as a god.
Finally, my last favorite was "The Bird Reader's Granddaughter" by Kim A. Gillett, a girl who learns how to foretell the future, using seagulls rather than tea leaves and why it might be best to leave the future as it is!
As usual there are writing and illustration articles to help the novice. "Circulate" by L. Ron Hubbard was written back in the 1940s and talks about how the novelist gets ideas for his stories and uses many examples from Jack London. "The Four C's to Success" by Cliff Nielsen, gives great advice not only in succeeding in art illustration but in any of the arts, really. Very practical article.
Each year these stories come out. Some volumes are great and some frankly are not. This one had a majority of fun sci-fi and fantasy stories that was enough of a mix to be interesting.
Can't wait for Volume XXV!