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L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 1985
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From Publishers Weekly
The newest installment in the venerable annual contest/anthology series started by the late Hubbard features stories by 17 previously unpublished writers and 17 winning illustrations from new artists. Like most anthologies, this volume is uneven: the majority of the material is passable, with a few outright duds. However, this edition also contains two bona fide masterpieces: Ray Roberts's "The Haunted Seed" tells the story of a deserted space ship whose computer is in love with a dead crewmember, while Ari Goelman's outstanding "Lost on the Road" is a lovingly constructed fairy tale in which a young faery slave eventually finds his family and freedom. A few brief pieces by the pros enhance the collection: Andre Norton offers advice to new writers ("Above all, a writer must be a reader"); H.R. Van Dongen gives tips on illustration ("Develop a composition designed to lead the eye into the picture"); and Hubbard, in a rambling previously published essay, urges writers to set challenges for themselves. There are better (and worse) anthologies on the shelf, but the Hubbard imprimatur will undoubtedly move copies.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
"...a record of nurturing and discovering writers who have gone on to make their mark in the science fiction field." -- Neil Gaiman
"...is a terrific program for new writers, ...
. It has my heartiest support and unqualified recommendation." -- Terry Brooks
"...these stories will satisfy readers searching for new talent." -- Publishers Weekly --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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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.
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.
Fortunately, this volume is one of the rare exceptions. Boy does it have terrific stories!
I too am also a contestant trying to get into this superb anthology. I've read and entered since the beginning, though with inconsistent output. Let's hope I and the others who haven't gotten a chance yet to be recognized for their writing/yarning talent will be in next year's anthology.
There's only one niggling afterthought that I have to express here. Is it me, or have the L. Ron Hubbard "How to write" articles within the newer volumes become increasingly obscure and irrelevant? Bring back the more basic articles that graced the first ten volumes of this anthology series, please!
Overall, top-notch work!
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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