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“Science fiction as a genre has always looked to the future and the Writers of the Future looks to the future of science fiction.” —Kevin J. Anderson (co-author of the Dune series
“Some of the most excellent speculative fiction that you can find. They’re cutting edge.” —Nnedi Okorafor
“These are the people who are going to be creating trends.” —Brandon Sanderson
“Writers of the Future, as a contest and as a book, remains the flagship of short fiction.” —Orson Scott Card
“The best new stories by new writers, anywhere.” —Larry Niven
“See the best of the best culled for you, curated and selected in a single volume every year.” —Robert J. Sawyer
“An absolute wealth of imagination, adventure, excitement, stimulation and joy, every possible human emotion.” —Sean Williams
“A very generous legacy from L. Ron Hubbard a fine, fine fiction writer for the writers of the future.” —Anne McCaffrey
“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
“Some of the best SF of the future comes from Writers of the Future.” —David Hartwell Hugo-Award-winning editor
“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
“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
“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
“Supports new and enthusiastic artists pursue their dream...” —Stephen Youll
“Writers of the Future played a critical role in the early stages of my career.” —Eric Flint
“Writers of the Future was an accelerator to my writing development.” —Jo Beverley
“WOTF judges encouraged me to write more.” —Eric James Stone
“I highly recommend it to everyone...” —Ken Scholes
“Writers of the Future launched my career...” —David Sakmyster
“They really do know how to pick and train talent.” —Mike Resnick
“The Illustrators of the Future is an amazing compass for what the art industry holds in store for all of us.” —Dan dos Santos
“The best-selling SF anthology series of all time.” —Locus Magazine
“Writers of the Future collection is exciting and engrossing, with stories that range across the spectrum of SF and fantasy. Tried-and-true space opera and epic fantasy, these stories explore new mysteries and ideas.” —Publishers Weekly
“This is a fine collection that will appeal to both fans of science fiction and fantasy short stories and aspiring writers looking for ways to improve their craft.” — Booklist
“Verdict: Speculative fiction fans will welcome this showcase of new talent.” —Library Journal, Starred Review
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- Publication date : May 4, 2015
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- Print length : 478 pages
- Publisher : Galaxy Press; 1st edition (May 4, 2015)
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That being the case, I didn’t want to write a negative review and detract from some really great stories, nor did I want to gush over the volume when that would suggest I thought all of the stories were outstanding. And I didn’t want to review each story individually. So I thought I’d just highlight my favorite sf and fantasy story.
Sharon Joss wrote a delightful SF story, “Stars That Make Dark Heaven Light” about humans trying to colonize an uninhabitable planet. Rather than terraforming the planet, they attempt to modify human DNA in order to adapt their children to the planet. Unfortunately, The colonization is failing, that is until aliens are discovered.
Samantha Murray wrote a haunting fantasy story, “Half Past,” told from the point of view of a young witch who wants to leave the safety of her father’s home. When experiencing strong emotions, the witch produces an echo, i.e., a ghostlike duplicate of herself that is stuck in the time period it was created in. As she says goodbye to her echoes in preparation for leaving, she discovers something about herself that changes everything.
The other stories in this collection were all written, but the ideas behind them seemed more tame and not that exciting. These stories were still worth reading, but they didn't grab me the way these two stories did. This is typical for WotF. Every year I really like a couple of stories, and the rest strike me as ho-hum. It's interesting, because my tastes seem to diverge from the contest judges. What the hell are they looking at? Why do they believe that mediocre stories are first-rate? Or is it just that they are good examples of their types? So, I recommend this collection, and the stories are above average, and you doubtless will like some stories different from me. Maybe you'll like them all? Good luck, and good reading!
The tales themselves explore all manner of themes and topics, proving that despite our advances in science, there's still a lot of science fiction ideas to explore. Some of my favorites stories in the anthology were: "Stars That Make Dark Heaven Light" - which deals with what makes one human; "A Revolutionary's Guide to Practical Conjuration" - proving once more the devil is in the details; "Twelve Minutes to Vihn Quang" - family is everything and all is not as it may appear - tread carefully; "Wisteria Melancholy" - where your power stems from trauma and family is what you make for yourself.
Read a copy to see which turn out to be your favorites! :)
In the first story, I start to lose interest when he explains Mindnet and then the drug that makes you feel better than normal. I don’t think too many people can realistically show the future. The present tone tense of it didn't bring me into the story very well, and the ability to call people without using a phone didn't seem to be maintained. They still microwave popcorn? It’s like the author really didn’t get into this new world he’s created. I didn't like the ending.
Story two was cute and short but unsatisfying.
Story three was about a gal who can’t seem to reach womanhood but they decide to marry her off anyway because the people are needing new offspring. We are dropped into this world with little background, but it’s all about this girl’s relationship to others in a world that appears to be barely able to support its survivors. There’s no real indication, either, of what life is like here – how do they find food, what do they do all day? Or how or why they got here. It was an interesting read overall, though, kept me wanting to know more, and the ending was quite good.
The one about the magic book kept me going in the beginning but then got really hard to read with unsatisfying ending. Lacking in any real plot, with an environment and action that was too hard for me to follow or comprehend. I liked the one with Pup, and his adventures with Ghost, but got lost as to what the box was that he retrieved, so that made for an unsatisying ending.
I liked the one about the Echo, how a girl leaves patterned “selves” behind. It has a good twist to it, and easy to read.
Inconstant Moon most reminded me of Heinlein, who’s sci-fi I adore. I’m not big on apocalypse stories but this one was very well done. Real people in unreal situations. Those make the best stories – or unreal people in real situations. Either way. The characters have to appeal to us, and obviously no writer can appeal to all readers.
In Poseidon’s Eyes, which I read later was an award winner, I got drawn into the main sub-character’s story in an unusual way. The bum who sleeps in his car “demonstrated what the whole town was like”. Now the person describing the town really doesn’t give a clue what that means, but you will find out at the end. It’s kind of like what you’d call framing in an article. There were a few distractions for me. It was written in past tense but first person and the character had the line “heedless of the pain that rubbed off” referring to herself not noticing something. Well, then, how could she mention it? Should have added “until later,” since this was past tense. First person can be a challenge. There was also a murder, the first in 50 years, and you want to hang around to find out about that. Later refers to “feelings that could kill” even though the town wasn’t described as being murderous. And then there are the spirits that float around everyone, as though part of the town. Everything does get wrapped up pretty well, and I suspect the distractions may have been deliberate.
There are a few nonfiction articles thrown in and I like the one about writing for readers. I’ve had these feelings and experiences myself. But when it comes to seeing ALL of these as better than the one I entered that’s been rejected, I struggled. Some, definitely. To be honest, I couldn’t read the Hubbard story. I’m more a Heinlein fan myself. I doubt I’ll be buying more of these collections, but I’m sure many readers would enjoy them.
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A personal favourite from the competition was the laugh-a-plenty 'God Whisperer' by Daniel J. Davis (illustrated by Alex Brock), with its fun and novel twist on a common domestic problem.
I don't believe this is the best collection of short SF stories available.