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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 sagas)
“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
“Sally Gardner, the enormously creative author of I, Coriander, chucks magic, a quest and scoopfuls of jeopardy into the first book in her new series. It's also got dyslexia-friendly type, and Nick Maland's illustrations add to the fun” — Alex O'Connell, The Times, Children's Book of the Week.
“This enchanting new series is an absolute delight ... Striking just the right note of whimsy and magic” — Fiona Noble, The Bookseller, Editor's Choice
“An idiosyncratic genius” — The Times
“An enchanting story, in which elements of traditional fairy tale verge on the surreal. But Gardner's skill is to contain even her wildest ideas within a meticulous plot” — Emily Bearn, Daily Telegraph, Books of the Year 2018.
About the Author
- ASIN : B00CE2CC30
- Publisher : Galaxy Press (April 16, 2013)
- Publication date : April 16, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 1616 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Not Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 492 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 161986200X
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,044,500 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Imagine, then, what it’s like to find one book with 12 interesting new authors, all at once. It’s exactly what you get with Writers of the Future Volume 29. As a collection of the fiction, it’s a cornucopia of clever tales and excellent writing, and you won’t even need to buy 12 different books to enjoy each author.
Perhaps only slightly hyperbolically, the cover says that the stories “show us who we are, what we may become, and how far we can go.” Indeed, the stories may be more imaginative than predictive, but it does nothing to diminish their ability to convey the reader away from the ordinary and to lands and worlds unbounded by time or physics. And, eschewing the cliches even as it embraces them, the stories prove that science fiction and its close cousin fantasy are just as much about people and relationships as spaceships and magic.
The Writers of the Future contest is unique among collections of short stories. Where others focus on a topic, share a single author, or even share the same imaginary world, the commonality between tales in Writers of the Future Volume 29 is in their selection by a panel of judges comprised of the who’s who of science fiction and fantasy authors and headed by Dave Wolverton. Authors submit their work to the panel and their submissions are reviewed blind.
In other words, the only commonality is the genre and the high level of writing. Only the best selections win, and it shows. Each tale is carefully crafted, from “cut to the chase” openings that thrust the reader right in the middle of the action, to heart breaking conclusions that both satisfy and leave you wanting more. In addition to the tales, the contest features art from the parallel contest for art, as well as essays on writing by L.Ron Hubbard, Dave Wolverton, and others.
One of my favorite s was “Planetary Scouts” by Stephen Sottong. In the far future, he writes, technology has taken humanity to the stars, but only to confront the harsh reality that many of the planets we might colonize are already occupied, often by forms of life not welcoming to our exploration.
Another exciting tale by Brian Trent is “Hero,” a fast paced story about a young man who must face his nemesis not once, but twice, in a revolution that sweeps the peaks of Mars.
“Dreameater” by Andrea Stewart is a clever and horrifying story about a girl coming to grip with the terrible legacy that may become her future.
And there are more. Writers of the Future Volume 29 is replete with great writing and good stories. If you want a bead on tomorrows great writers, this is the place to start reading.
On the whole I enjoyed the stories. They are well written and promising, though some of them suffer from logic problems that suggest they weren't thought through all the way before they were written down. I thought most of these stories were written by beginning writers because of the straight linearity of the stories and their simple story arcs. There isn't the complexity you see with more experienced writers who are looking to surprise the reader a little. This led to the stories being a bit predictable. This didn't turn me off to the stories, I still had a good time with the collection and look forward to reading more WotF in the future. The artwork is quite good as well and gave the stories a booster shot that enhanced the words. The essay by L. Ron Hubbard was refreshingly mercenary in its content, and it reminded me that writing is a business as well as a creative endeavor, which I can sometimes lose sight of as I work on stories and novels all day. This book is a good value for its money, which is the highest praise I can give a book; at eight bucks for 13 pieces you're getting a bargain here.
I purchased this book because I wanted an idea as to what stories were accepted, as I too have been submitting to the quarterly Writers of the Future contest.
Like most anthologies or short story collections, not all stories connected with me. But, what few I didn't like someone else undoubtedly will, and the ones I liked outweighted the ones that didn't. Hence the 5-star rating.
Among some of my favorites were "Cop for a Day" by Chrome Oxide (love that pen name!), "War Hero" by Brian Trent, "Master Belladino's Mask" by Marina J. Lostetter, and the grand-prize winning "Twelve Seconds" by Tina Gower.
Aside from the wonderful stories, the illustrations were well-worth the price of admission.
Tucked within the book were also essays by Dave Wolverton, L. Ron Hubbard, and others. Hubbard's "The Manuscript Factory" was sheer brilliant, and Nnedi Okorafor's "The Sport of Writing" put a unique perspective on the craft of writing.(
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I mostly ignored the two "how to write" essays and the L Ron Hubbard branding which I think would put people off in the UK, certainly more than in the US.
it has to compete with a lot of free stuff on the web and it does that well.