- Series: L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future (Book 28)
- Mass Market Paperback: 568 pages
- Publisher: Galaxy Press (June 17, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781619860766
- ISBN-13: 978-1619860766
- ASIN: 1619860767
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,735,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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
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Not every science fiction or fantasy story is for every fan. This book has bright new authors trying to make their mark on the genre, and on the world. Give it a read. I give it four stars.
I was well aware of the Writers of the Future anthology, but I have never read one before Volume XXVIII, which I received free of charge from Galaxy Press in exchange for my honest review.
Volume XXVIII features pure science fiction from new authors such as Marie Croke, William Ledbetter, David Carani, Roy Hardin, M. O. Mureil, William Mitchell, Nick T. Chan, Harry Lang, Lost Pine, Shaun Tan, Corry L. Lee, Tom Doyle, Gerald Warfield, and Scott T. Barnes. The introduction is by K. D. Wentworth and author Kristine Kathryn Rusch writes about The Importance of Short Fiction. For a bonus is the essay Story Vitality by L. Ron Hubbard. Along side these stories are illustrations by Emily Gandin, J.F. Smith, Paul Pederson, Hunter Bonyun, Rhiannon Taylor, Craig Trowbridge, Mago Husang, Pat R. Steiner, Greg Opalinski, Fiona Meng, Jay Richard, and John W. Haverty Jr.
The stories are intriguing, ranging from classic science fiction plots such as rain implants, island of floating garbage, cyborgs, trips to Mars, and aliens. My favorite would have to be Fast Draw by Roy Hardin. I also enjoyed The Rings of Mars by William Ledbetter and Contact Authority as both reminded me of the Twilight Zone. The other stories are well written, but the plots didn't keep my interests. Writers of the Future anthologies are one of the last pulp-like short stories out there. Overall, I enjoyed reading Volume XXVIII and I recommend it to others.