From Publishers Weekly
The 34th collection of finalists for the Writers of the Future competition features expertly crafted and edited stories and art, running the gamut from humorous to bone-chilling. Speculative fiction is interspersed with essays on the crafts of writing and illustrations from the field’s luminaries, most notably Jerry Pournelle’s “Paying It Forward,” which features words of advice he received from Robert Heinlein….Each piece of art embraces the story it accompanies to create a harmonious whole. This inspired, well-rounded anthology has a little something for everyone.
“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
“These are the people who are going to be creating trends.” —Brandon Sanderson
“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
“See the best of the best culled for you, curated and selected in a single volume every year.” —Robert J. Sawyer
Galaxy's Edge Magazine - There are a number of good reasons why you should read this anthology. One is that the selection of stories is excellent. There are no weak stories. Writers of the Future gets thousands of entries from all over the world each year, and collect only the best. Another is that in the past volumes you would have discovered early winning new talent such as Eric Flint, Brandon Sanderson, K. D. Wentworth and more now familiar names. There is also a number of insightful essays, including some good advice for new writers that might have been the last thing Jerry Pournelle wrote. The stories are all matched with high quality color art by up and coming new artists from the Illustrators of the Future contest…. So to get a preview of future bestsellers and to just enjoy over 450 pages of well written and beautifully illustrated stories and novellas, read Writers of the Future, volume 34.