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Writers of the Future 26, Science Fiction Short Stories, Anthology of Winners of Worldwide Writing Contest (L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future) Mass Market Paperback – October 19, 2010

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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

About the Author

With 19 New York Times bestsellers and more than 230 million copies of his works in circulation, L. Ron Hubbard is among the most acclaimed and widely read authors of our time.  As a leading light of American Pulp Fiction through the 1930s and ’40s, he is further among the most influential authors of the modern age. Indeed, from Ray Bradbury to Stephen King, there is scarcely a master of imaginative tales who has not paid tribute to L. Ron Hubbard.

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Product Details

  • Series: L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future (Book 26)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Galaxy Press (October 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592128475
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592128471
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,737,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By momto8 on February 7, 2016
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I really loved these great collection of short stories and novelettes. This brand always looks for new and emerging writers to bring a freshness to the world of Fantasy and Science Fiction. It as always is a rather lengthy book for a lengthy enjoyment.

I received this item at a discounted price in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. I am in no way employed by, or receiving compensation from the manufacturer, seller or Amazon for my review. All opinions, observations and statements are my own based on my personal experience with the item
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When I decided to enter the Writers of the Future contest, I bought a copy of this book to study the essays and winning stories. I was impressed by the variety and quality of the writing. Not only was the book a good way to learn, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. The strategy paid off big-time when my story "Fast Draw" was selected as a published finalist in volume 28. I would recommend these books and the Writers of the Future contest to any aspiring writer of fantasy or science fiction.
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I bought this book to give me a chance to read a wider selection of science fiction and fantasy short stories. There are some really good ones in this collection, and it was more than worth the purchase price!
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I have never been sorry for purchasing the books in these series. And if you have been interested in science fiction and fantasy but not quite sure what books to take the plunge with this is good way to start. You get to sample different genres and with a shorter time commitments. And frankly I love short stories it's not a major commitment of your time and in a lot of ways it's harder to tell a good story in less words than more.
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Each new volume of L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future series of anthologies collects the winning stories from that year's contest. Started in 1983, it has gone on to become one of the most well-known contests for science fiction and fantasy stories. Entries from amateur or unpublished writers are accepted quarterly, with several levels of awards given. The first, second, and third place winners for each quarter earn publication in the anthology and a workshop with professionals in the field. Out of the four first place stories, one is granted the Gold Award, which comes with extra prestige and payment. A companion contest for illustrators is held concurrently, and the winners each illustrate one of the stories in the anthology.

This is the first of these anthologies that I have had the chance to read, and they may certainly vary from year to year. I found that this volume was weighted toward science fiction, with fewer fantasy selections. The stories are interspersed with short essays about the field from well-known authors and artists. Overall, I enjoyed this book and I thought that it was a solid collection of fiction. I'll highlight some of my favorite stories below.

"Living Rooms", by Laurie Tom, was the first story in the collection, and the Gold Award winner. Rill returns home after several years among ladies at court. Her father has died, but the animated personas of each room in his house have remained. Rill must confront the threat of a neighboring wizard while unraveling the secrets that her father left behind. This was a well-rounded story and a solid opening to the collection. While this was fantasy, with wizards and magic, the focus was different from many such tales.

In a unique look at androids, Alex Black brings us "Lisa With Child".
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The stories are very imaginative and interesting. The collection has many good writers, like any book some are better than others but overall all the stories are very good. My favorite story was easily 'The House of Nameless' by Jason Fischer. I love the illustrations. Many books don't offer any visual art other than the cover, so I enjoyed seeing these with each story. I bought this at a discount price in exchange for an honest and unbiased opinion.
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I really appreciate this collection of stories. I've learned a lot from them. I think this will help me create my own fantasy novels in the future. It's a great reference for those who are learning the art of writing. I highly recommend this kindle!
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