Science Fiction & Fantasy Anthology and Advice to Writers 2016
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The 32nd edition of Writers of the Future may be the best new book yet! Brand-new adventure through space, time and possibility.
Along the way these new authors will introduce you to fascinating characters such as Nate, a very loyal companion—like most werewolves would be. Keanie has a parasite that lets her morph and so transform into anyone. Liz owns a dinosaur maker, but raw ingredients can be a problem. Anna slaves away in a factory but her magic leaves her unfulfilled. These authors take creative writing to a whole new level!
The answers, the stories, the visions, and the mind-stretching possibilities are all waiting inside.
Welcome to the future of Science Fiction and Fantasy. It gets better every year. These are the award winning short stories of the international contest that have launched the writing careers of some of the best new books!
BONUS stories and articles on how to write by New York Times best sellers Tim Powers, Sean Williams, Brandon Sanderson, Sergey Poyarkov & L. Ron Hubbard
“The Writers of the Future contest looks for people with the best imaginations who can see through the possibilities of the strangest and best ideas and tell stories that intrigue us and involve us.” —Orson Scott Card
Celebrate the 32nd anniversary of the Writers of the Future contest and the 27th anniversary of the Illustrators of the Future contest
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About the Author
L. Ron Hubbard (1911 ¿ 1986), often referred to by his initials, LRH, was an American author and the founder of the Church of Scientology. Hubbard established his career as a writer with science fiction and fantasy novels, including the novel Battlefield Earth, which was adapted into a feature film in 2000. Starting in the 1950s, Hubbard created a system called Dianetics, which is a wide-ranging set of doctrines and practices that became the foundation of the religious movement Scientology.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I am somewhat of an impatient reader, so a story needs to grab my attention quickly and most of the stories contained in this volume did just that. I particularly enjoyed Jack of Souls by Stephen Merlino. Möbius by Christoph Weber, Images Across a Shattered Sea by Stewart Baker and Squalor and Sympathy by Matt Dovey. While reading these stories I found myself anxious to turn the page to see where it was going. I like science fiction stories that explore the potential dilemmas that our future societies will be facing; the story that delivered on this was Möbius. Möbius addresses some very important ethical questions that the medical community will soon need to confront and it does so in a fast-paced, detective-style format that I loved. I hope to see more material from all of these authors available on Amazon. Writers of the Future is a great venue to discover new authors and artists. I would prefer to see illustrations that are not computer enhanced; having said that, I really like the work of Adrian Massaro, Irvin Rodriguez and Marcela Ugarte Pena.
Something for everyone.
High quality speculative fiction from beginning to end. The up and coming Writers of the Future poured everything they had into these stories and it shows. Each story is brought to life by a full color illustration from the equally talented Illustrators of the Future. No matter what your tastes, hardcore or light-hearted, romance, humor or horror, there is something here for you
My initial rating and thoughts stand. The great thing about these WOTF collections is the breadth of story spectrum contained in these volumes. The future of Speculative Fiction looks grand. This is an early review based on an ARC received for three stories in exchange for a fair review. As such it is a preliminary one and will be updated once the entire book has been read. The three stories are: 1) Freebot by R.M. Graves 2) Swords Like Lightning, Hooves Like Thunder by K. D. Julicher 3) Last Sunder for the World Weary by H.L. Fullerton Also included in the mini-ARC is an introduction by writer David Farland a New York Times bestselling author who won the Grand Prize from WOTF in volume four and is a presiding judge for the Writers of the Future contest. The three stories in this sampler are well chosen as they represent the breadth of works that WOTF publishes. They range from near future to far flung SF fantasy. Sandwiched between the two SF tales is a rousing fantasy tale. Freebot by R.M. Graves establishes that WOTF attracts writers from all around the world as Londoner R.M. Graves entry has that very British feel about a disaffected future where the Internet has gained sentience and independence and pushed man off to the side. In this world a new father, Danny must make a hard choice so that he can provide for his family. Next up is a rousing fantasy tale which lives up to the epic nature of the genre by its length not only in length but title too. K.D. Julicher has crafted a rousing adventure where the protagonist, the proud, capable, and defiant Yvina has an ability to tap into the reservoirs of strength and ferocity of her inner avatar, a bear. She is on a mission to bring peace between her people, the Aradori and the Mehtlan. This is a rousing and engrossing tale and even though it was the longest in the sampler, the action packed pages whipped by as the conflict and ongoing tension, as well as the budding relationship between Yvina and Mahkah, kept me enthralled from start to finish. The third story in the sampler by H.L. Fullerton starts with the death of the earth. This is a sobering tale of a future where man has become so jaded and bored that even the arranged death of earth hardly stirs any feelings and is treated more akin to a spectacle like an astronomical fireworks display. Three radically different stories in tone and setting yet all three linked by the imagination of writers taking their readers to new places. Can’t wait to read the rest of Volume 32 to discover what other fantastical journeys these new writers take us on.
If you enjoy top-quality short stories, then you're going to love the ones in Volume 32 of Writers of the Future. I was fortunate to have purchased a trade paperback copy at the pre-release gala in Los Angeles in April, where the authors and illustrators featured in the anthology were recognized for their award winning stories and artwork. First, allow me to say that the presentation of the trade paperback is stunning. The cover art features a steampunk theme, accompanied by a history of steampunk by Tim Powers. There are full-color illustrations in the back section of the book, one for each story. One of the sheer joys of reading is being able to visualize the story in my mind. To see an artist's interpretation adds to the delight of the experience. Second, the talent in this story collection is of the highest caliber. The stories are dynamic and varied (fantasy, science fiction and supernatural), representing thirteen award-winning authors and several bestselling authors of speculative fiction. Each story brings to the table a central concept that elevates the gorgeous writing. Here are a few highlights: - In "Images Across a Shattered Sea," by Stewart Baker, we learn of two peoples separated by future and past, and how they can intersect in a surprising way. - In "The Star Tree," by Jon Lasser, we feel for a child who has lost a parent. - In "The Jack of Souls," by Stephen Merlino, a gambler facing his last day takes an extraordinary chance. - With "Dinosaur Dreams in Infinite Measure," by Rachael K. Jones, a daughter renews her bond with her mother through her mom's utterly unique invention and willingness to sacrifice the ugliness of the past. - In "Cry Havoc," by Julie Frost, we get a feel of the wild west with a showdown of man versus werewolf. - Matt Dovey spins a tale of a young worker whose hidden talent helps her set things right in "Squalor and Sympathy" - "Swords Like Lightning, Hooves Like Thunder," by Kate Julicher, introduces us to a kingsdaughter of fierce spirit, trying to save her brother and her people. The other stories are equally engaging, each bringing a different element to the table for the reader to enjoy. I give this collection of amazing fiction two big thumbs up and a buy recommendation. Last note: if you have a choice between the eBook and trade paperback, go for the paperback. The full-color artwork alone makes it an instant classic and great addition to your collection of written works.