Writers of the Future Volume 27: The Best New Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year

Writers of the Future Volume 27: The Best New Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year

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Writers of the Future Volume 27 showcases the thirteen best science fiction and fantasy short stories of the year, illustrated by the most talented aspiring artists!

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ISBN-13: 9781592129263
Publisher: Galaxy Press, LLC
Publication date: 06/30/2011
Series: L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future , #27
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 506,695
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 13 Years

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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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Writers of the Future Volume 27 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
EmScape on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have to concur, these are truly the writers of the future. However, a lot of the submissions seemed quite similar. All but one take place in the future, and most take place in space or on another planet. Several feature a type of envoy as the main character. So, let's break it down:"The Unreachable Voices of Ghosts": Spacers set out to catch black holes, but if they don't get one, they (usually) don't come back. It's kind of a community out there, and some people end up closer to each other -- both physically and emotionally -- than they had originally planned. :: This is dark and very character-driven, which is hard to do in the limitations of a short story with such a complicated world to build. 3.5 stars."Maddy Dune's First and Only Spelling Bee": I'm not telling you anything about this. You have to go read it. :: Dear Patrick O'Sullivan, I would like to read a novel featuring Maddy and Tan. Love, Emily. 5 stars."The Truth, From a Lie of Convenience" : At first, this seemed very, very similar to Heinlein's The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. It seems to be pretty much the same setting, except the fight for Luna's independence was won in a very different way. Our hero is a washed-up journalist who might have possibly stumbled upon a conspiracy that killed many Luna City residents. :: I liked Heinlein's work a lot, but could really see how the Lunar government could have tried some different tactics to secure sovereignty. Particularly if they didn't have Mike. However, I didn't particularly connect with Marianne, and found it hard to root for her. 3.5 stars."In Apprehension, How Like a God": An envoy-type guy is investigating the apparent suicide of a high muckety-muck at an Academy that - I think - controls the veracity of the internet. The internet has evolved quite a bit, though. :: To tell you the truth, I didn't really understand this story until I was almost at the end. I thought about reading it again, but didn't particularly want to. 2.5 stars."An Acolyte of Black Spires" : Most of the civilization in this was not explained, but rather shown. I still don't have a clear picture of it. The basic premise is that a secretive historian-type is assigned an intern who pulls him out of his shell a bit. Nearly literally. :: This is an interesting twist on the kooky-girl-meets-dour-boy-and-loosens-him-up trope. However, I found it a little boring. 3 stars."The Dualist" : A literal Envoy is on a planet trying to get one religious group to knock off the continued genocide of the other. The denizens are creepy bug-like creatures, with whom I had a hard time identifying. The ending was pretty inspiring and cool to visualize, though. 3 stars."Bonehouse" : * This might be a spoiler. Skip it if you want. * In the future, people plug into the internet pretty much permanently and live in these group homes where nurses keep their bodies alive (but atrophying). Our protagonist is a bounty hunter/rescuer who "evicts" the netizens and brings them home to their families or arrests the cyber criminals. :: I would also like to read a novel set in this world, particularly Chris' backstory. 4.5 stars."This Peaceful State of War": Another literal Envoy is trying to decide whether humans are going to try to prohibit one of this planet's sentient species from wiping out another. :: Very, very similar to "The Dualist," but with a much more twisty ending. I think I would have liked this better if it had come first in the book, or if I'd come across it in another book/magazine. As it was, it was just too samesy. 3 stars."Sailing the Sky Sea": The rocket that Vic is working on in the asteroidal atmosphere is attacked and explodes. All he has is his suit. He'd prefer getting rescued to dying, and has to make his own luck. :: This survival-in-space tale was suspenseful and interesting while I was reading it. When it was over, I promptly forgot it. 3 stars."Unfamiliar Territory": Mira is a bodyguard for an engineer. The two are sent out to repair and r
mamajoan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an interesting collection of stories written by new/aspiring writers in the sf field. As a vehicle to get new writers' names and voices heard, I think it's a great idea, and many of the stories are very good. Some of them are not so good, and in some cases I think the authors might have been better off not trying to squeeze their tales into the short-story format.Most of these stories do take place in outer space and in the future, as another reviewer noted. The themes are indeed pretty familiar: humans encountering alien species and misunderstanding them; humans experiencing the void of space and learning more about themselves; humans testing the boundaries of the possible. I liked the plot twist in "In Apprehension, How Like a God" -- sort of Sixth Sense-ish, sort of The Matrix, but unique, though the ending was a little weak. The plot twist of "The Peaceful State of War" was more interesting, and the protagonist much more so; very much a "be careful what you assume" message. That story was quite similar to "The Dualist," which I personally felt was weaker, and would have preferred their order to be reversed so I didn't feel as much like I was reading the same story again, at least for the first few pages."Unfamiliar Territory" was one of those that suffered from the short format. The author was apparently trying to write a new "Alien" (complete with grouchy Sigourney Weaver-esque protagonist) but it falls flat because the ending is too rushed and abstruse.Two stories that I personally would have sent back to the drawing board are "The Truth, from a Lie of Convenience" and "Vector Victoria." These two authors need to remember the "show, don't tell" rule; the stories were far too talky and didn't have enough of a hook to grab me and make me interested in their main characters.By FAR the best story in this book is "Maddy Dune's First and Only Spelling Bee." This is the only one I went back to re-read after finishing them all. An excellent story with a compelling protagonist, lyrical writing style, plenty of humor, and a plot that surprises and delights. I'll have my eye on this author for sure.
TheAlternativeOne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Writers of the Future Volume XXVII K. D. Wentworth (Editor) Mass Market Paperback 560 pages Publisher: Galaxy Press Publication Date: June 20, 2011 ISBN-13: 978-1592128709The best of the best in new speculative fiction can usually be found in L. Ron Hubbard¿s Writers of the Future and the 27th Volume of this unique format does not disappoint. Past Judges of the contest include some of the best Science Fiction writers in the world: Greg Benford (Eon), Orson Scott Card (Ender), Eric Flint (1632), Frank Herbert (Dune) , Anne McCaffrey (Pern), Larry Niven (Ringworld), Andre Norton (Witchworld), Frederik Pohl (Heechee), and Robert Siverberg (Majipoor), to name just a few. Rather than give each of the short stories in this volume a separate score I¿ve elected to rate the anthology as a whole. As a concept I love the idea of giving new author¿s of short fiction a creative outlet that becomes available to the masses. And, to be chosen by the esteemed judges listed above, among others, we, as readers, are rewarded with some of the best new fiction being written today. Recommended for fans of short form Science Fiction and Fantasy and for those who are addicted to Asimov¿s Science Fiction Magazine, Analog Science Fiction and Fact, or the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.Volume 27 Table of Contents:Ø Introduction by K. D. WentworthØ The Unreachable Voices of Ghosts by Jeffrey Lyman ¿ Illustrated by Nico PhotosØ Maddy Dune's First and Only Spelling Bee by Patrick O'Sullivan ¿ Illustrated by Meghan Muriel Ø The Truth, From a Lie of Convenience by Brennan Harvey ¿ Illustrated by Irvin RodriguezØ How to View Art by L. Ron HubbardØ In Apprehension, How Like a God by R. P. L. Johnson ¿ Illustrated by Dustin D. PanzinoØ An Acolyte of Black Spires by Ryan Harvey ¿ Illustrated by Fred JordanØ The Dualist by Van Aaron Hughes ¿ Illustrated by Frederick EdwardsØ Making It by Mike ResnickØ Bonehouse by Keffy R. M. Kehrli ¿ Illustrated by Vivian FriedelØ This Peaceful State of War by Patty Jansen ¿ Illustrated by Scott Frederick HargraveØ Sailing the Sky Sea by Geir Lanesskog ¿ Illustrated by Joey JordanØ Creating Your Own Destiny by Robert CastilloØ Unfamiliar Territory by Ben Mann ¿ Illustrated by Erik Jean SolemØ Medic! by Adam Perin ¿ Illustrated by Gregory J. GuntherØ Vector Victoria by D. A. D'Amico ¿ Illustrated by Ryan DowningØ The Sundial by John Arkwright ¿ Illustrated by Irvin RodriguezØ The Year In ContestsAnthology Content: 4 out of 5 stars Writers of the Future Concept: 5 out of 5 starsThe Alternative Southeast Wisconsin
Nulla on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Writers of the Future is a venue for aspiring writers (and illustrators) of sci-fi and fantasy. Winners are chosen by a distinguished panel of established authors and artists of the genre. It is the 27th collection of such short stories.On the whole, it is a great beach book... often amusing, not too threatening intellectually, but fun to read. Themes are ones the reader has met before, with variations... aliens, cyberpunk, dystopia, etc. If there is a negative in this collection, it seems to be weak conclusions. Many of the stories end in a listless manner; as if the author wasn't sure of what (s)he really meant. But then, this is a only a first step forward.
raistlinsshadow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A solid collection of stories. They may not all be the best, but for the most part, there's potential there.
Rilbur_Skryler More than 1 year ago
Every year, this contest successfully delivers a new set of interesting, entertaining stories well worth the read, for sci-fi readers and aspiring writers looking to learn alike.  Highly recommend.
Angie_Lisle More than 1 year ago
I avoided this series for a long time because L Ron Hubbard's religious cult scares me. Then, I received two volumes (29 and 30) in exchange for reviews and now, I'm reading the series backwards.  This has been my favorite volume so far and I'm adding several of these writers to my to-read list. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Finished on Nook