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“A culture is as rich and capable of surviving as it has imaginative artists.”
— L. Ron Hubbard.
Have you ever read a great Science Fiction or Fantasy novel and wondered where the author got their start? Do you love a great Science Fiction read? How about Fantasy stories? If you could find a book chock full of great stories, amazing authors, and only the best complimentary artwork, would you read it?
Recently I was given the opportunity to read Writers of the Future Volume 30. It included of my favorite authors, such as L. Ron Hubbard and Orson Scott Card.
Writers of the Future is a science fiction and fantasy story contest that was established by L. Ron Hubbard in the early 1980s. A sister contest, Illustrators of the Future, presents awards for science fiction art. Hubbard characterized the contest as a way of “giving back” to the field that had defined his professional writing life. The contest has no entry fee and is the highest-paying contest for amateur science-fiction and fantasy writers. Notable past winners of WOTF include Stephen Baxter, Karen Joy Fowler, James Alan Gardner, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Jay Lake, Michael H. Payne, Patrick Rothfuss, Robert Reed, Dean Wesley Smith, Sean Williams, Dave Wolverton and David Zindell. The winning stories are published in the yearly anthology L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of Future. The contest enjoys a favorable reputation in the science fiction community.
All the short stories in the book were interesting and fun to read. Some of my favorites were ‘The Clouds in Her Eyes’ by Liz Colter, ‘Beneath the Surface of Two Kills’ by Cassandre Bolan, ‘Giants at the End of the World’ by Leena Likitalo, and Robots Don’t Cry by Mike Resnick. They were all very different, but equally interesting and easy to read.
The illustrations throughout the book in black and white are amazing portraits of what is happening in the stories they are for. Some are thought provoking, others beautiful, some are hidden messages. All illustrations are presented again in the back of the book. Here you see Rainbows for Other Days and Robots Don’t Cry-both by Andrew Sonea.
I absolutely enjoyed ‘Giants at the end of the world.’ (by Leena Likitalo) It was easy to read and very well written. By the time I got to the “end” of the story I wanted to know what happened next-it left me wanting more information, more story, as if it were part of a series, or just the chapter of a great book. The illustration in it was beautiful too. It really interpreted the main female character well, and told the story without saying a word. (illustration by Trevor Smith)
Once I opened the book and began to read, I had a hard time putting it down and stop reading, even to sleep! Each new short story brought it’s own character and drew me in making it hard to control the urge to read on. It is an absolutely GREAT read! I highly recommend picking up your own copy of Writers of the Future Volume 30-available May 6, 2014!
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Each year, twelve writers and twelve illustrators are selected by a panel of the biggest-name authors and the biggest-name artists in the field. They will be the stars of tomorrow.
Their winning stories, along with accompanying illustrations, are published in an annual anthology with wide distribution to bookstores nationwide and abroad. For many, this is just the first step in a long and successful career.
Past winners of the Writers of the Future Contest have gone on to publish well over 700 novels and 3000 short stories; they have become international bestsellers and have won the most prestigious accolades in the field—the Hugo, the Nebula, the John W. Campbell, the Bram Stoker, and the Locus Award—and even mainstream literary awards such as the National Book Award, the Newbery and the Pushcart Prize. The Illustrators of the Future winners have gone on to publish millions of illustrations in the field.
Each year the Contests welcome a dozen talented new writers and illustrators into the field as published professionals. And countless others have been inspired to keep writing, keep creating, keep entering and keep dreaming their creative visions.
Writers and Illustrators of the Future are the most enduring and influential contests in the history of science fiction and fantasy.
“Science fiction does not come after the fact of a scientific discovery or development. It is the herald of possibility.” — L. Ron Hubbard
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