Writers of the Future Volume 30 Review plus new Webundle!!

Title: Writers of the Future Volume 30writers of the future volume 30

Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy Anthology

Publisher: Galaxy Press

Release Date: May 6, 2014

Format: Paperback/Kindle

Pages: 400 pages

About the Book:

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Writers of the Future Contest and the 25th anniversary of the Illustrators of the Future Contest.

Thirteen Award-Winning Stories take you to places you’ve never been before

On a distant world —

Amba, a girl afflicted by a rare disease that leaves clouds in her eyes, develops the gift to do what no one else can. . . .

Life on the Doleful Comet is hell. But then, that’s what it is supposed to be. . . .

A mail-order bride can bring nothing with her between the stars—except all kinds of heartache and a secret hope. . . .

There are many kinds of trophy hunters, but only one kind of kill. . . .

In a new future —
A cyborg forest ranger is saving the world—just not the people on it. . . .

When a Supreme Court judge prepares to die, the most valuable thing that he has to bequeath are his memories. . . .

A bike trail leads to a vast desert, alive in its own way, and beyond that the world is unknowable. . . .

One lonely man finds out what it is like to become a god, and lose the love of those that he has created. . . .

In a world like no other —

There are only a few basic emotions, and a chemist with the right tools can create the one that could save your life, while you wait. . . .

All kinds of people want to take a trip to the End of the World, but what do they hope to gain?

As a shifter, Fat Reggie can be whoever he wants to be—but identity comes with a price. . .

.Mirrors have strange powers, but only Lacra knows how to use them. . . .

Most people care little for the world’s endangered species, but some would give everything for them. . . .

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AmazonMy Review:

Last year, I was given the opportunity to review Writers of the Future Volume 28 and Volume 29.  I loved them both so much!!  I was beyond excited when I was asked to review this year’s edition, Volume 30.

As usual, the stories were all first-rate.  My favorites from the contest winners were Animal by Terry Madden, about the last zoo in the world, and The Shaadi Exhile by Amanda Forest.  How would the concept of an arranged marriage work over light years?

In addition, there was another batch of insightful articles about writing and illustrating from some of the greatest in the business.  The essay Synaptic Soup by Val Lakey Lindahn, an illustrator of over 40 years, who was born blind, was awe inspiring.

And, of course, there were a few choice stories from some of my all time favorite authors.  Beyond All Weapons by L. Ron Hubbard, was first published in the January 1950 issue of Super Science Stories.  This story, about the losers of an interplanetary war, has a jaw dropping twist, that will leave you thinking.  Carousel by Orson Scott Card, tells the story of a world where the dead refuse to leave. How do the living go about their daily lives if the dead keep getting in the way?

This year, the anthology is available in e-reader versions and trade paperback.  The added bonus this year is that in addition to the black and white illustrations that accompany each story, there are also full color versions in the back of the book (of course, you’ll need a color e-reader to experience this).

I give Writers of the Future Volume 30 four and a half stars!!!  It’s an awesome romp through the width and breadth of historic and current science fiction and fantasy.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review.  All opinions are 100% my own.

About the Contest:

Each quarter three winners each are picked for the Writers of the Future and Illustrators of the Future contests.  There are cash prizes and the winners compete for a $5000 prize (one for writers and one for illustrators).  For more information and to enter, go to Writers of the Future.

The Professor Was a Thief and Other Stories From the Golden Age – Review

Stories from the Golden Age

Stories from the Golden Age

The Professor Was a Thief, The Great Secret

and other stories from the Golden Age of Science Fiction

L. Ron Hubbard

Science Fiction

2009

156 pages

About the Books:

From Amazon.com:

Boldly go to worlds where no one has gone before… Primed for promotion to the World-Journal city editor, grizzled senior reporter Pop is stunned when it’s announced that young Leonard Caulborn, the publisher’s son-in-law, will get the post. Worse, the lad wants him out. In protest, Pop demands to be given a beat again and gets his wish. . . only now he’s got just two days to find the “real” story about a dead-end assignment— a month-old physics lecture— or be fired.

When Pop starts searching for the story’s source, a professor named Pertwee, he lands in the middle of the story of a century after the Empire State Building, Grant’s Tomb and Grand Central Station all disappear. Apparently, Pertwee’s the mastermind behind it all. But Pop soon discovers that, instead of inventing a new way to blow things up, the professor may be doing quite the opposite. ALSO INCLUDES THE SCIENCE FICTION STORIES “BATTLE OF WIZARDS” AND “THE DANGEROUS DIMENSION”

My Review:

Besides founding a movement, L. Ron Hubbard was also one of the most prolific science fiction writers of the 1930s and 1940s.  Along with Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, and many other greats, Hubbard made his living by publishing his short stories in “pulp” magazines of the time.  Recently, Galaxy Press grouped Hubbard’s short stories into books. I was sent two different books from the Stories from the Golden Age collection from Galaxy Press for review, The Professor Was a Thief, and The Great Secret.

These books were so much fun to read!! I grew up on pulps and old 1960s era science fiction, so this genre was right up my alley.  Each book consists of 3-4 stories, along with a biography of the author, a glossary of slang and technological terms of the time, plus a preview of a story from a different book in the collection.  The Stories from the Golden Age collection also includes books of Hubbard’s action and western adventures.

My favorite book of the two is The Professor Was a Thief.  This is a more lighthearted science fiction collection.  Each story has a sense of humor and a bit of a twist at the end.  The other book, The Great Secret, was more action-oriented science fiction (ala Flash Gordon), but still a fun read.  The books are short and would be a great read for a rainy afternoon.

I give The Professor Was A Thief and The Great Secret four ray guns each!!  Fans of the oldies will love these books!!

I was given complimentary copies of these books for the purpose of review.  All opinions are 100% my own.

You can find out more about L. Ron Hubbard’s books, as well as purchase them at Galaxy Press. Amazon, or Barnes and Noble.