Dave Wolverton, Ed.
Science Fiction and Fantasy Anthology
About the Book:
Turn the page…open your eyes…and look into the futureThey unleash the power of dreams and unlock the secrets of the universe.They bend time, twist perception, and put a new spin on the laws of physics.They show us who we are, what we may become, and how far we can go.They are the Writers of the Future. Experience their vision.
“Keep the Writers of the Future going. It s what keeps sci-fi alive.”
— ORSON SCOTT CARD
Just a few months ago I was given the opportunity to review Writers of the Future, Volume 28, so imagine my delight when I was asked to review a preview copy of Writers of the Future Volume 29 (L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future).
Before I even received the book in the mail I was invited to the awards ceremony in Southern California. I was unfortunately not able to travel that distance, but I did get to watch the show live streaming on the Writers of the Future website. It was especially exciting to see such sci fi and fantasy greats as Gregory Benford, Larry Niven, Todd McCaffrey, and Jerry Pournelle as honored guests and judges of the contest. I had enjoyed the previous volume, but seeing that these excellent writers judged the submissions gave me even more confidence in the winners.
Once I started reading this new volume, I must say that I enjoyed it even more than the last one!! I enjoyed every story, but my two favorite were The Ghost Wife of Arlington, about Death’s mistress, and Holy Days, which speculates about some extra special days being added to the calendar. What if there was one day a year when all ailments were healed, just for the day?
I also really appreciated the helpful articles in the book. There is an article for illustrators by Larry Elmore, Journey For a New Artist, but it was the two articles for writers that really struck a chord with me. The first, by L. Ron Hubbard, is titled The Manuscript Factory. In it, Hubbard gives a great perspective on writing for money that should resonate with all of us who do this for living, be we bloggers, journalists or artists:
If you write insincerely, if you think the lowest pulp can be written insincerely, and still sell, then you’re in for trouble unless your luck is terribly good. And luck rarely strikes twice.
The second article is by Nnedi Okorafor, one of this year’s judges. She writes in The Sport of Writing:
Rage can be a great blade sharpener. It doesn’t feel good but it’s burning inside you, so you might as well use it. Don’t let it stop you from producing; channel it into your work instead. Let it serve a purpose. Produce something positive.
I recommended the previous volume of Writers of the Future for anyone who enjoys science fiction. I believe Volume 29 will be appreciated not just by science fiction and fantasy enthusiasts, but also by those who are looking to learn from the best.
I give Writers of the Future Volume 29 four and a half stars!!!
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.