L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 36
Soar to new heights of Science Fiction & Fantasy.
Who are the top science fiction writers and illustrators of the future?
The answer is here. Get to know tomorrow’s brightest creative talents chosen by some of today’s bestselling authors and celebrated artists including Kevin J. Anderson, Orson Scott Card, Larry Elmore, Brandon Sanderson, Dan dos Santos, and Robert J. Saw
I'm the author and yep that's exactly right. There are two narrative threads in the story, one in which the narrator narrates to the chil…moreHi Catalina,
I'm the author and yep that's exactly right. There are two narrative threads in the story, one in which the narrator narrates to the child and describes things that have happened to them and another "hypothetical" story line where the narrator describes what has happened in their own life.(less)
Here are the ones I loved the most:
A Word That Means Everything (Andy Dibble)
THIS was an unexpected gem. I started it a little warily, wondering if it was going to be a bad take on Chr ...more
“A prize in every box” is also a great favourite, for completely different reasons, told from a child’s fun and accepting point of view.
This is one of the first Writers of the Future volumes I’ve read, and I will be coming back for mo ...more
Usually, in a collection of short stories, there are a few 'duds' but this one is the exception in that all of them rated 8 out of 10 or above in my estimation. There is a variety of themes and subject matter.
I particularly enjoyed the takes on religion and philosophy in "A Word ...more
I enjoyed the quality of writing in every story. Jody Lynn Nye's , Nnedi Okorafor and Katherine Kurtz are three of my favourite writers. Jody ...more
In particular, my favorites were “Yellow and Pink” by Leah Ning and “Stolen Sky” by Storm Humbert. The craft of these stories really stood out to me, and their authors showcased a tangible depth to their narratives. I’ll remember them both well.
This collection would be great in the hands of a Young Adult reader. The fiction is quite clean. I felt a couple stories had a touch too much telling, or—at times—a bit too much info dumping, but oth ...more
As expected, this was yet another very impressive anthology. So many of the winners were quite young - I suspect some will become big names in the future. The stories toward the beginning were stronger than the end in my opinion, but I'm quite excited about some of these new (to me) writers on my radar! I'm ashamed to admit that one of those is Nnedi Okorafor, who I've heard nothing but great things about but had not gotten around to until her story here, "The Winds of Harmattan." I w ...more
Firstly, “The Trade” by C. Winspear. Wow! This is, beyond a doubt, the best science fiction short story I've read in years (closely followed by Wulf Moon's, Super Duper Moon Girl story in volume 35)! Yes, it is that damn good. The story held my interest from the first paragraph all the way through to the very last word. Start here. You w ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Like all anthologies, some stories I enjoyed much more than others. To name a few of my favourites: "Yellow and Pink" and "Borrowed Glory" broke my heart, truly! And "A Prize in Every Box" could well have been a Twilight Zone episode. "The Winds of Harmattan" was thought-provoking, and touched on the ever-present propensity that humans have of hating what they don't understand.
But again, like a ...more
With all the superb stories to choose from, I had a difficult time keeping to just three to highlight.
One of my favorites is Foundations by Michael Gardner. Skipping out on her babysitting duti ...more
Some of the stories weren't quite to my taste (don't particularly appreciate too much sexual content), but there are always a few in anthologies I love and a few I don't.
A full review in two parts here where I rant a little about each story: https://bookmarkedone.home.blog/2020/..., and https://bookmarkedo ...more
Reading an anthology is always an interesting experience—like stepping out of rush hour and standing in front of an old New York brownstone on a hot summer day, and watching as residents, one by one, leave the chaotic city streets behind, and open the windows upon worlds of their own making. Standing there, on the sidewalk, you are tantalized by the scents of myriad cuisines; you hear snatches of conversations in various tongues, cat ...more
Personally, my favorite stories (a category I admit is completely subjective) were "A Prize in Every Box" which got me nostalgic for the breakfast cereals I had as a kid and those prizes which seemed so cool, and "Yellow and Pink" which is a bittersweet story that kept me pulled in until the end. The other stories were also quite good, but those two struck a chord with me.
I also devoured and appreciated the "ho ...more
While the stories are quite imaginative, remember that the writers are new and sometimes have a little to learn. The professional writers, however, are simply delightful.
The articles of advice serve as solid foundations for readers of the book who might also be writers of sci-fi. ...more
I was given an advanced reader copy and asked only for an honest review. Everything written here is solely my opinion.
Starting off strong with an intense tory about three astronauts faced with an impossible choice, the 36th edition of the Writers of the Future anthology truly inspires.
Each story was a labor of love, and the judges chose well to bring these nineteen stories together. Particularly shining examples are The Trade by C. Winspear, a funny and fast paced story leavi ...more
Either I’m getting better at reading short stories, or the Writers of the Future contest for 2019 had truly epic submissions, because I found almost every story in volume 36 compelling. I am not usually a short story reader, but I am trying to become one to expose myself to more ideas in my limited reading time. Volumes like this give me great motivation to continue in that endeavor.
Cover for Writers of the Future volume 36
Notes on ind ...more
Not only are the stories and art amazing, but the advice for writers and artists is, too. In an interview with L. Ron Hubbard titled, "Steps in the Right Direction," we're given the advice to "Write while the idea's hot, while the ...more
I've been reading this collection for years and I have never been let down. Fresh stories, each with a unique flavor that remind you why you love fantasy and Sci-Fi in the first place.
This year's selection is one of the finest I've seen. Slightly longer stories (But still not too long) so the subjects can be developed more in depth. There is fantasy, sci-fi, weird sci-fi and a plethora of subjects that surprise you, in a good way.
The only downside is that you finish the book much ...more
As you may know the Writers of the Future is the definitive writing contest for new writers. I’ve been reading this since Volume One, finding many of the new authors fascinating and make a fun read. Not all of them mind you but that’s a matter of personal preference.
Volume 36 took out all the stops with a proper taste of science fiction (robots putting on Shakespeare’s plays, sort of) and a touch of fantasy (young girls on the cusp of womanhood ...more