Internationally acclaimed bestselling anthology of award-winning science fiction and fantasy short stories.24 Award-Winning Sci-Fi and Fantasy Authors and Illustrators.Accompanied by Dean Wesley Smith, Rebecca Moesta, Mike Resnick, Rob Prior and Echo Chernik and Edited by David Farland.
The 35th collection of winners of the Writers and Illustrators of the Future competition features expertly crafted stories and art, spanning the gamut from hard core sci-fi to epic fantasy. Stories so fresh and new, they're 5-10 years ahead of the curve-the future is literally here and now. Each year, the Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests' blue-ribbon judges search the world to discover and introduce to you the very best new talent in sci-fi and fantasy. Created by L. Ron Hubbard, whose commitment to help new writers and artists gave rise to the annual Writers of the Future anthologies-a launching pad for writers and artists who are sure to command our attention for decades to come.Wondrous and powerful tales from some of the world's best new writers and illustrators.Learn how to write or improve your craft with tips from award-winning and bestselling author and editor Mike Resnick and New York Times bestselling author L. Ron Hubbard. Internationally renown artist, Rob Prior, shares tips of the trade for aspiring illustrators.
This hefty, competent anthology showcases 12 consistently solid short stories, each accompanied by a full-color illustration. Though Farland cites originality, plot, emotional effect, and memorability as criteria for his selections, most of these tales fit a fairly traditional mold. Several stories, including the chilling "Foundations" by Michael Gardner and "Educational Tapes" by Katie Livingston, carry today's technology into unsettling futures. Others, such as Leah Ning's "Yellow and Pink" and F.J. Bergmann's "A Prize in Every Box," explore human frailties in nightmarish worlds. Most effective emotionally are "Stolen Sky" by Storm Humbert, which features a sympathetic alien narrator, and "Trading Ghosts" by David A. Elsensohn, both of which imagine brutal choices necessitated by space travel. Though never mind-blowing, this anthology offers a worthwhile survey of new voices in the field, rounded out with four stories from established authors and three essays on craft. Genre enthusiasts should take note.