Day: November 25, 2015

Review of ‘L. Ron Hubbard presents Writers of the Future: Volume 31’

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L. Ron Hubbard presents Writers of the Future: Volume 31 edited by David Farland presents 13 of the best science fiction stories from the Writers of the Future International Program, along with illustrations from the best of the Illustrators of the Future International Program from 2015. In addition, it contains three short stories by established sci-fi writers, and essays on writing by Hubbard, Orson Scott Card, and Bob Eggleton.

Science fiction fans will be fascinated by stories that span the universe of the genre, from fantastic futurism to the antics of mythological creatures lost in a modern setting. The illustrations, from outstanding graphic artists from around the world, harken to a time when pulp fiction reigned, and we were seduced to buy by the colorful covers screaming at us from the shelves in the local bookstore.

The stories in this volume, celebrating the 31st anniversary of a competition founded by L. Ron Hubbard as a way to attract more authors, showcase the immense reservoir of talent that exists for short fiction. Indeed, the universe of sci-fi stars is not, like our own, shrinking. New stars are being born before our very eyes.

I give it five stars.