Writers of the Future Vol 33
by L. Ron Hubbard, Anne McCaffrey, Robert J. Sawyer, Todd McCaffrey, Larry Elmore, Dustin Steinacker, Sean Hazlett, Anton Rose, Doug C. Souza, Walter Dinjos, Stephen Lawson, Jake Marley, C. L. Kagmi, Andrew Peery, Ville Meriläinen, Ziporah Hildebrandt, Andrew L. Roberts
The answers, the stories, the visions, and the mind-stretching possibilities are all waiting inside.
Welcome to the future of Science Fiction and Fantasy. It gets better every year. These are the award winning short stories of the international contest that have launched the writing careers of some of the best new books!
BONUS stories and articles on how to write by New York Times best sellers Anne McCaffrey, Robert J. Sawyer, Todd McCaffrey, Larry Elmore and Bob Eggleton.
“The Writers of the Future contest looks for people with the best imaginations who can see through the possibilities of the strangest and best ideas and tell stories that intrigue us and involve us.”—Orson Scott Card
“A glimpse of tomorrow's stars!”—Publishers Weekly
“Writers of the Future is a terrific program for new writers. . . . It has my heartiest support and recommendation.”—Terry Brooks
“This is a fine collection that will appeal to both fans of science fiction and fantasy short stories and aspiring writers looking for ways to improve their craft.” —Booklist
“I can look at the contest as a nice precursor to my career taking off.” —Brandon Sanderson
Celebrate the 33rd anniversary of the Writers of the Future contest and the 28th anniversary of the Illustrators of the Future contest
Seventeen Stories to Fascinate, to Terrify, and to Delight!
When Gwen’s husband is found murdered, she’s the only suspect. After all, they were the only two people on the moon. —Moonlight One
Flora’s father is a ’Viathan mech-soldier of the Slayer Class, but how much of him is really left inside the machine? —The Armor Embrace
When an alien with godly intelligence is discovered watching the earth, one man must try to learn if its motives are pure. —Envoy in the Ice
If you were stranded in an open boat and the only hope for rescue came from a ghost ship, would dare to ride? —The Devil’s Rescue
Some gifts come with heavy price tags, and the giver must rise to the occasion. —Tears for Shu¨lna
What if an alien asks for your help with a question, and the answer affects the future of the whole human race? —The Drake Equation
Barlow has a talent for finding the dead. Or do they find him? —Acquisition
When Varga sets out to explore the ancient stronghold of a long- dead wizard, she discovers that the ruins aren’t as deserted as she thought. —Obsidian Spire
If only that reptile in the sewer were something as predictable as an alligator. —Gator
On a distant world among the cloud peaks, the light-hawks promise a rich reward for those daring enough to harvest one. —A Glowing Heart
In a world where memories can be stripped, Bill discovers that he has a family he has never known. —The Long Dizzy Down
Not all spirits have the best of intentions, and they must be dealt with. —The Woodcutters’ Deity
You can put an end to something wondrous, but only at a cost —The Dragon Killer’s Daughter
In a life-or-death situation, sometimes you wish that you had a really powerful spell. But that begs the question—what is power? —Useless Magic
Some devils are as old as a dream, and more evil than men can imagine. —Adramelech
When the world needs saving, three children are called to the task. —The Fox, the Wolf, and the Dove
Can an aging sorcerer find a way to track down his old nemesis with the small bit of magic he has left, or is he just fooling himself? —The Magnificent Bhajan
Read them here—and enjoy!