L. Ron Hubbard, Frank Herbert, David Farland, Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson, Diane Dillon, and 12 winners: Azure Arther, Desmond Astaire, J. A. Becker, Lazarus Black, Z. T. Bright, John Coming, Em Dupre, N. V. Haskell, Michael Panter, Brittany Rainsdon, Mike Jack Stoumbos, M. Elizabeth Ticknor, and finalist: Rebecca E. Treasure
In the World of Sci-Fi & Fantasy…
…this Anthology stands out for three reasons.
Will you love the stories, the art, or the extras most?
Standing on the shoulders of giants, these writers of the future have earned their place in the hallowed pages of volume 38. With 25-award winning authors and illustrators, this collection is a master work.
These stories will fill you with satisfaction.
And a few just might break your heart.
From the first page, an introduction by David Farland (1957-2022), through to page 525 (Kindle Edition), you’ll be captivated.
• It’s game on, the fate of the universe is on the line—and you’re about to go all in.
• Saving the mammoths is in your hands—can you conjure the magic to make it happen?
• You’ve got a monster BFF—whom you’re hiding from your own monster-hunting family.
• You’re part of a sting, out to catch some bar hoppers who are not only bending their elbows, but bending time as well.
• And much more!
Think you’ve seen it all? Think again.
Would you like to read about the “Single Most Important Piece of Advice,” the author of Dune ever received?
The beautiful art and the Writing Tips by Diane Dillon • Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson • Frank Herbert • L. Ron Hubbard are just as wonderful as the collection of stories.
Volume 38 is a treasure.
You’ll love this collection from past and future science fiction masters, because crafting a story to keep you turning the pages is a talent, we can all appreciate.
Get it now.
Targeted Age Group:: 14+
Heat/Violence Level: Heat Level 1 – G Rated Clean Read
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
L. Ron Hubbard initiated the Writers of the Future Contest for new writers in 1983 to provide “a means for new and budding writers to have a chance for their creative efforts to be seen and acknowledged.”
There has always been a strong connection between artist and author, and each year the winning story is illustrated by one of the winning illustrators of the Illustrators of the Future Contest.
Over 500 past winners and published finalists of the Writing Contest have published over 1,800 novels and nearly 6,200 short stories. They have produced 33 New York Times bestsellers, and their works have sold over 60 million copies.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Each story in this anthology is written by a winners of this year's International Contest. The bio of each includes their inspiration for the story and characters.
This year’s collection includes 3 Bonus Short Stories by Frank Herbert, David Farland, and L. Ron Hubbard. Frank Herbert was a judge for the contest, and in recognition of the success of his science fiction classic Dune, we have republished his last essay with advice for new writers and one of his rare short stories.
“A Word of Power” by David Farland: When Fava, a Neanderthal shaman, discovers the men of metal driving away her mammoths, she must find magic powerful enough to save the herd.
“The Daddy Box” by Frank Herbert: An abused boy finds an alien artifact that gives him the strength to reshape his life and stand up to his violent stepfather.
“The Professor Was a Thief” by L. Ron Hubbard: Grant’s Tomb—missing! Pennsylvania Station—missing! The Empire State Building—missing! New York City is disappearing piece by piece.
And art and writing tips by Frank Herbert, Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson, L. Ron Hubbard, and Diane Dillon.
“The Single Most Important Piece of Advice” by Frank Herbert: The last essay from Frank Herbert was written with the clear purpose of fulfilling what he saw as a paramount obligation to his art and craft—he provided the single most important piece of advice he would give a beginning writer.
“Boos and Taboos” by L. Ron Hubbard: L. Ron Hubbard challenges the restrictive “taboos” of writing for publications that bind stories in formula straitjackets. Urging writers to flout by-prescription storytelling, he describes his own conspicuous success in doing that, with a final, telling reflection on creative energy, sales—and writing stories that will be remembered.
“Teamwork: Getting the Best Out of Two Writers” by Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson: Together, Brian and Kevin have written over twenty novels and numerous short stories, primarily expanding Frank Herbert’s Dune universe, but also on their original SF epic, the Hellhole Trilogy. Here they share the pitfalls and successes of their process and how they make it work.
“The Third Artist” by Diane Dillon: Leo and Diane Dillon chose to blend their talents, working together as one artist—the third artist—beginning a career that spanned fifty-four years. As an interracial couple, they dedicated their career to be inclusive of all races and cultures to reflect the world we live in.
And for a taste of this year’s award-winning stories—thirteen captivating tales from the best new writers of the year—here are the short descriptions:
In a world where monster killing and trapping is big business, one girl from a Hunter family decides she won’t kill monsters. As a matter of fact, her best friend is one…. —“Agatha’s Monster” by Azure Arther
A “book wizard” wants to help a pair of young orphaned brothers repair their relationship. But a powerful new magic book with problematic spellwork stands in the way. —“The Magic Book of Accidental City Destruction: A Book Wizard’s Guide” by Z.T. Bright
The daughter of Neptune Station’s greatest hero is about to face her most daunting mission yet: elementary school on Earth. —“The Squid Is My Brother” by Mike Jack Stoumbos
A bartender with a vendetta against the future must determine if his customer is a time-traveling tourist. —“Gallows” by Desmond Astaire
A disgraced Lark is forced to take the job nobody wants. His songs can sway minds, but there’s no margin for mistakes in the frozen north. —“Lilt of a Lark” by Michael Panter
When a lieutenant with a mysterious past discovers an exotic creature held captive by a traveling farrago, they must decide how far they will go to save what matters most…. —“The Mystical Farrago” by N.V. Haskell
Alone but for her grandchild and a fox spirit, Emily braves Russia’s winter and Napoleon’s army to keep her family alive and together. —“Tsuu, Tsuu, Kasva Suuremasse” by Rebecca E. Treasure
A son must decide whether to follow his father’s footsteps and accept a responsibility he doesn’t understand. —“The Island on the Lake” by John Coming
When a desperate bid to recover stolen memories goes wrong, Alice must decide how far she’s willing to go to protect her best friend. —“The Phantom Carnival” by M. Elizabeth Ticknor
A botanist must cure a dying planet before an evacuation when she will be forced to leave her young daughter behind. —“The Last Dying Season” by Brittany Rainsdon
Technology suppresses crime on the generation ship Eudoxus until a body is discovered, threatening the years of peace. —“The Greater Good” by Em Dupre
A genetically engineered assassin, concubine, and bodyguard has to unravel the entirety of her being to save her son…. —“For the Federation” by J.A. Becker
Tyson doesn’t need to be psychic to know the invitation is a trap, but he can’t refuse a poker tournament with the highest stakes imaginable. —“Psychic Poker” by Lazarus Black
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