Saturday, May 3, 2014

BOOK REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Writers of the Future Volume 30

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Title: Writers of the Future, Volume 30
Presenter: L. Ron Hubbard
Author:  Multiple
Genre: Sci Fi, Fantasy

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Volume 30 is available here, in Kindle format for $7.99, however I would say this one is worth the "splurge" to buy a paper copy for $12.15

"Celebrate new writers, new winners, new worlds.
This is is your escape into fantastic realms of the human mind lurking just beyond your imagination… and reaching deep into your wildest dreams.

This is is your ticket to tomorrow.

Celebrate the future of science fiction and fantasy… now."

I don't know where to begin with this. I had never heard of the Writers and Illustrators of the Future until finding this promotion to review Volume 30. Yeah, 30. That means 30 years. This has been around longer than I've been alive, and I had never heard of it. Something MUST be done to spread awareness about this program and the fantastic people that are part of it every year. I was lucky enough to receive this compilation as soon as prints were available. The official release date is 5/7/14.  There are a couple stories I wasn't completely into, but even those had very interesting ideas and were definitely worth reading! Most of these short stories left me wanting more. They are quite thought-provoking, with themes from real-world potential (or lack there-of) to the worlds of our dreams (or nightmares, depending how you look at it). The most wonderful thing about the Sci Fi genre is the endless possibilities. My personal favorites were Another Range of MountainsBeneath the Surface of Two Kills and Rainbows for Other Days.

Also, make note that this is the Writers AND Illustrators of the Future competition now, which means there are not only fantastic aspiring authors' stories, but aspiring illustrators beautiful artwork. Every piece is amazing. I am so pleased to have received this book as a paperback to see the full color illustrations on paper.

I have also been given the opportunity to share this collection of short stories with TWO readers

NOTE: There have been issues with the Tomoson Contest Widget and I have had to replace it with GiveawayTools below. I apologize for any inconvenience, but entries could not be transferred.

The following is pulled from the website:

L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 30 includes:
The year’s thirteen best tales from the Writers of the Future international writers’ program

Illustrated by winners in the Illustrators of the Future international illustrators’ program

Three short stories from authors
L. Ron Hubbard / Orson Scott Card / Mike Resnick

With essays on writing and illustration by
L. Ron Hubbard / Robert Silverberg / Val Lakey Lindahn

Edited by Dave Wolverton
Illustrations Art Directed by Stephen Hickman


“Introduction” by Dave Wolverton

“Another Range of Mountains” by Megan E. O’Keefe
Illustrated by Sarah Webb

“Shifter” by Paul Eckheart
Illustrated by Michael Talbot

“Beneath the Surface of Two Kills” by Shauna O’Meara
Illustrated by Cassandre Bolan

“Artistic Presentation” by L. Ron Hubbard

“Beyond All Weapons” by L. Ron Hubbard
Illustrated by Adam Brewster

“Animal” by Terry Madden
Illustrated by Seonhee Lim

“Rainbows for Other Days” by C. Stuart Hardwick
Illustrated by Andrew Sonea

“Giants at the End of the World” by Leena Likitalo
Illustrated by Trevor Smith

“… And Now Thirty” by Robert Silverberg

“Carousel” by Orson Scott Card
Illustrated by Vincent-Michael Coviello

“The Clouds in Her Eyes” by Liz Colter
Illustrated by Kirbi Fagan

“What Moves the Sun and Other Stars” by K.C. Norton
Illustrated by Kristie Kim

“Long Jump” by Oleg Kazantsev
Illustrated by Adam Brewster

“These Walls of Despair” by Anaea Lay
Illustrated by Bernardo Mota

“Synaptic Soup” by Val Lakey Lindahn

“Robots Don’t Cry” by Mike Resnick
Illustrated by Andrew Sonea

“The Shaadi Exile” by Amanda Forrest
Illustrated by Vincent-Michael Coviello

“The Pushbike Legion” by Timothy Jordan
Illustrated by Cassandre Bolan

“Memories Bleed Beneath the Mask” by Randy Henderson
Illustrated by Vanessa Golitz

“A Word on the Art Direction” by Stephen Hickman

List of Illustrations by Artist

The Year in the Contests

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