Monday, 4 May 2015

Review - L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future: Volume 31

*This is a sponsored review. All opinions are 100% mine.

In the early 1980s, the late author L. Ron Hubbard founded the Writers of the Future contest along with the Illustrators of the Future contest. Only the best amateur science-fiction and fantasy writers & illustrators win the contest and are featured in the annual : L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future anthology.

Today, May 4, 2015 (also considered the official Star Wars Day), is the release of the Volume 31 of the anthology, featuring 13 exciting new science fiction & fantasy tales along with an intriguing illustration to go with each story. As an added bonus the anthology also contains stories/essays by Orson Scott Card, Kevin J. Anderson, Rebecca Moseta, Larry Niven, Bob Eggleton and L. Ron Hubbard as well as an introduction by David Farland.

The stories, authors & illustrators are:

by Steven Pantazis 
Illustrated by Daniel Tyka

The God Whisperer
by Daniel J. Davis
Illustrated by Alex Brock

Stars That Make Dark Heaven Light
by Sharen Joss
Illustrated by Choong Yoon

A Revolutionary's Guide To Practial Conjuration
by Auston Habershaw
Illustrated by Shuangjian Liu

Twelve Minutes To Vinh Quang
by Tim Napper
Illustrated by Quinlan Septer

Planar Ghosts
by Kyrstal Claxton
Illustrated by Amit Dutta

Between Screens
by Zach Chapman
Illustrated by Trevor Smith

by Martin L. Shoemaker
Illustrated by Tung Chi Lee

Half Past
by Samantha Murray
Illustrated by Megan Kelchner

Purposes Made For Lien Minds
by Scott R. Parkin
Illustrated by Emily Siu

The Graver
by Amy M. Hughes
Illustrated by Taylor Payton

Wisteria Melancholy
by Michael T. Banker
Illustrated by Michelle Lockamy

Poseidon's Eyes
by Kary English
Illustrated by Megan Nelson

I have to admit that I'm not the biggest fan of pure science fiction & fantasy tales (though I do like the Twilight Zone). However, I do like anthologies, so for the last few years I have reviewed the annual L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writer of the Future. This years anthology has a wide variety of stories, such as a Cyberpunk world, an alien invasion, an alternate history and post-apocalyptic worlds. In past volumes, only a few authors really stood out for me, but this time I enjoyed reading all thirteen stories. All the illustrations are nicely done and fit perfectly with the plot each story. Overall, L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future: Volume 31 is a great anthology and I recommend it to others.

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