From the farthest reaches of the universe to the innermost workings of the human heart and mind . . . Let tomorrow’s masters of science fiction and fantasy take you on a journey that will capture your imagination:
Behold . . .
Meet Viviana Fuentes. She’s dead. But her facsimile lives on . . .
Etelka, the house whisper-girl, is a breath of fresh air, magical, mysterious and a little bit dangerous.
The night the circus freaks ran riot won’t end until Marizella, the sword swallower’s daughter, gets her magic knife back.
Houston, we have no problem at all. What we do have is one remarkable hero on a courageous personal mission.
Journey . . .
Every man, woman and child on Earth has fallen victim to the plague. A Planet Builder, launched into deep space, is on a mission to recreate the human race.
Earth is scorching hot, cities turned to deserts. The price of survival is brutally high and terrible choices must be made in the name of the greater good.
Pay the price of admission and you can climb into the cockpit and play dogfight to your heart’s content. . . . But beware.
Explore . . .
Get to know GN 722 . . . affectionately known as Gina. She’s the bomb. . . .
Hungry nightmares are eager to take flesh-and-blood form and devour all in their path.
Seeing into the future isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, especially if all you see is betrayal, greed, lust and war. . . .
Discover . . .
All knowledge, history and literature are strictly controlled, but one book could change all that.
He is their world. He is their universe. He is their god. He is Owen, and they are the nano-organisms saving him from certain death.
What happens if you create a machine with a heart and mind of its own?
These stories are from the freshest, most talented new voices in science fiction and fantasy, individually illustrated by the best new artists in the genre. You will definitely encounter these names again in the future—but you saw them first in L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume XXIV.
This volume includes:
“Why There Are the Contests” by Algis Budrys, Editor and Writers of the Future Contest Coordinating Judge
Articles about the craft and business of writing and illustrating:
“Circulate” by L. Ron Hubbard
“The Well-Adjusted Writer” by Rebecca Moesta, Writers of the Future Contest Judge
“The Four C’s to Success” by Cliff Nielsen, Illustrators of the Future Contest Judge
Award-winning stories and award-winning illustrators:
Gold Award-winning story: “Bitter Dreams” by Ian McHugh
Illustrated by Robert J. Hall Jr.
“A Man in the Moon” by Dr. Philip Edward Kaldon
Illustrated by William Ruhlig
“Taking a Mile” by J. Kathleen Cheney
Illustrated by James Galindo
“Crown of Thorns” by Sonia Helbig
Illustrated by William Ruhlig
“Hangar Queen” by Patrick Lundrigan
Illustrated by Robert Castillo
“Snakes and Ladders” by Paula R. Stiles
Illustrated by Gustavo Bollinger
“Epiphany” by Laura Bradley Rede
Illustrated by Alexandra D. Szweryn
“Cruciger” by Erin Cashier
Illustrated by Stephen R. Stanley
“Circuit” by J. D. EveryHope
Illustrated by Brittany J. Jackson
“A War Bird in the Belly of a Mouse” by David Parish-Whittaker
Illustrated by Sean Kibbe
“Simularcum’s Children” by Sarah L. Edwards
Illustrated by Kyle Phillips
“The Bird Reader’s Granddaughter” by Kim A. Gillett
Illustrated by Ilya Shkipin
“The Girl Who Whispered Beauty” by Al Bogdan
Illustrated by Stephen Knox
“Keep the Writers of the Future going. It’s what keeps sci-fi alive.” —Orson Scott Card
“Prior to L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest starting, there was no field which enabled the new writer to compete with his peers other new writers.” —Kevin J. Anderson, Author
“Here’s skill and storytelling fervor aplenty these writers of the future have already arrived!” —Robert Silverberg, Author
“This collection shows why I’m happy to be a judge for the Writers of the Future Contest it always finds great stories by the new writers who will be winning Hugo and Nebula Awards a few years from now.” —Tim Powers, Author
“Writers of the Future is a terrific program for new writers, and goodness knows, there are few enough of those. It has my heartiest support and unqualified recommendation.” —Terry Brooks, Author
“It all started when I won the Writers of the Future Contest. Without them, I can honestly say I would not be where I am today.” —Patrick Rothfuss, Author
“A very generous legacy from L. Ron Hubbard a fine, fine fiction writer for the writers of the future.” —Anne McCaffrey, Author
“The Writers of the Future Contest has not only provided a place where new writers could break into print for the first time but it also has a record of nurturing and discovering writers who have gone on to make their mark in the science fiction field. Long may it continue!” —Neil Gaiman, Author
“Some of the best SF of the future comes from Writers of the Future.” —David Hartwell Hugo-Award-winning editor
“The best-selling SF anthology series of all time.” —Locus Magazine
“The most enduring forum to showcase new talent in the genre.” —Publishers Weekly