Writers of the Future Volume 26
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:
Created to fight in a horrific, high-tech future war, an artificial soldier finds an innovative way to discover her humanity. . . .
After her father dies, a young woman has to defeat a mysterious rival magician to claim her home—a fantastical charmed house where every room is alive, with its own distinctive personality. . . .
Lost on a world claimed by several alien races, an injured human girl has only one hope for survival—to form a friendship with an exotic alien tree creature. . . .
A loner must confront her past, present and future in a post-holocaust frontier town. . . .
Sharing minds with someone on the other side of the world was supposed to be an educational, cross-cultural experience—but when one partner becomes a terrorist, the violence begins to seep through. . . .
Centuries after they have purged the Earth of humanity, a group of artificial gods faces an unexpected crisis—returning spaceships filled with survivors bent on revenge. . . .
In an orbiting power station, the problems of Earth might seem far away . . . but is the isolated crew safe, or trapped?
Although Ashia the warrior is known for her bravery fighting the alien Kree, she finds a completely different kind of courage to protect her children. . . .
Life is rough for a Minotaur in the city, surrounded by mythical creatures and the trappings of gods. But when an ominous, formless stranger breaks into his home, the real trouble starts. . . .
An android marked for death because he dared to be too human is shipwrecked with the man ordered to execute him. . . .
A dying man’s only chance for survival is an organ transplant infested with black-market nanotech, complete with an imprint of the previous body’s personality. . . .
After his memories of the battlefield are erased, a war veteran searches for the hard drive that holds his past. But the government wants some secrets left hidden. . . .
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 XXVI.
This volume includes:
“Introduction” by K. D. Wentworth, Editor and Writers of the Future Contest Coordinating Judge
Articles about the craft and business of writing and illustrating:
“The Golden Pen” by L. Ron Hubbard
“Standing Up” by Dean Wesley Smith, Writers of the Future Contest Judge
“Advice to Illustrators Getting into the Field” by Stephen Youll, Illustrators of the Future Contest Judge
Award-winning stories and award-winning illustrators:
Gold Award-winning story: “Living Rooms” by Laurie Tom
Illustrated by Irena Kovalenko
“The Black Side of Memory” by Lael Salaets
Illustrated by Ven Locklear
“Lisa With Child” by Alex Black
Illustrated by Tyler Carter
“Not in the Flesh” by Adam Colston
Illustrated by Jordan Cornthwaite
“Seeing Double” by Tom Crosshill
Illustrated by Olivia Pelaez
“Exanastasis” by Brad R. Torgersen
Illustrated by Jingxuan Hu
“Poison Inside the Walls” by Scott W. Baker
Illustrated by Kelsey Wroten
“Confliction” by Simon Cooper
Illustrated by Cassandra Shaffer
“Digital Rights” by Brent Knowles
Illustrated by Rebecca Gleason
“Coward’s Steel” by K. C. Ball
Illustrated by R. M. Winch
“Written in Light” by Jeff Young
Illustrated by Rachael Jade Sweeney
“The House of Nameless” by Jason Fischer
Illustrated by Seth J. Rowanwood
“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