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:
Scattered starfarers in the emptiness beyond the solar system try to stay connected and even find love in the greatest emptiness imaginable.
A half-human spellcaster must compete against other witches for a grand championship, but her greatest challenge may be confronting herself.
A washed-up reporter investigating a story on the Moon finds that the truth can be more dangerous than terrorism.
A detective tries to solve a murder in a world where a godlike computer can reprogram reality itself, at will.
In a dark, fantastic world, a scholar from a dying race takes an acolyte who holds secrets greater than the histories they study.
Far from Earth, a human envoy finds himself caught in a bloody religious war between two alien cultures, neither of which he can understand.
A hunter tracks addicts who have lost their souls inside a computer network and drags them back out, whether or not they are ready to face the real world.
Missionaries on a hellish planet try to impose peace between warring alien races, even if it means destroying the world’s life cycle.
Survivors aboard a damaged sky city must use all their wits and resources to keep from sinking into the depths of a gas giant.
A veteran space-salvage worker must survive pirates, ruthless corporations, ghost ships . . . and a rookie partner.
An embittered field medic in an interstellar war must save a thousand lives before he can go home.
A young activist agrees to spread a terrible virus to save the world from a government conspiracy . . . but there may be more than one conspiracy, and she doesn’t know exactly which side she’s on.
An ancient, immortal woman in the old South finds that she can put an end to her eternal curse, but only if she kills a Yankee soldier she has nursed back to health.
These stories from the freshest, most talented new voices in science fiction and fantasy, are 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 XXVII.
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:
“How to View Art” by L. Ron Hubbard
“Making It” by Mike Resnick, Writers of the Future Contest Judge
“Creating Your Own Destiny” by Robert Castillo, Illustrators of the Future Contest Judge
Award-winning stories and award-winning illustrators:
Gold Award-winning story: In Apprehension, How Like a God by R. P. L. Johnson
Illustrated by Dustin D. Panzino
The Unreachable Voices of Ghosts by Jeffrey Lyman
Illustrated by Nico Photos
Maddy Dune’s First and Only SpellingBee by Patrick O’Sullivan
Illustrated by Meghan Muriel
The Truth, from a Lie of Convenience by Brennan Harvey
Illustrated by Irvin Rodriguez
An Acolyte of Black Spires by Ryan Harvey
Illustrated by Fred Jordan
The Dualist by Van Aaron Hughes
Illustrated by Frederick Edwards
Bonehouse by Keffy R. M. Kehrli
Illustrated by Vivian Friedel
This Peaceful State of War by Patty Jansen
Illustrated by Scott Frederick Hargrave
Sailingthe Sky Sea by Geir Lanesskog
Illustrated by Joey Jordan
Unfamiliar Territory by Ben Mann
Illustrated by Erik Jean Solem
Medic! by Adam Perin
Illustrated by Gregory J. Gunther
Vector Victoria by D. A. D’Amico
Illustrated by Ryan Downing
The Sundial by John Arkwright
Illustrated by Irvin Rodriguez
“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