For twenty-five years, L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future Contest has discovered and nurtured a steady stream of new authors who have changed the face of SF. Chosen by an impressive panel of judges drawn from the biggest names in the genre, taught at a remarkable week-long workshop, and celebrated at world-class venues such as the Kennedy Space Center, the United Nations and the Science Fiction Museum, Contest winners are given the best possible foundation for a long-standing writing career.
Filled with more than a thousand spectacular images, interspersed with over one hundred success stories and testimonials, this book celebrates the first quarter century of Writers of the Future. This is truly the gold standard of SF awards.
Release date: August 28, 2010
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TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Introduction: A level playing field for new writers by Kevin J. Anderson
L. Ron Hubbard: Living the life and paying it forward
The Contest: Retrospective: Writers of the Future by Robert Sliverberg
The Workshop: Diving in at Sag Harbor by Tim Powers
The Workshop: Looking back, from contestant to judge by K.D. Wentworth
The Awards Event: The 1st autograph by Tim Powers
Epilogue: The herald of possibility
The Appendix: Acknowledgements, chrono, alpha, rules, index
"I spent much of yesterday and today leafing through Kevin's 25th anniversary book, page by page, looking at the photos of the winners and their books, reading the essays, and came away awed by the magnitude of it all. I shouldn't be surprised, I suppose, at the size of the accomplishment that is recorded here, but, somehow, taking it year by year as I have, I haven't felt the same all-at-once impact as I have the last two days. These hundreds of writers, their many published books and stories, the whole subculture of contestants and the other one of judges—it's awesome indeed. So many years, so many people, the innumerable transitions of eager amateurs into famous pros—quite amazing. I'm proud to have been a part of it for so long." —Robert Silverberg