Saturday, June 15, 2013

Writers Of The Future XXIX

L. RON HUBBARD PRESENTS: WRITERS OF THE FUTURE XXIX, edited by Dave Wolverton, $7.99, 474 pages, ISBN: 9781619862005, reviewed by Barry Hunter.

As some of you are beginning to understand, its hell to get old and some of the parts start wearing out and need replacement and/or enhancement. If you love to read, it really becomes painful to have your eyes give you trouble.

It is also painful to the soul for so many of the writers you’ve grown up with and some of the newer voices in the field shuffling off this mortal coil. To me, too many are being dragged away from us kicking and screaming because they have so much left to say.

It seems that very few days pass by without someone dying or announcing they have an incurable disease and are having to make preparations to depart. It can be a very sad time and has been lately.

Fortunately, for the last 29 years (I can’t believe it has been that long), the Writers of the Future have been turning out new writers at an astounding pace. Many of them have become best sellers and are entertaining us in multiple genres.

This year’s volume is no exception. There are 13 new stories and illustrations as well as articles in writing and illustration (I started to say “drawing” but Larry Elmore is an Artist).

Each story is different and will affect you mood. From Autism, death and love, dream craving, broken time, and future policemen; there is plenty here to show that the field will survive with new and cutting edge writers who are here to leave their ideas with us to ponder and enjoy.

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