The 25th anniversary coffee table edition for the L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future (www.writersofthefuture.com) will feature a year by year pictorial overview of its winners with sidebars highlighting those whose careers continued to blossom.
Publishers say the book features some of the best new science fiction and fantasy stories and illustrations of the year, discovered by the judges of the Writers & Illustrators of the Future Contests — a veritable who’s who in the field of speculative fiction writing and illustrating.
“This has been an amazing evolution,” stated Kevin J. Anderson, New York Times bestselling author, Writers of the Future contest judge and senior editor for this volume at the Hollywood offices of Galaxy Press, where the book is being assembled and where thousands of photos over the 25 years of the Contest are being reviewed. “So many good shots of 25 years of all of these awards,” he continued, “just narrowing them down to the best moments, and even still we’re going to fill up more than 200 pages in this book.”
And in the evolution of assembling this book, another bonus has come to light — a section devoted to over 30 of science fiction & fantasy’s top writers who also came on board to pay it forward as the Contest’s elite cadre of judges.
The volume will feature photographs, biographies and testimonials from the Contest’s past and current judges and includes: Kevin J. Anderson, Gregory Benford, Ben Bova, Algis Budrys, Ramsey Campbell, Orson Scott Card, Hal Clement, Frank Herbert, Larry Niven, Frederik Pohl Robert Silverberg, Theodore Sturgeon, Jack Williamson and Roger Zelazny – to name just a few.
Considered the premiere writing contest of its kind, the Writers of the Future Contest was created in 1983 by best-selling author L. Ron Hubbard as a means for aspiring writers to have their works seen and acknowledged. The success of the original writer’s competition gave rise to the companion Illustrators of the Future Contest. As it has always been, there are no entry fees for the contests.
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.
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