Review: Writers of the Future Volume 31

Writers of the Future Volume 31 by L. Ron Hubbard

(I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review)

The future is here…the future is now! Orson Scott Card, Kevin J. Anderson and Larry Niven have seen the future. Now, you can, too.

A constellation of the brightest lights in the Science Fiction and Fantasy firmament have judged these authors to be the best, the brightest, the truest emerging stars in the field.

From Alien Invasion to Alternate History, from Cyberpunk to Comic Fantasy to Post-Apocalyptic Worlds, these are the winning writers who have mastered every version and vision of sci-fi and fantasy.

Don’t be left behind. Get a read on what’s next.

“The Writers of the Future contest looks for people with the best imaginations who can see through the possibilities of the strangest and best ideas and tell stories that intrigue us and involve us.” —ORSON SCOTT CARD

OVERALL REVIEW OF THE BOOK

This book is without a doubt one of the best collections of Science Fiction and fantasy. The stories amazed me so much with the imagination that must have gone into creating them. Each story was unique and beautifully written. The stories deal with almost every science fiction aspect from Alien schools and humans colonizing other planets to apocalyptic worlds and alternate worlds. I personally enjoyed almost all the stories in the anthology. I'm only going to review my most favorite stories below as a review of the entire book would take too much time and would be too long.

A REVOLUTIONARY'S GUIDE TO PRACTICAL CONJURATION by Auston Habershaw

This was an absolute favorite! The setting for the story was amazing and I loved the vivid descriptions that helped me visualize the places in the story. I just learnt from the author's Goodreads page that his novels are set in the same world *squeal with excitement* I will definitely be checking them out! Back to the story, it deals with an interactive magic book with so much sass! Do I need say more?

TWELVE MINUTES TO VINH QUANG by Tim Napper

A unique read with some really interesting characters. The whole story is set at a single place and yet moves at a breakneck speed. Things were changing before I could say 'science-fiction'. It is a futuristic world yes but somehow feels familiar. The amazing futuristic gadgets while a part of the story, in a way remain in the background. I'd love to see this short story be developed into a full fledged novel as it definitely has the potential.

ROUGH DRAFT by Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta

The story of a writer in a world where travelling to alternate worlds and parallel universes is a common occurrence. It is a slight complex background and I would have enjoyed it more if the authors had elaborated about the laws and such in the world. The premise was beautiful and I particularly liked the main character's decision at the end of the story even though I hadn't liked him much in the beginning.

HALF PAST by Samantha Murray

This is the story of a girl who makes echos of herself during times of extreme and heightened emotions. A very interesting and magical tale with quite the twist at the end. I definitely wasn't expecting that.

INCONSTANT MOON by Larry Niven

It's about enjoying life in the face of impending doom. A man and his girlfriend spend their time enjoying on their last day on Earth. I loved how beautiful the story turned out to be despite apocalypse looming over the characters.

WISTERIA MELANCHOLY by Michael T. Banker

People when feeling dark emotions, face morphological changes. The story is about a bunch of kids who suffer from this kind of psychomorphical 'disorders'. The story was happy and sad at the same time and so beautifully written.

A highly enjoyable anthology of science fiction and fantasy stories. Each story is unique and beautiful in it's own way. I would recommend this to just about anyone!





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6 comments:

  1. This is a nice review! Inconstant Moon sounds like the most interesting to us. Were the other stories the ones that made you rate 4/5 for this novel? Out of curiosity, which ones didn't you like?

    ~ Pendragons

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    1. Thank you :) And extremely sorry for the late reply..A storm here ripped away electricity lines and stuff. Things have gotten back to normal only today! Yes actually there were a couple of stories that had a lot of info dumps and that was annoying. Also there are some non fiction articles in there that were slightly boring. There was no story I didn't like but still there were some stories that felt laborious to read.

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  2. Great review! Glad you enjoyed it! Sci-fi and short stories aren't my best friends, but I might check this one out! :)
    Prabhleen @ Booksarelife987

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    1. Yeah do check them out..Since they are short stories you can always back out when you don't feel like it :)

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  3. I haven't read that many SF anthologies but I love the idea of them, getting to try new authors (and concepts). Rough Draft and Half Past sound fantastic, and so does Inconstant Moon. So glad this one worked for you!

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    1. Exactly! That's why I love anthologies :) I discovered so many new authors via the anthology! Rough draft was one of my favourites :) Thank you! ^^

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