Focus on Eric James Stone: Writers of the Future Vol 21 Winner

Eric James Stone is one of the few people who’ve managed to appear in two editions of the Writers of the Future anthology, putting “Memory” into Volume XX in 2004 as a published finalist, and “Betrayer of Trees” into Volume XXI in 2005 as a prizewinner.

Dave Chassen and Battlefield Earth

What Happened When I Wrote the Book Description for a Famous Book

A couple of months ago, I got an email from Galaxy Press, L.Ron Hubbard’s publishing company, asking if I could help them write a book description for one of his most famous books, Battlefield Earth. Now, if you don’t know me well, I’m a HUGE sci-fi nerd and list Battlefield Earth as one of my all-time favorite books…little bit.

David Farland speaking to several of the 2017 Writers of the Future winners: (l-r) Stephen Lawson, Ziporah Hildebrandt and Molly Atkins

Persistence

There is a myth among the general public that the greatest writers are born with uncanny innate talents that average folks dare not aspire to.

Mike Resnick

Q&A with Bestselling Author and Writers of the Future Judge, Mike Resnick

Mike Resnick has 5 Hugo Awards and has won numerous other awards from places as diverse as France, Japan, Spain, Croatia and Poland. He is also first on the Locus list of all-time award winners, living or dead, for short fiction, and fourth on the Locus list of science fiction’s all-time top award winners in all fiction categories. Here’s an interview with him.

Rocky Mountain News interview with L. Ron Hubbard

L. Ron Hubbard, On Writing and Science Fiction

The following interview by L. Ron Hubbard conducted with the Rocky Mountain News not only provides insight for the science fiction enthusiast into that period now known as the Golden Age of Science Fiction but meaningful writing tips from one of the crew responsible for the creation of the Golden Age of Science Fiction.

Terl grabbing the Audie Award for Battlefield Earth

Battlefield Earth Audiobook – or rather Terl – Wins Audie Award

L. Ron Hubbard’s Battlefield Earth audiobook just won an Audie Award for Excellence in Marketing, culminating a year-long progression of recognitions from its successful release last June where it topped bestseller lists.

David Farland talking to winners at the Writers of the Future Workshop

Why You Only Got an Honorable Mention

A while ago I promised to tell you why I reject good stories when I’m reading for Writers of the Future. So let’s talk about those stories that get an Honorable Mention.

Battle of Wizards

A Look at Satire and Science Fiction

One of three stories published in May 1949, along with “The Conroy Diary” and “The Incredible Destination,” the “Battle of Wizards” is not just a fun science fiction yarn. This is a story where …

Ken Scholes

Focus on Ken Scholes: Writers of the Future Vol 22 Winner

In addition to his Writers of the Future Award for “Into the Blank Where Life Is Hurled” (published in volume XXI of the annual anthology), Ken Scholes’s fiction has won France’s Prix Imaginales and the Pacific Northwest’s Endeavour Award, among others.

Author Ken Liu, photo by Li Yibo (李一博)

Focus on Ken Liu: Writers of the Future Volume 19 Finalist

“Treasure your time at the workshop,” Ken Liu says when I ask how he would advise a new prizewinner going to the Writers of the Future workshop, “but don’t make too much of it.” This is Ken Liu in a nutshell. He’s a well-spoken man who puts conflicting ideas side by side and then makes you think about what they mean.