Writers of the Future Volume 33 trade paperback
What if there was a single contest to determine the most talented new writers across the genres of Sci-Fi and Fantasy? What if you could find all the award-winning stories—a variety of creative and fresh new ideas—all in one anthology? What if you could turn the page, explore diverse new universes of possibility and see what is to come?
Welcome to the world of the Writers of the Future. Where what if IS here. Where giants of speculative fiction reveal the BEST new Sci-Fi and Fantasy of the year.
“There’s only one reason to pick up Writers of the Future, and that’s because the stories are wonderful.” —Orson Scott Card
“It really does help the best rise to the top.” —Brandon Sanderson
“It’s a five-course meal, that is a nice flow of different types of stories going all the way through.” —Kevin J. Anderson
Edited by David Farland.
Short stories by Dustin Steinacker, Sean Hazlett, Anton Rose, Doug C. Souza, Walter Dinjos, Stephen Lawson, Jake Marley, C. L. Kagmi, Andrew Peery, Ville Meriläinen, Ziporah Hildebrandt, Andrew L. Roberts, David VonAllmen and Molly Elizabeth Atkins
16-page color gallery of artwork with illustrations by Aituar Manas, Chan ha Kim, Yader Fonseca, Christopher Kiklowicz, Victoria Man, Jason Park, Hanna Al-Shaer, David Furnal, Michael Michera, Asher Ben Alpay, Rachel Quinlan, Ryan Richmond, Anthony Moravian, Preston Stone and Joshua Meehan
Bonus stories and essays by L. Ron Hubbard, Orson Scott Card, Brandon Sanderson, Jody Lynn Nye, Jerry Pournelle, Ciruelo and Echo Chernik.
Summary of Stories
Moonlight One—When Gwen’s husband is found murdered, she’s the only suspect. After all, they were the only two people on the moon.
The Armor Embrace—Flora’s father is a mech-soldier of the Slayer Class, but how much of him is really left inside the machine?
Envoy in the Ice—When an alien with godly intelligence is discovered watching the earth, one man must try to learn if its motives are pure.
The Devil’s Rescue—If you were stranded in an open boat and the only hope for rescue came from a ghost ship, would dare to ride?
Tears for Shülna—Some gifts come with heavy price tags, and the giver must rise to the occasion.
The Drake Equation—What if an alien asks for your help with a question, and the answer affects the future of the whole human race?
Acquisition—Barlow has a talent for finding the dead. Or do they find him?
Obsidian Spire—When Varga sets out to explore the ancient stronghold of a long-dead wizard, she discovers that the ruins aren’t as deserted as she thought.
Gator—If only that reptile in the sewer were something as predictable as an alligator.
A Glowing Heart—On a distant world among the cloud peaks, the light-hawks promise a rich reward for those daring enough to harvest one.
The Long Dizzy Down—In a world where memories can be stripped, Bill discovers that he has a family he has never known.
The Woodcutters’ Deity—Not all spirits have the best of intentions, and they must be dealt with.
The Dragon Killer’s Daughter—You can put an end to something wondrous, but only at a cost.
Useless Magic—In a life-or-death situation, sometimes you wish that you had a really powerful spell. But that begs the question—what is power?
Adramelech—Some devils are as old as a dream, and more evil than men can imagine.
The Fox, the Wolf, and the Dove—When the world needs saving, three children are called to the task.
The Magnificent Bhajan—Can an aging sorcerer find a way to track down his old nemesis with the small bit of magic he has left, or is he just fooling himself?
Writers of the Future
Fantasy, Science Fiction