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Jody Lynn Nye

L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future: Volume 39

Writers of the Future: Book 39

Jody Lynn Nye
Dean Wesley Smith

In the world of speculative fiction... Your favorite authors... Have selected the best new voices of the year. 24 Award-winning Authors and Illustrators

3 Bonus Short Stories by Kevin J. Anderson, L. Ron Hubbard, and S. M. Stirling

Art and Writing Tips by Lazarus Chernik, L. Ron Hubbard, and Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Edited by Dean Wesley Smith and Jody Lynn Nye

16-page color gallery of artwork and Cover art by Tom Wood

Check out the stories Brandon Sanderson, Orson Scott Card, Nnedi Okorafor, Robert J. Sawyer, Kevin J. Anderson, Jody Lynn Nye and others chose as the best of the best.

Be amazed. Be amused. Be transported ... by stories that take you by surprise and take you further and deeper into new worlds and new ideas than you've ever gone before....

Twelve captivating tales from the most exciting new voices in science fiction and fantasy accompanied by three from masters of the genre.

  • A miracle? An omen? Or something else? One day, they arrived in droves -- the foxes of the desert, the field, the imagination.... -- "Kitsune" by Devon Bohm
  • When a vampire, a dragon and a shape-shifting Chihuahua meet on a beach in Key West, fireworks go off! But that's just the background. -- "Moonlight and Funk" by Marianne Xenos
  • Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I., faces one of his funniest and most perplexing cases ever -- an enlightened ogre, a salamander with low self-esteem, and a raging fire dragon terrorizing the Unnatural Quarter! -- "Fire in the Hole" by Kevin J. Anderson
  • The Grim Reaper, trapped in an IRS agent's dying body, must regain his powers before he dies and faces judgment for his original sin. -- "Death and the Taxman" by David Hankins
  • In a metaverse future, a woman who exposes falseness in others must decide what is real to her -- the love she lost or the love she may have found. -- "Under My Cypresses" by Jason Palmatier
  • Vic Harden wasn't lured by glory on a daring mission into the reaches of outer space -- he was ordered out there by his editor. -- "The Unwilling Hero" by L. Ron Hubbard
  • Dangerous opportunities present themselves when an alien ship arrives in the solar system seeking repairs. -- "White Elephant" by David K. Henrickson
  • With her spaceship at the wrong end of a pirate's guns, a former war hero must face down her enemies and demons to save Earth's last best chance for peace. -- "Piracy for Beginners" by J. R. Johnson
  • Years after the Second Holocaust, the last surviving Jews on earth attempt to rewrite the past. -- "A Trickle in History" by Elaine Midcoh
  • When I said I'd do anything to pay off my debts and get back home to Earth, I didn't mean survey a derelict spaceship at the edge of the solar system -- but here I am. -- "The Withering Sky" by Arthur H. Manner
  • High-powered telescopes bring galactic life to our TVs, and network tuner Hank Enos figures he's seen everything -- until the day an alien boy stares back. -- "The Fall of Crodendra M." by T. J. Knight
  • Knights, damsels and dragons, curses and fates foretold -- the stuff of legends and stories, but unexpectedly perverse. -- "Constant Never" by S. M. Stirling
  • Determined to save his wife, Tumelo takes an unlikely client through South Africa's ruins to the heart of the Desolation -- a journey that will cost or save everything. -- "The Children of Desolation" by Spencer Sekulin
  • When a terrorist smuggles a nuclear weapon into London, a team regresses in time to AD 1093 to assassinate a knight on the battlefield, thereby eliminating the terrorist a millennia before his birth. -- "Timelines and Bloodlines" by L. H. Davis
  • The Grand Exam, a gateway to power for one, likely death for all others -- its entrants include ambitious nobles, desperate peasants, and Quiet Gate, an old woman with nothing left to lose. -- "The Last History" by Samuel Parr

You will love this collection of the best new voices because, as Locus magazine puts it, "Excellent writing...extremely varied. There's a lot of hot new talent."

Get it now.

L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Volume 40

Writers of the Future: Book 40

Jody Lynn Nye


Experience these powerful new voices--vivid, visceral, and visionary--as they explore uncharted worlds and reveal unlimited possibilities.

Open the Writers of the Future and be carried away by stories--and illustrations--that will make you think, make you laugh, and make you see the world in ways you never imagined.

Twelve captivating tales from the best new writers of the year as selected by Writers of the Future Contest judges accompanied by three more from L. Ron Hubbard, Nancy Kress, S.M. Stirling. Each is accompanied by a full-color illustration.

Plus Bonus Art and Writing Tips from Gregory Benford, Bob Eggleton, L. Ron Hubbard, Dean Wesley Smith

"When her owner goes missing, a digital housecat must become more than simulation to find her dearest companion through the virtual world.--"The Edge of Where My Light Is Cast" by Sky McKinnon, art by Carina Zhang

No one came to his brother's funeral. Not even the spirits. Étienne knew it was his fault.--"Son, Spirit, Snake" by Jack Nash, art by Pedro N.

Man overboard is a nightmare scenario for any sailor, but Lieutenant Susan Guidry is also running out of air--and the nearest help is light years away.--"Nonzero" by Tom Vandermolen, art by Jennifer Mellen

Mac wanted to invent a cocktail to burn itself upon the pages of history--but this one had some unexpected side effects.--"The Last Drop" by L. Ron Hubbard and L. Sprague de Camp, art by Chris Arias

Dementia has landed Dan Kennedy in Graydon Manor, and what's left of his life ahead seems dismal, but a pair of impossible visitors bring unexpected hope.--"The Imagalisk" by Galen Westlake, art by Arthur Haywood

When a teenage swamp witch fears her mama will be killed, she utilizes her wits and the magic of the bayou--no matter the cost to her own soul.--"Life and Death and Love in the Bayou" by Stephannie Tallent, art by Ashley Cassaday

Our exodus family awoke on the new world--a paradise inexplicably teeming with Earth life, the Promise fulfilled. But 154 of us are missing....--"Five Days Until Sunset" by Lance Robinson, art by Steve Bentley

Spirits were supposed to lurk beneath the Lake of Death, hungry and patient and hostile to all life.--"Shaman Dreams" by S.M. Stirling, art by Dan dos Santos

A new app lets users see through the eyes of any human in history, but it's not long before the secrets of the past catch up with the present.--"The Wall Isn't a Circle" by Rosalyn Robilliard, art by Guelly Rivera

In the shadows of Teddy Roosevelt's wendigo hunt, a Native American boy resolves to turn the tables on his captors, setting his sights on the ultimate prey--America's Great Chief.--"Da-ko-ta" by Amir Agoora, art by Connor Chamberlain

When squids from outer space take over, a punk-rock P.I. must crawl out of her own miserable existence to find her client's daughter--and maybe a way out.--"Squiddy" by John Eric Schleicher, art by Tyler Vail

Another outbreak? This time it's a virus with an eighty percent infection rate that affects personality changes... permanently.--"Halo" by Nancy Kress, art by Lucas Durham

Planet K2-18b is almost dead, humanity is enslaved, and it's Rickard's fault. Now in his twilight years, he'd give an arm and a leg for redemption. Literally.--"Ashes to Ashes, Blood to Carbonfiber" by James Davies, art by May Zheng

What if magic could undo the unthinkable, and undo Death itself? Would you use it no matter the cost? What would you sacrifice for love?--"Summer of Thirty Years" by Lisa Silverthorne, art by Gigi Hooper

Joe is a prospector tasked with exploring the cosmos on behalf of an all-powerful government. Breadna is a toaster. There have been weirder love stories, but that's unlikely.--"Butter Side Down" by Kal M, art by Selena Meraki

24 Award-winning Authors and Illustrators

16-page color gallery of artwork

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