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L Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Volume 20
L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Volume 20
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  • Paperback
  • Aug.23.2004
  • 9781592121779
  • Galaxy Press

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From Publishers WeeklyThe human element remains at all times paramount in the 15 SF stories gathered in the 20th edition of L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future series, at this point the most enduring forum to showcase new talent in the genre. Standouts include Eric James Stone's eerie "In Memory," whose hero, a brilliant mad physicist, exists as a disembodied computer image; Joy Remy's poignant "Sleep Sweetly, Junie Carter," in which a bedridden woman feels helpless in her near-immortality; and Jonathon Laden's disturbing "Monkey See, Monkey Deduce," in which a multibodied monster is actually a tribe of chimps, with an imposed common memory, at the mercy of human researchers. Brief essays on writing by Hubbard and contemporary giants such as Robert Silverberg and Kevin J. Anderson round out the volume. The cartoonlike artwork, one...
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From Publishers Weekly
The human element remains at all times paramount in the 15 SF stories gathered in the 20th edition of L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future series, at this point the most enduring forum to showcase new talent in the genre. Standouts include Eric James Stone's eerie "In Memory," whose hero, a brilliant mad physicist, exists as a disembodied computer image; Joy Remy's poignant "Sleep Sweetly, Junie Carter," in which a bedridden woman feels helpless in her near-immortality; and Jonathon Laden's disturbing "Monkey See, Monkey Deduce," in which a multibodied monster is actually a tribe of chimps, with an imposed common memory, at the mercy of human researchers. Brief essays on writing by Hubbard and contemporary giants such as Robert Silverberg and Kevin J. Anderson round out the volume. The cartoonlike artwork, one drawing for each story, is less successful. The series, however, continues to be a powerful statement of faith as well as direction in American science fiction.
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This historic 20th anniversary edition of the L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future anthology, the bestselling and most widely influential anthology of its kind, brings you 15 exciting, strikingly original stories by the best new creative talent in speculative fiction, all winners of the Writers of the Future Contest. They are guaranteed to ignite your imagination with strange new worlds, untraveled galaxies and bizzare dimensions and the mysteries of a universe of infinite size where somewhere out there, everything that is possible is real. These authors are first-rate short story writers.

Created by L. Ron Hubbard out of his lifetime commitment to helping new writers and artists, and judged by a Hall-of-Fame roster of top professionals, the Writers of the Future anthology has provided a spectacular launching pad for fledgling writers who over the past two decades have gone on to publish more than 250 novels, many of them international bestsellers and some 2,500 short stories.

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Cancilleri's Law
 
    Waxman swore she lived, but you would be hard pressed to prove it to me.  I saw no sign of breathing, not a twitch of muscle.  Not once during the long hours I sat and watched from across the primitive wood-slab table, did she blink.  A rough, hand woven scarf shrouded her lower face and hair -- part of her period costume, Waxman had told me.  The material's color matched her crystalline blue eyes.
    Unless I touch her, I thought, despite my knowledge of her situation, how can I be certain she's real?
    She stood poised in a half-squat of indecision as if trapped before her thoughts had time enough to sift evidence.  Her room was constructed from pale gray sound-deadening plastics.  Light strips around the baseboards subdued the space into the dusk of her original departure.
    The furniture, one table and chairs padded and upholstered in dark ruby velvet, sat on a floor carpeted with a thick pile, blood red synthetic both soft and resilient -- except where her feet touched bare earth grown over with knee high wheat or barley.
    I stood and went around the table.  She did not move.  By then, I wanted to believe I witnessed a mirage, a holographic prank.  I could still hear my mates at the Advanced Chrono Sciences Lab laughing at my naiveté when I had announced I would be the one, the person to bring her the rest of the way through.
    However, the woman was a frozen mannequin, incredibly life-like and frighteningly human.  The briefing data provided by the Loyal Order of the Keepers had not exaggerated.
    I rounded the table's corner to close the distance between us.  I could smell her, but could not identify the sweet sickly aroma.
    Her unblinking eyes remained fixed on the place where I had been sitting.  I studied my hand as I reached to touch her, and stopped.  Will she suddenly come to life and attack me?  Will she scream?  Or will nothing happen?
    I lowered my hand, and decided to stare directly in her eyes before I touched her.  I could only see shadows below her scarf; the highlights across her cheekbone, the swirls of her right ear, and of course her eyes.
    The briefing data said her life span had reached thirty years when the accident occurred over two hundred years ago; she had not and would not age.
    I moved closer and saw strands of blue-black hair poking from beneath the scarf.  The woman was stunningly beautiful.  I felt there was something hauntingly familiar about her, which increased her mysteriousness.  I wondered, maybe she's ...  Then thought, No.  It's not possible.

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This is one volume in an ongoing series started in 1985 by the famous author L. Ron Hubbard to promote the work of unrecognized writers with talent. Go to GalaxyPress.com to find out how to enter the contest, or buy this book and read the instructions printed in the last pages. After you read the fabulous stories, of course. :o)

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Born, raised and educated in New York, Larry Schliessmann is a 2004 winner of the L Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest, an Ezine Articles Platinum author, and a 2009 winner of the “National Novel Writing Month.”

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