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L Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future

Entry updated 29 September 2020. Tagged: Publication.

Original Anthology series, initially edited by Algis Budrys, made up of stories by entrants to the Writers of the Future Contest and published by Bridge Publications in the USA and New Era in the UK; both publishing houses were originally set up to publish Dianetics and Scientology textbooks, but had already begun publishing fiction with the novels of L Ron Hubbard's unexpected second career in fiction. The contest is quarterly (though an annual award is given also), and most of the anthology stories are first, second or third place-getters. Some fine writers have made their debut in this series (which has survived the controversy surrounding it) – not surprisingly, considering the fairly lavish nature of the awards involved. They include Robert Touzalin (Robert Reed), Karen Joy Fowler, David Zindell and Dave Wolverton.

Anthologies to date are listed below. Algis Budrys edited volumes I to VIII (1985-1992) of the sequence, the last with Dave Wolverton, who was solo editor of volumes IX to XIV (1993-1998). Budrys returned as solo editor with volume XV in 1999 and continued thus until volume XXIV in 2008, the year of his death. Volumes XXV to XXVIII (2009-2012) were edited by K D Wentworth. Wolverton resumed solo editorship with volume XXIX (2013) and currently remains in the role, using his pseudonym David Farland from volume 31 onward; the sequence numbering changed from Roman to Arabic at volume 30. The additional title L Ron Hubbard Presents the Best of Writers of the Future (anth 2000), Algis Budrys, reprints stories from earlier anthologies plus stories and essays by contest judges. [PN/DRL]

L Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future

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