This was a great read. Basically it’s a collection of short sci-fi and fantasy stories written by new and budding authors. As I read through them I felt so motivated to write because telling a beautiful story in a few pages is a crazy-cool accomplishment that these amazing people did VERY well.
There’s nothing much to discuss when it comes to this book so I’ll just quickly mention some of my favourite short stories and why I liked them.
The first one is Möbius by Christoph Weber (also loved the beautiful illustration by Talia Spencer) This one is a sci-fi. It basically follows the life of an anti-genetic engineering detective Liz Arus whose mum died because of an engineered virus. However the line between allowing genetic engineering to continue in hiding or not blurs when her father gets involved. I loved the writing style, the characters and I love the ending.
The second one is The Jack of Souls by Stephen Merlino. This one’s a fantasy and I believe that Merlino has written and published a full book which I’m more than excited to read soon. I don’t remember much about this story but I do remember that this guy named Harric gambles his life to free a slave. I remember absolutely loving the medieval style world-building that was done in such a short story and I remember falling head over heels in love with almost every character. So definitely give the book a try you guys! The illustration by Maricela Ugarte Pena was equally beautiful.
Next, I also loved Storm like lightning, hooves like thunder by K.D.Julicher. This one too was a fantasy and I absolutely loved the intelligent and strong female character who used her skill in languages to solve a dispute between two tribes/kingdoms. Usually I’m not a fan of romance, be it in real fiction or fantasy or sci-fi but this one I really loved. The characters, the world-building, the writing style, everything about it was amazing. This was actually my favourite story among them all. Eldar Zakirov‘s illustration to this story was like a cherry on top of the delicious-ness.
A Glamour in the black by Sylvia Anna Hiven was another story I really enjoyed reading. It was a story about Keani, who lived with this parasite that changed her appearance to appeal whoever looked upon her. She uses this ability of hers to help her father in his trade so he can save enough money to get a life-threatening surgery for Keani, that would hopefully get her rid of the parasite. This was my second favourite story. I did NOT expect that kind of ending at all. Brandon Knight‘s illustration at the end was absolutely beautiful and did so much justice to the story itself.
And finally we have, The Jade woman of the luminous star by Sean Williams. It was a very time traveling/philosophy kind of a story which was so fulfilling to read. It is about a character named Hugh Gordon, who is accused of murdering his wife. I don’t want to tell much about this book because it might spoil the beauty of it. I believe Daniel Tyka was the one who painted a beautiful illustration for this story.
So if you get your hands on this amazing book, definitely give it a try because it has such amazing undiscovered gems within it.
Blurb: The 32nd edition of Writers of the Future may be the best new book yet! Brand-new adventure through space, time and possibility.
Along the way these new authors will introduce you to fascinating characters such as Nate, a very loyal companion—like most werewolves would be. Keanie has a parasite that lets her morph and so transform into anyone. Liz owns a dinosaur maker, but raw ingredients can be a problem. Anna slaves away in a factory but her magic leaves her unfulfilled. These authors take creative writing to a whole new level!
The answers, the stories, the visions, and the mind-stretching possibilities are all waiting inside.
Welcome to the future of Science Fiction and Fantasy. It gets better every year. These are the award winning short stories of the international contest that have launched the writing careers of some of the best new books!
BONUS stories and articles on how to write by New York Times best sellers Tim Powers, Sean Williams, Brandon Sanderson, Sergey Poyarkov & L. Ron Hubbard
Lots of love,