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L. Ron Hubbard Presents
Writers of the Future, Volume 29, XXIX
Table Of Contents title author author web site illustrator 1 Introduction Dave Wolverton http://www.DavidFarland.net/ 5 War Hero Brian Trent http://www.BrianTrent.com/wp/ Jon Eno 35 Planetary Scouts Stephen Sottong http://www.StephenSottong.com/ Joshua Meehan 93 Twelve Seconds Tina Gower http://tinagower.com/ Luis Menacho 127 The Manuscript Factory L. Ron Hubbard http://www.LRonHubbard.org/ 149 The Grand Complication Christopher Reynaga http://www.ChristopherReynaga.com/ Olivia Nu 181 Cop For A Day Chrome Oxide http://www.ChromeOxide.com/ Jon Eno 205 Gonna Reach Out And Grab Ya Eric Cline http://www.CruelCline.blogspot.com/ Daniel Reneau 231 The Sport Of Writing Nnedi Okorafor http://www.Nnedi.com/ 239 Vestigial Girl Alex Wilson http://www.AlexWilson.com/ Jackie Albano 263 Holy Days Kodiak Julian http://KodiakJulian.tumblr.com/ Aldo Katayangi 283 The Ghost Wife Of Arlington Marilyn Guttridge http://MarilynGuttridge.tumblr.com/ Sida Chen 313 Journey For A New Artist Larry Elmore http://www.LarryElmore.com/ 321 Everything You Have Seen Alisa Alering http://Alering.com/ Karsen Slater 345 Scavengers Shannon Peavy James J. Eads 397 Dreameater Andrea Stewart http://www.AndreaGStewart.com/ Lucas Durham 429 Master Belladino's Mask Marina Lostetter http://www.Lostetter.net/ Tiffany England 459 The Year In Contests
Reviews of L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 29, XXIX
October 15, 2013 SF Site Reviews reviewed Writer's of the Future XXIX. This review has something thoughtful to say about every story in this book. Here is what he had to say about my story.
Writing under the byline of Chrome Oxide, this otherwise unknown author provides what is perhaps the most refreshing story of the lot. "Cop for a Day" skewers liberal economic and progressive policies when the author shows how society would devolve should these policies be taken at face value and the disastrous results that would inevitably follow. "Cop for a Day" gives us a society where jobs are virtually non-existent, where hundreds if not thousands apply for jobs both dangerous and deadly that only the lucky (or conniving) few are able to get, how bloated and inefficient bureaucracies exacerbate the problem, where everyone lives behind locked doors due to the breakdown in police enforcement, and where the overcrowded poor and jobless are manifestations of the new normal as they wait for government relief from a broken welfare system.Publishers Weekly Review: L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 29
When such an inordinate percentage of science-fiction today is pervaded by liberal politics or viewpoints in any number of ways -- overt or subtle -- (whether the authors realize it themselves or not), from the theme of stories themselves to offhand comments by characters or tossed off one-liners in stories or novels -- from a purely literary standpoint these stories soon become trite, boring, and unimaginative. A single set of like-minded viewpoints on any number of contemporary issues, in the long run, does the genre no good. There's no spark, no vitality, no uncomfortable viewpoints explored or examined. Authors putting forth the identical politically correct viewpoints (by rote, like robots) time after time after time makes for very stale stories.
Science-fiction has a reputation for penning the controversial, for going against the prevalent cultural assumptions as it did in reaction to John W. Campbell's anthropocentric view of humanity as it claimed the stars for its own, human beings always the center of the universe as they overcame all odds in their righteous quest for new worlds. But now the shoe is on the other foot, the pendulum has swung far in the other direction, where the seeming predominant view for many decades now that mankind is the problem, we're basically evil oppressors, that we're destroying everything we touch, that we're a morally evil blight on the universe -- is drilled into us over and over in many of the stories we read and the films Hollywood makes. And woe unto those who dare now question the accepted consensus, for they are vilified in print, stripped of honors or otherwise cast out as pariahs for saying or believing anything a vocal liberal minority deems offensive. The sort of events I've just described have actually taken place in the SF community, and is not only disheartening but alarming, for it portends ill-health for the entire field when voices are silenced and the fiction becomes tame and toothless.
So it with great relief and joy to be able to read something so daring (these days at least) like Chrome Oxide's wonderfully conceived and executed, dead-on-target contra-liberal-punk story "Cop for a Day."
Copyright © 2013 by Dave Truesdale, Tangent Online
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