This year was rich in the length of its winning stories and in their variety of styles and themes. Something similar acted on the winning illustrators, as you have seen (or will see) in leafing through this volume, which is, as you surely know, volume nineteen in the series.
The judges in this year are amazingly prestigious and knowledgeable contributors to L. Ron Hubbard’s original (and still growing) vision. This has been true from the very beginning, though some names are, sadly, no longer with us and others, happily, have stepped forward to take their place.
We are pleased to welcome new judge Brian Herbert to our stellar panel of judges for the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest. Brian Herbert is co-author of The Butlerian Jihad, a recent New York Times bestseller, and has co-authored three other Dune prequel novels with author and Writers of the Future Contest judge Kevin J. Anderson. Among Herbert’s own published works are the novels Sidney’s Comet; Sudanna, Sudanna; and The Race for God. He co-wrote Man of Two Worlds with his late father and former Writers of the Future Contest judge, Frank Herbert. His recent releases include his biography of Frank Herbert entitled Dreamer of Dune and Forgotten Heroes, about the US Merchant Marine.