Stopped by the P.O. Box in town as part of my normal Saturday errands and there was a key to parcel locker #5. The white box inside nearly filled the locker, and as #5 was on the bottom, it took a few seconds to get fingers purchased on said box and pull it out. Oh look, the heavy box is from Galaxy Press -- I know what this is. (grin)
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future: The First 25 Years
My Contributor's Copy Of The WOTF Coffee Table Book
Quite some months ago the Writers of the Future people sent out a call for anyone in the WOTF winners community interested in submitting comments about what the WOTF contest means to them, in connection with putting together a coffee table book of pictures and essays and history of the first twenty-five years of WOTF, edited by Kevin J. Anderson. Naturally being shy about expressing myself, to say nothing of having been a Published Finalist in WOTF XXIV, I of course sent in a short essay. Because of that, I got a free contributor's copy of the finished book in lieu of cash payment. Makes me happy. (grin)
Besides my piece on page 233, it looks like one of my pictures of Al Bogdan signing the WOTF XXIV anthology at the Event also made the book:
More About This Later
The official release will be at the 26th WOTF Awards on 28 August 2010 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
So far I haven't seen this for pre-order anywhere. But I should note that this impressive book uses very heavy paper stock -- and that if you order it online, get free shipping. (wry-grin) I know both the publisher Galaxy Press and Amazon routinely offer free shipping on orders of $25 or more -- and the list price on the dust jacket is $44.95.
I think that most readers of SF/F will prefer the annual anthologies for the stories. An expensive coffee table book isn't for everyone and contest hopefuls would no doubt be best off reading more SF/F -- buying this book isn't going to give you an "in" into winning the contest. For that you have to write a great story. (double-word-score-grin)
To those involved in the Contest, this is like a reunion -- for everyone it's a collection about new and notable authors stretching back to the early days of modern 20th century SF/F (in the case of the judges) and including a big chunk of my LJ Friends list. (happy grin) The more I read about the history of the Writers of the Future contest, the more amazing it seems that (a) it got started, (b) it has kept going and (c) it has done so well. I've barely made a dent in reading the whole thing.
As for the contest itself, the next contest deadline, for those eligible, is Thursday 30 September 2010. Yeah, I'm a nudge. College professors are like that.