This year's ceremony had a Steam Punk theme, and it was amazing. But first, the Red Carpet!
And on to the Awards show! We got great seats up in the balcony, and I'm so glad we did. The view was amazing, and so was the show!
The show started out with the Steampunk body percussion, and they were fantastic! The performance was mesmerizing!
|Gunhild Jacobs, Executive Director for Fiction Affairs for Author Services, Inc.|
|Sergey Poyarkov won the Inaugural L. Ron Hubbard Silver Star Award for his excellence as a science fiction and fantasy illustrator for the last 25 years.|
|Kellie Gerardi, a Space Science Strategist and Media Specialist of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, served as the Keynote Speaker.|
|Jon Lasser won an award for The Star Tree|
|Killian McKeown illustrated The Star Tree|
|Stewart C Baker won the award for Images Across a Shattered Sea|
|Paul Otteni illustrated Images Across a Shattered Sea|
|Christoph Weber won the award for Möbius, illustrated by Talia Spencer|
|Maricela Ugarte Pena illustrated The Jack of Souls|
|Matt Dovey won for Squalor and Sympathy|
|Adrian Massaro illustrated Squalor and Sympathy|
This was one of my favorite performances of the night. The performance depicted scenes from Dinosaur Dreams in Infinite Measure and it was so well done!
|Rachel K Jones won for Dinosaur Dreams in Infinite Measure|
|Preston Stone illustrated Dinosaur Dreams in Infinite Measure.|
|Camber Arnhart illustrated Last Sunset for the World Weary, Written by H.L. Fullerton|
|Ryan Row won the award for The Broad Sky was Mine, and the Road|
|Jonas Spokas illustrated The Broad Sky was Mine, and the Road|
|Julie Frost won the award for Cry Havoc|
|Vlady Monakhova illustrated Cry Havoc|
See that person hanging there? He kept doing that. It was fantastic! I've seen aerial performances, but he went higher and dropped lower than I've seen before. Amazing!
|J. W. Alden won the award for The Sun Falls Apart|
|Christina Alberici illustrated The Sun Falls Apart|
|Sylvia Hiven won the award for A Glamour in the Black|
|Brandon Knight illustrated A Glamour in the Black|
|K.D. Julicher won the award for Swords Like Lightning, Hooves like Thunder, illustrated by Eldar Zakirov|
|Krystal Claxton won the award for Planar Ghosts in 2015, but was unable to attend the event until this year.|
| Matt Dovey’s story, ‘Squalor and Sympathy’ was illustrated by artist Adrian Massaro.” Matt Dovey was presented with the Golden Pen Award and a $5,000 check by distinguished writers David Farland and Orson Scott Card. |
Matt Dovey said, “Moments like this are unique and life defining. Write without shame. Do what you do with confidence. Ours is the greatest genre, that of science fiction and fantasy. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Speculative fiction is what we tell our children. If we are the writers of the future, it is up to us write the future.”
After the awards show was over, a reception was held where attendees were able to purchase Writers of the Future Volume 32, and then have their books signed by the writers and illustrators who had won the contest. It was fun to meet each of them and learn more about who they are. The show and reception were both wonderful events, and I'm glad that I got to be a part of the evening.
A little more about Writers of the Future:
Following the 1982 release of his internationally acclaimed bestselling science fiction novel, Battlefield Earth, written in celebration of 50 years as a professional writer, L. Ron Hubbard created The Writers of the Future writing contest (www.writersofthefuture.com) in 1983 to provide a means for aspiring writers of speculative fiction to get that much-needed break. Due to the success of the Writing Contest, the companion Illustrators of the Future Contest was created in 1988.
The intensive mentoring process has proven very successful. The 368 past winners of the Writing Contest have published 1,050 novels and over 4,000 short stories. They have produced 32 New York Times bestsellers and their works have sold over 50 million copies. The 298 past winners of the Illustrating Contest have produced over 5,000 illustrations, 360 comic books, graced 623 books and albums with their art and visually contributed to 68 television shows and 46 major movies.
The Writers of the Future Award is the genre’s most prestigious award of its kind and has now become the largest, most successful and demonstrably most influential vehicle for budding creative talent in the world of contemporary fiction. Since inception, the Writers and Illustrators of the Future contests have produced 31 anthology volumes and awarded a cumulative $930,000 in cash prizes and royalties. Last year’s anthology, L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future – Volume 31 was recently selected by Publisher’s Weekly as a National Bestseller; in 2016 the volume received the Benjamin Franklin U.S. Award. For more information please visit www.writersofthefuture.com and www.galaxypress.com.