Writers of the Future Contest Published Finalist from 1987 Releases Young Adult Novelette

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"The Lightning Horse" by John Moore released on Yard Dog Press

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Since his win in the contest 26 years ago John has continued to write and release both science fiction and fantasy, more often than not, with a comedy twist involved.

John Moore of Houston, Texas, who was honored as a published finalist at the 4th Annual L. Ron Hubbard Achievement awards in 1987, has now released a YA novelette, "The Lightning Horse."

Since his win in the contest 26 years ago John has continued to write and release both science fiction and fantasy, more often than not, with a comedy twist involved.

John's winning story in the Writers of the Future international contest back in 1988, "High Fast Fish," was published in L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume IV as a short story.

His latest release, "The Lightning Horse" is as follows: Frankenstein meets The Black Stallion - Andy takes a summer job as assistant to a Mad Scientist, and finds himself helping a couple of colorful but impoverished gamblers. Their goal: Bring a super racehorse called the Roan Ranger back to life in time to win the Durk's Classic. The plan goes awry when the racehorse is accidentally fitted with the wrong brain. Andy recruits the lovely Corduroy Brown to ride the Roan Ranger in the big race. But the evil leader of a gambling syndicate has other plans. It's up to Andy to rescue Cordy from the mob, the Roan Ranger from the knackers, and his friends from the poorhouse!

At college Moore became interested in "Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine", and after a year decided to write a story and send it to the magazine. It was not accepted, but he did receive a letter from assistant editor Darrell Schweitzer from which he learned of fanzine and science fiction conventions. Moore joined the Fandom Association of Central Texas (FACT), began attending workshops for writers participating in the Writers of the Future contest, and wrote his first serious fiction.

Moore's early stories were mostly science fiction thrillers. These include the techno-thriller Heat Sink, written in 1991 and published in 2010 as an e-book. It describes a near future in which Canadian and Russian scientists try to melt the polar ice to gain access to new oil fields. Moore's earliest published story is "Bad Chance", a two-page item in the January 1986 issue of "Space and Time". His short works have also seen print in "Aboriginal SF", "New Destinies", "Realms of Fantasy", "Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine", "Tomorrow", "Writers of the Future", and elsewhere.

Beginning with Slay and Rescue (1993), most of Moore's longer works have been light, humorous fantasies set in the mythical "Twenty Kingdoms. His fantasies have been published in a number of languages other than English, notably German, Czech and Russian.

For details on how to enter the Writers of the Future contest, visit the website at http://www.writersofthefuture.com

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