As the pace of technological and sociological change quickens, more and more people will read and value SF and it will account for a larger and larger share of the number of books published.
Hollywood, CA (PRWEB) August 06, 2012
Twenty five years ago at the L. Ron Hubbard Awards Ceremony held atop the World Trade Center in April 1987, Writers of the Future Contest winner M. Shayne Bell made his prediction of what life would be like in the year 2012. Bell was one of 12 newly published winners—along with other now popular writers of speculative fiction Dave Wolverton (On My Way to Paradise), Carolyn Ives Gilman (Halfway Human) and J.R. Dunn (Days of Cain)—whose forecasts were recently revealed when that time capsule sealed 25 years ago was opened.
On the strength of his Writers of the Future winning entry, Bell’s remarkable short fiction has appeared in War of the Worlds: Global Dispatches, Star Wars: Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina, Star Wars: Tales from Jabba’s Palace and Star Wars: Tales of the Bounty Hunters. His story “Mrs. Lincoln’s China” was nominated for a Hugo and his novelette “The Pagodas of Ciboure” received a Nebula nomination. Two of his stories were included in the Year’s Best Science Fiction. His novel Nicoji was published in 1991, and he edited the critically acclaimed anthology Washed by a Wave of Wind, which earned him an award for editorial excellence. His short story collection, How We Play the Game in Salt Lake and Other Stories was released in 2001.
In his prediction for 2012, Bell wrote, “By 2012: SF will be the literary mainstream. As the pace of technological and sociological change quickens, more and more people will read and value SF and it will account for a larger and larger share of the number of books published. An SF writer will have won the Nobel prize (LeGuin? Card? Wolfe?) After which SF writers will begin to win Pulitzer prizes. SF will account for most of the books and stories covered in American literature classes. SF will be regularly reviewed and not found wanting.”
But on the flip side, was perhaps a more insightful look into the future when he predicted, “Also, the North Polar ice cap will be melting, and America will be in the process of moving its capitol from Washington, D.C. to Denver, Colorado.”
For more information on the Writers of the Future and to see other revealed predictions from the time capsule, go to http://www.writersofthefuture.com.
About The Writers of the Future
The Writers of the Future writing contest was initiated by L. Ron Hubbard in 1983 to provide a means for aspiring writers 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. Past winners of the Writing Contest have published over 750 novels, 3,500 short stories and winners of the Illustrating Contest have had their art published in more than 500 books and magazines, with 4,500 illustrations, 350 comics and over 1.3 million art prints.