The cover art for Writers of the Future Volume 38 has been revealed to an international audience online by cover artist Bob Eggleton.
— Bob Eggleton, cover designer
HOLLYWOOD, CA, USA, March 3, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — The L. Ron Hubbard Volume 38 Cover Reveal Featuring Writers of the Future took place Tuesday night at an online event with guests from all over the world. Bob Eggleton, Illustrators of the Future judge and cover artist, was on hand to release the cover art. John Goodwin, president of Galaxy Press, publisher of L. Ron Hubbard’s works of fiction and the Writers of the Future series, moderated the event.
Eggleton is the winner of nine Hugo Awards and twelve Chesley Awards, the 2019 L. Ron Hubbard Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Arts, a 2015 Rondo Award in Classic Horror and a from the Godzilla Society of North America. His art is on the covers of numerous science fiction, fantasy and horror magazines, trade publications and books around the world, including several volumes of his own work. He has also worked as a concept illustrator for films and thrill rides. He has been a judge for the Illustrators of the Future contest since 1988, of which he said, “L. Ron Hubbard ignited the spark of imagination that ignited in the minds of these new artists.
About the cover painting, Eggleton said, “My idea was to take this older work of mammoths and merge it with these new elements, humanoid robots exploring a past land. Or is it somewhere else? It’s up to you to decide.
The presentation of the new cover took on particular importance this year. After the completion of this book, the book’s editor, David Farland, tragically passed away. One of his last acts was to write a short story to accompany Bob Eggleton’s cover. To this, Eggleton said, “I feel privileged to have worked with David Farland on his latest story, and therefore to dedicate this cover and the memory of his life to him.”
Attendees of the online event were quick to let their enthusiasm for the cover art be known.
Illustrators of the Future judge Lazarus Chernik commented, “This represents Bob Eggleton perfectly to me. He dulls with his brush as much as his characters and compositions, bringing fantastic scenes to life like no other. No faces? No problem. The painting itself becomes a person.
Bookseller Jean-Paul L. Garnier of Space Cowboy Books said, “Year after year, Writers of the Future remains an important anthology and a great read. If you’re looking for stellar new voices in sci-fi and fantasy, look no further.
Desmond Astaire, soon to be published in Volume 38, noted, “Bob Eggleton’s dreamlike rendering of robots herding mammoths in the prehistoric age is not only visually beautiful; it also captures the imagination of science fiction and fantasy. It’s a wonderful example of art that evokes the burning questions of the assumptions, whys and hows of storytelling. It was such a pleasure to listen to Bob explain his artistic process and see the artwork come to life step by step. The grand finale of the reveal left me shaking my head in amazement as if we were all given an unexpected gift beyond expectation.
Rebecca Treasure, who will also be published in Volume 38, said, “I thought the cover was a delightful combination of new and old, past and future, seamlessly integrated into a beautiful setting. I can’t wait to hold the book in my hands!
L. Ron Hubbard started the Writers of the Future writing contest in 1983 to provide “a means for new and aspiring writers to have a chance at having their creative endeavors seen and recognized”. Building on its success, its sister competition, Illustrators of the Future, was created five years later to provide the same opportunity for the budding artist.
The intensive mentoring process has proven to be very successful. The writing competition’s more than 500 published past winners and finalists have published more than 1,800 novels and nearly 6,200 short stories. They have produced 33 New York Times bestsellers and their works have sold over 60 million copies.
The 370 past winners of the Illustration Contest have produced more than 6,000 illustrations, 360 comic strips, adorned 624 books and albums with their art, and contributed visuals to 68 television shows and 40 major films.
For more information on Writers and Illustrators of the Future, visit www.writersofthefuture.com.
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Bob Eggleton unveils cover art for “L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 38”