Writers & Illustrators of the Future Blog

The purpose of this blog is to provide a forum for winners, judges, entrants and anyone interested in sharing information regarding the contests and the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future volumes. For more information you can also go to www.writersofthefuture.com

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

The Privileged Few -- You... Read On!

Dear All,

I was going through the contest files tonight and came across something I HAD to share with you. What you are about to read has never been published before. For those of you who have been following or entering the contest for a long time, you are probably aware of the "predictions" that we have asked our judges, contestants and other famous people to do throughout the years.

Back in 1987 we asked our judges and winners of that year to make predictions for the year 2012. That is not too far away and quite frankly, none of them were totally on the mark. However, there was one that I want to share with you in full. It is quite touching and I would like your thoughts on it. I'll post all of them (your thoughts). Tell others to read it too.

It is from my friend and former WOTF judge, the late, great, Jack Williamson. Here goes:


If we had a time-phone, now in 1987, we would beg you to forgive us. We have burdened you with impossible debts, wasted and polluted the planet that should have been your rich heritage, left you instead a dreadful legacy of ignorance, want, and war.

Yet, in spite of that, we have a proud faith in you. Faith that you have saved yourselves, that you are giving birth to no more children than you can love and nurture, that you have cleansed and healed your injured planet, ended hunger, conquered crime, learned to live in peace.

Looking toward a better future for you than we can see for ourselves, we trust that you will use your computers and all your new electronic media to inform and liberate, not to dominate and oppress, trust that you will employ the new arts of genetic engineering to advance the human species and make your children better than yourselves. We know that you will be inventing new sciences that would dazzle us, opening brave new frontiers, climbing on toward the stars.

We live again through you.


Jack Williamson


  • At January 29, 2008 at 8:48 AM , Blogger Joey said...

    It is good that in his prediction he still had faith in us, that he did not condem us to what people sterio type as "human nature" Some just let things go as they are and run downhill hopeing someday someone else will make things better, though there will always be fighters, those that wake up the others in the world. I think that as things get worse at times more people will wake up... and as they do this will be a truely great world. He had a great understanding in his prediction... he was a good man.

    - Joey Jordan

  • At January 30, 2008 at 12:12 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Good prediction. Might have to be a little careful with: "genetic engineering to advance the human species and make your children better than yourselves. (perhaps the word 'healthier' can replace 'better')".


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