Thursday, August 26, 2010

L. Ron Hubbard presents Writers of the Future Contest

L. Ron Hubbard presents Writers of the Future Contest
This week is the 26th annual Writers of the Future Contest. Writers of the future is my personal favorite when it comes to Sci Fi and Fantasy anthologies. The stories are just so much better than you find these days in magazines.
I also think it's great that L. Ron Hubbard created this anthology and contest to give young (and not-so-young) writers and illustrators a start in a very competitive industry, where the door is so often nailed shut to new talent.
From their press release:
Founding Chairman of Challenger Center for Space Education is Keynote Speaker at Writers of the Future Awards Ceremony
June Scobee Rodgers to Address Winners of L. Ron Hubbard Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contest at Festive Gala

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Aug. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- June Scobee Rodgers, Founding Chairman of Challenger Center for Space Science Education, will deliver the keynote address to winners of the L. Ron Hubbard Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contest, the Contest judges and several hundred attending guests this Saturday night at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The Challenger Centers have the purpose to carry on the educational mission to utilize the excitement of space to inspire and motivate our nation's school children to take interest in mathematics, science and technology. Scobee Rodgers will address the evening's attendees on the vital role played by writers and illustrators of science fiction as the dreamers of a new tomorrow which will inspire the next generation of scientists.

It is not only as the founding Chairman of the Challenger Space Centers that she will be addressing the audience. She is also a published author. And, as the 25th anniversary approaches of the Challenger 51-L Teacher in Space mission, commanded by her late husband Astronaut Dick Scobee, she says that she is pleased to launch a new project, ''A series of novels that I developed with Writers of the Future judges Rebecca Moesta and Kevin J. Anderson, called Star Challengers.''

The highlight of the ceremony will be the announcement of the year's two Grand Prize winners who will each receive $5,000 and release of the annual anthology L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers and Illustrators of the Future, Volume 26 (Galaxy Press, 2010). Also being released is a special coffee table book edition of L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future: The First 25 Years, a photographic retrospective of the 25 years of the contest and containing over 1,000 images.

The Writers of the Future writing contest ( was initiated by L. Ron Hubbard in 1983 to provide a means for aspiring writers to get a much-needed break -- its winners have gone on to sell an impressive 31 million copies of their works combined. Due to the success of the Writing Contest, the companion Illustrators of the Future Contest was created in 1988.

For more information about the award or the ceremony, go to

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

How does one know that they are a spirit?

It is a matter that each individual must examine for themselves. Scientologists believe Man is more than a mind and body and that it is he, himself, the spirit, who can control the mind and the body.
"You may have been taught that the mind is a very difficult thing to know about. This is the first principle of Scientology: It is possible to know about the mind, the spirit and life."—L. Ron Hubbard

Monday, August 16, 2010

Volunteer Scientologists to be Recognized at Historic Fort Harrison

Volunteer Scientologists to be Recognized at Historic Fort Harrison
August 9, 2010 (FPRC) -- Clearwater – A Volunteer Awards Ceremony will be held in the historic Fort Harrison to honor the over 800 Scientologists in Tampa Bay who have donated over 300,000 volunteer hours to raise funds for the needy, rehabilitate inmates in Florida’s prisons, tutor children, and to spread the message of the Universal Declaration for Human Rights and that a Drug Free Life is More Fun. Pat Harney, the Public Affairs Director for the Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization will be presenting the awards. She said, “In 1961, L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology wrote: ‘…a being is only as valuable as he can serve others.’ This is an ideology that Scientologists internationally practice, including those here in the Tampa Bay area and I want them to know that they are appreciated for the tremendous work they are doing to raise the standard of living of the people of Tampa Bay and throughout Florida.” Harney continued, “Participation in Scientology volunteer groups, however, is not just limited to Scientologists. People of all faiths are welcome to volunteer, and most of our programs count a wide range of community volunteers.” Here is a partial list of the volunteer groups established and led by Scientologists in the Tampa Bay area>> A culture is only as great as its dreams, and its dreams are dreamed by artists. — Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard

Sunday, August 15, 2010

New Film: Problems of Work

David Miscavige released a new Scientology film in July. The Church of Scientology has been in the forefront of an entirely new genre--the book on film. The book on film Mr. Miscavige released in July is The Problems of Work by L. Ron Hubbard. Most everyone, no matter where they live, has been affected by what has been euphemistically called the "economic downturn." Lot's of people lost their jobs, their savings, pensions... . Security seems to be something our parents or grandparents had, not what's available for us. Even though this book was written in the late 1950s the information in it is as pertinent today as it was when first released. The film is so well done, and so true to the book, not just that it's a word-for-word rendition of it but also the tone, acting, music... everything adds to and complements the information. And the best thing about it is that it's real, and helpful, and a pleasure to watch. And it rocks when it comes to using it. Works like a bomb! First time I ever read it I was pretty burned out. Didn't know what I wanted to do. Hated the jobs that I was getting. I read the book and somehow there was so much truth it my whole attitude toward work changed. I actually started to enjoy it, something I'd never done before. You can get the book at any Scientology church. Scientology Video: Why we help

Thursday, August 12, 2010

What are they doing to our kids?

This article on Scientology Against Drugs blog really got to me. With what psychs are doing to kids and teens in our schools and right under our eyes is frightening!

In the last four weeks: Have you had trouble sleeping, that is, trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking up too early? Have you had less energy than you usually do? Has doing even little things made you feel really tired? Has it often been hard for you to make up your mind or to make decisions? Have you often had trouble keeping your mind on your schoolwork/work or other things? Have you often felt grouchy or irritable and often in a bad mood, when even little things would make you mad? Have you gained a lot of weight, more than just a few pounds? Have you lost weight, more than just a few pounds?

These are a few of the questions being asked to adolescents in a mental health screening program used in schools across the nation. If a child answers ‘yes’ to these or a set number of other equally inane questions, they’re considered likely to be depressed-or worse.>>

Scientology Video: Why we help

Monday, August 02, 2010

Scientology questions?

The Scientology site has a section to answer questions on the subject. It's the Scientology FAQ.

There are a lot of "opinions" about Scientology from people who, frankly, know nothing about it. (we all know people who are experts-in-their-own-mind on many subjects).

One the other hand, if you really want to find out about something, the sensible thing is to go to the primary source. In this case, to find out about Scientology, check out the Scientology FAQ.

Since the forming of the first Church of Scientology in 1954, the religion has grown to span the globe. Today, more than 8,500 Scientology Churches, missions, related organizations and affiliated groups minister to millions in 165 countries. And those numbers are constantly growing; in fact, Scientology’s presence in the world is growing faster now than at any time in its history.

As the only major worldwide religious movement to emerge in the twentieth century, Scientology generates immense public interest.>>

Scientology Video: Why we help