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Sweet Success for John M. Campbell


By: Darby Karchut

A round of applause for John M. Campbell! His short story, “The Tiger and the Waif,” won first place in the Writers of the Future contest for the fourth quarter of 2020. It appeared in the annual L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future anthology (volume 37 released November 2021). He is honored to have his story appear first in the anthology, which features short stories for the first, second, and third place winners from each of the four quarters of 2020.


After a devastating earthquake, an android kitten crawls out of the rubble, free at last. Deep in its programming, an urge demands to be fulfilled . . .
Turn the page . . . from dark fantasy to dystopian nightmare, from magical realism to military science, from paranormal urban fantasy to post-apocalyptic power trips, and beyond. Discover the mesmerizing power of these new stories, thought-provoking new ideas, brilliant new horizons, and astounding new writers and illustrators—the chosen ones, selected by today’s best-selling science fiction and fantasy authors and artists. Pick up a copy from AmazonBarnes & Noble, and other booksellers.


John M. Campbell spent thirty-five years in the aerospace industry building computer systems for the government. Now, he speculates on the worlds currently unknown to us that modern science and engineering may unlock. He is compelled by the promise technology offers to address many of the issues facing human survival. He is intrigued by the likelihood that machine intelligence will likely surpass man’s ability to control it in this century. John lives with his wife in Denver, Colorado. Follow the author on Facebook and visit his website at

Darby Karchut

Sweet Success is coordinated by Darby Karchut who is an award-winning author, dreamer, and compulsive dawn greeter. A proud native of New Mexico, she now lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, where she runs in blizzards and bikes in lightning storms.
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