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Do you dream of - Crossing the galaxies? Living in the far future? Entertaining millions with your imagination? This book can help make those dreams come true! Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy brings you expert advice on how to craft and market tales of the fantastic. Award-winning writers such as John Barnes, James Patrick Kelly, Norman Spinrad, Connie Willis, and Jane Yol Do you dream of - Crossing the galaxies? Living in the far future? Entertaining millions with your imagination? This book can help make those dreams come true! Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy brings you expert advice on how to craft and market tales of the fantastic. Award-winning writers such as John Barnes, James Patrick Kelly, Norman Spinrad, Connie Willis, and Jane Yolen reveal some of their secrets of crafting believable stories, while Grand Masters Isaac Asimov and Robert A. Heinlein provide timeless advice for beginners and veterans alike. The editors also provide valuable insights into the process by which stories get published and they offer helpful hints on getting your story out of the slush pile and into print. Contents Seeing Your Way to Better Stories • essay by Stanley Schmidt You and Your Characters • essay by James Patrick Kelly Living the Future: You Are What You Eat • (1976) • essay by Gardner Dozois Dialog • [Asimov's Editorials] • (1985) • essay by Isaac Asimov Plotting • [Asimov's Editorials] • (1989) • essay by Isaac Asimov On the Writing of Speculative Fiction • (1947) • essay by Robert A. Heinlein Turtles All the Way Down • essay by Jane Yolen Learning to Write Comedy or Why It's Impossible and How to Do It • essay by Connie Willis Good Writing is Not Enough • essay by Stanley Schmidt The Creation of Imaginary Worlds: The World Builder's Handbook and Pocket Companion • (1974) • essay by Poul Anderson The Creation of Imaginary Beings • (1974) • essay by Hal Clement How to Build a Future • (1990) • essay by John Barnes Building a Starfaring Age • essay by Norman Spinrad The Ideas That Wouldn't Die • essay by Stanley Schmidt The Mechanics of Submission • essay by Sheila Williams Revisions • [Asimov's Editorials] • (1982) • essay by Isaac Asimov Writing for Young People • [Asimov's Editorials] • (1986) • essay by Isaac Asimov New Writers • [Asimov's Editorials] • (1987) • essay by Isaac Asimov Authors vs. Editors • essay by Stanley Schmidt Market Listings • essay by Ian Randal Strock


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Do you dream of - Crossing the galaxies? Living in the far future? Entertaining millions with your imagination? This book can help make those dreams come true! Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy brings you expert advice on how to craft and market tales of the fantastic. Award-winning writers such as John Barnes, James Patrick Kelly, Norman Spinrad, Connie Willis, and Jane Yol Do you dream of - Crossing the galaxies? Living in the far future? Entertaining millions with your imagination? This book can help make those dreams come true! Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy brings you expert advice on how to craft and market tales of the fantastic. Award-winning writers such as John Barnes, James Patrick Kelly, Norman Spinrad, Connie Willis, and Jane Yolen reveal some of their secrets of crafting believable stories, while Grand Masters Isaac Asimov and Robert A. Heinlein provide timeless advice for beginners and veterans alike. The editors also provide valuable insights into the process by which stories get published and they offer helpful hints on getting your story out of the slush pile and into print. Contents Seeing Your Way to Better Stories • essay by Stanley Schmidt You and Your Characters • essay by James Patrick Kelly Living the Future: You Are What You Eat • (1976) • essay by Gardner Dozois Dialog • [Asimov's Editorials] • (1985) • essay by Isaac Asimov Plotting • [Asimov's Editorials] • (1989) • essay by Isaac Asimov On the Writing of Speculative Fiction • (1947) • essay by Robert A. Heinlein Turtles All the Way Down • essay by Jane Yolen Learning to Write Comedy or Why It's Impossible and How to Do It • essay by Connie Willis Good Writing is Not Enough • essay by Stanley Schmidt The Creation of Imaginary Worlds: The World Builder's Handbook and Pocket Companion • (1974) • essay by Poul Anderson The Creation of Imaginary Beings • (1974) • essay by Hal Clement How to Build a Future • (1990) • essay by John Barnes Building a Starfaring Age • essay by Norman Spinrad The Ideas That Wouldn't Die • essay by Stanley Schmidt The Mechanics of Submission • essay by Sheila Williams Revisions • [Asimov's Editorials] • (1982) • essay by Isaac Asimov Writing for Young People • [Asimov's Editorials] • (1986) • essay by Isaac Asimov New Writers • [Asimov's Editorials] • (1987) • essay by Isaac Asimov Authors vs. Editors • essay by Stanley Schmidt Market Listings • essay by Ian Randal Strock

30 review for Writing Science Fiction & Fantasy

  1. 5 out of 5

    Robert Day

    Just about all the articles in the book taught me something. Some of them make me want to write science fiction. One or two of them even make me think that I'm capable of doing so. The ones that are to do with submission guidelines are irksome because they are out of date. Learning, learning, learning. Excellent book for a writer of any sort.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lee Mandelo

    This was a book from the 90s, and in some ways it's still extremely relevant--the bits about hard SF worldbuilding are pretty fascinating, for one. On the other hand, it's quaint to the extreme in other places; I had to giggle a little at a paragraph that referenced a computer file that was 600kb as "huge." The essays by Jane Yolen, Connie Willis and Heinlein were all deeply engaging. Many of the Asimov essays don't speak to me; on the other hand, his work doesn't speak to me, either, and his es This was a book from the 90s, and in some ways it's still extremely relevant--the bits about hard SF worldbuilding are pretty fascinating, for one. On the other hand, it's quaint to the extreme in other places; I had to giggle a little at a paragraph that referenced a computer file that was 600kb as "huge." The essays by Jane Yolen, Connie Willis and Heinlein were all deeply engaging. Many of the Asimov essays don't speak to me; on the other hand, his work doesn't speak to me, either, and his essays grow from his work. So, take that opinion with a grain of salt. Overall, I'd say it's a useful book to add to the writing reference library, but it's beginner-level and won't have anything new to say to someone who's been working in the field for longer than a few months.

  3. 5 out of 5

    James

    Not bad... a mixed collection, but any aspiring writer of science fiction and/or fantasy will find some useful material here. The book consists of 20 essays by prominent authors in these genres on subjects ranging from making sure your settings and alien characters (if any) are scientifically plausible, to some areas that apply to fiction in general like plotting and dialogue, to several on the business side of writing for publication. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to write fiction, Not bad... a mixed collection, but any aspiring writer of science fiction and/or fantasy will find some useful material here. The book consists of 20 essays by prominent authors in these genres on subjects ranging from making sure your settings and alien characters (if any) are scientifically plausible, to some areas that apply to fiction in general like plotting and dialogue, to several on the business side of writing for publication. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to write fiction, especially but not only in the titular genres. Just don't expect every piece to be of equal relevance or interest for you.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Aryn

    This is a little outdated. Some information was useful.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Guillermo Galvan

    A great book for any aspiring science-fiction writers. I loved the fact that not all the essayists agreed with each other. Writing is art, everyone has their own way of writing a story. The book isn't so much a "how to do it" book. If anything, it's more of a "how not to annoy the living shit out of editors" book. Most of the essays have an casual tone that's enjoyable to read. There is, though, a couple of hardcore brainiacs whose essays include too many graphs and equations for my taste. Even i A great book for any aspiring science-fiction writers. I loved the fact that not all the essayists agreed with each other. Writing is art, everyone has their own way of writing a story. The book isn't so much a "how to do it" book. If anything, it's more of a "how not to annoy the living shit out of editors" book. Most of the essays have an casual tone that's enjoyable to read. There is, though, a couple of hardcore brainiacs whose essays include too many graphs and equations for my taste. Even if you're not a writer, the essays give insight into the minds of professional sci-fi writers, and some of the guys are really funny. Asimov personality, off the short story, is surprisingly hilarious. Maybe he doesn't have a positronic brain after all. (and one more for the road) Yes, Asimov, yes it is.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Purujeet

    finished it finally - from what to think about while making your sci-fi worlds; to what equations and rules to not break ; to what plot swerves are better avoided ; to what to do once you are ready with your manuscript- this book has everything and some essays especially by AnalogSF editor, stanley schmidt and isaac asimov himself are without doubt, mindscape-altering. Method of writing and planning and revising is also discussed in detailed yet colloquial manner. To read more - bob heinlein's wri finished it finally - from what to think about while making your sci-fi worlds; to what equations and rules to not break ; to what plot swerves are better avoided ; to what to do once you are ready with your manuscript- this book has everything and some essays especially by AnalogSF editor, stanley schmidt and isaac asimov himself are without doubt, mindscape-altering. Method of writing and planning and revising is also discussed in detailed yet colloquial manner. To read more - bob heinlein's writing.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Keith Cochran

    A bit dated, but a good book about the craft of writing SF and Fantasy. It is mostly a compilation of essays from the masters like Heninlein, Asimov, etc.. A lot of what they say still rings true today. So, I would put this on the shelf of "must read" for the aspiring SF or Fantasy writer.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Bob Miller

    Easy read. But some of the info is outdated now. None of the chapters about submitting and business are relevant any more. The tips about world building and using math and science to make realistic stories still apply.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    If you are going to write science fiction, you probably need to read this book. It has a lot of what you need to know. It's a little light on the fantasy side, but still has helpful tips for that genre. This is an extremely detailed guide.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Joseph Knowles

    Lots of good information about the craft of writing science fiction and fantasy, but in the internet age some of it is bound to be outdated.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Shedrick Pittman-Hassett

    Very good, if slightly dated, compendium of solid advice from masters in the field. Core reading for the nascent writer...

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    A good book that told me what I already instinctively knew. Great for reassurance. A bit dated in sections though, like in the market stuff in the end.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Elisabeth

    A bit dated but still has decent info. Also if you like hearing the personal experiences of old favorites, that part's fun too. Worth a read for the true nerd.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Aigner

  15. 4 out of 5

    Matt

  16. 5 out of 5

    Leonardo Vidales

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mir

  18. 5 out of 5

    renaharp

  19. 5 out of 5

    Bob

  20. 5 out of 5

    Timmy

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lo r n a Dodge

  23. 5 out of 5

    Debby Zigenis-Lowery

  24. 4 out of 5

    InfinitexLibrary

  25. 5 out of 5

    Gil C.

  26. 4 out of 5

    K. Blaha

  27. 4 out of 5

    Michael

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

  29. 4 out of 5

    Eric

  30. 4 out of 5

    David

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