On Writing Science Fiction

The Editors Strike Back

Author: George H. Scithers,Darrell Schweitzer,Isaac Asimov,John M. Ford

Publisher: Wildside Press LLC

ISBN: 1880448785

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 236

View: 9306

Here you will find the collective experience of three writers and editors distilled into a complete guide to writing science fiction. Separate chapters cover Idea, Plot, Character, Background, Science, Tragedy, and Comedy. Twelve stories, each a first sale by its author, illustrate the main points of the book. A foreword by Isaac Asimov gives an overall look at the task of becoming an SF writer, and an appendix by the editors explains exactly how to prepare a manuscript for publication.
Posted in Language Arts & Disciplines

The Craft of science fiction

a symposium on writing science fiction and science fantasy

Author: Reginald Bretnor

Publisher: Barnes & Noble

ISBN: N.A

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 321

View: 7863

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The Science of Science Fiction Writing

Author: James Gunn

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 1461673585

Category: Reference

Page: 256

View: 7634

Written by one of the leading authorities on writing, publishing and teaching science fiction, The Science of Science Fiction Writing offers the opportunity to share in the knowledge James Gunn has acquired over the past forty years. He reflects on the fiction-writing process and how to teach it, and the ideas he has shared with his students about how to do it effectively and how to get it published afterwards. The first section discusses why people read fiction, the parts of the short story, the strategy of the science fiction author, scene as the smallest dramatic unit, how to speak well in print, suspense in fiction, how to say the right thing, and how to give constructive criticism. The second section takes a more philosophical approach. Here, Gunn elaborates on the origins of science fiction, its definition, the worldview of science fiction, and the characters that appear in science fiction novels. The third section highlights well-known sci-fi authors: H.G. Wells, Robert A. Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, Henry Kuttner, C.L. Moore, and others, and the impact they have had on the development and progression of science fiction.
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Das sechste Erwachen

Roman

Author: Mur Lafferty

Publisher: Heyne Verlag

ISBN: 364122179X

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

View: 4353

Durch die Schwärze des Universums gleitet ein einsames, aber dafür umso gewaltigeres Raumschiff – die Dormire. An Bord befinden sich 2000 Passagiere und sechs Besatzungsmitglieder. Stirbt ein Crewmitglied, wird es umgehend durch seinen eigenen Klon ersetzt. Doch dann erwacht der Klon von Maria Arena vorzeitig und über und über mit Blut befleckt. Marias Erinnerungen wurden gelöscht, sie weiß nur noch, dass sie getötet wurde – ebenso wie der Rest der Crew. Schnell ist den Klonen klar, dass sich an Bord der Dormire ein Mörder aufhält, und wenn sie ihn nicht schnell finden, wird er wieder zuschlagen ...
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Die Kinder der Zeit

Roman

Author: Adrian Tchaikovsky

Publisher: Heyne Verlag

ISBN: 3641216850

Category: Fiction

Page: 672

View: 6326

Die letzten Menschen haben eine sterbende Erde verlassen, um in den Tiefen des Alls ein neues Zuhause zu finden. Als sie auf den Planeten Eden stoßen, scheint ihnen das Glück sicher: ideale Konditionen und eine florierende Ökosphäre. Doch was sie nicht wissen – es waren bereits Menschen hier gewesen, vor langer Zeit. Menschen, die Eden als Versuchsplaneten für ein vermessenes Projekt künstlicher Evolution ausersehen hatten. Doch ihr Experiment damals hat ungeahnte Spuren hinterlassen, und nun treffen ihre Nachfahren auf die vergessenen Kinder ihres Versuchs. Wer von ihnen wird das Erbe von Eden antreten?
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Das Leben und das Schreiben

Memoiren

Author: Stephen King

Publisher: Heyne Verlag

ISBN: 3641054001

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

View: 9409

„Ich schreibe so lange, wie der Leser davon überzeugt ist, in den Händen eines erstklassigen Wahnsinnigen zu sein.“ Stephen King Während der Genesung nach einem schweren Unfall schreibt Stephen King seine Memoiren – Leben und Schreiben sind eins. Ein unverzichtbarer Ratgeber für alle angehenden Schriftsteller und eine Fundgrube für alle, die mehr über den König des Horror-Genres erfahren wollen. Ein kluges und gleichzeitig packendes Buch über gelebte Literatur. »Eine Konfession.« Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
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Practicing Science Fiction

Critical Essays on Writing, Reading and Teaching the Genre

Author: Craig B. Jacobsen,Patrick B. Sharp

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 078645783X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 226

View: 7799

Drawn from the Science Fiction Research Association conference held in Lawrence, Kansas, in 2008, the essays in this volume address intersections among the reading, writing, and teaching of science fiction. Part 1 studies the teaching of SF, placing analytical and pedagogical research next to each other to reveal how SF can be both an object of study as well as a teaching tool for other disciplines. Part 2 examines SF as a genre of mediation between the sciences and the humanities, using close readings and analyses of the literary-scientific nexus. Part 3 examines SF in the media, using specific television programs, graphic novels, and films as examples of how SF successfully transcends the medium of transmission. Finally, Part 4 features close readings of SF texts by women, including Joanna Russ, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Octavia E. Butler.
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The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction

6 Steps to Writing and Publishing Your Bestseller!

Author: Philip Athans,R. A. Salvatore

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1440507295

Category: Reference

Page: 256

View: 2493

Science fiction and fantasy is one of the most challenging--and rewarding!--genres in the bookstore. But with New York Times bestselling author Philip Athans and fantasy giant R. A. Salvatore at your side, you’ll create worlds that draw your readers in--and keep them reading! Just as important, you’ll learn how to prepare your work for today’s market. Drawing on his years of experience as one of the most acclaimed professionals in publishing, Wizards of the Coast editor Athans explains how to set your novel apart--and break into this lucrative field. From devising clever plots and building complex characters to inventing original technologies and crafting alien civilizations, Athans gives you the techniques you need to write strong, saleable narratives. Plus! Athans applies all of these critical lessons together in an unprecedented deconstruction of a never-before-published tale by the one and only R. A. Salvatore! There are books on writing science fiction and fantasy, and then there’s this book--the only one you need to create strange, wonderful worlds for your own universe of readers!
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Putting the Science in Fiction

Expert Advice for Writing with Authenticity in Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Other Genres

Author: Dan Koboldt

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781440353383

Category: Fantasy fiction

Page: 272

View: 4554

"Scientists, engineers, medical professionals, and others share their insights in order to debunk the myths, correct the misconceptions, offer advice on getting the details right, and help writers create more realistic yet engaging stories to satisfy discerning readers."--From back cover.
Posted in Fantasy fiction

How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy

Author: Orson Scott Card

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781582971032

Category: Reference

Page: 140

View: 804

Learn to write science fiction and fantasy from a master You've always dreamed of writing science fiction and fantasy tales that pull readers into extraordinary new worlds and fantastic conflicts. Best-selling author Orson Scott Card shows you how it's done, distilling years of writing experience and publishing success into concise, no-nonsense advice. You'll learn how to: utilize story elements that define the science fiction and fantasy genres build, populate, and dramatize a credible, inviting world your readers will want to explore develop the "rules" of time, space and magic that affect your world and its inhabitants construct a compelling story by developing ideas, characters, and events that keep readers turning pages find the markets for speculative fiction, reach them, and get published submit queries, write cover letters, find an agent, and live the life of a writer The boundaries of your imagination are infinite. Explore them with Orson Scott Card and create fiction that casts a spell over agents, publishers, and readers from every world.
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Writing Sci-fi and Fantasy

A 60-Minute Masterclass

Author: Liesel Schwarz

Publisher: Guardian Books

ISBN: 1783560460

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 50

View: 7760

Science fiction and fantasy – or speculative fiction – is the literary success story of the 21st century. The genre has never been so popular and the worlds of film and TV are dominated by adaptations of SF masterworks, from the epic fantasy ‘Game Of Thrones’ through to the dramatic dystopia of ‘The Hunger Games’. ‘Writing Sci-fi and Fantasy’ by award-winning steampunk novelist Liesel Schwarz, is a masterclass on the vital components of writing great speculative fiction. From building credible worlds and engaging characters to devising compelling plots, it will give you the confidence to unleash your stories. With additional, practical advice on how to pitch and present to agents, publishers and readers, it will lead you into the limitless world of SFF. All in an hour. ‘Writing Sci-fi and Fantasy’ covers: + Research: The devil lies in the details + World building + The ingredients of SFF: plot, character and narrative + Manuscript wrangling for beginners + Publication pitfalls + The writer’s life 60-Minute Masterclasses are expert ebooks that help you do more with your creative writing, journalism and entrepreneurship. Locking on to the stuff that you actually need to know, each title is a precise, practical pointer on the matters that matter most.
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Worlds of Wonder

How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy

Author: David Gerrold

Publisher: Writers Digest Books

ISBN: N.A

Category: Reference

Page: 246

View: 638

Worlds of Wonder showcases the range and power of the human imagination, transported across strange worlds, lost civilizations, and brave new realities. Now, with the help of David Gerrold, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author, readers will learn, step-by-step, how to turn their words into works of wonder.Drawing on a career spanning three decades of writing and teaching, Gerrold also uses examples from numerous classic books and films to support their growth within the genre. Readers will gain insight into the craft as well as practice techniques that will immediately improve their writing as they are charmed and challenged by Gerrold's infectious passion for his craft and profession. Worlds of Wonder will ignite the engines of readers' enthusiasm in ways that will astonish them.* Written by one of the biggest, most-recognized and most-honored names in the field!* the science fiction and fantasy genres are currently riding a new wave of popularityDavid Gerrold is one of the most popular science fiction writers working today. His first professional sale, the Star Trek episode "Trouble With Tribbles," won a Hugo Award. He has written for television, published over forty books, and has written columns for six magazines. In 1995, his novelette the Martian Child won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards. Gerrold lives in San Fernando, California, and teaches writing at Pepperdine University.
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On Writing

Author: Stephen King

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743455967

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 297

View: 6931

The author shares his insights into the craft of writing and offers a humorous perspective on his own experience as a writer.
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Writing Science Fiction & Fantasy

20 Dynamic Essays by the Field's Top Professionals

Author: Gardner R. Dozois

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780312089269

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

View: 6082

Professionals and beginners alike will find a wealth of helpful information on the craft of writing in this handy reference covering plotting, dialogue, characterization, inspiration, comedy, imaginary worlds, imaginary beings, futuristic settings, and much more, all written by recognizable established writers, such as Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, Poul Anderson, and many others.
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Die Macht der Gewohnheit: Warum wir tun, was wir tun

Author: Charles Duhigg

Publisher: ebook Berlin Verlag

ISBN: 3827070740

Category: History

Page: 416

View: 842

Seit kurzem versuchen Hirnforscher, Verhaltenspsychologen und Soziologen gemeinsam neue Antworten auf eine uralte Frage zu finden: Warum tun wir eigentlich, was wir tun? Was genau prägt unsere Gewohnheiten? Anhand zahlreicher Beispiele aus der Forschung wie dem Alltag erzählt Charles Duhigg von der Macht der Routine und kommt dem Mechanismus, aber auch den dunklen Seiten der Gewohnheit auf die Spur. Er erklärt, warum einige Menschen es schaffen, über Nacht mit dem Rauchen aufzuhören (und andere nicht), weshalb das Geheimnis sportlicher Höchstleistung in antrainierten Automatismen liegt und wie sich die Anonymen Alkoholiker die Macht der Gewohnheit zunutze machen. Nicht zuletzt schildert er, wie Konzerne Millionen ausgeben, um unsere Angewohnheiten für ihre Zwecke zu manipulieren. Am Ende wird eines klar: Die Macht von Gewohnheiten prägt unser Leben weit mehr, als wir es ahnen.
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Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction

Author: Brian Stableford

Publisher: Wildside Press LLC

ISBN: 1434449831

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 172

View: 4849

Although the problems of writing fantasy and science fiction include all those pertaining to the writing of any kind of fiction, particular problems arise in stories in which unprecedented things can and do happen, as well as stories that often involve unhuman characters of various sorts, and that might require the elaborate design of entire imaginary worlds. This book provides an elementary introduction to problems of those kinds, and the ways in which they modify the general problems of writing fiction. It also suggests strategies that might enable the problems to be handled constructively and productively. The author has published more than seventy novels in the field, more than twenty short story collections, and more than twenty related works of non-fiction; he has, as the saying goes, been there, done that, and chewed his t-shirt in relevant frustration. Robert Reginald says: "An absolutely first-rate guide to writing fantastic literature. Stableford has much to say that potential writers of ALL fiction might find valuable, interesting, and highly illuminating. His reasonable discussion and dissection of the basic issues facing authors of creative fiction--and the solutions to be found to each problem--are dollops of solid gold advice, in this editor's humble opinion. Every would-be author should read this book--and more than once!"
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Sturmnacht

Die dunklen Fälle des Harry Dresden 1

Author: Jim Butcher

Publisher: Feder & Schwert

ISBN: 3867621217

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 8933

Immer häufiger wird die Polizei von Chicago mit bizarren Morden konfrontiert. Wenn man mit modernsten Ermittlungsmethoden nicht weiter kommt, gibt es nur einen, der helfen kann: Harry Dresden, Profiler der besonderen Art. Er verfügt über einen ausgezeichneten Spürsinn - und ungewöhnliche Fähigkeiten. Doch wer in der Lage ist, die Dunkelheit hinter unserer Realität zu sehen, lebt gefährlich! Harrys neuer Fall: Ein Liebespaar wird tot aufgefunden. Nackt. Im Bett. Buchstäblich zerrissen, als hätte ein Blitz zugeschlagen. Doch kann so etwas möglich sein? Harry beginnt zu ermitteln - und hat es bald nicht nur mit der Polizei und einem skrupellosen Drogenboss zu tun, sondern auch mit blutdurstigen Dämonen ...
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Volle Kraft zurück!

Roman

Author: Rob Grant

Publisher: Blanvalet Taschenbuch Verlag

ISBN: 3641052548

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 3481

Die komischste und skurrilste Science-Fiction-Saga seit "Per Anhalter durch die Galaxis"! Dave Lister hat es endlich geschafft, zur Erde zurückzukehren. Seine Odyssee an Bord des Riesenraumschiffs Roter Zwerg ist beendet. Allerdings bewegt Dave sich durch einen winzigen Rechenfehler – so winzig, dass der Bordcomputer ihn für verzeihlich hält – rückwärts durch die Zeit. Und während er immer jünger wird und sich ganz im Bann seiner pubertierenden Hormone befindet, machen sich ein Toter und das eitelste Wesen des ganzen Universums bereit, ihren zunehmend unausstehlichen Freund zu retten.
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Shadows of the New Sun

Wolfe on Writing, Writers on Wolfe

Author: Peter Wright

Publisher: Liverpool University Press

ISBN: 1846310571

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

View: 7199

Award-winning contemporary science fiction author Gene Wolfe’s densely written and highly imaginative novels have brought him critical acclaim and academic attention—as well as a dedicated fan base. Shadows of the New Sun brings together an impressive selection of hard-to-find resources for the Wolfe reader and scholar. Included are essays on the nature of writing, with discussions of key concepts such as character, structure, and the professional life of the writer; a series of interviews with Wolfe; and the rare Wolfe essay “Books in the Book of the New Sun."
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