A Writer s Guide to Speculative Fiction Science Fiction and Fantasy

You can create believable science fiction and fantasy worlds Speculative fiction is an umbrella genre enveloping the ever-expanding genres of science fiction and fantasy, and best-selling science fiction and fantasy authors Crawford Kilian ...

Author: Crawford Kilian

Publisher: Self-Counsel Press

ISBN: 9781770405066

Category: Reference

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You can create believable science fiction and fantasy worlds Speculative fiction is an umbrella genre enveloping the ever-expanding genres of science fiction and fantasy, and best-selling science fiction and fantasy authors Crawford Kilian and Silvia Moreno-Garcia come together in this book to show writers how to craft believable worlds and plausible characters, and ultimately, how to craft good stories. Their hands-on, practical, put-the-book-down-and-start-writing advice speaks to new and emerging authors of science fiction and fantasy. They offer more than pep talks and success stories; they explain genres and how to bend and blend them, and give concrete suggestions on how to overcome the inevitable problems writers face, such as self editing, writing plausible characters, and building a plot without writing formula fiction. With a combined nearly 50 years of experience, Kilian and Moreno-Garcia save writers time, energy, and grief by showing them how to master the craft of storytelling and how to market their stories as successfully as possible. Their invaluable advice persuades readers to go beyond their, and others’, expectations of market and genre, pushing them to be better writers, and to add their own unique storytelling voices into the growing speculative fiction arena.

How to Write Science Fiction Fantasy

Explore them with Orson Scott Card and create fiction that casts a spell over agents, publishers, and readers from every world.

Author: Orson Scott Card

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 158297103X

Category: Reference

Page: 140

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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.

Now Write Science Fiction Fantasy and Horror

This fifth installment in the Now Write! writing-guide series presents speculative fiction-writing exercises from Harlan Ellison, Piers Anthony, Ramsey Campbell and others to help aspiring writers craft a horror, fantasy or science fiction ...

Author: Laurie Lamson

Publisher: TarcherPerigee

ISBN: 9780399165559

Category: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES

Page: 367

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This fifth installment in the Now Write! writing-guide series presents speculative fiction-writing exercises from Harlan Ellison, Piers Anthony, Ramsey Campbell and others to help aspiring writers craft a horror, fantasy or science fiction novel that is anything but ordinary. Original.

Writing Fantasy Science Fiction

A convenient paperback edition explaining the basic necessary elements writer's will use to create fantastic new cultures and legends, including in-depth examinations of character races, languages, geography, weaponry, technology, magic, ...

Author: Orson Scott Card

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781599631400

Category: Reference

Page: 402

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A convenient paperback edition explaining the basic necessary elements writer's will use to create fantastic new cultures and legends, including in-depth examinations of character races, languages, geography, weaponry, technology, magic, and societal structures.

Science Fiction

First published in 1979. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Author: Patrick Parrinder

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317872658

Category: Fiction

Page: 238

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First published in 1979. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The Writer s Digest Guide to Science Fiction Fantasy

Let this book be your guide as you venture into the fantastic and you'll create vibrant, captivating new worlds that spring off the page.

Author: Orson Scott Card

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 1582976090

Category: Reference

Page: 432

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Craft an otherworldly experience for your readers! Do you dream of writing tales that pull readers into extraordinary realms? The Writer's Digest Guide to Science Fiction & Fantasy gives you everything you need to build a fantastic world, inhabit it with original and believable characters, and create an authentic and enthralling story. Two complete books in one, this comprehensive guide includes invaluable and timeless advice for writing and selling speculative fiction from best-selling author Orson Scott Card's How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy, as well as world-building information and instruction from the indispensable classic The Writer's Complete Fantasy Reference. You'll discover: how to wield story elements that "define" the science fiction and fantasy genres ways to build, populate and dramatize fantastic new worlds how to construct compelling stories by developing ideas, characters, and events that keep readers turning pages historically accurate information about world cultures, legends, folklore and mysticism how to authentically portray the rituals of magic and witchcraft in-depth descriptions of mythological creatures, fantasy races, clothing, weapons, armor, and more The boundaries of your imagination are infinite, but to truly hook your reader you must ground your fiction with credible details. Let this book be your guide as you venture into the fantastic and you'll create vibrant, captivating new worlds that spring off the page.

Writing Speculative Fiction

This book draws on excerpts from dozens of speculative fiction authors and writing experts and gives detailed information about genre, world building, editing, and much more.

Author: Lelia Rose Foreman

Publisher:

ISBN: 1640084479

Category: Self-Help

Page: 480

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This self-help book uses an 18-step program designed to guide prospective authors through creating their own science fiction, fantasy, or horror story. This book draws on excerpts from dozens of speculative fiction authors and writing experts and gives detailed information about genre, world building, editing, and much more.

Encountering Enchantment A Guide to Speculative Fiction for Teens 2nd Edition

The guide will serve three audiences. Of course, you can turn to it as you help your teenage patrons select the books and genres that will interest them most.

Author: Susan Fichtelberg

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781440834516

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 392

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The most current and complete guide to a favorite teen genre, this book maps current releases along with perennial favorites, describing and categorizing fantasy, paranormal, and science fiction titles published since 2006. • Encompasses a wide selection of speculative fiction genres to suit a broad spectrum of readers in grades 6–12 • Identifies award-winning titles, grade levels, book club potential, and alternative media formats and provides complete bibliographic information for each title • Includes interviews with prominent authors that convey the perspectives of the creators of the worlds into which readers are drawn • Covers some children's literature and some adult novels that are popular with young adults • Offers a detailed subject index with an extensive number of access points

Writing Speculative Fiction

Designed for homeschoolers and small-school settings, this textbook draws on excerpts from dozens of speculative fiction authors and writing experts. This edition includes scope and sequence information and answer keys.

Author: Lelia Rose Foreman

Publisher:

ISBN: 164008438X

Category: Education

Page: 392

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This textbook provides an 18-week program designed to guide students through creating their own speculative fiction story. Designed for homeschoolers and small-school settings, this textbook draws on excerpts from dozens of speculative fiction authors and writing experts. This edition includes scope and sequence information and answer keys.

Writing Speculative Fiction

Designed for homeschoolers and small-school settings, this textbook draws on excerpts from dozens of speculative fiction authors and writing experts. Illustrated with covers from public domain speculative fiction magazines.

Author: Lelia Rose Foreman

Publisher:

ISBN: 1640084401

Category:

Page: 340

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This textbook provides an 18-week program designed to guide students through creating their own speculative fiction story. Designed for homeschoolers and small-school settings, this textbook draws on excerpts from dozens of speculative fiction authors and writing experts. Illustrated with covers from public domain speculative fiction magazines..

Sisters of the Revolution

Including new, emerging voices such as Nnedi Okorafor and featuring international contributions from Angelica Gorodischer and many more, this collection seeks to expand the ideas of both contemporary fiction and feminism to new fronts.

Author: Ann VanderMeer

Publisher: PM Press

ISBN: 9781629630359

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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Sisters of the Revolution gathers a highly curated selection of feminist speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy, horror, and more) chosen by one of the most respected editorial teams in speculative literature today, the award-winning Ann and Jeff VanderMeer. Including stories from the 1970s to the present day, the collection seeks to expand the conversation about feminism while engaging the reader in a wealth of imaginative ideas. From the literary heft of Angela Carter to the searing power of Octavia Butler, Sisters of the Revolution gathers daring examples of speculative fiction’s engagement with feminism. Dark, satirical stories such as Eileen Gunn’s “Stable Strategies for Middle Management” and the disturbing horror of James Tiptree Jr.’s “The Screwfly Solution” reveal the charged intensity at work in the field. Including new, emerging voices such as Nnedi Okorafor and featuring international contributions from Angelica Gorodischer and many more, this collection seeks to expand the ideas of both contemporary fiction and feminism to new fronts. Moving from the fantastic to the futuristic, subtle to surreal, these stories will provoke thoughts and emotions about feminism like no other book available today. Other contributors include Anne Richter, Carol Emshwiller, Eleanor Arnason, Hiromi Goto, Joanna Russ, Karin Tidbeck, Kelley Eskridge, Kelly Barnhill, Kit Reed, L. Timmel Duchamp, Leena Krohn, Leonora Carrington, Pamela Sargent, Rose Lemberg, Susan Palwick, Tanith Lee, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Vandana Singh.

Grammar for Fiction Writers

Not your same old boring grammar guide! This book is fun, fast, and focused on writing amazing fiction. The world of grammar is huge, but fiction writers don't need to know all the nuances to write well.

Author: Marcy Kennedy

Publisher:

ISBN: 0992037182

Category:

Page: 162

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Not your same old boring grammar guide! This book is fun, fast, and focused on writing amazing fiction. The world of grammar is huge, but fiction writers don't need to know all the nuances to write well. In fact, some of the rules you were taught in English class will actually hurt your fiction writing, not help it. "Grammar for Fiction Writers" won't teach you things you don't need to know. It's all about the grammar that's relevant to you as you write your novels and short stories. Here's what you'll find inside: Punctuation Basics including the special uses of dashes and ellipses in fiction, common comma problems, how to format your dialogue, and untangling possessives and contractions. Knowing What Your Words Mean and What They Don't including commonly confused words, imaginary words and phrases, how to catch and strengthen weak words, and using connotation and denotation to add powerful subtext to your writing. Grammar Rules Every Writer Needs to Know and Follow such as maintaining an active voice and making the best use of all the tenses for fast-paced writing that feels immediate and draws the reader in. Special Challenges for Fiction Writers like reversing cause and effect, characters who are unintentionally doing the impossible, and orphaned dialogue and pronouns. Grammar "Rules" You Can Safely Ignore When Writing Fiction Each book in the "Busy Writer's Guides" series is intended to give you enough theory so that you can understand why things work and why they don't, but also enough examples to see how that theory looks in practice. In addition, they provide tips and exercises to help you take it to the pages of your own story with an editor's-eye view. Most importantly, they cut the fluff so you have more time to write and to live your life."

Science Fiction A Guide for the Perplexed

From its beginnings in the works of H.G. Wells and Jules Verne to the virtual worlds of William Gibson's Neuromancer and The Matrix, Science Fiction: A Guide to the Perplexed helps students navigate the often perplexing worlds of a ...

Author: Sherryl Vint

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781441119605

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

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From its beginnings in the works of H.G. Wells and Jules Verne to the virtual worlds of William Gibson's Neuromancer and The Matrix, Science Fiction: A Guide to the Perplexed helps students navigate the often perplexing worlds of a perennially popular genre. Drawing on literature as well as example from film and television, the book explores the different answers that criticism has offered to the vexed question, 'what is science fiction?' Each chapter of the book includes case studies of key texts, annotated guides to further reading and suggestions for class discussion to help students master the full range of contemporary critical approaches to the field, including the scientific, technological and political contexts in which the genre has flourished. Ranging from an understanding of the genre through the stereotypes of 1930s pulps through more recent claims that we are living in a science fictional moment, this volume will provide a comprehensive overview of this diverse and fascinating genre.

The Universes of Stephen Goldin

This guide tells a little bit about him, lists his titles and explains what order his series should be read in, and gives links to where the reader can learn more about him and his work.

Author: Stephen Goldin

Publisher: Parsina Press

ISBN: 9781370913251

Category: Fiction

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Stephen Goldin is a science fiction andfanasy author whose professional career spans more than 50 years. This guide tells a little bit about him, lists his titles and explains what order his series should be read in, and gives links to where the reader can learn more about him and his work.

Point of View in Fiction

It's the voice of the character that becomes as familiar to the reader as their own. It's what makes the story real, believable, and honest. Yet, despite its importance, point-of-view errors are the most common problem for fiction writers.

Author: Marcy Kennedy

Publisher: Tongue Untied Communications

ISBN: 1988069033

Category:

Page: 158

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Point of view isn't merely another writing craft technique. Point of view is the foundation upon which all other elements of the writing craft stand-or fall. It's the opinions and judgments that color everything the reader believes about the world and the story. It's the voice of the character that becomes as familiar to the reader as their own. It's what makes the story real, believable, and honest. Yet, despite its importance, point-of-view errors are the most common problem for fiction writers. In "Point of View in Fiction: A Busy Writer's Guide," you'll learn the strengths and weaknesses of the four different points of view you can choose for your story (first person, second person, limited third person, and omniscient), how to select the right point of view for your story, how to maintain a consistent point of view throughout your story, practical techniques for identifying and fixing head-hopping and other point-of-view errors, the criteria to consider when choosing the viewpoint character for each individual scene or chapter, and much more! Each book in the "Busy Writer's Guide" series is intended to give you enough theory so that you can understand why things work and why they don't, but also enough examples to see how that theory looks in practice. In addition, they provide tips and exercises to help you take it to the pages of your own story, with an editor's-eye view. Most importantly, they cut the fluff so that you have more time to write and to live your life."

New Worlds Year One

This volume collects essays from the first year of the New Worlds Patreon.

Author: Marie Brennan

Publisher: Swan Tower

ISBN: 9781611387292

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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Step into a world of your own making . . . Worldbuilding is one of the great pleasures of writing science fiction and fantasy -- and also one of its greatest challenges. Award-winning fantasy author Marie Brennan draws on her academic training in anthropology to peel back the layers of a setting, going past the surface details to explore questions many authors never think to answer. She invites you to consider the endless variety of real-world cultures -- from climate to counterfeiting, from sumptuary laws to slang --and the equally endless possibilities speculative fiction has to offer. This volume collects essays from the first year of the New Worlds Patreon.

Critical Terms for Science Fiction and Fantasy

"The critical vocabulary of the mainstream often give short shrift to the fantastic, and scholars of the fantastic have often had to look elsewhere for their critical termionology. Such scholars will find Wolfe's work an excellent resource.

Author: Gary K. Wolfe

Publisher: Greenwood

ISBN: UOM:39015012183003

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 162

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"The critical vocabulary of the mainstream often give short shrift to the fantastic, and scholars of the fantastic have often had to look elsewhere for their critical termionology. Such scholars will find Wolfe's work an excellent resource." Choice

Science Fiction

"An overview of how science fiction has grappled with the ways that science and technology shape and change human lives, emphasizing the challenges of the 21st century"--

Author: Sherryl Vint

Publisher: MIT Press Essential Knowledge

ISBN: 9780262539999

Category: Science fiction

Page: 224

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"An overview of how science fiction has grappled with the ways that science and technology shape and change human lives, emphasizing the challenges of the 21st century"--

Shadows on the Wall

"Shadows on the Wall contains the very best of Paulsens dark and weird tales, plus stunning new fiction written expressly for this volume.

Author: Steven Paulsen

Publisher: Ifwg Publishing Australia

ISBN: 1925496449

Category:

Page: 220

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Shadows on the Wall contains the very best of Paulsen's dark and weird tales, plus stunning new fiction written expressly for this volume. Steven Paulsen's stories have appeared in award-winning anthologies, and have been published around the world. Cover art and frontispiece by Acadamy-award winning artist, Shaun Tan.