The Science of Science fiction Writing

Provides a comprehensive survey of series characters created by women authors in crime and mystery fiction from 1867 to 1997.

Author: James E. Gunn

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 1578860121

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 232

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Provides a comprehensive survey of series characters created by women authors in crime and mystery fiction from 1867 to 1997.

Inside Science Fiction

The book is divided into four major sections that tackle various aspects of the genre: - "Getting Inside Science Fiction," in which Gunn discusses his relationship with the genre - "Science Fiction and the Teacher" illustrates various ...

Author: James E. Gunn

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 0810857146

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 251

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James Gunn has had a long and distinguished career in science fiction. In addition to his stories and novels, he has written extensively about the reading, writing, and criticism of science fiction. Many of these essays were published in The Science of Science-Fiction Writing (Scarecrow, 2002). A second collection of essays, Inside Science Fiction, was originally published in 1992, and is now available in this revised, updated, and expanded edition. With the addition of five new articles written since 1992, Inside Science Fiction represents Gunn's latest thoughts about the genre. The book is divided into four major sections that tackle various aspects of the genre: - "Getting Inside Science Fiction," in which Gunn discusses his relationship with the genre - "Science Fiction and the Teacher" illustrates various approaches to teaching science fiction - "Science Fiction on Film and Television" deals with the film industry's approaches to science fiction, in particular, Gunn's experiences of seeing his novel The Immortals turned into a made-for-television movie and subsequent series - "Science Fiction and the Real World" examines the impact of science fiction on the world and what the future holds for the genre Inside Science Fiction offers a complete overview of science fiction for readers and viewers from an author, reader, and teacher who has seen it from all sides for more than seventy years.

The Science of Science Fiction Writing

Asimov varied his science fiction and nonfiction with detective stories and novels. Asimov, in spite of his success at other kinds of writing and public ...

Author: James Gunn

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 9781461673583

Category: Reference

Page: 256

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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.

Putting the Science in Fiction

This book brings together scientists, physicians, engineers, and other experts to help you: • Understand the basic principles of science, technology, and medicine that are frequently featured in fiction. • Avoid common pitfalls and ...

Author: Dan Koboldt

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781440353420

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 274

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Science and technology have starring roles in a wide range of genres--science fiction, fantasy, thriller, mystery, and more. Unfortunately, many depictions of technical subjects in literature, film, and television are pure fiction. A basic understanding of biology, physics, engineering, and medicine will help you create more realistic stories that satisfy discerning readers. This book brings together scientists, physicians, engineers, and other experts to help you: • Understand the basic principles of science, technology, and medicine that are frequently featured in fiction. • Avoid common pitfalls and misconceptions to ensure technical accuracy. • Write realistic and compelling scientific elements that will captivate readers. • Brainstorm and develop new science- and technology-based story ideas. Whether writing about mutant monsters, rogue viruses, giant spaceships, or even murders and espionage, Putting the Science in Fiction will have something to help every writer craft better fiction. Putting the Science in Fiction collects articles from "Science in Sci-fi, Fact in Fantasy," Dan Koboldt's popular blog series for authors and fans of speculative fiction (dankoboldt.com/science-in-scifi). Each article discusses an element of sci-fi or fantasy with an expert in that field. Scientists, engineers, medical professionals, and others share their insights in order to debunk the myths, correct the misconceptions, and offer advice on getting the details right.

The Science of Science Fiction

The Influence of Film and Fiction on the Science and Culture of Our Times Mark Brake ... Some writers wager on cybernetics fixing the aging problem.

Author: Mark Brake

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781510739376

Category: Science

Page: 228

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We are the first generation to live in a science fiction world. Media headlines declare this the age of automation. The TV talks about the coming revolution of the robot, tweets tell tales of jets that will ferry travelers to the edge of space, and social media reports that the first human to live for a thousand years has already been born. The science we do, the movies we watch, and the culture we consume is the stuff of fiction that became fact, the future imagined in our past—the future we now inhabit. The Science of Science Fiction is the story of how science fiction shaped our world. No longer a subculture, science fiction has moved into the mainstream with the advent of the information age it helped realize. Explore how science fiction has driven science, with topics that include: Guardians of the Galaxy: Is Space Full of Extraterrestrials? Jacking In: Will the Future Be Like Ready Player One? Mad Max: Is Society Running down into Chaos? The Internet: Will Humans Tire of Mere Reality? Blade Runner 2049: When Will We Engineer Human Lookalikes? And many more! This book will open your eyes to the way science fiction helped us dream of things to come, forced us to explore the nature and limits of our own reality, and aided us in building the future we now inhabit.

Isaac Asimov

Updates and expands science fiction scholar James Gunn's definitive, Hugo Award-winning critical volume about Isaac Asimov and his contributions to the science fiction genre.

Author: James Gunn

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 0810854201

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

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Updates and expands science fiction scholar James Gunn's definitive, Hugo Award-winning critical volume about Isaac Asimov and his contributions to the science fiction genre.

The Anticipation Novelists of 1950s French Science Fiction

This critical text examines in ideological terms eleven writers who published under the Anticipation imprint, revealing the way these writers criticized midcentury notions of progress while adapting and reworking American genre formats.

Author: Bradford Lyau

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786462179

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 248

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Following World War II, the Fleuve Noir publishing house published popular American genre fiction in translation for a French audience. Their imprint Anticipation specialized in science fiction, but mostly eschewed translations from English, preferring instead French work, thus making the imprint an important outlet for native French postwar ideas and aesthetics. This critical text examines in ideological terms eleven writers who published under the Anticipation imprint, revealing the way these writers criticized midcentury notions of progress while adapting and reworking American genre formats.

Saving the World Through Science Fiction

James Gunn, Writer, Teacher and Scholar Michael R. Page Donald E. Palumbo, ... Johnson began teaching the Science Fiction & Fantasy Novel Writing Workshop ...

Author: Michael R. Page

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476663098

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 296

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"James Gunn's influence in the science fiction field, as author, editor, teacher and critic, has continued for decades, rising recently to the SFWA Grand Master Award. He has been in my mind from my first days, with his graceful novels and stories, and later a colleague with whom I have engaged in countless spirited discussions. This journey through his work is a fine introduction to a fiercely independent talent."--George Zebrowski, John W. Campbell Award Winner for Brute Orbits and the classic Macrolife "A book devoted to the life and work of James Gunn, anthologist, scholar, and one of science fiction’s most eloquent and influential writers, is long overdue. Michael Page offers us an informative account of Gunn’s life and the ways in which it has shaped his work, along with summaries and analyses of his most important stories and novels; Page also notes the ways in which Gunn directly affected the genre and some of its most important writers. Saving the World Through Science Fiction is an essential guide to anyone interested in the history of science fiction and paints a fine portrait of a man whose influence deserves to be much more widely known."--Pamela Sargent, Pilgrim Award-winning editor of the Women of Wonder anthologies. One of the major figures in science fiction for more than sixty years, James Gunn has been instrumental in making the genre one of the most vibrant and engaging areas of literary scholarship. His genre history Alternate Worlds and his The Road to Science Fiction anthologies introduced countless readers to science fiction. He founded the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction in 1982. But Gunn has also been one of the genre's leading writers. His classic novels Star Bridge (with Jack Williamson), The Joy Makers, The Immortals and The Listeners helped shape the field. Now in his nineties, he remains a prominent voice. His forthcoming novel is Transformation. Drawing on materials from Gunn's archives and personal interviews with him, this study is the first to examine the life, career and writing of this science fiction grandmaster.

Science Fiction After 1900

El John Campbell, "The Science of Science Fiction Writing,” Of Worlds Beyond: The Science of Science Fiction Writing, ed. Lloyd Arthur Eshbach (Chicago: ...

Author: Brooks Landon

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136761195

Category: Fiction

Page: 208

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First published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The Road to Science Fiction

Offers selections from major works of science fiction and its precursors, from ancient times to the present

Author: James Gunn

Publisher: Borealis

ISBN: 1565048210

Category: Fiction

Page: 527

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Offers selections from major works of science fiction and its precursors, from ancient times to the present

Hugo Gernsback and the Century of Science Fiction

There were critical anthologies featuring essays on science fiction by well- known writers and editors, including Of Worlds Beyond: The Science of Science ...

Author: Gary Westfahl

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786430796

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 283

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"An examination of science fiction editor and author Hugo Gernsback's career, summarizing the science fiction theories of Gernsback and his successors, and for the first time offers detailed studies of his rarest periodicals. An analysis of his ground-bre

Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction Literature

Writing Science Fiction. London: A & C Black, 1988. Gunn, James. The Science of Science-Fiction Writing. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 2000.

Author: Brian M. Stableford

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 0810849380

Category: History

Page: 451

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This reference tracks the development of speculative fiction influenced by the advancement of science and the idea of progress from the eighteenth century to the present day. The major authors and publications of the genre and significant subgenres are covered. Additionally there are entries on fields of science and technology which have been particularly prolific in provoking such speculation. The list of acronyms and abbreviations, the chronology covering the literature from the 1700s through the present, the introductory essay, and the dictionary entries provide science fiction novices and enthusiasts as well as serious writers and critics with a wonderful foundation for understanding the realm of science fiction literature. The extensive bibliography that includes books, journals, fanzines, and websites demonstrates that science fiction literature commands a massive following.

The Science Fiction of H G Wells

Contains biographical material on Wells as well as a chronology and a list of his works, but focuses on the criticism of Wells' science fiction. Includes a bibliography of works about Wells.

Author: Frank D. McConnell

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: UOM:39015005744233

Category: Science fiction, English

Page: 235

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Contains biographical material on Wells as well as a chronology and a list of his works, but focuses on the criticism of Wells' science fiction. Includes a bibliography of works about Wells.

Isaac Asimov the Foundations of Science Fiction

An examination of the science-fiction novels and short stories of Isaac Asimov analyzes his treatment of the effects on humans of advances in technology

Author: James E. Gunn

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0195030605

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 236

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An examination of the science-fiction novels and short stories of Isaac Asimov analyzes his treatment of the effects on humans of advances in technology

50 Short Science Fiction Tales

Includes science fiction tales by Issac Asimov, Anthony Boucher, Robert A. Heinlein, and Jack Finney

Author: Isaac Asimov

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9780684842967

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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Includes science fiction tales by Issac Asimov, Anthony Boucher, Robert A. Heinlein, and Jack Finney

Demand My Writing

Cortiel (English and American studies, Universitat Dortmund) presents a close study of writer Joanna Russ, who published her first science fiction story in 1959 at the age of 22.

Author: Jeanne Cortiel

Publisher: Liverpool Science Fiction Text

ISBN: UOM:39015047874865

Category: Fiction

Page: 254

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Cortiel (English and American studies, Universitat Dortmund) presents a close study of writer Joanna Russ, who published her first science fiction story in 1959 at the age of 22. This study principally examines Russ's novels (but also includes her short stories), looks at the major feminist issues relevant to her work, places her work in the context of other feminist speculative fiction writers as well as "traditional" science fiction, and explores the specifically American myths Russ's fiction uses. Distributed by ISBS. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR