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: 9781440353383

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 272

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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 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

Oddly enough, Asimov's early writing efforts did not focus on science fiction. “I had the most exalted notion of the intense skills and vast scientific knowledge required of authors in the field, ...

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.

The Immortals

When it is discovered that test driver Ben Richards was born with a natural immunity to every known illness, making him literally immortal, he finds himself the target of an obsessed elderly billionaire who hopes to use Ben's blood to ...

Author: James Gunn

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9780671534868

Category: Fiction

Page: 301

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When it is discovered that test driver Ben Richards was born with a natural immunity to every known illness, making him literally immortal, he finds himself the target of an obsessed elderly billionaire who hopes to use Ben's blood to extend his own life. Reprint.

The Science of Fiction and the Fiction of Science

A member of the Pulitzer Prize jury, the late Frank McConnell helped science fiction gain standing as serious literature.

Author: Frank McConnell

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786437221

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 232

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"At first emphasizing that science fiction is primarily one of many forms of storytelling, McConnell gradually recognized science fiction as a modern expression of Gnosticism, rejecting bodily concerns for an exclusive emphasis on spirituality. McConnell's essays cover such topics as H.G. Wells, science fiction in academia, and the role of genre in storytelling"--Provided by publisher.

Space and Beyond

This volume reexamines the themes of space and the frontier in science fiction in light of recent scientific and literary developments.

Author: Gary Westfahl

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0313308462

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 207

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Although the exploration of space has long preoccupied authors and filmmakers, the development of an actual space program, discoveries about the true nature of space, and critical reconsiderations of America's frontier experiences have challenged and complicated conventional portrayals of humans in space. This volume reexamines the themes of space and the frontier in science fiction in light of recent scientific and literary developments. Included are the observations of noted science fiction writers such as Arthur C. Clarke, Gregory Benford, James Gunn, and Jack Williamson, along with contributions from leading scholars in the field.

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.

Speaking Science Fiction

This wide-ranging volume explores the various dialogues that flourish between different aspects of science fiction: academics and fans, writers and readers; ideological stances and national styles; different interpretations of the genre; ...

Author: Andy Sawyer

Publisher: Liverpool University Press

ISBN: 0853238340

Category: Drama

Page: 248

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This wide-ranging volume explores the various dialogues that flourish between different aspects of science fiction: academics and fans, writers and readers; ideological stances and national styles; different interpretations of the genre; and how language and 'voices' are used in constructing SF. Introduced by the acclaimed novelist Brian W. Aldiss, the essays range from studies of writers such as Robert A. Heinlein, who are considered as the 'heart' of the genre, to more contemporary writers such as Jack Womack and J. G. Ballard.

The Road to Castle Mount

This book offers a broad study of Silverberg's growth as a writer, following his career from his early apprenticeship period to his later, fully mature books.

Author: Edgar L. Chapman

Publisher: Praeger

ISBN: UOM:39015048767902

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 209

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One of the most prolific, honored, and widely read science fiction writers, Robert Silverberg has forged a professional career that began in the 1950s and has flourished in succeeding decades. After first gaining fame for his magazine fiction, Silverberg embraced the ideals and methods of literary science fiction in the late 1960s and crafted a number of novels marked by symbolism and irony. After a period of silence in the 1970s, he resumed his career. Despite the appeal of his novels, Silverberg's achievement still eludes easy assessment. This book offers a broad study of Silverberg's growth as a writer, following his career from his early apprenticeship period to his later, fully mature books. Examining not only his work but also the literary contexts that shaped him, Chapman captures well Silverberg's development as a writer.

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

Saving the World Through Science Fiction

Acclaimed writer KijJohnson got involved in the work of the Center in 995, shortly after attending the Writers ... Johnson began teaching the Science Fiction & Fantasy Novel Writing Workshop in 2004, served as assistant director of ...

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.

HUMAN VOICES

-George Zebrowski, Award Winning author of Macrolife and Brute Orbits These are consistently and admirably intelligent, austerely but effectively written stories . . . . -Roland Green, Booklist

Author: James Gunn

Publisher:

ISBN: 1604597313

Category: Fiction

Page: 236

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In Human Voices you will find stories covering the past three decades of James Gunn's career: imaginative, entertaining speculations revealing insight-and foresight-into human nature now and in the future, which are the unmistakable hallmarks of his best fiction. James Gunn's work is always polished, ironic, and deeply concerned about humankind. Long before I knew him, his stories and novels were a pleasure to read, and this has never changed. -George Zebrowski, Award Winning author of Macrolife and Brute Orbits These are consistently and admirably intelligent, austerely but effectively written stories . . . . -Roland Green, Booklist

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 Fiction Writing (¡947), edited by Lloyd Arthur Eshbach; Modern Science Fiction: ...

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

Science Fiction and the Theatre

This book presents an historical survey of science fiction drama and includes an annotated list of 328 science fiction plays.

Author: Ralph Willingham

Publisher: Praeger

ISBN: UCSC:32106013571366

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 213

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This book presents an historical survey of science fiction drama and includes an annotated list of 328 science fiction plays.

In Joy Still Felt

The prolific and famous science and science-fiction writer continues the tale of his life, proceeding from the years immediately following his early successes and continuing through the writing of his 200th book

Author: Isaac Asimov

Publisher: Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday

ISBN: UOM:39015046831494

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 828

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The prolific and famous science and science-fiction writer continues the tale of his life, proceeding from the years immediately following his early successes and continuing through the writing of his 200th book