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.

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

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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.

Story Behind the Book

Author: Steven Erikson

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 1502534711

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 186

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"Story Behind the Book: Volume 3" collects nearly 40 non-fiction essays from some of the most exciting authors working today. Offering an unique insight into the creative and publishing process, these essay reveal all the beauty, effort and frustration that inevitable comes hand in hand with the urge to write, edit or illustrate. Contributors include Steven Erikson, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Hugh Howey, Richard Kadrey, Rod Rees, Christopher Fowler, Gary Gibson, Eric Brown, Anthony Ryan, Alan Averill, Ian Gibson, Garry Kilworth, Steve Rasnic Tem, Ian R. MacLeod, Cat Sparks, James Everington, Pat Cadigan, Stephen Deas, Jay Kristoff, Peter Roman, Paul Tremblay, Geoffrey Gudgion, Tina Connolly, Joan Frances Turner, Freda Warrington, Beth Bernobich, Jeff Somers, James A. Moore, Ben Jeapes, John R. Fultz, Nick Mamatas, Sean Lynch, Max Gladstone, Karen Sandler, Robert Reed, Roberto Calas, Richard James Bentley, William J. Cobb.

Philippine Speculative Fiction

The landmark tenth volume of what has been called "e;one of the most important projects to come out of the contemporary writing generation"e;, Philippine Speculative Fiction 10 features stories from the genres of fantasy, horror, science ...

Author: Dean Francis Alfar

Publisher: Flipside Digital Content Company Inc.

ISBN: 9786210100617

Category: Literary Collections

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The landmark tenth volume of what has been called "e;one of the most important projects to come out of the contemporary writing generation"e;, Philippine Speculative Fiction 10 features stories from the genres of fantasy, horror, science fiction while blurring the boundaries of everything in between, with stories from new as well as established Filipino authors.

Obliquity

The essence of OBLIQUITY is imaginative storytelling with, at times, no more than a passing nod to the ordinary norms of science fiction, fantasy or magical realism.

Author: Science Fiction Writing Cooperative (Bainbridge Island, Wash.)

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ISBN: 097769190X

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Page: 200

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The essence of OBLIQUITY is imaginative storytelling with, at times, no more than a passing nod to the ordinary norms of science fiction, fantasy or magical realism. Certainly readers can expect to visit the far reaches of outer space and the inner spaces of computerized intelligence, the distant future and the mythical past, but they will also encounter unexplainable forces of nature, non-corporeal life forms, even intergalactic humor, in tales that might not have made their way into more conventional science fiction/fantasy collections.Since 1999, members of the Science Fiction Writing Cooperative (SFWC) have shared their passion for imaginative fiction. Paul Hanson, manager of Eagle Harbor Book Company, and Ann Lovejoy, local writer, founded the supportive group where, under the aegis of science fiction, writers of all sorts hone their skills. This project is supported, in part, by the City of Bainbridge Island Arts and Humanities Fund, administered by the Bainbridge Island Arts and Humanities Council.

Two Blizzards Or Authors of Speculative Fiction Write for Young Adults

Abstract : Dar'ia Zarubina begins with some examples of successful recent fantasy writing for young adults, then zooms in on works by two authors, Dmitrii Kazakov's Moscow Blizzard and Nik Perumov's Molly from North York .

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ISBN: OCLC:1052071833

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Abstract : Dar'ia Zarubina begins with some examples of successful recent fantasy writing for young adults, then zooms in on works by two authors, Dmitrii Kazakov's Moscow Blizzard and Nik Perumov's Molly from North York . Zarubina outlines the plot and style of each work and its relationship to fantasy or steampunk. She concludes that both works are worth giving to young readers, though Kazakov's is better suited to independent reading while Perumov's would be best read by a parent and child together.

5 4 3 2 1 Write

This book is broken into five sections for five different types of prompts: scenario, quote, question, book title, and simple. These prompts will help the writer defeat the blank page and write into new horizons!

Author: Tyrean Martinson

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 1541394046

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Page: 74

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5 . . . 4 . . . 3 . . . 2 . . . 1 . . . Write! 25 Speculative Fiction Prompts within these pages will help new and old authors alike to fight the dark nemesis of the blank page. This book is broken into five sections for five different types of prompts: scenario, quote, question, book title, and simple. These prompts will help the writer defeat the blank page and write into new horizons!

Essays on Writing Speculative Fiction

"Story Behind the Book : Volume 1" collects nearly 40 non-fiction essays on writing and editing speculative fiction written by some of the most exciting authors and editors.

Author: L. E. Modesitt

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ISBN: 1493543210

Category: Fiction

Page: 74

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"Story Behind the Book : Volume 1" collects nearly 40 non-fiction essays on writing and editing speculative fiction written by some of the most exciting authors and editors. Essays cover everything from getting an initial creative burst, worldbuilding, tackling writer's block, to the final process of publication. Some of the essays are personal, some rather technical but all of them, without an exception, provide an unique and fascinating insight into the mind of an author. Contributors include Ian Whates, Michael Logan, Mathieu Blais and Joel Casseus, Mark T. Barnes, Lisa Jensen, Lee Battersby, L. E. Modesitt Jr., Keith Brooke, Joanne Anderton, Jo Walton, F.R. Tallis, Ian R. MacLeod, Guy Haley, Gavin Smith, Francis Knight, Eric Brown, Clifford Beal, Susan Palwick, Rhiannon Held, Ben Jeapes, Nina Allan, Mike Shevdon, Mur Lafferty, Norman Lock, Seth Patrick, Gemma Malley, Freda Warrington, Freya Robertson and more. All proceeds will be donated to Epilepsy Action.

How to Write Tales of Horror Fantasy Science Fiction

The masters of speculative fiction share how-to instruction on writing stories about the weird, the fantastic, the unknown and the imagined, in 27 succinct chapters.

Author: Jerry N. Williamson

Publisher: Betterway Books

ISBN: UVA:X001785547

Category: Fantasy fiction

Page: 242

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The masters of speculative fiction share how-to instruction on writing stories about the weird, the fantastic, the unknown and the imagined, in 27 succinct chapters.

Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction Literature

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 ...

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.

Transrealist Fiction

This volume examines a variety of work from a transrealist perspective, including the writings of Dick, Rucker, Kurt Vonnegut, J.G. Ballard, and John Barth.

Author: Damien Broderick

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0313311218

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 195

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Transrealist writing treats "immediate perceptions in a fantastic way," according to science fiction writer and mathematician Rudy Rucker, who originated the term. In the expanded sense argued in this book, it also intensifies imaginative fiction by writing the fantastic from the standpoint of richly personalized experience, as in the works of Philip K. Dick. This volume examines a variety of work from a transrealist perspective, including the writings of Dick, Rucker, Kurt Vonnegut, J.G. Ballard, and John Barth.

Spec lit

Spec-Lit is an anthology showcasing the science fiction stories of Columbia College students and other Chicago area writers.

Author: Phyllis Eisenstein

Publisher: Columbia College

ISBN: 0932026486

Category: Fiction

Page: 172

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Spec-Lit is an anthology showcasing the science fiction stories of Columbia College students and other Chicago area writers.

Writing Sci Fi and Fantasy Lit Starts

The rest of the book consists of prompts and space to write, providing opportunities to consider the rules that govern your imagined universe.

Author: San Francisco San Francisco Writers' Grotto

Publisher: Abrams Noterie

ISBN: 1419741373

Category:

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A fill-in book from the San Francisco Writers' Grotto, authors of the best-selling 642 Things series Focus on a single aspect of the craft of writing with help from the San Francisco Writers' Grotto. Writing Sci-Fi and Fantasy starts with a foreword by author Dorothy Hearst, who offers pointers for writing speculative fiction and inventing fantastic new worlds. The rest of the book consists of prompts and space to write, providing opportunities to consider the rules that govern your imagined universe. Among other ideas, you'll explore the various aspects of world-building by: writing a timeline of the history of your imagined place describing what the inhabitants of your world look like detailing transportation from city to city or planet to planet figuring out who's in charge and whether or not they should be Perfectly sized to take to a café, on vacation, or on your morning commute, this book is designed for practicing your creative writing a little bit at a time. Special Features Paperback with textured cover stock, flaps, and a lay-flat binding Advice from a published writer, followed by fill-in prompts and space to write Part of the Lit Start series, a collection of single-subject writing prompt books by the San Francisco Writers' Grotto Check out the other books in this series: Writing Action, Writing Character, Writing Dialogue, Writing Humor, and Memoir.

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.

Pen Ultimate A Speculative Fiction Anthology

From the Icelandic coast of Vík, where a Troll ship waits entombed in stone for the hand of the artist to free it, to a boy who, with the help of his alien friend, learns to create entire worlds, the stories in Pen-Ultimate showcase tales ...

Author: Chris Howard

Publisher: Interrobang Books

ISBN: 9780984787036

Category: Fiction

Page: 201

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From the Icelandic coast of Vík, where a Troll ship waits entombed in stone for the hand of the artist to free it, to a boy who, with the help of his alien friend, learns to create entire worlds, the stories in Pen-Ultimate showcase tales of fantastic visions, alien perceptions, and emerging awareness. This speculative fiction anthology contains eleven stories written by graduates of the Boston area Ultimate SF Writing Workshop. All proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to the SFWA (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America) emergency medical fund.

Philippine Speculative Fiction

What about the “Philippine” part of “Philippine Speculative Fiction”? For now, it
simply means speculative fiction written by Filipinos. But what is truly exciting is
this: as more and more Filipino writers write speculative fiction, we are gradually
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Author: Dean Francis Alfar

Publisher: Flipside Digital Content Company Inc.

ISBN: 9786210100532

Category: Literary Collections

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Marrying a monster and fishing for mermaids; Redeeming a demon in an Augustinian church; A girl drawn to a haunted river; Hunting giant Wyrms with a gunsaddle. The Philippine Speculative Fiction series showcases fantasy, science fiction, and horror written by Filipinos around the world.

Complete Idiot s Guide to Publishing Science Fiction

Offers advice on how to get a science fiction novel or short story published, including tips on the basic elements of a work of science fiction to getting an agent, and signing a contract.

Author: Cory Doctorow

Publisher:

ISBN: 0028639189

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 360

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Offers advice on how to get a science fiction novel or short story published, including tips on the basic elements of a work of science fiction to getting an agent, and signing a contract.

Race in Young Adult Speculative Fiction

This is a collection troubled by the lingering emphasis on colorblindness in YASF, but it is also the work of scholars who love the genre and celebrate its progress toward inclusivity, and who further see in it an enduring future for ...

Author: Meghan Gilbert-Hickey

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9781496833853

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 280

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Contributions by Malin Alkestrand, Joshua Yu Burnett, Sean P. Connors, Jill Coste, Meghan Gilbert-Hickey, Miranda A. Green-Barteet, Sierra Hale, Kathryn Strong Hansen, Elizabeth Ho, Esther L. Jones, Sarah Olutola, Alex Polish, Zara Rix, Susan Tan, and Roberta Seelinger Trites Race in Young Adult Speculative Fiction offers a sustained analysis of race and representation in young adult speculative fiction (YASF). The collection considers how characters of color are represented in YASF, how they contribute to and participate in speculative worlds, how race affects or influences the structures of speculative worlds, and how race and racial ideologies are implicated in YASF. This collection also examines how race and racism are discussed in YASF or if, indeed, race and racism are discussed at all. Essays explore such notable and popular works as the Divergent series, The Red Queen, The Lunar Chronicles, and the Infernal Devices trilogy. They consider the effects of colorblind ideology and postracialism on YASF, a genre that is often seen as progressive in its representation of adolescent protagonists. Simply put, colorblindness silences those who believe—and whose experiences demonstrate—that race and racism do continue to matter. In examining how some YASF texts normalize many of our social structures and hierarchies, this collection examines how race and racism are represented in the genre and considers how hierarchies of race are reinscribed in some texts and transgressed in others. Contributors point toward the potential of YASF to address and interrogate racial inequities in the contemporary West and beyond. They critique texts that fall short of this possibility, and they articulate ways in which readers and critics alike might nonetheless locate diversity within narratives. This is a collection troubled by the lingering emphasis on colorblindness in YASF, but it is also the work of scholars who love the genre and celebrate its progress toward inclusivity, and who further see in it an enduring future for intersectional identity.

Daughter of the High Lords and Other Speculative Fiction Stories

The book comprises a collection of some 14 science fiction and science fantasy short stories.

Author: David K. Scholes

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 1499732627

Category: Fiction

Page: 208

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The book comprises a collection of some 14 science fiction and science fantasy short stories. In “Task Force to Earth XXX” heli-carrier forces from an Earth dominated by Greater Britain are able to re-enter a parallel Earth for the first time in the 30 years since that alternate reality was subjected to alien invasion. “Trathh – Return to Empire” continues the Trathh story arc as the mighty Trathh returns to his part of the Universe to find the oppressive Empire in the midst of a life and death struggle against an even more malevolent enemy. “Daughter of the High Lords”, pits the High Lord race and the Brell super power empire against the Coordinator of All Realities as Garthhe an enigmatic entity from an equally enigmatic race seeks to rescue, Raechelle, daughter of the High Lords. In “The Search for Humanity” the far flung human race disappears without explanation from the upper reaches of time. By law the fearsome Xelk in “Human Hunter” should not be plying their trade on Earth. Should they? In Broolt the Universe's most formidable star trooper is confronted with an Asgard gutted and somehow transported to the other side of the Universe. While in “Grief Counselors” a new firm has something quite different to offer.Also in “Reality Check” alternate reality travelers coming home must make sure they are returning to the right reality. In “Past his used by Date” older people who have passed their actuarial expectation of life are reported to authorities by watchful neighbors. In “Search Mission” the survivors of an ancient starship crash are a bit coy about being found. And much more.