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Great writing advice from the greats of science fiction

  • Apr 25, 2013
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Do you write science fiction? Do you want to write science fiction? Writers Workshop of Science Fiction & Fantasy from Seventh Star Press is an excellent collection of articles, interviews and ideas, just perfect to encourage you or get you started on your writing journey.

Neil Gaiman advises where you can look for inspiration--or rather, why ideas really aren't the hardest part after all.

Lou Anders explores those gazillions of subgenres and actually makes them make sense. (Have you ever wondered where the dividing line is between hard sci-fi and soft? And what about cyber-punk, or high fantasy?)

Ursula Le Guin? She's there too, one of several famous authors answering interview questions.

Then there are chapters on killer beginnings, middles (and middling through), what's special about sci-fi/fantasy endings, and more. Orson Scott Card discusses rhetoric and style. Pamela Sergeant offers the sort of dialog advice that every author should read.

Character, emotion, aliens (they're characters too)… See them through the eyes of Larry Niven, Harry Turtledove, Joe Haldeman, Alan Dean Foster... all the greats! And all the chapters have information, help, advice, encouragement and more, not just for sci-fi writers but anyone hoping to entertain an audience using words and imagination.

Perhaps I should have asked do you write or want to write?  I definitely recommend this book, and it's got great illustrations too!

Disclosure: I was lucky enough to get a free ecopy!

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