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Product Details

  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Seventh Star Press, LLC (May 14, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937929612
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937929619
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #995,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I will recommend this book to anyone who would like to know more about these authors or for that matter more about science fiction and fantasy genre writing.
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So from there I can say that this book was very interesting to read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jaidis Shaw on May 13, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Featuring several articles and interviews from various authors, I was interested in reading Writers Workshop of Science Fiction and Fantasy because I thought it would be neat to see what the authors had to say about their writing habits and techniques. I don't typically read a lot in the science fiction genre but I do enjoy the occasional fantasy book but I figured that the advice these authors were trying to give would apply to other genres as well, and indeed they did.

Where do authors get their ideas from? What exactly is science fiction, fantasy, and the sub-genres within? What is style? What are the tactics of world building? What exactly is 'weird fiction'? What are the most common reasons manuscripts are rejected? These are just a few of the questions that are answered within this collection.

If you are an author, even if it is in a genre other than science fiction or fantasy, I suggest you pick up a copy of this collection. I know that personally I learned several tips and techniques that I will try applying to my own writing.

If you are a reader, you can still benefit from reading this collection. You'll be able to get an inside glimpse at the minds of some of your favorite authors and see what the life of a writer is like.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Aziyade on May 13, 2014
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I bought the print edition of this book and decided as I was reading it, I would jot down a few notes on subjects the book addressed. I figured I would get a lot of anecdotes and maybe a little industry inside info, so I wasn't expecting much. By the time I'd finished the book, I had over 22 pages of notes on the actual CRAFT of writing. Hands down this was one of the best books I've bought for learning how to actually "write."

"Workshop" books like these tend to feature authors talking about what it's like to write. Very few authors seem to actually know how to teach novice writers the skills they need to be effective writers. This book is unique in that it is made up of authors who CAN and WILL teach you how to develop those skills.

The elements of fiction writing (structure, plot, characterization, dialogue, etc.) are covered topics, and I have to say the sections on beginnings, middles, and ends were some of the most helpful to me and would apply to ANY genre. A lot of the information contained in these sections I had not heard before, and this was where I took the bulk of my notes. There are sections specifically devoted to speculative fiction, dealing with writing aliens, world building, gender bending, etc. but 90% of the book is simply good solid fiction-writing advice.

A few essays deal with the business end of things, and a couple of them address specific markets. The only essay which I found disappointing was, oddly enough, Neil Gaiman's opening piece on "where do you get your ideas." Rather than being a teaching tool to help writers develop interesting premises, it's more "I'm Neil; see how clever and funny I am." But don't let that stop you from getting into the meat of the book. Think of this as a very engaging textbook to get the most out of it. Read the essays for fun, then go back and re-read them as teaching tools.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sheila Deeth VINE VOICE on April 25, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Condygurl on June 18, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This type of book is extremely hard to review. First we have a number of authors contributing to the book. Then add to that the type of book and it makes it very hard to give a review. But I will do my best.

This book has several interviews from the authors listed above. It gives some relatively clear cut thoughts on where they get their ideas from, or what the best way to build a world is.

It is basically an advice book for want to be authors. As an up and coming (hopefully soon) author I was really looking forward to reading this book. Especially since the title said Fantasy and one of my novels is a fantasy. But what I found is just opinions. While this is helpful in some ways, it wasn't what I was expecting. The tips the authors gave were general knowledge that I learned in my Creative Writing courses in College.

I will say this book was interesting and actually entertaining. I will recommend this book to anyone who would like to know more about these authors or for that matter more about science fiction and fantasy genre writing.

Details/disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest opinion. The free book held no determination on my final review.
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