This how-to book is divided into four parts: "Storytelling," "Ideas and Foundations," and two sections on mechanics, markets, and dealing with editors. Issac Asimov wades in rather superficially on "Plotting," "Dialog," and "Revisions," but Poul Anderson's almost technical essay on preparing a scientifically valid world couldn't be better, and Hal Clement's piece on peopling such a world is just as good. Norman Spinrad uses the techniques of futurists to model how space colonization could occur and provides graphs for the beginner. The tilt here is toward "hard" science fiction, but Jane Yolen's meditation on fantasy, "Turtles All the Way Down," is lyrical and even moving in its reverence for the past. Connie Willis writes about comedy and Stanley Schmidt, amusingly, about cliches. The market listings are exhaustive, including little magazines you won't find elsewhere. Valuable both for the beginner and the pro.
- John Mort, Kansas City P.L., Mo.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Some of the more cogent writing on the subject in some time. Highly recommended. (Booklist)
I think nearly everyone who is serious about writing should get a copy and keep it on hand. (Scavenger's Newsletter)
This is a book of essays. Some are much more interesting than others. Overall... a good book.Published 20 days ago by Jessica R. Jones
Not quite as good as the book written by the editors of Asimov that gave examples, but I still found this useful and have carried it to my writer's meetups.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
It teaches what you - basically - need to know about writing this genre.Published 6 months ago by Gordan
I bought this book mainly because I had an interest in developing a hard sci-fi story. I was looking for the type of practical advice that I wouldn't necessarily find in a generic... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Ken Brosky
I look forward to reading this as I do a little writing and some science fiction stories so it might come in handy.Published 16 months ago by Liza Kimball
Here are the essays -- the <i>old</i> essays -- everyone in the science fiction field references. Read morePublished 22 months ago by eiie
A different aproach to -How to write... - book, not by explaining how to actually write something but a series of essays where the authors explain how they write and what rules... Read morePublished on February 1, 2013 by Consuelo Leal Garza
I would just take some time and google the subject as oposed to reading this collection of idea with little factual information backing it up.Published on August 3, 2012 by RJ Heist