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“The Craft of writing Science Fiction that Sells by famed, esteemed, SCiFi author Ben Bova is one excellent book. It its a complete guide to the mechanics and art of writing and then selling most any fiction from short short stories to multi book series, from romance to SciFi to Mystery to Western. But Ben includes several special tricks for the SciFi author such as creating other worlds, characters in SciFi. Ben also includes 4 of his short stories as examples.
As expected from a seasoned SciFi author, the book is well and simply written. The book reads well and pulls the reader along.
I highly recommend this book to all new writers, and to authors early in their careers,. Even some seasoned authors could pick up pointers from this book.
While I also heartily recommend Orson Scott Card's How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy, it's not on Kindle (I hope this changes), and it has a different focus than Bova's. In fact, Bova was Orson Scott Card's editor of a number of his early short stories, such as his classic "Ender's Game." Moreover, Bova's advice really resonates with what Card manages to do in his own fiction--aspects that Card mentions but not quite as directly.
Other writing anthologies have made use of the idea that the writer put his money where his mouth is: That is, he reprints his own fiction to put on the chopping block, to examine how the stories work. They may not be literary classics, but they are quite effective at doing exactly what recommends. This one's worth more than one read. Cheers to Mr. Bova.
This is one of the better writing books out. He starts from the assumption you already know active voice is better than passive voice and descriptive verbs are better than adjectives. He offers advice on visualizing conflict, strengthening secondary characters, researching solid scientific theory, and building suspenseful plots.
If you are a struggling writer looking to build a better science fiction book, then this is your starting point.
This book is a practical guide in construction techniques for writing fiction. The special requirements in the science fiction field are demanding. It is vital, exciting, and offers a close and immediate interaction between readers and writers. This book divides character, background, conflict and plot into three parts. With examples this shows how theoretical ideas were handled in an actual story. Then chapters on background, conflict and plot: theory first, then a short story, followed by a chapter on practice using the story as illustration. Then the different demands writing makes on the novelists, and how challenges are met. Next is preparation and the writing task. Marketing novels and short fiction, followed by ideas, style and other successful storytelling techniques. This book is a path of putting information into neural wiring that is basically unchanged. Homer, Goethe and Shakespeare used these techniques. I see this book as the fabric of successful writing, never simple or mechanic. This book offers valuable instruction, and would be perfect as a reference in a personal library. I own a copy of this book.