- Paperback: 246 pages
- Publisher: Writer's Digest Books; 1st edition (February 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1582970076
- ISBN-13: 978-1582970073
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 28 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,300,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Worlds of Wonder: How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy Paperback – February, 2001
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While both science fiction and fantasy evoke "a sense of wonder in the audience," says David Gerrold in Worlds of Wonder, science fiction "is about what's possible," while "fantasy is about what's not." Writing for both these genres is a lot like "playing with a set of Lego bricks," Gerrold says: you're creating your own world, but you have to work within a logical framework. Like other forms of storytelling, says Gerrold (best known for his "Trouble with Tribbles" Star Trek episode), science fiction and fantasy rely on mysterious first sentences, effective exits, and surprises in every sentence in between. The difference is that your characters inhabit whole worlds of your own making, worlds that may be "marvelous and surprising to the reader," but must remain ordinary to the story's characters. To carry this off, says Gerrold, "you have to write each moment"--no matter how improbable--"as if you lived it yourself."
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Hugo and Nebula Award-winning novelist and screenwriter Gerrold passionately discusses the challenges and excitement of writing sf. Creating believable new worlds in which to tell universal stories of conflict, growth, and transformation requires not only imagination but also the discipline to ask and answer tough questions. As in writing other genres of fiction, careful attention to setting, plot, character, and dialog must be observed, along with the mechanics of grammar, tense, sentence structure, and paragraph transition. But writing successful sf and fantasy, Gerrold contends, demands an even greater commitment to the integrity of language to create and define reality. In a chatty, informal, and even humorous style, he provides numerous exercises and questions, challenging the would-be writer to imagine the answers. Examples from films, novels, stories, and television supply practical evidence of his suggested techniques. Gerrold is a first-rate writer, best-known for his Star Trek writings. Given the rising popularity of sf, this book would be a welcome addition to any public library. Denise S. Sticha, Murrysville Community Lib., PA
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Written by the writer of the iconic Start Trek episode, "The Trouble with Tribbles", this book demystifies the process of writing fantasy and sci-fi. It's a literal one-stop-shop for the genre specific writer in that the author teaches you how to bring your characters to life through creating arcs, interviewing your characters, and creating profiles for each individual character. The author also touches on world building, creating cultures, and consistency in your writing. He explains how to avoid cliches, and how to write fresh prose that are not carbon copies of what has been done to death in these genres.
I would encourage every fantasy and science fiction writer to add this book to your library. It's an invaluable resource that you will return to time and again.
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Worlds Of Wonder is a very useful book for writers wishing to explore science fiction and fantasy.Read more