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How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy Paperback – Sep 15 2001
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About the Author
Orson Scott Card is one of the biggest names in science fiction and fantasy. He won both the Hugo and Nebula science fiction awards for best novel for two consecutive years--something no other writer has ever done. In addition, he was the first writer to ever win a Nebula and a Hugo for both a book and its sequel, Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead. His current best-seller is Shadow of Hegemon. He lives in North Carolina.
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Chapter One, The Infinite Boundary
This chapter just explains the differences between science fiction and fantasy. A nice introduction, however all it does is make you understand a bit more about the genre you plan to write in. Being Australian, it had references to magazines and anthologies that I perhaps have a very slim chance of reading, and if I ever do get a chance to, I'd probably have to morgage the house to afford them.
Hence, I guess this chapter wasn't much use.
Chapter 2, World Creation.
This, and the next chapter, are what makes the book worth it. It empasises the fact that your world within your story has to make sense. It has to have rules.
Chapter 3, Story Construction
After, no during, this section, I just got out my pen and started jotting down all these ideas I had for my story. Maybe that is why I am raving so much about this book - because it helped me, and it helped me immediatly. I think my stories will be so much more from having read this.
Chapter 4, Writing Well
Also another good chapter. This chapter made me think about how I had handled some aspects of my story, and gave me a few ideas on how to improve. However, over all this chapter is mostly common sense.
Chapter 5, The Life and Business of Writing
This chapter was not much use to me. it mainly concerns with the opertunities within the American market, something which I hope to crack through one day, but after being an established writer in Australia ;) However, don't put the book down!Read more ›
How to Write... isn't so much a how-to book as a shopping list of the most obvious information a fiction writer needs to know. In fact, that information is so obvious that most ordinary people know it intuitively, even if they've never written a page of fiction in their lives. For example, the advice you are given to help you create logical, consistent worlds is something not much more complex then "Create logical, consistent worlds".
The section on story structure will only give you blatantly obvious advice as well, stuff like it's bad to reveal the solution too early on in a mystery and that you should think about a character's motivation for moving forward through the events of your tale. Do you really need to read an entire book to tell you these things? Probably not.
There's nothing in here that will make you say "Of course! This is what my stories have been lacking!" If anything, it will make you feel vastly better about being a writer, because if this is all there is to it (and I suspect that's not the case), writing must be a piece of cake.Read more ›
This book does not teach you to become a great writing of speculative fiction; what it does is illuminate where your stories might be lacking, where you should spend more time in development, and it lists what kinds of groups and organizations can help you improve both your writing and your stories. For under 140 pages, it is absolutely the best book of its kind. Even if you don't intend to write much SF&F, reading this book will make you a more critical reader of the genre.
One last note: this book will help you improve your Sci Fi and Fantasy stories, it is *not* designed to improve your general writing of fiction. There are other great books out there that specifically address such things as Character creation and development, plot, setting, grammar and style, ect., so such topics are ommitted in this book except where some advice can be given that is specific to SF&F.
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Though Card's book favors science fiction over fantasy, I found it was still a good book as a starting point for a speculative fiction writer and I liked his honesty with the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Stephanie
Informative and useful guide for writers interested in the science fiction genre.Published 14 months ago by SUPREME LAW LORD
so far the tips are head on, straight forward and it gives a sense of direction whenever a blank can arrives while writingPublished on Aug. 11 2013 by Kervin Lubin
I can only presume that Card sees a lot of really terrible stories at writing workshops. While the advice in this book is great, it's also all very basic, and most of it should be... Read morePublished on June 26 2004 by Amazon Customer
I just finished reading the old hardback edition published in 1990. I'm sure the new edition is as good or even better. Read morePublished on June 14 2004 by WLJ
This is a great book by Orson Scott Card, one of the masters of the genre of science fiction and fantasy. Read morePublished on May 14 2004 by P. A Gaudet
Though, it had some good advice for beginning writers, I felt that it didn't delve deep enough into writing science fiction & fanasty. Read morePublished on March 11 2004
The principles are solid, and introductory. The slant though (despite his efforts) lean unequally towards the SF realm, not fantasy. Read morePublished on Nov. 23 2003 by Alan
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