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How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy

af Orson Scott Card, Nan Dibble

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Learn to write science fiction and fantasy from a master You've always dreamed of writing science fiction and fantasy tales that pull readers into extraordinary new worlds and fantastic conflicts. Best-selling author Orson Scott Card shows you how it's done, distilling years of writing experience and publishing success into concise, no-nonsense advice. You'll learn how to:    * utilize story elements that define the science fiction and fantasy genres    * build, populate, and dramatize a credible, inviting world your readers will want to explore    * develop the "rules" of time, space and magic that affect your world and its inhabitants    * construct a compelling story by developing ideas, characters, and events that keep readers turning pages    * find the markets for speculative fiction, reach them, and get published    * submit queries, write cover letters, find an agent, and live the life of a writer The boundaries of your imagination are infinite. Explore them with Orson Scott Card and create fiction that casts a spell over agents, publishers, and readers from every world.… (mere)
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I've had this on my to-read list since high school. Clearly my dedication to the craft is as hard as plasteel.

It's a quick read, not only because it's short but also because of Card's breezy and (somewhat) informal style. As promised in the introduction, he sticks mostly to genre-specific elements of writing, such as world building, creating rules for science/magic (or both...), and so forth. He skips or glosses over aspects that apply to all writing, and even fiction writing specifically.

As you might imagine, Card refers to a lot of works, both by himself and others, to illustrate the points he is making. The examples were generally well chosen, but it had the dubious effect of making me aware of more things I want to read.

For me, the best part of the book was the last chapter, which discusses the life and business of writing. Card slips a little in his intent here by giving more general advice, but that's not necessarily a bad thing, since it's good advice. In particular, he gives voice to the conflicting viewpoints that an author must take of his or her own work:

Writers have to simultaneously believe the following two things:


  1. The story I am now working on is the greatest work of genius ever written in English.

  2. The story I am working on is worthless drivel.




He goes on to explain how to handle these antipodal viewpoints without going mad ("but that, too," he says, "can be an asset to the writer").

It's not a life-changing book, but there's some good tips along with a fair amount of humor and "huh" moments. If you want to feel like you got to pick the brain of a premier science fiction author about his craft, then sit down and read this.

(For the record, I mean "pick the brain" in a metaphorical sense, not a literal, scientific one.) ( )
  octoberdad | Dec 16, 2020 |
I am about as politically distant from Orson Scott Card as a person can be, but I picked this up for uni essay writing and I have to give him credit for the fact that he's written a very good guide to specfic writing. Some of the information about publication is dated but, on the whole, this remains a very good look at the genres and at genre-specific technique. A worthwhile read for sci-fi, fantasy and even horror writers. ( )
  Tara_Calaby | Jun 22, 2020 |
I read this with little or no context/investment and loved it all the more for my ignorance. If we left Earth, where would we go? How fast would we get there? What happens to human beings in outer space? Is there such a thing as "too" magical? Hard questions to ask. A lot of good information. "When a wizard casts a spell, body parts wither and fall off the person he loves most." "If you go back in time, you are only able to make changes that have no long-term effects, since any universe in which you change your own future could not exist." Is this my personal "Dark Side of Oz"? Yes, it is.
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  uncleflannery | May 16, 2020 |
I didn't really get what I wanted out of it but it was still slightly helpful and funny. ( )
  barajash29 | Jan 22, 2020 |
I'm not a fan of the man's politics, but his were the first SF books I read and loved as a kid. This is a great guide for those thinking about writing speculative fiction. It tackles the unique aspects of writing for this particular genre in a clear, concise way. Good stuff! ( )
1 stem Shaun_Hamill | Oct 10, 2019 |
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Learn to write science fiction and fantasy from a master You've always dreamed of writing science fiction and fantasy tales that pull readers into extraordinary new worlds and fantastic conflicts. Best-selling author Orson Scott Card shows you how it's done, distilling years of writing experience and publishing success into concise, no-nonsense advice. You'll learn how to:    * utilize story elements that define the science fiction and fantasy genres    * build, populate, and dramatize a credible, inviting world your readers will want to explore    * develop the "rules" of time, space and magic that affect your world and its inhabitants    * construct a compelling story by developing ideas, characters, and events that keep readers turning pages    * find the markets for speculative fiction, reach them, and get published    * submit queries, write cover letters, find an agent, and live the life of a writer The boundaries of your imagination are infinite. Explore them with Orson Scott Card and create fiction that casts a spell over agents, publishers, and readers from every world.

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