From Library Journal
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.
"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
Do you dream of -
Crossing the galaxies?
Living in the far future?
Entertaining millions with your imagination?
This book can help make those dreams come true!
Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy brings you expert advice on how to craft and market tales of the fantastic. Award-winning writers such as John Barnes, James Patrick Kelly, Norman Spinrad, Connie Willis, and Jane Yolen reveal some of their secrets of crafting believable stories, while Grand Masters Isaac Asimov and Robert A. Heinlein provide timeless advice for beginners and veterans alike. The editors also provide valuable insights into the process by which stories get published and they offer helpful hints on getting your story out of the slush pile and into print.
About the Author
The Editors of Asimov's Science Fiction and Analog SF include Gardner Dozois, Stanley Schmidt, and Sheila Williams. They have long been considered some of the premier editors in the fields of science fiction and fantasy.
Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy
FROM OUR EDITORS
A number of well-known professionals in the field have pooled their advice, insights, and tips in Writing Science Fiction & Fantasy. Having this useful guide on hand is the next-best thing to having your own editorial feedback. Learn the ins and outs of the field from those who have firsthand knowledge of how it works.
FROM THE PUBLISHER
Many beginning writers ask for criticism and advice, and those who don't ask would still like to get it. The volume of submissions makes it quite impossible for most editors to comment individually on submissions, except for those few that they almost want to publish. The editors who have joined together in putting this book together hopes that this will be the next best thing. Obviously it can't offer criticism of your manuscript, but it does offer a wealth of useful tips and insights from several well-known professionals in the field.