From one of the all time bestselling authors of science fiction and fantasy writing comes an excellent resource for beginners or pros How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy by Orson Scott Card covers topics such as the creation of worlds and alien societies and the use and rules of magic, topics specific to the genre Learn creative science fiction and fantasy writing fFrom one of the all time bestselling authors of science fiction and fantasy writing comes an excellent resource for beginners or pros How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy by Orson Scott Card covers topics such as the creation of worlds and alien societies and the use and rules of magic, topics specific to the genre Learn creative science fiction and fantasy writing from one of the masters.
How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy From one of the all time bestselling authors of science fiction and fantasy writing comes an excellent resource for beginners or pros How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy by Orson Scott Card cover
How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy provides a brief yet informative education on what tools can be utilized to construct compelling speculative fiction This book is dedicated specifically to the information writers of speculative fiction need to know world creation, alien societies, rules of magic, and imagining possible futures readers who wish to learn about characterization, point of view, plotting, style, or dialogue are referred by the author to his other published works on writing Th [...]
Orson Scott Card s How to Write Science Fiction Fantasy HTWSFF is published by Writer s Digest Books, which means it s sparse, focused purely on the topic and has an average price tag These are not necessarily good things.The book is about a 138 pages minus the index, implying that in 138 pages the beginning writer is expected to walk away with enough information on how to write speculative fiction Hogwash In addition to this, of the 5 chapters, only 3 are HTWSFF, and of these 3, only 2 are spec [...]
Short but most definitely sweet This provides a brief insight into the world of speculative fiction from one of its reigning masters It begins with an introduction into the science fiction and fantasy genres before continuing with pointers to help in your own successful penmanship of them I had feared this to contain a repeat of information found in any other conventional how to write manual and was pleasantly surprised to find a good variation from the expected.Whilst I did find that this was s [...]
Hazy Shade of a Review I remember reading this after leaving school with a journalism degree, putting a couple years of newspaper writing behind me and realizing I wanted to try something anything else I remember thinking Card s advice sounded like good stuff Hells if I can remember anything specific though Still and all, the feeling I came away with, and what I still retain, is that this was a quality book, which I d read again if I had the time and could find the dang thing again I know it s a [...]
I had this friend, Phoebe, who believed in faeries In order to receive advice from her fairy godmother, she completed a daily tarot reading and wrote her analysis into a journal This was a habit she d kept up for YEARS Buncha damn nonsense, I thought.Then I had a tarot reading of my own.On one hand, I was right It possessed no prophetic power It didn t tell me anything I didn t already know There was no fairy godmother.But on a different hand, I was wrong It was actually quite useful In the proc [...]
Firstly, I would like to point out the reason as to why I picked up this book I would like to one day become a published FANTASY AUTHOR Therefore, my review will be from the perspective of a wannabe Fantasy Author.Well Orson Scott Card is certainly a good writer No one can really say otherwise He was the first person ever to win both the Hugo and Nebula for the same book and is one of the best selling writers in the world today In recent times he has become a bit of a hated figure for certain v [...]
A fantastic pun intended resource for storytellers of all kinds, especially those writing speculative fiction As you would expect, some of the market advice is dated, but the principles of storytelling are as true as ever.
How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy is a great primer that would be valuable for anyone just starting to write in these genres.One valuable feature of the book is the numerous examples of well written and not so well written science fiction These do tend to be science fiction than fantasy, so fantasy authors may be disappointed Another is the extensive list of science fiction and fantasy authors Card recommends.This book seems to be geared to anyone new to writing science fiction or fantas [...]
This is kind of a tale of two books The volume is only 137 pages long, and nearly half of it is useless Chapters 1 and 5 there are only five chapters deal heavily with the state of the sci fi fantasy publishing industry, but a LOT has changed in the past dozen years Hence you get gems like this one on page 113 For your first novel, you don t need an agent unless you ve got a contract offer from a publisher Yeeeaaahhhhh.So unless you re interested in literary history, all you need is the end of c [...]
A good book, but not a great book Mostly filled with okay advice, some good stories, some very outdated chapters, and a few golden nuggets MICE in particular is excellent, as is most of Chapter 3 Story Construction It s a little clunky to read sometimes, especially when compared to the ultra silky non fiction of Stephen King s On Writing A Memoir of the Craft, but never impossible to read I would think this book would best be used a reference book on the occasion that you find yourself in a scie [...]
It s been a while since I read this, but some of Card s inspiration have stayed with me as I ve honed my craft over the last decade Great stuff
I will admit I went into this book a bit smug, judging from the title that it was going to be far below my level of writing and that I would come out feeling completely validated in my world building because the advice Card gave would be for beginners and I, though unpublished, was of course not a beginner.However, I was pleasantly and sometimes rather uncomfortably surprised on many counts To begin, I must say that Orson Scott Card is a good writer I have never read a single one of his books an [...]
I have owned Orson Scott Card s How to Write Fantasy Science Fiction since 2007 and have repeatedly tried to read through it It s a tough go Indeed, How to Write Fantasy Science Fiction is not as good as some of the other books on writing Science Fiction Fantasy that I ve read as of late Tis disappointing, coming from one of the leading figures in speculative fiction It s not that How to Write Fantasy Science Fiction is written badly the book is written well And it s not like there isn t anythin [...]
Generally, I heartily recommend George Gopen s The Sense of Structure as the most important book on writing But where I find books such as Eats, Shoots Leaves entertaining and not unhelpful, owning than one book of that type is generally unnecessary though I own quite a few Books such as How to Write Science Fiction Fantasy, on the other hand, offer additional genre help and advice regarding writing groups, length of book, etc Great insights, and I see my husband who is a budding sci fi writer [...]
An older reference now, but a good one In a relatively short book, Card gracefully fits together quite a bit of concrete guidance on technique much of which applies to writing fiction of any kind , on why as well as how to do things in certain ways, and some useful context in terms of history of both genres His style is clear and conversational This is one of the better books on writing I ve run across yet.
Orson Scott Card s fiction is incredible, and Ender s Game is one of the classic scifi novels Card manages to do a very good job of teaching the craft, with a very specific emphasis on speculative fiction I wasn t expecting it to be this good, and I m sure it will be a daily go to reference Want to write scifi or fantasy Buy this book, study it.
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I picked up this book because Brandon Sanderson suggested it on his blog, and since he writes amazing books and Orson Scott Card writes amazing books, I thought maybe I could glean something useful And I did Just not as much as I hoped For one, the first printing of this book was in 1990 it s outdated Skip any information about speculative magazines and publishing Much current information is online.I did love the walk through of some of his brainstorming sessions and how speculative fiction get [...]
3,5 Personalmente conoc a la mayor parte de las cosas que ense a Scott Card en este manual pero hay cosas que no y me ha dado grandes ideas Est bastante m s enfocado al mercado extranjero y por eso la parte del final de esta edici n con entrevistas a Elia Barcel o a Cesar Mallorqu es un gran acierto Sin duda es recomendable para todo el que lea escriba fantas a y ci fi porque va a poder analizar escribir mejor una obra del g nero, aunque soy de los que creen que estas cosas las sabe ya uno desde [...]
First, the ebook version I read was RIDDLED with typos and other errors I m not reducing my rating for that, however, as it is obviously not the author s fault this book was originally published before the advent of eBooks , but that of the typesetter who quite obviously scanned the pages from the paperback into a pdf and converted to ebook without bothering to fix anything.But I digress.It s a fantastic introduction to world building and a number of other factors unique to sci fi and fantasy We [...]
Interesting and enjoyable Some of the publishing advice is out of date, but the rest is helpful.
This book is incredible Or son Scott Card is a literary genius and I love his practical tips on writing sci fi and fantasy A definite recommend from me to anyone writing in these genres
Orson Scott Card has written some amazing fiction in his time Many of these have gone on to become movies, and in fact still do Given the chance to pick this book up, I had picked it up years ago The original review for that purchase has been lost to the sands of time, yet I was given the chance to revisit this short piece of writing advice thanks to Writing Fantasy Science Fiction How to Create Out Of This World Novels and Short Stories Thus, I decided to review this book again.Much to be said, [...]
I waited too long after finishing this to remember the details for the review, which was great because it gave me the excuse to go back and re read it, which I enjoyed just as much the second time.In this book, Card focuses on writing science fiction and, to a lesser extent, fantasy He doesn t try to cover everything about writing, but the few issues he does discuss, he gets in deep in a way I really appreciated There are five sections to the book, and all the writing advice is in the middle thr [...]
Of all the many how to write books around, this is the one that I have found the most useful Although it is focussed on the particular issues involved in writing Science Fiction and Fantasy, his advice on conveying setting should be read by all who set novels in any exotic setting i e one unfamiliar to the average reader When I have spoken to others about this book, their reactions have often been coloured by how they feel about his own fiction, or about him as a person I am aware that he is a c [...]
It s time to add my 50th book, and I didn t want to mark this milestone with just any book, so I spent some time scrounging around for a great book that I haven t posted about yet And Orson Scott Card s How To Write Science Fiction Fantasy certainly falls into my list of great reads.Mind you, that s a very very specific opinion Obviously this book is only a great one if you re one of the few people who give serious thought to writing Sci Fi Fantasy But if you re one of those people, you re in fo [...]
Unfamiliar alas with Orson Scott Card s own career and production in the field of speculative fiction, I picked his guide on how to write sf at random from the book shelf of the local library Thus I didn t have many expectations, though they did rise a bit once I learned that the author is a widely appreciated sf writer himself.While the book is certainly well written and while given examples do serve the purpose of showing the reader how it s done, Orson Scott Card from time to time focuses on [...]
I am kind of obsessed with Orson Scott Card right now, despite having only read two of his books so far When I found out that he wrote this book, I immediately ordered it sent to my local library I felt that I needed to read it before I continued work on the fantasy novel I m in the process of conceptualizing, and it turns out I was right I did need to read this.Forewarning Despite the title, most of this book is about science fiction This isn t surprising, as Card is a science fiction writer It [...]