Putting the Science in Fiction

Putting the Science in Fiction

This book brings together scientists, physicians, engineers, and other experts to help you: • Understand the basic principles of science, technology, and medicine that are frequently featured in fiction. • Avoid common pitfalls and ...

Author: Dan Koboldt

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781440353420

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 274

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Science and technology have starring roles in a wide range of genres--science fiction, fantasy, thriller, mystery, and more. Unfortunately, many depictions of technical subjects in literature, film, and television are pure fiction. A basic understanding of biology, physics, engineering, and medicine will help you create more realistic stories that satisfy discerning readers. This book brings together scientists, physicians, engineers, and other experts to help you: • Understand the basic principles of science, technology, and medicine that are frequently featured in fiction. • Avoid common pitfalls and misconceptions to ensure technical accuracy. • Write realistic and compelling scientific elements that will captivate readers. • Brainstorm and develop new science- and technology-based story ideas. Whether writing about mutant monsters, rogue viruses, giant spaceships, or even murders and espionage, Putting the Science in Fiction will have something to help every writer craft better fiction. Putting the Science in Fiction collects articles from "Science in Sci-fi, Fact in Fantasy," Dan Koboldt's popular blog series for authors and fans of speculative fiction (dankoboldt.com/science-in-scifi). Each article discusses an element of sci-fi or fantasy with an expert in that field. Scientists, engineers, medical professionals, and others share their insights in order to debunk the myths, correct the misconceptions, and offer advice on getting the details right.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Bridges to Science Fiction

Bridges to Science Fiction

Frame three : Garfield does a double take . You see , I hope , the difference . I do not mean to privilege one or the other form of the joke . But Garry Trudeau , I think , could write great science fiction and Jim Davis could write ...

Author: Eaton Conference on Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature, 1st, University of California, Riverside, 1979

Publisher:

ISBN: 0809309610

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 168

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Ten new critical essays written for presentation at the first Eaton Conference on Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature held 24–25 February 1979, at the University of California, Riverside. While critical discussion of science fiction has become increasingly sophisticated during the past decade, there remains a tendency among some teachers and readers to consider science fiction as an independent phenomenon that exists unconnected to the mainstream of our cultural inheritance. These essays—by Harry Levin, Irving Babbitt Professor of Comparative Litera­ture at Harvard University; Kent T. Kraft, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Georgia, Athens; Stephen Potts, writer and instructor at San Diego State Univer­sity; Gregory Benford, writer and Associate Professor of Physics at the University of California, Irvine; Robert Hunt, an editor at Glencoe Publishing; Eric S. Rabkin, Professor of English at the University of Michigan; Patrick Parrinder, instructor at the University of Reading, England; Thomas Keeling, Lecturer in English at the University of California, Los Angeles; Carl D. Malmgren, instructor at the University of Oregon, Eugene; and Thomas Hanzo, Professor of English and Chairman of the de­partment at the University of California, Davis—suggest the connections that exist between science fiction and other aspects of Western cultural tradition. Ranging in interest from the specifically philosophical to the specifically literary, the essays relate science fiction to such top­ics as medieval cosmological discourse, classical empirical phi­losophy, fairy tale, epic, and Gothic fiction. Emerging from the volume as a whole are both a coherent view of science fiction as a genre and a heightened sense of its complex relation to our cultural heritage.
Categories: Literary Criticism

On Writing Science Fiction

On Writing Science Fiction

The King of Hearts, in Alice in Wonderland livery once in a while I get a letter from some eager young would- be writer asking me for some "hints" on the art of writing science fiction. The feeling I have is that my correspondents think ...

Author: George H. Scithers

Publisher: Wildside Press LLC

ISBN: 9781880448786

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 227

View: 717

Here you will find the collective experience of three writers and editors distilled into a complete guide to writing science fiction. Separate chapters cover Idea, Plot, Character, Background, Science, Tragedy, and Comedy. Twelve stories, each a first sale by its author, illustrate the main points of the book. A foreword by Isaac Asimov gives an overall look at the task of becoming an SF writer, and an appendix by the editors explains exactly how to prepare a manuscript for publication.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

The Science of Science fiction Writing

The Science of Science fiction Writing

A fiction-writing text by a well-known sci-fi author, editor and professor.

Author: James E. Gunn

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781578860111

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 232

View: 637

A fiction-writing text by a well-known sci-fi author, editor and professor.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Worlds of Wonder

Worlds of Wonder

This ebook edition of Worlds of Wonder is the perfect resource for sci-fi and fantasy writers seeking encouragement and "tricks of the trade" from one of the greats.

Author: David Gerrold

Publisher: BenBella Books

ISBN: 9781946885890

Category: Self-Help

Page: 210

View: 673

An in-depth writing guide from the author of one of the most popular episodes of Star Trek Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author David Gerrold delights and challenges readers with his detailed instruction for creating compelling tales of fantasy and science fiction. The creator of the famous Star Trek episode, "The Trouble With Tribbles" and many groundbreaking science fiction novels including The Man Who Folded Himself and When Harlie was One, Gerrold will inspire you with his passion for the craft. With expert insight and humor, Gerrold shares eye-opening writing tips based on his decades of experience. Inside, discover his techniques for creating fantasy worlds and alien races, developing your hero, writing good sex scenes, keeping imaginary elements believable, and so much more. This ebook edition of Worlds of Wonder is the perfect resource for sci-fi and fantasy writers seeking encouragement and "tricks of the trade" from one of the greats.
Categories: Self-Help

How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy

How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy

WRITING REFERENCE HOW TO WRITE SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY Writing for science fiction and fantasy audiences can be the most exciting writing you've ... Here, science fiction great Orson Scott CaVcTsfcares his expertise in these genres.

Author: Orson Scott Card

Publisher: Writers Digest Books

ISBN: UVA:X001810988

Category: Reference

Page: 140

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Offers tips and advice on writing science fiction, discussing the rules of fiction, and how to structure a successful story
Categories: Reference

101 Science Fiction Writing Prompts

101 Science Fiction Writing Prompts

INTRODUCTION Science fiction is arguably the most exciting of all genres. It's so much more than spaceships and evil robots (though they're cool too). Science fiction is the far reaches of possibility. It's what people might be capable ...

Author: Kate Krake

Publisher: Krakenfire Media

ISBN:

Category: Reference

Page: 28

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Do you want to learn how to write mesmerizing science fiction? It all starts with the idea. And here are 101 ideas to start you writing a genuinely amazing sci-fi story. Some of these writing prompts are ideas for characters; others present possible scenarios; some are snippets of dialogue. Each one of them has a sci-fi tale waiting to emerge, even more than one. What makes these sci-fi prompts different? Science fiction is the most exciting of all genres. Sci-fi is so much more than spaceships and robots (though they're cool too). It's the far reaches of possibility. It's the potential of humankind and the expanding universe. Science fiction is one of the greatest tools we have to examine the current state of the human condition and offer predictions, sometimes warnings, for the future. Every one of these writing prompts has been developed from this deep understanding of the true nature of science fiction, and each prompt will guide your stories to that same understanding. With these sci-fi writing prompts, you'll be on your way to crafting a fine work of science fiction. Whether you're writing short stories, screenplays, novels, or an epic book series, you'll find your idea in this book. Are you ready to explore the potential of your universe? Get 101 Sci-Fi Writing Prompts Now.
Categories: Reference

You Write It Science Fiction

You Write It  Science Fiction

There are many “writer's guide” publications, some available at your library, you can use to research science fiction markets. They can also tell you how to write a query letter. Put your manuscript in a self-addressed stamped envelope ...

Author: John Hamilton

Publisher: ABDO

ISBN: 9781617146558

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

View: 601

This title gives children the tools they need to turn their creativity into readable, cohesive stories. Written by award-winning author and screenwriter John Hamilton, You Write It! Lays out for kids the format, organization, and development of a science fiction book. Novice writers of all ages will find this book a detailed yet easy-to-follow guide for turning thoughts and ideas into readable written works. ABDO & Daughters is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.
Categories: Juvenile Nonfiction

The Greatest Science Fiction Classics of H G Wells Unabridged

The Greatest Science Fiction Classics of H  G  Wells  Unabridged

That clash, as it is examined, is likely to produce very extensive innovations in our philosophical (general scientific) and technical nomenclature. We are speaking and writing a provisional language to-day. Our great-grandchildren will ...

Author: H. G. Wells

Publisher: e-artnow

ISBN: 9788026838210

Category: Fiction

Page: 2645

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This carefully crafted ebook: "Greatest Science Fiction Classics of H. G. Wells" is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents. Herbert George Wells (1866-1946), known as H. G. Wells, was a prolific English writer in many genres, including the novel, history, politics, and social commentary, and textbooks and rules for war games. His most notable science fiction works include The Time Machine, The Island of Doctor Moreau, The Invisible Man, and The War of the Worlds. Table of Contents: The Time Machine The War of The Worlds The Island of Doctor Moreau The Invisible Man The First Men in the Moon When the Sleeper Wakes The Shape of Things to Come The Food of the Gods In the Days of the Comet A Modern Utopia The War in the Air The Chronic Argonauts In the Abyss The Star The Crystal Egg
Categories: Fiction