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44 review for The Craft of Science Fiction: A Symposium on Writing Science Fiction and Science Fantasy

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Greenlee

    While a few of the articles in this book are very interesting for me as an aspiring science fiction writer, the majority of them are uninspired and uninspiring. The writers of these essays may be good science fiction writers, but their essays are overwrought and tend to be long winded without saying anything at all. In the end I didn't even read all of the essays, selecting only the ones that sounded interesting, or were written by authors I had read. While a few of the articles in this book are very interesting for me as an aspiring science fiction writer, the majority of them are uninspired and uninspiring. The writers of these essays may be good science fiction writers, but their essays are overwrought and tend to be long winded without saying anything at all. In the end I didn't even read all of the essays, selecting only the ones that sounded interesting, or were written by authors I had read.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Eveningstar2

    Recommended to me by Neil Gaiman, mostly for the John Brunner essay, which is excellent and thought provoking. Some of the advice here feels a little dated; with no mention of the internet (for obvious reasons), and optimistic predictions about the longevity of the short story market, the practical advice for finding steady work and pay is no longer relevant. But the book is interesting precisely because of the historical perspective it provides. These are writers speaking from a time when scienc Recommended to me by Neil Gaiman, mostly for the John Brunner essay, which is excellent and thought provoking. Some of the advice here feels a little dated; with no mention of the internet (for obvious reasons), and optimistic predictions about the longevity of the short story market, the practical advice for finding steady work and pay is no longer relevant. But the book is interesting precisely because of the historical perspective it provides. These are writers speaking from a time when science fiction was still defending itself against the literary establishment, and implicit in this collection of essays is a full-throated defense of science fiction as a craft; it is fine rhetoric in defense of fine literature. The craft of science fiction probably hasn't changed much in the last 40 years. Good advice about world-building and characterization and research are still more or less relevant, although the field has broadened considerably, and even Reginald Bretnor might not have anticipated the beautifully diverse, heterochrome creature science fiction has evolved into. Also, Harlan Ellison's essay is just as cantankerous, bitter, and acerbic as I'd expect from that brilliant old loon. There's something reassuring about that. Recommended to: Anyone who wants to read some fine essays on science fiction from a fine selection of authors speaking in defense of a burgeoning genre. SF fans and aspiring writers looking for some pointers, pep talk, and rudimentary theory on the craft. Anyone who wants to watch Harlan Ellison scream in all caps to his imaginary reader.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Iantony

    This is the first time I read this kind of book, a collections of essays about science fiction and science fantasy writing. Most authors of these essays are leading science fiction or science fantasy author at that time. It is a really good read in general, encompassing a wide array of topics from world building in the genre, science fiction writing as a profession, and art of writing science fiction in general. Well, basically it encompassed a lot of things you need to know if you wanted to wri This is the first time I read this kind of book, a collections of essays about science fiction and science fantasy writing. Most authors of these essays are leading science fiction or science fantasy author at that time. It is a really good read in general, encompassing a wide array of topics from world building in the genre, science fiction writing as a profession, and art of writing science fiction in general. Well, basically it encompassed a lot of things you need to know if you wanted to write your own science fiction. Well since this is a collection of essays from 1976, some of the information might be outdated for internet era's standard. You might find the predictions for science fiction writing as profession depicted in some of the essays irrelevant. Some of the essays are also unable to convey its points and are quite dragging to read. Some contents of the essays are timeless, especially about world building in science fiction or characterization. It is also a great collection of essays from historical perspective. I would still recommend this book for all science fiction readers or writers.

  4. 5 out of 5

    James

    A pretty good collection of essays on, as the title says, writing science fiction and science fantasy. This is sort of a companion volume to Science Fiction Today and Tomorrow - A Discursive Symposium, also edited by Reginald Bretnor. A number of the leading authors in the field at the time of publication, 1976, have contributed chapters on a comprehensive range of topics. They cover both the art and the profession of writing in these genres, and a lot of what they say applies to writing in gene A pretty good collection of essays on, as the title says, writing science fiction and science fantasy. This is sort of a companion volume to Science Fiction Today and Tomorrow - A Discursive Symposium, also edited by Reginald Bretnor. A number of the leading authors in the field at the time of publication, 1976, have contributed chapters on a comprehensive range of topics. They cover both the art and the profession of writing in these genres, and a lot of what they say applies to writing in general. There were a few pieces that haven't aged well, but most of the content is timeless. As a writer who's published some reference-type nonfiction but is still in the aspiring category as a novelist, and as a fan of SF and fantasy who's been reading both genres for about 40 years now, this is the kind of book I like to keep handy and refer to often when I'm working on a fiction project.

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