14. Resources

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Books Helpful to Writers

These are just a few of the hundreds of books available on writing. Most of the following are specifically directed at SF/F writing, but several are more general.

General Writing

  • Appelbaum, Judith - How to Get Happily Published (Harper Collins, most recent edition 1998)
  • Browne, Renni and King, Dave - Self-Editing for Fiction Writers (HarperCollins, 1993)
  • Curtis, Richard (an agent) - How to Be Your Own Literary Agent: The Business of Getting a Book Published (Houghton Mifflin Co.)
  • Lamott, Anne - Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life (Anchor Books, 1995)
  • Strunk, William, Jr., and White, E. B. - The Elements of Style, Second Edition (MacMillan, 1972)
  • University of Chicago Press - A Manual of Style (Univ. of Chicago Press)

SF/Fantasy Writing

  • Bova, Ben - Notes to a Science Fiction Writer (Scribners, 1975)
  • Bretnor, Reginald, ed. - The Craft of Science Fiction (Harper and Row, 1976)
  • Card, Orson Scott - How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy (Writer's Digest Books, 1990); Characters and Viewpoint (Writer's Digest Books, 1988).
  • de Camp, L. Sprague, and Catherine C. - Science Fiction Handbook, Revised (Owlswick, 1975)
  • Dozois, et al. - Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy, by the editors of Analog and Asimov's magazines (St. Martins Press, 1993)
  • Gustafson, Jon M., ed. - SFWA Handbook from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (1995); currently unavailable, but you might check the used book market
  • Knight, Damon - Creating Short Fiction (Writer's Digest Books, 1981)
  • Koontz, Dean - Writing Popular Fiction (Writer's Digest Books, 1972)
  • Kress, Nancy - Beginnings, Middles, and Ends (Writer's Digest Books, 1993).
  • Longyear, Barry - Science Fiction Writer's Workshop - (Owlswick, 1980)
  • Science Fiction Writers of America - Writing and Selling Science Fiction (Writer's Digest Books, 1976)
  • Scithers, George, et al. - On Writing Science Fiction (Owlswick, 1981)
  • Scott, Melissa - Conceiving the Heavens: Creating the Science Fiction Novel (Heinemann, 1997)
  • Sheffield, Charles - Borderlands of Science: How to Think Like a Scientist and Write Science Fiction (Beanstalk Productions, 1999)

General Reference about the SF/F Field

  • The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, edited by John Clute and Peter Nicholls (St. Martins Press, 1995)
  • The Encyclopedia of Fantasy, edited by John Clute and John Grant


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