Sci Fi Writing Advice?

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Wed Oct 25, 2017 11:54 pm Post

Hi. Would anyone care to share a link or book on science fiction writing that contained useful tips? For a beginner?

Also, does anyone have opinions on story types that Analog, Lightspeed, Asimov, Clarkesworld prefer? Yes, I've read their writer's submission pages but I was wondering if anyone could share impressions on these publications. Thanks!

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Thu Oct 26, 2017 6:37 pm Post

Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction
By Orson Scott Card, Philip Athans, Jay Lake

I used this for a class I took via Writer's Digest.

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Thu Oct 26, 2017 7:36 pm Post

It's not a book, but the podcast "Writing Excuses" has been helpful to me. They also published "Shadows Beneath", a collection of 4 short stories+transcripts of writing group discussions about those stories, a first draft, a "diff" between that and the finished draft, and a bit from each author about their process.
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Tue Jan 23, 2018 10:25 am Post

Hi,
I can advise to read the book "How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy" by Orson Scott Card. It`s paper book, but very good and explains clearly different tips for writing.
I also read "Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy" by Crawford Kilian that is quite short but useful enough. You can find it in the pdf.

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Tue Jan 23, 2018 11:23 am Post

Lord Lightning, a contributor to this board, posted a useful encapsulation a few years ago.

It should be here: viewtopic.php?f=19&t=36439&p=224973&hilit=Starting+a+Story#p224973
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Tue Jan 23, 2018 2:22 pm Post

edurbrow wrote:Also, does anyone have opinions on story types that Analog, Lightspeed, Asimov, Clarkesworld prefer? Yes, I've read their writer's submission pages but I was wondering if anyone could share impressions on these publications. Thanks!

One thing I didn't think to say last time is that you should read the publications you plan to submit to, if the list is small and you want to submit to the most suitable publications. Obviously, if you're casting your net wide, that may not be feasible, but you only listed a handful, so checking out a recent issue or two each would help a lot more than the general impressions of strangers on the internet could.
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Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:15 pm Post

You might try Brandon Sanderson's youtube lectures https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbL-84SkT4Q

Also I recommend a forum called Absolute Write, which has a sub forum for SF; lots of other advice available there, too.
https://absolutewrite.com/forums/forum.php

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Mon Apr 23, 2018 7:56 pm Post

fiction succeeds for one thing, give it a logical explanation of reality

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Wed Apr 25, 2018 1:46 pm Post

How to Write Tales of Horror, Fantasy, & Science Fiction, edited by J. N. Williamson. It has chapters written by everyone from the aforementioned Mr. Card to Dean Koontz to Robert Bloch to Ray Bradbury. Their essays cover the whole of SF writing and its sister fields, providing guidance on all the mechanics. Plus, the book ends with lists and lists of "further reading" books and stories for additional inspiration.

It's my go-to book. One of 'em, anyway.

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