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Writing Science Fiction Fantasy & Horror: How to create successful work for publication (How to Books (Midpoint)) [Paperback]

Christopher Kenworthy
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1 Feb 1997 How to Books (Midpoint)
The aim of this book is to demystify the art of science fiction writing. Using exercises, examples, questionnaires and checklists, it helps turn ideas into stories that will sell. It guides the reader through themes, structure and plot and explains how to create memorable characters.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: How To Books (1 Feb 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857034562
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857034561
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 21.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,613,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Inspiration and craft advice for cross-genre fiction
How To Write books are generally dreadful, especially when publishing constraints require authors to use bullet-points, and mini-paragraphs, and keep everything short and sweet. Despite this, I did my best with this book, and the response from readers has been good. There are many books available on writing SF, but this might be the only one that works with the idea of cross-genre, or slipstream fiction. With this type of fiction, SF, Fantasy and Horror infect mainstream literature, or SF is written in a literary style with good characterisation and strong writing. For me, all SF should be like this; pure Mars trilogies bore me senseless, and literature without a strain of the bizarre doesn’t seem realistic. If you agree, and want to write this stuff, my book might help.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 1 Aug 2013
By Rilen
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I recently bought this book and found it to be thoroughly disappointing. The author barely goes into any detail about sci-fi, fantasy or horror and even when he is talking about these genres, his advice is so bland and vague that you'd think you were reading one of the "For Dummies" books. Why not delve a little deeper into planning the novel, talking about the genres a bit more and maybe helping to set a spark in young writers' minds? As it stands, the book comes off as an interview where the author is merely giving broad, general answers to questions that he may have heard before, and doesn't seem that interested in even helping potential writers to develop their ideas.

There are some interesting points, specifically where Chris Kenworthy goes on to talk about the science fiction What If questions for starting off your creative thinking, but this is just one of very few pros about the book. Every so often I found myself stumbling over a Star Trek reference, and in the very first chapter the author feels the need to name drop Interzone and The Third Alternative magazines at least three times, as if he is being paid commission for every reader that he signs up to them. The final straw was reading to the end of chapter 2, feeling like I'd been let down by what should have been a great book, and finding an advert for another creative writing book straight after! It was as if this book believed that it was a television channel and thought fit to fling an advert bang in the middle.

I like to read these books for a bit of inspiration from time to time, but Chris Kenworthy's attempt was disappointing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book on writing, not much specific on SF 29 Jun 2005
By Luuknam - Published on Amazon.com
The general writing tips in this book are good, but I was a bit disappointed in the amount of tips specific for SF. There are few tips for fantasy, and almost no tips for horror writing. The book does handle basically all aspects of writing thoughs, from the first ideas and how to get them to how to find a publisher, so unless you already own books on writing this book is not a waste of money. I must say that in its further reading and publishing your book sections it is British-centered, but the general ideas there also hold true for America.

If you're a beginning SF writer, this might be the book for you, but if you already own books on creative writing I'd save your money and try to find something else.
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