- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (22 Jun. 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1840233575
- ISBN-13: 978-1840233575
- Package Dimensions: 22.4 x 14.2 x 2.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 962,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Worlds of Wonder: How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy Paperback – 22 Jun 2001
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From the Back Cover
The definitive introduction to writing science fiction and fantasy.
Worlds of Wonder: How to write Science Fiction and Fantasy is a step-by-step guide for budding sci-fi and fantasy writers, showing them how to turn their words into works of wonder. With the help of Nebula and Hugo award-winning Star Trek author David Gerrold, they'll gain insight into the craft as well as practise techniques that will immediately improve their writing. Drawing on a career spanning three decades of writing and teaching, Gerrold also uses examples from numerous classic books and films to support their growth withing the genre.
Fun, accessible, and sparked by Gerrold's infectious enthusiasm for his craft and profession, Worlds of Wonder is a must for SF and Fantasy fans as well as those who wish to succeed in these flourishing publishing genres.
About the Author
David Gerrold is a sci-fi legend, known to Star Trek fans as the writer of the episode voted all-time favourite: 'The Trouble with Tribbles'. As well as writing many Star Trek episodes and novels, he has published over 40 books and written for 12 television series. In 1995, he won the Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards, a rare 'triple crown'.
Top Customer Reviews
In just 246 pages, the book covers a lot of ground, and is an excellent starting place for the aspiring science fiction/fantasy writer. Most important of all, it is written in such a way that it gives you plenty of encouragement to write, and to continue writing, and to keep writing after that. In other words, even if you are struggling, keep writing and you will get better. It dispels the common myth that the ability to write is something that you are born with and cannot learn.
There are plenty of exercises that allow you to flex and improve your creative muscles. The most important topics covered include defining a story, building a world, designing aliens, characters, plot and dialogue, and making the whole thing believable. Many classic SF stories are scrutinized and the reader begins to see what makes a successful novel, and what doesn't.
Additionally, several sections concentrate on simile, metaphor, writing styles, metric prose and E-prime, which albeit short are invaluable in bringing these to the reader's attention. It is also remarkable that much of what the author has written applies not only science fiction, but to all forms of fiction.
A very well written, entertaining and invaluable introduction to writing science fiction novels.
I can firmly say that this book is the most comprehensive, thorough, and generally brilliant book I've read on this subject, and if you are into the writings of Sci-Fi and Fantasy, or maybee you want to see behing the scenes of writing in general, you'll adore this masterpiece.
David Gerrold takes the reader through all the vital points of Sci-Fi Writing, such as character creation, and refers to the human imagination as a, 'Star Drive' which anybody can harness, and let it envelop them in a fog of imagination...if there is only one book you intend to buy this Christmas, let it be this.
Inspiring for all, and a dream come true for lovers of Sci-Fi everywhere.
And David Gerrold has done it again.
Worlds of Wonder is an truly exceptional 'how to write' book. Gerrold is at the top of his form in this work, taking the reader through all the gritty details of writing science fiction and fantasy. Except, like his fiction, Gerrold's writing is irresistible, and his instructions and exercises are more of a pleasure than a chore. Each chapter is littered with complex ideas and fascinating tales. Be prepared for detailed tours of Tatooine, the bridge of The Enterprise, and Middle Earth. Gerrold tells aspiring writers what works; and more importantly what doesn't. And what other writer do you know that can make a chapter on 'metric prose' not only entertaining, but desirable.
Of course the best thing about this book is the inclusion of some of Gerrold's best fiction. Used to illustrate specific points, it is an extra treat to read how it is done correctly but one of the genre's major talents.
In his first book published way back in 1973, Gerrold described how the science fiction writers he worshiped were 'special dreamers', and how he longed to be one of the dreamers. It would be great to hand that teenage boy a copy of WORLDS OF WONDER, written by his future self. WORLDS OF WONDER would be an excellent capstone to Gerrold's career, except if you have read his most recent books, you know he is just getting started.
In my opinion it is leaning towards helping Sci-Fi writers more then Fantasy writers. To be honest though I think this would be a useful book to writers from other genres. It is an intelligent book with helpful suggestions.