sexta-feira, 10 de abril de 2009

How to write Science Fiction and Fantasy - Orson Scott Card

How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy was published in 1990 by Orson Scott Card. Card is an American sci-fi and fantasy author probably best known for his story Ender's Game.

The advice in the book is based on his own experiences and he clearly knows something because he's written numerous novels and been very successful as a writer.

This book is an excellent guide for those who wish to write stories in the science fiction and fantasy genres. The book is intended for those writing speculative fiction (a different term for 'science fiction and fantasy'). While it includes some general information for writers, it mostly focuses on things that are an issue only in these genres, such as world building, coming up with plausible alien cultures and working out rules for magic. There are a lot of good books out there for writing fiction in general, so Card recommends a few for things like plotting and perspective, which any writer has to deal with.

The writing style is entertaining and easy. Card uses examples from his own experience and other works of fiction. He also raises the point, which I've seen in other books, that every writer is different. There is one point where he does give rules to be followed, but the final rule is to be prepared to break them. I think the advice given in this book should be seen as a guideline, from which a writer can develop his or her own style and techniques.

About the Author
No one had ever won both the Hugo and the Nebula Award for best science fiction novel two years in a rowuntil 1987, when Speaker for the Dead won the same awards given to Ender's Game. But Orson Scott Card's experience is not limited to one genre or form of storytelling. A dozen of his plays have been produced in regional theatre; his historical novel, Saints (alias Women of Destiny) has been an underground hit for several years; and Card has written hundreds of audio plays and a dozen scripts for animated videoplays for the family market.

He has also edited books, magazines, and anthologies; he writes a regular review column for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction; he publishes Short Form, a journal of short-fiction criticism; he even reviews computer games for Compute! Along the way, Card earned a master's degree in literature and has an abiding love for Chaucer, Shakespeare, Boccaccio, and the Medieval Romance.

He has taught writing courses at several universities and at such workshops as Antioch, Clarion, Clarion West, and the Cape Cod Writers Workshop. It is fair to say that Orson Scott Card has examined storytelling from every angle.

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