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release date: Sep 29, 2015
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The Art of Language Invention: From Horse-Lords to Dark Elves, the Words Behind World-Building

An insider’s tour through the construction of invented languages from the bestselling author and creator of languages for the HBO series Game of Thrones and the Syfy series Defiance

From master language creator David J. Peterson comes a creative guide to language construction for sci-fi and fantasy fans, writers, game creators, and language lovers. Peterson offers a captivating overview of language creation, covering its history from Tolkien’s creations and Klingon to today’s thriving global community of conlangers. He provides the essential tools necessary for inventing and evolving new languages, using examples from a variety of languages including his own creations, punctuated with references to everything from Star Wars to Michael Jackson. Along the way, behind-the-scenes stories lift the curtain on how he built languages like Dothraki for HBO’s Game of Thrones and Shiväisith for Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World, and an included phrasebook will start fans speaking Peterson’s constructed languages. The Art of Language Invention is an inside look at a fascinating culture and an engaging entry into a flourishing art form—and it might be the most fun you’ll ever have with linguistics.

release date: Sep 15, 2001
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How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy

Learn to write science fiction and fantasy from a master

You've always dreamed of writing science fiction and fantasy tales that pull readers into extraordinary new worlds and fantastic conflicts. Best-selling author Orson Scott Card shows you how it's done, distilling years of writing experience and publishing success into concise, no-nonsense advice. You'll learn how to:

  • utilize story elements that define the science fiction and fantasy genres
  • build, populate, and dramatize a credible, inviting world your readers will want to explore
  • develop the "rules" of time, space and magic that affect your world and its inhabitants
  • construct a compelling story by developing ideas, characters, and events that keep readers turning pages
  • find the markets for speculative fiction, reach them, and get published
  • submit queries, write cover letters, find an agent, and live the life of a writer

The boundaries of your imagination are infinite. Explore them with Orson Scott Card and create fiction that casts a spell over agents, publishers, and readers from every world.

release date: Sep 30, 2013
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Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction: How to Create Out-of-This-World Novels and Short Stories

Do you envision celestial cities in distant, fantastic worlds? Do you dream of mythical beasts and gallant quests in exotic kingdoms? If you have ever wanted to write the next great fantasy or science fiction story, this all-in-one comprehensive book will show you how. Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction is full of advice from master authors offering definitive instructions on world building, character creation, and storytelling in the many styles and possibilities available to writers of speculative fiction.

Combining two Writer's Digest classics, Orson Scott Card's How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy and The Writer's Complete Fantasy Reference, along with two new selections from award-winning science fiction and fantasy authors Philip Athans and Jay Lake, this new book provides the best of all worlds. You'll discover:

  • How to build, populate, and dramatize fantastic new worlds.
  • How to develop dynamic and meaningful themes that will expand the cannon of sci-fi and fantasy storytelling.
  • Exciting subgenres such as steampunk, as well as new developments in the sci-fi and fantasy genres.
  • How to imbue your tales with historically accurate information about world cultures, legends, folklore, and religions.
  • Detailed descriptions of magic rituals, fantastic weapons of war, clothing and armor, and otherworldly beasts such as orcs, giants, elves, and more.
  • How societies, villages, and castles were constructed and operate on a day-to-day basis.
  • Astounding methods of interstellar travel, the rules of starflight, and the realities and myths of scientific exploration.
  • How to generate new ideas and graft them to the most popular themes and plot devices in sci-fi and fantasy writing.
The boundaries of your imagination are infinite, but to create credible and thrilling fiction, you must ground your stories in rules, facts, and accurate ideas. Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction will guide you through the complex and compelling universe of fantasy and science fiction writing and help you unleash your stories on the next generation of readers and fans.

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release date: Sep 18, 2014
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Writing Monsters: How to Craft Believably Terrifying Creatures to Enhance Your Horror, Fantasy, and Science Fiction

Monsters are more than things that go bump in the night...

Monsters are lurking in the woods, beneath the waves, and within our favorite books, films, and games--and there are good reasons why they appear so often. Monsters are manifestations of our fears and symbols of our society--not to mention they're a lot of fun--but each should serve a purpose and enhance the themes and tension in your fiction.

In Writing Monsters, best-selling author Philip Athans uses classic examples from books, films, and the world around us to explore what makes monsters memorable--and terrifying. You'll learn what monsters can (and should) represent in your story and how to create monsters from the ground up.

Writing Monsters includes:

  • In-depth discussions of where monsters come from, what they symbolize, and how to best portray them in fiction
  • Informative overviews of famous monsters, archetypes, and legendary creatures
  • A Monster Creation Form to help you create your monster from scratch
  • An annotated version of H.P. Lovecraft's chilling story "The Unnamable"
Whether you write fantasy, science fiction, or horror, your vampires, ghouls, aliens, and trolls need to be both compelling and meaningful. With Writing Monsters, you can craft creatures that will wreak havoc in your stories and haunt your readers' imaginations--and nightmares.

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release date: Oct 14, 2007
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American Short Stories (8th Edition)
American Short Stories, 8/e is a streamlined anthology that includes "classic" works and contemporary stories that are organized chronologically.  Of the sixty selected stories making up this anthology, sixteen are new to the eighth edition and nine of the authors are new.  Increased attention is given to the social and cultural contexts in which the short fiction of the United States unfolded.  The stories represent a wide range of themes and techniques, forms and types, motifs, tones, and issues.     
release date: Dec 01, 1996
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World-Building (Science Fiction Writing)
This book is designed to give science fiction writers the solid grounding they need in real science to make their fictions read like fact. World Building is a blueprint in words, calculations, tables and diagrams to help writers transport readers from one world to another.
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release date: Feb 20, 2014
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Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror: Speculative Genre Exercises from Today's Best Writers and Teachers
Featuring speculative fiction-writing exercises from Harlan Ellison (R), Piers Anthony, Ramsey Campbell, Jack Ketchum, screenwriters of The Twilight Zone and Star Trek: The Next Generation, and many more.
 
The fifth volume in the acclaimed Now Write! writing-guide series offers a full toolbox of advice and exercises for speculative fiction writers hoping to craft an engaging alternate reality, flesh out an enthralling fantasy quest, or dream up a bloodcurdling plot twist, including:

-Harlan Ellison (R), on crafting the perfect story title

-Jack Ketchum, on how economy of language helps create a truly frightening tale

-Piers Anthony, on making fantastical characters feel genuine and relatable

Among the other writers incluided are: Steven Barnes, Peter Briggs, David Brin, Sara B. Cooper, Brian James Freeman, Joe R. Lansdale, Bruce McAllister, Vonda N. McIntyre, William F. Nolan, Michael Reaves, Melissa Scott, Michael Dillon Scott, Vanessa Vaughn and others.

This collection of storytelling secrets from top genre writers—including winners of Nebula, Hugo, Edgar, and Bram Stoker awards—is essential for any writer looking to take a leap beyond the ordinary.
release date: Oct 19, 2016
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The Craft of Writing Science Fiction that Sells
Ben Bova, best-selling author and six-time Hugo Award winner for Best Editor explains step by step all the elements you need to write profesionally selling science fiction. Bova was editor of both Analog and Omni magazine, two of the best-ever markets for short fiction, as well as a best-selling novelist and former President of SFWA — so nobody knows what sells better than Ben Bova. The book breaks down every aspect of writing and analyzes it in depth, including with complete example short stories that he examines for how they tick. The book targets science fiction in particular since it's one of the hardest genres to write, but his explanations are applicable to fiction of any genre. This is a must-read for anyone trying to break into the professional science fiction writing field. CONTENTS: Chapter One - How to Get Out of the Slushpile Chapter Two - Science Fiction Chapter Three - Character in Science Fiction: Theory Chapter Four - Character in Science Fiction - Fifteen Miles - A Complete Short Story Chapter Five - Character in Science Fiction: Practice Chapter Six - Background in Science Fiction: Theory Chapter Seven - Background in Science Fiction - Sepulcher - A Complete Short Story Chapter Eight - Background in Science Fiction: Practice Chapter Nine - Conflict in Science Fiction: Theory Chapter Ten - Conflict in Science Fiction - Crisis of the Month - A Complete Short Story Chapter Eleven - Conflict in Science Fiction: Practice Chapter Twelve - Plot in Science Fiction: Theory Chapter Thirteen - Plot in Science Fiction - The Shining Ones - A Complete Short Story Chapter Fourteen - Plot in Science Fiction: Practice Chapter Fifteen - Think Before You Write: Preparing for the Novel Chapter Sixteen - The Long Siege: Writing the Novel Chapter Seventeen - Into the Cold, Cruel World: Marketing Your Fiction Chapter Eighteen - The Thematic Novel Chapter Nineteen - Ideas, Style and Inspiration Bibliography ABOUT THE AUTHOR Ben Bova, author of more than eighty futuristic novels and nonfiction books, has been involved in science and high technology since the beginning of the space program. Formerly president of Science-fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and President Emeritus of the National Space Society, Bova is a frequent commentator on radio and television, and a popular lecturer. He has also been an editor and an executive in the aerospace industry. His novels, such as Mars, The Exiles Trilogy, and The Grand Tour series, combine romance, adventure, and scientific accuracy to explore the impact of technological developments on individuals and on society as a whole. His nonfiction books, such as Welcome to Moonbase and Assured Survival, show how modern technology can be used to solve economic, social and political problems. Bova has taught science fiction writing at Harvard University and at the Hayden Planetarium in New York City. He lectures regularly on topics dealing with the space program, energy, the craft of writing, and the art of predicting the future. His audiences have included the National Geographic Society, government and corporate executive groups, writers' workshops and university students. He has worked with film makers and television producers, such as Woody Allen, George Lucas and Gene Roddenberry. Bova has appeared on hundreds of radio and television broadcasts. He was a regular guest on CBS Morning News, and has appeared frequently on Good Morning America and the Today show. He was editorial director of Omni magazine and editor of Analog magazine. He received the Science Fiction Achievement Award (the "Hugo") for Best Professional Editor six times. Don't keep making the same mistakes — take your writing to the next level by reading THE CRAFT OF WRITING SCIENCE FICTION THAT SELLS today!
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release date: Oct 01, 2015
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The Anatomy of Curiosity
The follow-up to the acclaimed novel The Curiosities: A Collection of Stories by Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff.

In an unassuming corner of Brooklyn, a young woman learns to be ladylike, to love context, and to speak her mind from a very curious sort of tutor.

In a faraway land convulsed by war, a young soldier hears the desert's curious hum as he disarms bombs with the person he doesn't know how to love.

In a place so shriveled by drought that any drowning is a curiosity, a young writer tries again and again to tread water beneath the surface of a vast and unusual sea.

Three new stories complete with commentary on the creative process from three acclaimed young adult authors working at the height of their powers.
release date: Nov 02, 1999
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The Rivan Codex: Ancient Texts of THE BELGARIAD and THE MALLOREON (The Belgariad & The Malloreon)
Join David and Leigh Eddings on a fascinating behind-the-scenes tour of the extensive background materials they compiled before beginning the masterpiece of epic fantasy unforgettably set down in The Belgariad and The Malloreon and their two companion volumes, Belgarath the Sorcerer and Polgara the Sorceress.

Our tour stretches from the wealthy Empire of Tolnedra to the remote Isle of the Winds, from the mysterious mountains of Ulgoland to the forbidding reaches of darkest Mallorea. Along the way, you will meet old friends and enemies alike. Rare volumes will be opened to your eyes. Sacred holy books in which you may read the secrets of the Gods themselves and of their prophets. Scholarly histories of the rise and fall of empires from the Imperial Library at Tol Honeth. The profound mysteries of the Malloreon Gospels. THE RIVAN CODEX will enrich your understanding of all that has gone before . . . and whet your appetite for more spectacular adventures from this talented team.
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