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Writing Speculative Fiction: Fantasy, Science Fiction & Horror

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Writing Speculative Fiction: Fantasy, Science Fiction & Horror

Writing Speculative Fiction
Blending Fiction and History - Paula Fleming
Dialogue in Speculative Fiction: When Space Bugz Speakie Funnie and Other Problems - Paula Fleming
Finessing the Infodump - Paula Fleming
Using Current Events in Speculative Fiction - Paula Fleming
Using History: We Know Stuff Happens, but How? - Paula Fleming
What Does Your Protagonist Want? - Paula Fleming
What "Type" Is Your Character? - Paula Fleming
What's in a Name? - Moira Allen

Science Fiction
Aliens: Relatives of Ours? - Paula Fleming
Science Fiction: The Literature of Ideas - Marg Gilks, Paula Fleming, Moira Allen
(Includes "Timelines of SF Ideas," by Marg Gilks)
Setting: The Key to Science Fiction, by Bruce Boston
Sex in SF - Paula Fleming
The Subgenres of Science Fiction - Marg Gilks, Moira Allen
Weird Science: Stranger than Fiction - Paula Fleming

The Care and Feeding of Fictional Horses, by Mary K. Wilson
Contemporary Fantasy: Setting the Fantastic in the Everyday World - Paula Fleming
Creating a Realistic Fantasy World - Penny Ehrenkranz
Creative Uses of Magic in Your Fantasy Story - Philip Martin
Mixing Science and Magic: A Recipe for Disaster? - Paula Fleming
The Numberless Hordes: Keeping Your Fantasy Armies a Little Less Fantastic - John Savage
Shapeshifters: When It's Time to Shift the Story's Shape - Paula Fleming
What Is Magical Realism, Really? - Bruce Holland Rogers
What's the Magic Word: Defining the Sources, Effects and Costs of Magic - Lital Talmor

Do Werewolves Wear Shoes? Building Successful Horror Characters, by Shaunna Privratsky
How To Write Today's Horror, Part I: The Seeds of Horror - David Taylor
How To Write Today's Horror, Part II: What Readers Want - David Taylor
How To Write Today's Horror, Part III: What Readers Don't Want - David Taylor
Just in Time for Halloween: The Dark Fiction Market - C.M. Saunders
What Makes a Horror Writer? - Elizabeth Peake

Market Tips
Attending a Speculative Fiction Convention - Paula Fleming
A Field Guide to Genre Writers' Organizations - Catherine Lundoff
Finding Good Markets, Avoiding Bad Ones - Paula Fleming
The Future of Science Fiction and Fantasy - Michele Acker
Writing for Themed Anthologies - Paula Fleming

Kevin J. ANDERSON - Lynne Jamneck
Piers ANTHONY: Master of Punmanship - Moira Allen
Bruce BOSTON: Writing Speculative Poetry - John Amen
David BRIN - Lynne Jamneck
Orson Scott CARD: On Religion in SF and Fantasy - Moira Allen
Jeanne CAVELOS - Lynne Jamneck
Douglas CLEGG - Lynne Jamneck
Kate ELLIOTT: An Eye for Detail - Moira Allen
Lynn FLEWELLING - Lynne Jamneck
Lynn FLEWELLING: Writing the World of the Series - Moira Allen
Ursula LEGUIN: Steering Her Craft - Faith Justice
Anne MCCAFFREY - Lynne Jamneck
Susan SIZEMORE: Writing with Bite - Moira Allen
Gordon VAN GELDER, editor of Fantasy and Science Fiction magazine - Lynne Jamneck

For more information, check our links to:
SF & Fantasy Resources & Market Guides · Horror Writing Resources · Character Naming Resources

Recommended Reading

The Complete Guide to Writing Fantasy, Vol. I

The Complete Guide to Writing Fantasy, Vol. II

Giants, Monsters, and Dragons: An Encyclopedia of Folklore, Legend, and Myth

The Guide to Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy

How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy

On Writing Science Fiction: The Editors Strike Back

Science Fiction Writer's Workshop

The Science of Science Fiction Writing

The Science of Aliens


The Writer's Complete Fantasy Reference

Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy

Horror Screenwriting

On Writing Horror

Writers Workshop of Horror

Writing the Paranormal Novel


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