Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science FictionWriting Fantasy and Science Fiction Guide
"Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction" von Philip Athans (Rezension von David Craddock)
It' s my claim that no other genre inspires the reader to create more than science fiction and fantasy. It is the feeling of wonder that comes along with the spreading fantasy world that unfolds in our imagination and the courageous research of academic and evolving opportunities through sci-fi that has inspired many writers to take a stylus or a kiss on the keyboard.
So how do you make catchy, interesting personalities, then construct the way they live, and then set a course through that way, which - if the writer is fortunate - fascinates the people? The New York Times bestselling writer Philip Athans knows how. A fantasy writer and former editor-in-chief of Wizards of the Coast's books, Athans has written his own adventure for years.
A guide to writing fantasy and science fiction: The Guide (6 Staps to Writing and Publishing Your Bestseller) is the expression of a large part of the collected know-how of the Athenians, but also of many other well-known writers who are known for their fantasy and sci-fi-educations. Of course, the guide is a little inaccurate.
Plunged into the flesh of global construction, personality evolution and the twisting of screws and nails of detail that bring the tales to live, Athans makes it clear that it is no short cut to glory, wealth and the start of the six-step game. From the very beginning, Athans defined each of the genres and its subgroups (i.e. high imagination, steampunk) before going on to more fleshy themes such as the shades of story telling; characters, animists and their supporters; constructing a universe from an empty shale to add plant and animal species; looking for the detail, highlighting the realms and their people; maintaining the story by spraying it alive in the right places in actions, romanticism, drama and humour; and the
Fuehrer with her words of caution. Listening to such well-known personalities and business vets underpins the many references and statements of the Athenians and shows the reader that the council that is given is not only so many words, but has also been put into action and is successful. It is usually extensive, sometimes lacking the in-depth explanation that many people are hoping for, especially on such complex topics as world construction.
In some, but not many, time Athans and his fellow writers will advise the reader to do something, but will not go into detail on how exactly something is done. Athans, The Guide, features The Fantasy Author's Handbook, a biography of writing practices on the application of the principals debated in The Guide, in-depth interview with writers and publishers, recommended books, chapter extensions in The Guide and more.
Although it's not ideal, The Guide should be on the desks of all fantasy and sci-fi-author. So whether you're reading cover-to-cover or just being asked for help on a particular area of writing, The Guide is a great asset for those who want to get into the business and for seasoned contributors who want to improve their aptitudes.