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41. The Science of Science Fiction Writing
by James E. Gunn, James Gunn
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5-0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful; Thanx Scarecrow
After reading this book my writing was better tenfold and found myself writing longer better stories al of the time. I got my copy from the ALA convention in New Orleans from a representative of Scarecrow publishing and now thing that I should have paid the full price for it. Thanx for the book, Sarah!

P.S. i know this was a little later than expected, but with school and writing I just got around to... writing this... in school?!LOL Hope to see you soon.

5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, interesting, useful
As a writer and teacher of fantasy and science fiction, I have read a =lot= of how-to books over the years. Most of them range from terrible to so-so. Many can be destructive to an inexperienced or uncertain writer.

This is a wonderful exception, one of only two books I consistently recommend (the other is Orson Scott Card's CHARACTERS AND VIEWPOINT). I have been assisting at Gunn's summer workshop at the University of Kansas for years now, mostly because I think he's one of the best writers -- and teachers -- in the genre. Now he's put the wisdom of his decades in the field into a book which I think can be useful to every writer, regardless of experience.

I really cannot recommend this highly enough.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, instructive, and inspiring!
Incredible! The Science of Science Fiction Writing is a sheer delight; this book could not have been better. James Gunn, longtime historian and participant in the world of science fiction, has also been one of it's biggest cheerleaders. Now he has put his 30 year plus experience into this truly exceptional book. Professor Gunn's book gives an overview of the science fiction field, a detailed history, and personally profiles some of the biggest names in the genre. While this in itself would be sufficient, more than half the book is dedicated to the writing of science fiction (or any type of fiction). Unlike most books of this type, Gunn is remarkably entertaining in his teachings, and his enthusiasm for the subject richly shines through on every page. Stephen King's latest book, On Writing, is another great book on the subject, yet it doesn't come close to Gunn's absorbing prose, or his ability to teach what he knows to others. This is one hell of a book, one you will find yourself returning to again and again. Thank you James Gunn! ... Read more

42. How to Write Horror Fiction (Writer's Digest Genre Writing Series)
by William Nolan
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3-0 out of 5 stars Threadbare, but all-in-all a good read
This book is a little thin. Although decent, overall, it could have been longer. Not for longer's sake, but the short sections in which Nolan writes left me wanting.

As an example, he has you read excerpts by novelists and short story writers that are supposed to represent strong story endings; and, as you comply, you might nod perplexed, hoping he'd have commented more on what you were supposed to learn. (Specifically, he points out "shocking final lines," and I couldn't figure out what was shocking about them). It's not that Nolan doesn't know what he's talking about. He could have expounded in these areas, though.

Like on page 25, he supplies an exciting list of what he calls "supernatural belief systems" as an aid in generating horror ideas. By the time you reach the end of the list, you see he's starting a new topic of discussion. The list wasn't self-explanatory.

He also says something that bothered me: It's okay to let your characters run away from you: "Once you have created a realistic character . . . you may be surprised to find that he or she will take off on a tangent as you write, doing things you hadn't planned or expected this character to do. That's fine."

Well, not really. Maybe "that's fine" in the discovery stage of plot, but not during the true writing of it. What happens when you become enamored with a character, quite arrogantly considering her to have a life of her own, is she does go off in her own direction-completely trashing your plotline. Or worse, if you're a lazy writer who never plots, your character will take you to irrelevant places. You'll write rambling, senseless prose.

I believe Nolan would agree. He's too successful not to. I just wish, again, he hadn't switched off the topic so quickly. He could have warned against this outcome. Beginning writers could easily end up with some sloppy results.


The point is still, as Nolan was getting at, to create effective characters. But do create them with motivations that will promote the plot in the right direction.

Slim, yes. But this book is nevertheless pretty decent. Not fantastic. . .just "pretty decent," if I can somehow connote my meaning to you with a couple of vague words.

My feelings about this book were just as vague. At first I was hoping for a book full of gimmicks and tips and stuff that would practically write horror for me. I got something tamer. If you can already compose a piece of fiction, this book will help you slant it into, perhaps, a salable horror story. If you've not yet wrestled basic story structure, however, there's little in this book to make your writing work. This book is window dressing for the skills you should already possess.

And that's not bad, as long as you know what you're getting. Nolan initiates his guidebook with an overview of the field of horror. In the next few chapters he talks about creating monsters, finding horror ideas in your past, creating protagonists, building suspense, and writing enticing "hooks" to open your story.

In subsequent chapters he weighs the cons and pros of putting gory details in your story, gives you examples of how to end your story (see the beginning of this review), and tops off the book with contact information (possibly outdated) for publishers. And to top off the top-off, he gives mini-biographies of Stephen King, Anne Rice, James Herbert, Peter Straub, Dean R. Koontz, and Robert R. Mcammon, meant to inspire you with delineations of their struggles as writers. Oh, and there's also an Appendix of suggested stories and reference material. It's a nice top-off-top-off to the top-off contact information.

Up in that last paragraph should be indications of Chapter 10: "A Dip in The Pool." I've saved it for last, though, because just when I'd thought this book would be merely entertaining (and it was entertaining), Chapter 10 jumped out at me with a very useful set of fangs. I've personally never seen it done in a book of writing, to date, and I've always wanted it.

Nolan supplies one of his own short stories in its entirety. As you read it, he interjects paragraphs of explanation. He'll tell you why he included a sentence describing a character's smile. He'll tell you the importance of information in his dialogue. He'll tell you how he switched points of view at the end. Etceteras.

I wish this were a trend. What I'd really like to see is an author who takes us through the entire process, from generating an idea (right before our eyes), to developing it, to writing it, to revising it, to selling it, to showing us the finished product--so we can actually revel in a short story in our hands and know exactly how the author produced it. Too often, we see a finished product without gaining a full understanding of how it came to be.

Though not what I just described, Chapter 10 of Nolan's HOW TO WRITE HORROR FICTION was a mighty fine step in this direction. I benefited from it. I'd buy the book again just to have "The Pool" as a reference.

This book was nice. I'm not sorry I bought it through Amazon, and I'll defer to it when I need a flavor injection before starting my next horror story. Just make sure you don't need any more instruction than that. You must have reasonably strong fiction skills to begin with. HOW TO WRITE HORROR FICTION is just the lovely paint on a picture; but, without the initial sketch, it's just useless splatter on canvas--and at best it will help you write abstract garbage.

So learn how to write elsewhere. THEN come to Dr. Nolan and be honed. He's a good writer. He'll give you a nudge in that direction.

4-0 out of 5 stars How to Write Horror Fiction (Wr. by William F. Nolan)
Who better to teach the unintiated how to write genre fiction than the man who wrote the novel "Logan's Run"? This book is over a decade old, and a little dated here and there. Nolan covers basic mistakes made by horror writers- from indestructible villains to too many monsters to finding a happy medium between splatterpunk and mystery.

Nolan even takes the reader by the hand and guides them through a breakdown of his own short story, "The Pool." He also provides small bios of Stephen King, Anne Rice, and other successful horror writers, proving the point that these icons also had to get their starts somewhere. Nolan's best advice to the aspiring horror writer? READ, and read often. And do not read just horror, broaden your horizons to other genres and poetry, so all of your output does not end up reading like the Dean R. Koontz novel you just finished.

Nolan also puts incredible appendices in here, listing suggested anthologies to seek out, and perhaps he should add his own book to the list. This is very inspiring, without treating the reader like a five year old who must be led from idea to manuscript layout. Nolan stresses individuality, and the reader will appreciate that. I highly recommend this guide, which is short and can be finished in one sitting.

5-0 out of 5 stars Extreamly Good!
When I look for a book on writing I look for a really fast past book and fact pact books. On a scale of 1 to 10 I give this a 9. When I would give most of the books I have read a 3! This book is so loaded that I recommend reading at least sections of this book no matter what type of writing you are into, but if you are Horror writer I consider this a must have. It is so full of tips, facts, and inspirations on writing. Even though I said there are good sections for every writer in there I really don't think these strays off the topic of horror much at all, maybe even none. I think this is probably the second best book I have added to my collection on writing. The first is probably Self Editing for Fiction Writers if you don't have that I would check that one out. That probably gets a 10 on speed and packed facts. Unfortunately this book is out of print, but I would urge you don't let them stop you from buying this book used!

3-0 out of 5 stars Lays in the basic groundwork, but...
In my opinion this book fails to emphasize a very important aspect of horror writing - originality. William Nolan does a very good job describing the mechanics of horror (how to establish a sense of mystery, implication rather thahn description, how to make your character seem easy to harm, how to allow the reader to identify with the character, etc.), but the aftertaste of the book seems to tell that what it tells you to do is enough to be a successful writer. I wouldn't recommend continually referring to this book - it won't let you to develop your own style.

4-0 out of 5 stars One of the top ten best genre references!
It's a shame to see that this book is no longer in print. For specialty horror-fictionists this title gives a reader all the tools needed to disect any horror novel or screenplay. I've grown up under the influence of "Logan's Run," (which Nolan penned) and consider this prolific author's advice to be definitive. What a gem it is! **Sincerely, Christopher Cochran ... Read more

43. Sometimes the Magic Works
by Terry Brooks
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44. Cosmic Critiques: How and Why Ten Science Fiction Stories Work
by Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg
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4-0 out of 5 stars Good Study of What Works
Although I don't agree that every story analyzed in this book is great, I did find the commentary to be helpful. It has been said many times over that if you want to write good fiction, you need to read good fiction. However, this won't work if you don't analyze what you read as well. This book walks you through the process, providing sage advice from and excellent writer (Asimov) and world-class editor (Greenberg). ... Read more

45. Borderlands of Science
by Charles Sheffield
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Present-day science, as Carl Sagan observed, is more like science fiction than most science fiction. Where does the dividing line lie today?

Charles Sheffield, an internationally respected scientist and an equally renowned science fiction writer, whom The Washington Post and others have compared to Arthur C. Clarke, surveys with an expert eye the current state of physics, astronomy, chemistry, biology, computers, and other fields, and brings the reader up to date on just how strange the universe is turning out to be.

When exploring strange territory, a knowledgeable guide is a necessity. Fortunately, Dr. Sheffield is eminently qualified to explain the nature of the new mysteries which science is just beginning to explore. The readers will be in good hands as they are taken on an expertly guided tour of the


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4-0 out of 5 stars Good Introduction to the Major Areas of Modern Science
There are two primary audiences for this work. The first is anybody interested in understanding a wide variety of scientific topics. Though not as thorough and wide ranging as Isaac Asimov's science guides, Sheffield writes with the same clarity and and his own style of wit. Even somebody who regularly reads popular science magazines may find some new insight here.

Sheffield delves into the origins of life, subnuclear and quantum physics, possible mechanisms for space travel, physical descriptions of the solar system, superconductivity, viruses and prions, and a lot more including a whole section on "scientific heresies".

The second audience are those interested in writing science fiction, specifically the sort of hard science fiction Sheffield wrote. To suggest story ideas, Sheffield explores some of the borders of modern science where conventional theory gives way to speculation. Along the way, he points out some common traps to avoid when handling topics like near lightspeed travel and suggests specific fiction titles as examples of how a concept has been dealt with. He does not offer any advice on the literary aspects of science fiction or in marketing it. His sole interest is in helping you get your real science right and make your imaginary science plausible.

While the book doesn't have a whole lot about the thought processes of scientists, Sheffield does cover the historical and contemporary objections to some scientific theories, the prejudices that sometimes blind good scientists, and some of the amazing minds that have roamed across several disciplines.

Admirers of Sheffield's fiction will also probably like the asides about its scientific inspiration.

My only objection to the book is that I wish some sections would have had more detail.

The book includes a useful bibliography of fact and fiction titles for further research and an index.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not bad, not the most accurate subtitle
This book doesn't teach you to think like a scientst, nor how to write science fiction, but this subtitle may be the fault of the jacket writer and not the author.

This book is a readable summary of a number of areas of science: physics, astronomy, chemistry, biology, etc., with an emphasis on topics most likely to concern a science fiction writer. The solar system and space flight both get long chapters to themselves, for example. Chaos theory gets a big chapter too -- bigger than it deserves probably -- but is interesting enough.

This book is a handy starting place for an sf writer, but doesn't really go into enough detail to do more than spark a story. The bibliography is therefore unfortunately thin (but at least there is one!).

I noted a significant number of small errors or conceptual problems in the areas of physics and astronomy (I'm a PhD astronomer). For instance, Sheffield repeats Clarke's erroneous point (from 2010) that if Jupiter were just "a bit bigger" it would support its own fusion reactions and be a star. Yes, if it were some 82 times bigger (more massive) according to current theory. That's nearly like saying if the earth were a bit bigger it would be like Jupiter (which is some 300 earth masses). He also notes that distant galaxies look "little different" from nearby ones, aside from brightness and redshift -- this is certainly not true for the higher redshift (say z > 2) galaxies in the Hubble Deep Field for instance, which are smaller and highly irregular indicating evolutionary effects. Sheffield is hard on the Big Bang without good justification (although I grant this could be a good area for story fodder), and gives a rather questionable amount of space to some very discredited alternatives. He does mention one of the more obvious scientific problems with The Sparrow (which is a good book and worth reading anyway) so if he can point it out I can point out a few of his.

I noticed that I stopping seeing problems when the topics moved into chemistry and biology, in which I am well read but no expert. That's a good sign. Sheffield has compiled a wide array of information at a pretty good level of understanding. If it really took a PhD in a particular subject to write hard sf in that subject, we'd be missing some great stories.

This book is an excellent addition to the shelf of a science fiction writer.

4-0 out of 5 stars An interesting book, but writers will need more
Charles Sheffield is one of the hardest "hard SF" writers, and seems to know the material inside and out. As such, he has a great sense for how speculative your speculation can be and still carry the reader. This book is an overview of how to use science in SF, but it isn't a complete reference. It's interesting for readers who wish to be better informed, and is certainly a good starting point for writers. But most writers will need further reference if they expect to go into any detail in their stories.

If you are writing a short story where the science is just part of the background, this will do a great job helping you avoid physical impossibilities in your plot. It's also more than enough detail for most screenwriters, not that that's saying much. But even the most non-technical SF novel is going to require a lot more research.

5-0 out of 5 stars Borderlands of Science
Borderlands of Science carries the subtitle "How to Think Like a Scientist and Write Science Fiction." This is as apt a title as I've seen in quite a while. This book contains everything the science fiction writer or reader could ever hope to want to know, including: black holes, chaos, cyborgs, cold fusion, Fullerenes, general and special relativity, quantum teleportation, superconductors, RNA and the origin of life, an exploration of the planets, ion rockets, Ram Augmented Interstellar Rockets, and wormholes, just to name a few. Sheffield warns the reader that by the time they read it, the book will be out of date, that science is changing so fast that no one can know which parts of the book will be out of date when, until it happens. For the writer, reader, or scientist who wants a comprehensive overview of science and technology as pertains to science fiction and speculative fiction writing, this book is invaluable. For curious minds who just want to know more about their universe, this book is an eye opener. An ambitious and excellently put-together tome.

4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty Darn Good...
God, I hate most of what passes for science fiction these days! As a fan of hard science fiction, I find most of the "stuff" published to be unscientific eyewash. Which is why I like most of Sheffield's work. An excellent scientist and a good communicator, he really excelles at those sort of exposition. If you're a writer looking to spice up your work with some real science, this is the book you need! ... Read more

46. Conversations With Isaac Asimov (Literary Conversations Series)
by Isaac Asimov, Carl Howard Freedman, Carl Freedman
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47. Forgotten Gems From The Twilight Zone: A Collection Of Television Scripts
by Andrew Ramage
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4-0 out of 5 stars The lesser-known TZ writers emerge from shadow...
Kudos to Andrew Ramage for assembling this collection (the first of two parts), which turns the spotlight on a few of Twilight Zone's neglected writers and scripts.

In fine fashion, this book rounds out the line-up of Twilight Zone script books currently available. Releases from the distant and recent past have provided collections of the TZ work of Rod Serling, Charles Beaumont, Richard Matheson, Earl Hamner, George Clayton Johnson and Jerry Sohl. FORGOTTEN GEMS FROM THE TWILIGHT ZONE fills in the gaps by providing a look at the work of several non-core writers who contributed to the show.

These scripts may not be the most memorable of the TZ series, but they all hold a certain charm for fans of the show and classic television, and certainly stand on their own as entertaining entries. "Long Distance Call" and "The Trouble with Templeton" are particularly interesting scripts, and it's nice to have them in published form for easy reference. This book also presents a welcome treat by printing Charles Beaumont's story concept for the unproduced story "Pattern for Doomsday."

Revisit the lost art of television writing and enjoy FORGOTTEN GEMS FROM THE TWILIGHT ZONE.
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48. Selected Letters of Philip K. Dick, 1977-1979 (Selected Letters of Philip K. Dick, 1977-79)
by Philip K. Dick, Paul Williams
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49. What's wrong with a little fantasy? Storytelling from the (still) ivory tower. : An article from: The American Indian Quarterly
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This digital document is an article from The American Indian Quarterly, published by University of Nebraska Press on January 1, 2003. The length of the article is 6902 words. The page length shown above is based on a typical 300-word page. The article is delivered in HTML format and is available in your Digital Locker immediately after purchase. You can view it with any web browser.

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Title: What's wrong with a little fantasy? Storytelling from the (still) ivory tower.
Author: Deborah A. Miranda
Publication: The American Indian Quarterly (Refereed)
Date: January 1, 2003
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Volume: 27Issue: 1-2Page: 333(16)

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50. Bradbury, an Illustrated Life: A Journey to Far Metaphor
by Jerry Weist, Donn Albright, Ray Bradbury
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In this lavishly illustrated labor of love, Jerry Weist -- Sotheby's fantasy and science fiction collectibles expert and longtime Ray Bradbury friend and collector -- gives us a unique "visual biography," a one-of-a-kind celebration of the life, career, and genius of one of America's most beloved literary giants.

The works of Ray Bradbury have been read and revered for more than half a century. The winner of countless awards and accolades, including a Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from the National Book Foundation, he has left a deeper, more enduring imprint on our times than most writers of his or any generation. The source of The Martian Chronicles, father of The Illustrated Man, and master brewer of Dandelion Wine, Bradbury has penned stories, novels, stage plays, and screenplays that have long demonstrated the limitlessness of the human imagination and pure power of the word.

Bradbury: An Illustrated Life features magazine illustrations, movie stills and posters, comic book art, letters, scripts, book jackets, and paintings -- all expertly selected and insightfully explained -- that trace an incomparable artist's journey through the twentieth century and into the twenty-first. Here also are rare and illuminating gems from some of his renowned compatriots and collaborators, including excerpts from the journal of legendary director Fran ois Truffaut, written during the making of the motion picture version of Bradbury's classic Fahrenheit 451.

From his groundbreaking involvement with EC Comics -- which would ultimately inspire generations of comic book creators and graphic novel artists -- through his many decades of literary success, as well as his award-winning work in films, theater, and television, to the present day, the world of the incomparable Ray Bradbury comes vibrantly alive in words and pictures, in photo and ink, in conceptual art and bold living color. Bradbury: An Illustrated Life belongs in the collection of anyone who has ever been moved, astounded, elated, terrified, or inspired by the tales, ideas, dreams, and magnificent visions of America's preeminent storyteller.

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5-0 out of 5 stars A biography of Bradbury, told in pictures
There's a point in this book where the author says "You have to be an amazing writer to inspire so many illustrations and paintings." And that's why Bradbury is so great. After reading a book like The Martian Chronicles, you can easily imagine what he was describing. And if you can draw or paint, you'll want to create those images on canvas.

That's why almost every piece of artwork in this book is so beautiful. Just take the Illustrated Man as an example. Each artist who was commissioned to create a cover for the book had the task of showing an almost-naked man covered in tattoos. But the tattoos had to show scenes from dozens of short stories. One artist made the Illustrated Man an obese, shirtless guy in a carnival sideshow. Another gave him technicolor cartoons across his back and shoulders, depicting roaring lions and men in spacesuits. The third image is the most famous --- a nude man with his back to the viewer, sitting, with all of the skin below his neck covered in images.

This approach is repeated throughout the book --- different artists interpret the most vivid images from Bradbury's best books and stories. Over a hundred paperback book covers are reproduced (including a few that I was obsessed with when I was ten years old), along with movie posters, paintings, movie stills, and comic book pages.

The text is just as good. This book serves as a biography of Ray Bradbury, tracing the arc of his career from science fiction author to short story writer for 'the slicks' to comic book writer, novelist, playwright, and screenwriter. Bradbury's relationship with EC comics is recounted through the correspondence between Bradbury and William Gaines. It's very interesting, especially when Bradbury catches Gaines stealing his stories and offers to write more for EC instead of suing.

If you're a Bradbury fan, you'll love this. It's the kind of book you'll pull off the shelf every month and flip through, just to marvel at all of the strange and beautiful images. If you don't know Bradbury's work, you'll still enjoy all of the artwork. Maybe the images will inspire you to read his books..

5-0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Volume
This treat of a book is unique in that it is not merely a collection of illustrations from Bradbury publications over the years, but seeks to document the whole spectrum of "visualizing" the rich prose of Mr. Bradbury, an almost impossible task! This includes films, stage productions, marginal doodles by Bradbury himself, books and films that inspired Bradbury in his early years, and much more - a rewardingly broad approach to crafting the book.
In addition wholeheartedly agreeing with the wonderful points noted by other reviewers, I would like to point out that the book features much rare material by Joseph Mugnaini, the definitive Bradbury artist, in the form of concept sketches for covers, stage backdrops, and some of the original paintings that inspired the Bradbury-Mugnaini partnership in the first place. The contribution of Mugnaini's works to Bradbury's success, as a visual carnival barker beckoning readers into Bradbury's world is tough to underestimate.
The book is beautifully printed, with one absolutely tragic exception - the reproduction of Charles Addams' original illustration for the story "Homecoming" is horrible! It is terribly blurry and there are some kind of liquid stains on the original work, which hung in the Bradbury home for many years. For comparison, look at the (reversed) reproduction used as the dust jacket for Bradbury's recent "From the Dust Returned" novel/collection. Just unfortunate that the one illustration botched - was the lone collaboration between two magnificent twentieth-century masters of the macabre. Still OVERWHELMINGLY worth owning however.

5-0 out of 5 stars The must have coffee table book
This coffee table book is a must have for Bradbury fans. Full of pictures and illustrations of his various stories and books are interweaved with text written by friends and associates of Bradbury's throughout his professional carreer. The book spends a great deal of time on his personal correspondance with William Gaines (comic book publisher and later MAD magazine). The correspondance shows a literary master who was truly fond of comics,then considered a trash medium during the 1950's. The book also spends a good deal of time on notes by Francois Truffaut, the french cinema genious who filmed farhenheit 451. Bradbury is also shown as a man who loved Hollywood from the time he was a small boy. This book is a great addition to have, both for the written word and the beautiful artwork.

Even when Ray Bradbury isn't writing, his friends and fans and disciples are writing about him. This book will give you a couple of hours of joy, and make you wish you had read all 500 of Bradbury's published works, seen all his movies and television productions, heard all his radio plays, seen his stage productions, heard all his recorded books and stories, attended all his lectures, seen all his media interviews. Once hooked on Bradbury, no-one goes into recovery. Ray Bradbury's works are written for future generations of optimal behaviorists who want to see the world and its people survive and thrive.


5-0 out of 5 stars A breathtaking work and a must-read for all Bradbury fans
The fantasy-science fiction literary genre has seen its fortunes wax and wane over the past several decades. I think the last big "wax" was around 25 years ago, when the first "Star Wars" movie hit. I walked into a chain bookstore around that time and they seemed to have a whole wall --- the long one --- for science fiction. Most places still have a pretty decent section, but nothing like it really deserves. Some of the really classic writers, the guys without whom there wouldn't even be a genre, get short shrift as well. Where are the Murray Leinster books? The Fritz Leiber novels? Where's the Robert Heinlein section? The Philip K. Dick shelf? And where's the bookstore dedicated to Ray Bradbury?

Someone asked me a couple of weeks ago if Bradbury was still alive. I went ballistic. Like Al Capone, I'm a peaceful man. But I have my limits. Still alive? Bradbury is still writing! If his prose lately doesn't have the fire, the bite, of such stories as "Mars In Heaven" or "The Small Assassin" or "Judgment Day" or novels like SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES or FAHRENHEIT 451, it's still better than 90 percent of the stuff out there, and besides, lemme ask you do anything as well now as you did 50, 60 years, ago? Besides dribble?! It's entirely possible that if you enjoy reading it's because someone jammed a copy of a Bradbury book into your little hands, or a teacher read you a Bradbury story in high school. Still alive? He'll never die. I truly believe that, at the end of all that, is the last sound heard will be Louis Armstrong's trumpet and the last thing seen will be a sentence written by Bradbury. Hope I'm here to see if I'm right. Then again, maybe I don't want to know.

The foregoing rant will accordingly give you some vague idea of how I felt when I cracked the binding of BRADBURY: AN ILLUSTRATED LIFE. This labor of love by Jerry Weist is an absolutely indispensable compendium of Bradbury in the print and movie media, crammed into a coffeetable format book that despite its larger than regulation size can barely contain the universe of the imagination that Bradbury has been creating for your consideration and perusal for over six decades. Paperback covers, illustrations, reproductions of comic book adaptations, movie stills, advertisements --- I guarantee you that, no matter how huge a fan of Bradbury you are, there are sights in this book you've never seen before. There's an artist's adaptation of The Illustrated Man that scares the living, stuffing out of me every time I look at it, there's a shot of the cover of the pulp magazine that initially got Bradbury interested in the fantasy genre, covers of some of the fanzines he wrote for --- and published, even reproductions of some of the correspondence that occurred between Bradbury and William M. Gaines when EC Comics, which went on to publish Mad Magazine, adapted a couple of his stories without permission in a couple of their science fiction titles (it all ended well, by the way). If you can open this book the first, fiftieth, or five hundredth time without getting chills all over your body then you need to treat yourself to a neurological examination. Right now.

Not the least of this indispensable volume is Weist's accompanying text. Weist was first a fan of Bradbury's, and the relationship between the two blossomed into friendship through decades of correspondence. The marks of both fandom and friendship are present throughout BRADBURY: AN ILLUSTRATED LIFE. I approached this from the perspective of "Ah ha! I bet he left out (blank)" and I was wrong --- blessedly, happily wrong! --- on every count. Weist's account of Bradbury, his life, his work, slides in and out and among and between the illustrations, reproductions, and photographs which are the be-all and end-all of this breathtaking, breath-stealing work There is so much here that one marvels that it can be contained between binding, that it can be held in one's hands. And the price of admission would be a bargain, and worthwhile, at twice the price.

BRADBURY: AN ILLUSTRATED LIFE is one of those rarities, a book you'll spend hours at a time with, a spare few minutes, and ultimately a lifetime. If you give it to someone, they'll never forget you, and never open it without thinking of you. And if you get it...well, this will be the book you'll grab on your way out of your burning home, or when jumping off a sinking ship. No library that calls itself one should be without it.

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51. Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction (Writing Handbooks)
by Lisa Tuttle
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5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Wonderful, awe-inspiring how to book. One of the best from the best. Its only natural.

I do have one thing to say to the reviewer below. While Fantasy does have its differences from SF, they are still essentially the same. As a matter of fact, all fiction genres are essentially the same, because all of them draw from facts fabricated from the human mind. Sherlock Holmes and James Bond are completely of the imagination, and still they're mysteries and not Fantasy or SF based only on the subject matter, but beyond that there's not much difference. I can understand that you must've picked up a horrible SF book or seen a crappy SF flick, but that doesn't mean they're all bad. I also read fantasy, and it I assure, there are some Fantasy books to be ashamed of, but I still read fantasy. Just thought I'd state that. Check out: Orson Scott Card, Frank Herbert, Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, and Robert A. Heinlein. You'd be unbelievably surprised.

2-0 out of 5 stars Why mix two seperate genres?
I bought this book glad to see that somebody out there had written a how-to book specifically designed for Fantasy [oh, and Sci Fi too]. However, even after two detailed readings, this book does not hold up to inspection:

First of all, Fantasy is as different from Sci Fi as it is from Romance, Horror, Thriller and all those other genres. Munging the two together smacks of the author wanting to dip a toe into both markets.

The examples of "writing you should apsire to" in this book are really *really* awful. Read the one about the wall in the field for the best laugh of your life. Not very inspiring at all.

Also, Ms. Tuttle admits that she had parents rich enough to send her off to the Clarion writers course and she even discloses the near $5,000 price tag too. Bad idea. Nobody wants to hear of how rich "mummy and daddy" are, nor do we want to purchase a book written by somebody who likes to hint at how they don't really need our patronage [come on, if your parents fund your expedition to Clarion then what else have they bought you? Have you experienced any of the hardships that "real" writers do?]

Also, in trying to cover BOTH Fantasy and Horror, the book also tries to cover aspects from short stories to writers groups to technicalities of novels. It's just too much, the book is too small to deal with any one of these things in the detailed manner it deserves.

Save your money and pass on this one, or buy it just for the hilariously bad writing examples.

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52. Science Fiction Writer's Workshop-I: An Introduction to Fiction Mechanics
by Barry B. Longyear
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About a year after (my stories began being published), magazine editor George Scithers, suggested to me that since I was so new at being published, I must be very close to what I had to learn to move from fooling around with writing to actually producing professional stories.There are a lot of aspiring writers out there who would like to know just that. Write that book.

SFWW-I is that book. It's the book I was looking for when I first started writing fiction.-- Barry B. Longyear

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
I bought this book back when it was first published and anxiously awaited the promised sequel, which as far as I know never came. But this book is worth it, it's outstanding, and the best book on writing I've ever read. This is where I learned point of view and backfill ideas. ... Read more

53. It's Been a Good Life
by Isaac Asimov, Janet Jeppson Asimov, Janet Asimov
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Isaac Asimov's boundless, inexhaustible intellectual curiosity and his extraordinary talent for explaining complex subjects in clear, concise prose is logendary to readers throughout the world.In addition to treating his devoted fans to nearly five hundred illuminating science-fiction and nonfiction books, he also found time to write a three-column autobiography.Now these volumes have been condensed into one by Asimov's wife, Janet, who also shares excerpts from letters he wrote to her and shocking revelations about the illness that led to his death.More than being just an absorbing history of Isaac Asimov's life, IT'S BEEN A GOOD LIFE is like having an intimate conversation with the master himself. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
It's been a good life is a good way to describe Asimov's life as he describes it in his own words. An autobiographical account of his life, with inserts by his wife, this book details Asimov's life in a funny and interesting volume.
He starts with his birth and childhood, which is an interesting feat. Not many people can remember their young lives. From there, he describes how he became interested in reading, then writing and finally how he first became published. From there, he describes his academic and writing lives in a clear, paced fasion. Everything blends in perfectly, from birth to death.
I was paticularly fasinated by his writing life, as a fan of his. For most of the book, he describes how he became a novelist, then how he stopped in favor of scientific resources and then how he returned to fiction. Because he wrote this in the first person view, it is entirly too easy to fall right into his head, and see things the way he did. This is expecially true towards the end of the book and his life. I really got the sense that he had too much to do, that he wanted to do and didn't have nearly enough time to accomplish it all.
I have read many of his science fiction novels, and from this book, learned a lot about what drove him to writing the stories I enjoy, but also about his life in general. There was much that I had no idea about. For example, he was in the Army, died of AIDs, due to a blood transfusion, and went through writing cycles.
Paticularly helpful was the editing that his wife did. On almost every section, she inserted references to his life that explained what he was talking about a little better. This book would have been very difficult and/or confusing if they had not been put in.
In addition, this book is an extremely fast read. I finished it in nearly five to six hours and enjoyed every minute of it.
The only complaint that I have with it is that it's too short, almost abridged in sections, that could have had more to it. Other than that, it's a wonderful and entertaining read.

3-0 out of 5 stars Abbreviated autobiography yields mixed results
This compression of Isaac Asimov's earlier autobiographical works will principally be remembered as the book that announced to the world that Asimov died of AIDS. But as a one-volume summary of his life, it enjoys only mixed success.

This book both benefits and suffers from its source material: the best chapters are those on Asimov's early life and career, and were extracted from his first volume of autobiography, In Memory Yet Green, which was strongly narrative and, as a result, stronger; the second volume, In Joy Still Felt, was more anecdotal and quotidian, as Asimov settled into the routine of a workaholic full-time writer, and as a result yielded less insightful material to excerpt.

Like Asimov's third autobiography, I. Asimov: A Memoir, and his collection of letters, Yours, Isaac Asimov, the chapters are topical. While some chapters are solid, others are quite thin: the chapters that simply collect funny anecdotes could have been dispensed with. For example, Chapter 26, "The Bible", includes a couple of not-very-illuminating anecdotes related to Asimov's Guide to the Bible, and could have been folded, along with the chapter on humanism, into a longer chapter on religion and unbelief. I would have preferred fewer, longer chapters that went into more depth. Substantial introductory and connective material to piece Asimov's own work together would have strengthened the book; instead, we're given passages that sometimes look like they were excerpted, word by word, with a razor blade.

On a more mundane level, the proofreading is sometimes surprisingly bad, with several misspelled authors' names and even one book title ("I, Robert"?!?) -- just the sort of thing that Isaac would have found bothersome.

5-0 out of 5 stars A warm and revealing literary biography
Isaac Asimov can justifably lay claim to having been one of the most prolific writers of modern times, producing science fiction, fantasy, essays and other works. His wife Janet Asimov here edits her husband's personal thoughts about his life and works, including excerpts from his letters and insights into his life experiences throughout the process. Fans of Asimov will find It's Been A Good Life to be a warm and revealing literary biography.

5-0 out of 5 stars Stirs memories
This book is definitely worth reading, even if you have read previous autobiographies. The chapter of most interest and emotional impact is the one that describes how he died, while giving very wise (almost mystical) advice on how to cope with loss and death. A wonderful book.

2-0 out of 5 stars A rehash -- the original was better
Largely an unfortunate rehashing of material from Asimov's previous autobiographical works, with short excerpts from some of his letters thrown in. I'm a pretty big Asimov fan (I think I've read at least a hundred of his books), but I was disappointed with my purchase.

Folks interested in Asimov's life would do much better to try the 1994 autobiography "I. Asimov," which was released posthumously. The book is still in print, in paperback form. It's a comprehensive and reasonably interesting look at his life, broken into short thematic segments.

Hard core fans looking for something beyond "I. Asimov" may want to try Asimov's first two volumes of autobiography -- "In Memory Yet Green" covers the years 1920-1954, and "In Joy Still Felt" covers 1954-1978. Both titles are out of print, but are easily available from online sources like ... Read more

54. Hemingway and His Conspirators : Hollywood, Scribners, and the Making of the American Dream
by Leonard J. Leff
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Based on revealing letters and other documents from archives, Hemingway and His Conspirators has the dramatic personae of a Hollywood production--with a cast starring not only Hemingway and Perkins, but F. Scott Fitzgerald, Helen Hayes, David O. Selznick, and Gary Cooper. Set in an endlessly fascinating age, the 1920s. It tells a backstage story of the tangle of literature, publishing, and motion pictures in the formative years of a time when the possibilities of a new mass audience challenged and changed culture and literature forever. ... Read more

55. The Twinkling of an Eye: Or, My Life As an Englishman
by Brian Wilson Aldiss
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Autobiography is about the sorting out of those moments that gave one identity. For Brian Aldiss, distinguished science fiction writer and all-around literary gent, these are a disparate lot--the lost paradise of his grandfather's Norfolk haberdashery store, the excitement and terror of the Army's triumphant thrust through Burma, the intermittent bliss of his second marriage, the midlife crisis of depressive illness through which he came to new joy. Books are important too--the books that educated him, his early manhood as a bookseller, the books the writing of which was a principal delight and a source of personal freedom.

This is partly the story of the making of a writer and of a writer's life; it is also about a life lived in contact with both ideas and the senses. Sequential time is no major part of his approach. Some sections of the book are brief summaries and others rehashes of things he has said before, but which are crucial to him. Aldiss tells us how things felt to a middle-class Englishman in the 20th century--love, bereavement, travel, war, psychoanalysis, and the discovery of Pluto; if not a great book, it will remain a perennially attractive one. --Roz Kaveney, ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Absorbing and moving literary autobiography
It seems to me that the practice of the literary memoir is more prevalent in England than in the United States. At any rate, few distinguished English writers seem to escape autobiography. For me, the memoirs of writers I admire hold great interest, despite the usually somewhat mundane everyday lives of authors. There's something compelling about tracing the roots of a writer's imagination, and I also take gossipy interest in the accounts of meetings with other well-known writers that these books usually contain. And, to be sure, famous writers are usually good writers, and their memoirs are more likely to be well-written. The Twinkling of an Eye delivers on all counts: it is a very enjoyable literary autobiography.

Brian W. Aldiss is a giant in the Science Fiction field. His major contributions are of course as a writer of the stuff (he's a winner of both the Hugo and the Nebula, and among his SF books are Hothouse, The Malacia Tapestry, and the Helliconia series). He's also made significant contributions as a critic/historian of the field (his controversial Billion Year Spree (later updated as Trillion Year Spree with David Wingrove) is his most famous work in this area.) But Aldiss has always been part of the main stream, if you will, of post-War British writing. His first book, The Brightfount Diaries, a comic account of working in a bookstore, was certainly not SF, but it was very successful. He worked for many years as Literary Editor of the Oxford Mail. And he had some non science fiction bestsellers in the late '60s and early '70s.

A life is not a story, really. Thus Aldiss does not tell this book in a linear fashion, nor hew to a narrative structure. He opens with an account of heading off to Burma, to join the XIV Army, the "Forgotten Army", is driving the Japanese out of that country toward the end of World War II. Follows a series of chapters, ordered somewhat impressionistically, which tell of his young life, his less than idyllic experience in public schools, and of his somewhat difficult relationship with his parents. He offers a moving account of his early years, and how the birth of both of his sisters affected him deeply. Aldiss continues with a description of his years in the Army, mopping up the Japanese in Burma, then spending a couple of years in India just prior to independence, and in Sumatra. After leaving the Army, Aldiss moved to Oxford, and worked in a couple of bookshops. At this time he got married, sold his first stories, started writing the sketches which became The Brightfount Diaries, and had his first son.

The rest of the book is a bit more episodic. The sections concerning his first marriage, and especially its breakup, are very moving, even as Aldiss is still understandably reticent on the details. The pain and sense of failure he felt, and the agony of losing his children, especially his new born daughter, are keenly portrayed. This dovetails into a period of depression and poverty, coupled with increasing artistic success in his fiction. It seems that Aldiss' marriage to Margaret Manson largely brought him out of his funk. Just as he keenly portrayed his depression over the failure of his first marriage, he is able to convey quite wonderfully his love for Margaret, and the happiness she brought him. The later chapters are mini-essays, covering various aspects of his later life: travels to places like Jugoslavia and Denmark; the United States and China; his feelings about Science Fiction, its history, and worth, and its treatment by mainstream critics; a look back at a critical year spent in Sumatra, and his later return; the writing of a select few of his books, most notably the Helliconia trilogy; his experiences with acting and movie-making, including time spent working on a (never completed) project with Stanley Kubrick (apparently this movie, AI, may soon be made by Steven Spielberg); his relationships with his wife and children and sister; some brief comments on political matters; and finally a fascinating account of his visit to Turkmenistan, which occurred only after he had written a book set there.

I was quite absorbed by this book, and quite moved. I found it fascinating reading throughout. This is a very worthwhile account of the life of a man in this century. Definitely recommended. ... Read more

56. On SF
by Thomas M. Disch
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57. Writing and Selling Science Fiction
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58. Ray Bradbury: The Life of Fiction
by Jonathan R. Eller, Kent State Univ Press, William F. Touponce, William F. Nolan, Ray Bradbury
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59. E. Nesbit and the fantasy of reverse colonization: how many miles to modern Babylon?(Critical Essay) : An article from: English Literature in Transition 1880-1920
by Eitan Bar-Yosef
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This digital document is an article from English Literature in Transition 1880-1920, published by ELT Press on January 1, 2003. The length of the article is 10372 words. The page length shown above is based on a typical 300-word page. The article is delivered in HTML format and is available in your Digital Locker immediately after purchase. You can view it with any web browser.

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Title: E. Nesbit and the fantasy of reverse colonization: how many miles to modern Babylon?(Critical Essay)
Author: Eitan Bar-Yosef
Publication: English Literature in Transition 1880-1920 (Refereed)
Date: January 1, 2003
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60. An Expression of Character: The Letters of George Macdonald
by George MacDonald, Glenn Edward Sadler
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