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The author of the book: Isaac Asimov
Edition: St. Martin's Griffin
Date of issue: February 15th 1993
ISBN 13: 9780312089269
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Do you dream of -
Crossing the galaxies?
Living in the far future?
Entertaining millions with your imagination?
This book can help make those dreams come true!
Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy brings you expert advice on how to craft and market tales of the fantastic. Award-winning writers such as John Barnes, James Patrick Kelly, Norman Spinrad, Connie Willis, and Jane Yolen reveal some of their secrets of crafting believable stories, while Grand Masters Isaac Asimov and Robert A. Heinlein provide timeless advice for beginners and veterans alike. The editors also provide valuable insights into the process by which stories get published and they offer helpful hints on getting your story out of the slush pile and into print.
Seeing Your Way to Better Stories • essay by Stanley Schmidt
You and Your Characters • essay by James Patrick Kelly
Living the Future: You Are What You Eat • (1976) • essay by Gardner Dozois
Dialog • [Asimov's Editorials] • (1985) • essay by Isaac Asimov
Plotting • [Asimov's Editorials] • (1989) • essay by Isaac Asimov
On the Writing of Speculative Fiction • (1947) • essay by Robert A. Heinlein
Turtles All the Way Down • essay by Jane Yolen
Learning to Write Comedy or Why It's Impossible and How to Do It • essay by Connie Willis
Good Writing is Not Enough • essay by Stanley Schmidt
The Creation of Imaginary Worlds: The World Builder's Handbook and Pocket Companion • (1974) • essay by Poul Anderson
The Creation of Imaginary Beings • (1974) • essay by Hal Clement
How to Build a Future • (1990) • essay by John Barnes
Building a Starfaring Age • essay by Norman Spinrad
The Ideas That Wouldn't Die • essay by Stanley Schmidt
The Mechanics of Submission • essay by Sheila Williams
Revisions • [Asimov's Editorials] • (1982) • essay by Isaac Asimov
Writing for Young People • [Asimov's Editorials] • (1986) • essay by Isaac Asimov
New Writers • [Asimov's Editorials] • (1987) • essay by Isaac Asimov
Authors vs. Editors • essay by Stanley Schmidt
Market Listings • essay by Ian Randal Strock
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Read information about the authorIsaac Asimov was a Russian-born, American author, a professor of biochemistry, and a highly successful writer, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books.
Professor Asimov is generally considered one of the most prolific writers of all time, having written or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards. He has works published in nine of the ten major categories of the Dewey Decimal System (lacking only an entry in the 100s category of Philosophy).
Asimov is widely considered a master of the science-fiction genre and, along with Robert A. Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke, was considered one of the "Big Three" science-fiction writers during his lifetime. Asimov's most famous work is the Foundation Series; his other major series are the Galactic Empire series and the Robot series, both of which he later tied into the same fictional universe as the Foundation Series to create a unified "future history" for his stories much like those pioneered by Robert A. Heinlein and previously produced by Cordwainer Smith and Poul Anderson. He penned numerous short stories, among them "Nightfall", which in 1964 was voted by the Science Fiction Writers of America the best short science fiction story of all time, a title many still honor. He also wrote mysteries and fantasy, as well as a great amount of nonfiction. Asimov wrote the Lucky Starr series of juvenile science-fiction novels using the pen name Paul French.
Most of Asimov's popularized science books explain scientific concepts in a historical way, going as far back as possible to a time when the science in question was at its simplest stage. He often provides nationalities, birth dates, and death dates for the scientists he mentions, as well as etymologies and pronunciation guides for technical terms. Examples include his Guide to Science, the three volume set Understanding Physics, and Asimov's Chronology of Science and Discovery.
Asimov was a long-time member and Vice President of Mensa International, albeit reluctantly; he described some members of that organization as "brain-proud and aggressive about their IQs" He took more joy in being president of the American Humanist Association. The asteroid 5020 Asimov, the magazine Asimov's Science Fiction, a Brooklyn, NY elementary school, and two different Isaac Asimov Awards are named in his honor.
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